Go Back   Harley Davidson Forums > General Harley Davidson Forums > General Harley Davidson Chat
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?
Search


General Harley Davidson Chat Forum to discuss general Harley Davidson issues, topics, and experiences.
Sponsored by: J&P Cycles

Reply
 
 
 
P
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 05-26-2012, 12:13 PM
chicanagirl chicanagirl is offline
Road Warrior
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 1,439
Default Suicide clutch

I know old Indians, and i think old HDs to, have the suicide clutch. I asked an old timer why its called that, he says cause if you use it wrong it will flip you over backwards. At highway speeds that equals death. That makes me afraid to ride it and i've been riding for a while. Anyone ever rode an oldie with the suicide clutch?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-26-2012, 12:57 PM
firefighter616's Avatar
firefighter616 firefighter616 is offline
Club Member
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Walker WV by way of NEW YORK CITY
Posts: 16,160
Default

Really they were called that was because (the I know betters will be in shortly) you had to shift with one hand, clutch and release with a foot and break and throttle with the other hand.and foot... on a hill it was a PITA..... definitely a hand/eye/foot/hand coordination thing..... hence suicide shift.

I will be proven wrong in a matter of hours, TIA
__________________
The call of my people,,,http://youtu.be/JBekXg5LxSg.. With weebles....http://youtu.be/uqszKFsaBpo?list=PLL...Hd1xjSw_i92Cqa
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-26-2012, 01:10 PM
Stash905 Stash905 is offline
Road Captain
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 554
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by chicanagirl View Post
I know old Indians, and i think old HDs to, have the suicide clutch. I asked an old timer why its called that, he says cause if you use it wrong it will flip you over backwards. At highway speeds that equals death. That makes me afraid to ride it and i've been riding for a while. Anyone ever rode an oldie with the suicide clutch?
The old timer is full of ****. Flip you over bacwards?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-26-2012, 01:11 PM
foulplay's Avatar
foulplay foulplay is offline
New Member
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Wichita Ks
Posts: 20
Default

Suicide clutch got the name because if a rider couldn't find neutral and he lost balance his foot would come off the clutch causing his scooter to jump into traffic.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-26-2012, 01:43 PM
JohnFlorida's Avatar
JohnFlorida JohnFlorida is offline
Road Master
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Orlando
Posts: 1,077
Default

flip over backwards ? thats funny . Maybe he's thinking about a "suicide kick start"
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-26-2012, 01:46 PM
Stiggy's Avatar
Stiggy Stiggy is offline
Ultimate HDF Member
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Oxford, Nc
Posts: 5,937
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnFlorida View Post
flip over backwards ? thats funny . Maybe he's thinking about a "suicide kick start"
I had one of those! ( w/a magneto.)

Gimpy
__________________

2000 FLTRSEI Stage II 95" Big Bore with Andrews 26 Gear Drives,and a Patriot Defender 2 into 1 Exhaust.
Got 'totaled' 2/26/14. Built a "Screamin' Eagle Road King" out of the salvage. (And a '04 BMW R1200 CL too.)
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-26-2012, 03:47 PM
Malum's Avatar
Malum Malum is offline
Prospect
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Southport, NC
Posts: 122
bregister1 bisforbiscuit
Default

Left foot clutch. Left hand on jockey shift. Right foot on brake. Right hand on throttle to keep the damn thing running and to steer.
Better find neutral fast coming to a stop at a signal/intersection or out you went into traffic.
Also factor in usually 1 or more false neutrals to keep you on your toes.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-26-2012, 03:54 PM
pococj's Avatar
pococj pococj is offline
Extreme HDF Member
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Texas! Ya mean there's someplace else?
Posts: 10,125
Default

The old bikes had "rocker" clutches, not suicide clutches. The clutch pedal stayed where you put it, if the tension was set correctly.

Now, a rocker clutch could become a suicide if the tension was too loose. But even then it simply mimics a car clutch - pedal down & you're disengaged; pedal up & you're engaged.
__________________

Brotherhood of Warriors Veterans Motorcycle Club
WFFW
I Am My Brother's Keeper
www.brotherhoodofwarriorsvmc.com/
...care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and orphan...
Texas Confederation of Clubs
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-26-2012, 04:24 PM
oct1949's Avatar
oct1949 oct1949 is offline
Club Member
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Ind, N of Purgatory
Posts: 60,336
Default

Nope,, just the thought of having one Scarrred me...




.
__________________
07 Heritage -49K
Andrews 26 cams,
Alot of bling and leather.
Best Bike I've ever owned...
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 05-26-2012, 04:51 PM
Ragnar Danneskj÷ld Ragnar Danneskj÷ld is offline
Road Warrior
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Posts: 1,949
Default

I like the idea, but starting on a hill with one terrifies me.
__________________

2009 883 Low w/ 1200 kit
Four theft attempts resulting in drops
One hit and run in a parking lot
Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2012, 04:51 PM
 
 
 
P
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stiff suicide foot clutch cable Fxr6164 Dyna Glide Models 1 03-17-2014 06:19 PM
your thoughts on a Suicide shifter stockglock1927 General Harley Davidson Chat 32 03-01-2014 07:13 AM
Ever Had a Bike With a "Suicide" Shifter? John Coyle General Harley Davidson Chat 82 10-12-2013 05:23 PM
I'm probably wrong but suicide shifter? Really wbohart1 Flathead 18 02-18-2013 03:08 PM
WMI Jockey Shift Kits WideGlideFever Dyna Glide Models 24 10-19-2012 05:07 AM



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

Join HDForums

Advertising
Featured Sponsors
Vendor Directory
Sponsors

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:58 AM.


ę Internet Brands, Inc.