Suzuki Hayabusa Clutch Steels are sold individually in thick and thin styles.
- Suzuki Hayabusa – All Years
- Thin / OEM Part# 21451-24F00 / 2.006 mm
- Thick / OEM Part# 21451-24F10 / 2.286 mm
What is a Motorcycle Clutch Steel?
A motorcycle clutch steel, also known as a clutch plate or clutch friction plate, is another critical component of a motorcycle’s clutch system. It works in conjunction with the clutch fiber (friction plate) to facilitate the engagement and disengagement of the engine’s power to the transmission.
The clutch steel is a metal plate typically made from high-quality steel or sometimes aluminum. Unlike the clutch fiber, the clutch steel does not have a high-friction surface. Instead, it has a smooth surface that allows it to slide against other clutch components, particularly the clutch fibers.
The clutch steel is installed alternately with the clutch fibers in the clutch assembly. When the rider pulls the clutch lever, springs press the clutch fibers against the clutch steel plates. This pressing action creates friction between the clutch fiber and the smooth surface of the clutch steel, causing the engine’s power to be temporarily disengaged from the transmission.
As the clutch lever is released, the springs push the clutch fibers away from the clutch steel, and the friction between the two components decreases. This allows the clutch to engage, transmitting the engine’s power to the transmission and eventually to the motorcycle’s wheels.
Like the clutch fibers, the steel can also wear out over time due to the friction and heat generated during regular clutch operation. Inspecting and replacing worn-out clutch steels is essential as part of the motorcycle’s maintenance to ensure proper clutch functionality and smooth gear changes. Regular maintenance and proper adjustment of the clutch system are crucial to keep the clutch in good working condition and avoid potential clutch-related issues while riding.