No Rear Tire Traction - Endless Burn Out

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by balduc-2, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. balduc-2

    balduc-2 Member

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    Need some help here I have a '05 XL1200C and I can not get any traction from my rear tire. The current tire is a Continental Milestone (500+ miles). The previous tires before my current one were a oem Dunlop and a Pirelli route 66 both have the same condition as I face today.

    As soon as I take off from a stop sign the bike wants to spin the rear tire and go into a burnout. This will occur throughout all the gears 1st thru 5th. I can be going 70 and hit the gas and the rear tire will spin. I don't notice any oil or liquid on the tire that would make this happen. The motor and transmission seem to act normal.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is kind of embarrassing when scooters are passing me, and down right dangerous.
     
  2. Hoople

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    When you hit the throttle at 70 mph and the rear starts spinning, what does the speedo read in MPH. Does it go up? If so by how much.
     
  3. Fastlinnie

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    You might check you clutch. there is no way you are spinning the rear tire in fifth gear .
     
  4. balduc-2

    balduc-2 Member

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    Hoople,
    If I remember correctly the speedo did not move much with more throttle, but I will verify the mph change tomorrow.

    Fastlinnie,
    What is the procedure to check the clutch and determine if my clutch is bad or good??
     
  5. Fastlinnie

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    put the bike in 3rd or 4th gear and see if it will take off or just set still and engine rev up. I would bet your clutch is slipping . or you can be in 5th gear about 45 mph then hit the throttle if the engine revs up big time without the mph going up much or any your clutch is slipping.
     
  6. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    Unless OP's smelling rubber...you're right on the loose clutch condition. If tire's spinning that much, you'd definitely smell it, or see the tread wear...
     
  7. lordharold

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    That's one powerful sporty! sorry could not help it.
     
  8. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    It'd be easy enough to have someone just ride behind him and verify if the tire is in fact spinning as the engine revs. Should be at least a little smoke from burning rubber and the bike would probably fishtail a bit.
     
  9. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    If the wheel was spinning every time you accelerate then tyre wear would be excessive

    Brian
     
  10. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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