Posted by: OtisDriftwood TITLE: MOTORIZED BICYCLES: new Whizzer autoclutch
I have a new Whizzer NE5 with the new auto clutch. I don~t know if it~s defective or what but it slips like crazy. The bike doesn~t move forward with even full throttle unless you pedal your butt off. I disassembled the clutch mechanism. It was bone dry so oil/grease contamination is ruled out. Is this normal? Is there something, short of converting to manual clutch, I can do to get the centrifugal clutch to grab better?
Posted by anthony mongenas
I have the same Whizzer and had the same problem. Just do like the owners manual suggests. Mine would not go at all until I had at least 5 miles on it. The more miles I went the better it got until it worked like I thought it should at about 20 miles. So the easiest way to fix your Whizzer is to ride it on a mostly flat surface at varying speeds for the whole day. It doesnt get any eisier than that.
If you ride it full throtle before the clutch pads wear in and there is subtantial slipping the you will certainly wear them out before they seat properly
Posted by mark
if there are springs in your clutch, try replacing them with a heavier duty set....
Posted by David
Some of the early auto clutches were rumored to have problems. I got one for my 2003 Pathfinder II and the instructions said to treat it with care for the first five miles and to be careful to seat the shoes by varying the speed. Haven~t tried it but this may be the cause of past failures and your problem may be the result of not following the above. Why they don~t include this warning with a new NE5 I don~t understand. It is probably repair time if the belts are adjusted properly.
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