Closer Look At Slipper Clutch of Kawasaki Ninja 300

by Joy on April 11, 2013

Bajaj Auto launched the new Kawasaki Ninja 300 yesterday in the Indian market. This comes as a happy upgrade to the previously available flagship Ninja 250R. The Ninja 300 comes with many additional features like an extra 50cc cubic displacement, better looks and technical updates.

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What it also comes with is a state-of-the-art clutch system called the “Slipper Clutch”. A slipper clutch is not like the ordinary single plate or multiplate clutch systems that traditional commuter motorcycles use as a connection between the engine and the gearbox. The slipper clutch is generally used in performance motorcycles where the rider needs to upshift and downshift between gears very quickly.

Let us consider an example to elaborate this- suppose you are cruising at a decent speed of 60 kmph in 5th gear. You could achieve the same speeds with the 4th or the 3rd gear. However, in each case the RPMs that the engine would be doing will be different. In the 3rd gear, it will have the highest RPM followed by the 4th and the 5th.

Ninja slipper clutch

Now, if you are engaged in a high performance drive and quickly need to downshift from 5th to the 3rd, you would have to let go off the throttle before you can release the clutch to avoid the jerk and rear wheel lockup. This is where the slipper clutch comes in. With the slipper clutch, there is no need to release the throttle. If the lower gear (3rd here) is not able to match the engine RPM, the clutch will get partially disengaged allowing to bypass some amount of revolutions. This prevents rear wheels from getting locked up and no jerky ride too.

In case you become a proud Ninja 300 owner, do not hesitate to take it to its highest performance levels. Now, you know the slipper clutch will always back you up.

Also Read: New Kawasaki Ninja 300 – A Closer Look And Pictures [24 Images]

 

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mohsin April 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm

hope that pulsar 200ns gets upgraded to slipper clutch

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vijay anand April 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm

must be available as a add on…
so that customers will make the choice according to their need..

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Aero April 14, 2013 at 9:26 am

No, Pulsar will not be getting slipper clutch as it will increase the price of Bike & bajaj will not let Pulsar’s USP go away.

PS : My NS is good with its regular clutch.

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chandranshu dwivedi April 11, 2013 at 11:00 pm

does not the clutch plates get burned up while consuming the unwanted revolutions due to heat from friction? can you please mention the mechanism of this new clutch system or can send me some link for the same?

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Akash April 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm

@Chandranshu friend a slipper is a complex version of something you have got on your cycles. You know when you stop pedaling on cycle and cycle still runs with tick tick sound…. Yeah, that one… But it doesnot slip when the engine is off and bike is in gear..

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chandranshu dwivedi April 15, 2013 at 10:52 pm

a complex version of something that i have got on my cycle.! that was very helpful. you seem to have pretty much knowledge about automobile or particularly in that field, clutches. dude people like you are losers who know nothing but to argue like a dumb witted moron. go get a life.
well you can try again if you know anything related to my question.

deepan April 18, 2013 at 5:52 pm

try this link

“http://www.sigmaperformance.com/slipperclutch.html”

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rajni August 7, 2013 at 12:23 pm

many people complain Ninja is priced too high! Fried rice can be obtained in both roadside shops and star hotels. Ninja is the fried rice available in star hotel. Also many people compare Ninja with Honda’s products for India. This is also foolish thing. Indian Honda (not Japan Honda products available for world outside India) products feature poor build quality, poor quality spares. they are sold on the goodwill of its brand-name. They are sold to Indians by showing Honda’s top-range products: CBR 1000R, FireBlade, CBR 1000RR etc. Ninja, on the other hand features top-class technology with international quality like Slipper-clutch which automatically increases its price. Indian Honda products and International Ninja products delivered to India – cannot be compared just because they have same cubic capacity.

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