• Welcome to the forum website of the Vincent H.R.D. Owners Club.

    Should you have any questions relating to the Vincent H.R.D. Owners Club, or Vincent H.R.D. motorcycles in general, please contact Graham Smith, Online Forum Webmaster by calling 07977 001 025 or please CLICK HERE.

    You are unrecognised, and therefore, only have VERY restricted access to the many features of this forum website.

    If you have previously registered to use this forum website, you should log in now. CLICK HERE.

    If you have never registered to use this forum website before, please CLICK HERE.

Standard clutch and breather


Well Known and Active Forum Website User
VOC Member
VOC Forum Website Administrator
VOC Forum Website Moderator
With all the posts about alternative breather setups, and the number of people preferring multi plate clutches, I thought I would chime in about how wonderful it was to get the Shadow out the last couple of weeks, which is running a standard clutch and breather. Last Saturday was our section picnic, which was only a couple of miles away for me, and today, I again took a fairly short trip involving city streets and many stops/starts at stop signs and signals. I put the straight pipe muffler replacement on last week, that my father made years ago, so around town, I try to keep the revs down as much as possible, saving the full throttle blasts (and noise) for carefully selected stretches of road. The standard clutch works well for me, and I can ease off from a stand still with just a slight bit of throttle, easily controlling the clutch for a gentle take off. And ever since I blocked off the secondary breather my father had installed back in the '50s, the bike hardly drops any oil. Back in the '80s, when I rode it across country a couple of times to NA rallies, I had to put oil in every fuel stop, and the back half of the bike would be covered in oil, mostly from the compression release entry point in the timing chest. It is so satisfying to have the opportunity to enjoy the nearly original Shadow my father bought new, and know that this is how they were designed and meant to be.

And for those times when I could crack the throttle open, to feel the engine come on to the Mk II cams with the straight pipe, pure ecstasy.
Warning! This thread is more than 13yrs ago old.
It's likely that no further discussion is required, in which case we recommend starting a new thread. If however you feel your response is required you can still do so.