Possible a prior owner took the love of shifting without the use of a clutch be it up or down & that can be damaging through. I have always felt the lutch lever was there for a given reason.
For back in the late 40s I had a Matchless 500cc & the clutch plates slipped. So increased the strength of the springs, but when I came in I was simply pooped out in using both levers & FINALLY simply ignored the clutch into what we called "Crashing the Box" so yes the damage was dramatic.
Post Edited By Moderator (Rich_S) : 10/12/2011 3:18:46 PM GMT