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Old 10-28-2012, 10:18 AM   #1
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R60/5: Lightened flywheel worth it?

I'm rebuilding a 1973 R60/5. It will be a pleasure bike, but as my only bike, I can also see it going to the track from time to time. It's been a long time since I did track days and I miss it. I don't mind some added vibration (I used to ride KTM singles ). Other than that, what are the considerations towards and against a lightened flywheel? Does it have a large effect on engine response? I'm looking specifically at San Jose BMW's CC Products modification that reduces weight by 36%.

I should mention that this will add about a month and a few hundred dollars to my project, but the engine and tranny are out, and if I'm ever going to do this, I'd like to do it now.

Thanks in advance for any input.
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:55 AM   #2
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Torque - grunt

Lose some low end torque / grunt. These engines like rpm's but lose of low end power might not be good. Don't want to be 5000 rpm coming out of a corner when the heavier flywheel rotational mass will give you more low end torque.

Money / time better spent on top end valves / pistons.

I may be completely wrong here but just my 2 cents.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:26 PM   #3
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Lose some low end torque / grunt. These engines like rpm's but lose of low end power might not be good. Don't want to be 5000 rpm coming out of a corner when the heavier flywheel rotational mass will give you more low end torque.

Money / time better spent on top end valves / pistons.

I may be completely wrong here but just my 2 cents.
Thanks for the response, Biebs, that certainly makes sense to me.

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Do you know about "blocking the crank" to keep it from moving forward when the flywheel is off?
Yes I do, but I always appreciate little reminders like this. I'll be replacing the rear main seal, clutch plate, and spring, so I'll already be in there.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:27 AM   #4
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Do you know about "blocking the crank" to keep it from moving forward when the flywheel is off?
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:58 PM   #5
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I have been told that because it is a 600 motor this is one of those mods that will give you all of the disadvantages of lightening the flywheel and none of the benefits.

Of course I come to this info second hand. Still I'm inclined to think that it is wisdom.
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:06 PM   #6
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I haven't tried this with an R60/5, but I like what the post '81 flywheel and clutch has done for my R90S. It loves to rev now, and the later clutch is much lighter to use.

I also like the light flywheel when fitted to an R65 for the same reasons.

Bear in mind that heavy flywheels don't produce torque - they create inertia which is quite different. Instead,, it's the engine which produces torque. Light flywheel = less inertia = revs faster.

My $0.02

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Old 10-29-2012, 05:17 AM   #7
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I haven't tried this with an R60/5, but I like what the post '81 flywheel and clutch has done for my R90S. It loves to rev now, and the later clutch is much lighter to use.
I need a new real main seal and clutch/pressure plate, also. I was thinking about the Southland clutch rebuild, but tell us all about the late model "no flywheel" set-up. I have a '75 R90S. Is it a simple parts replacement process? Buy the late model clutch carrier, clutch plate, etc., and "plug-n-play"? Any machining involved?
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:01 PM   #8
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Lightened flywheels do make a difference but not near as much as what MH is talking about. A lightened flywheel is still a LOT heavier than the later no flywheel setup. Plus, not only do the clutches have easier pull, they are way less likely to slip. I think the no flywheel setup is MUCH better on any model but your crankshaft has the wrong size flywheel bolts for that setup. IMO, a lightened flywheel will be better but not a lot better compared to the later setup.

There are a lot of popular misconceptions out there about flywheel weight. IMO, most often there biggest advantage is controlling wheel spin. We simply do not have that problem. Grunt? They slow everything down. Your bike accelerates slower and decelerates slower That isn't 'more grunt' but they do have more inertia. For instance, your full lock turning around in a parking lot and you hit a ridge in the tarmac that you didn't see. The heavy flywheel bike resist stalling better for the flywheel's inertia. There's your 'more gunt'. That's why tractors have heavy flywheels. I hope that helps?
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:03 PM   #9
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I think the no flywheel setup is MUCH better on any model but your crankshaft has the wrong size flywheel bolts for that setup.
*Psst*. Don't tell Voltaire that the post '81 flywheel won't work with 10mm bolts, 'cos that's what he's running in his racebike . . .
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:08 AM   #10
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I think that an 60/5 at a track day, would be positively dangerous, the speed differential between you and the other bikes would be too much.....

I have a lightened flywheel on my R90/6, it gives a better gear change than stock , but not nearly as good as the' no flywheel ' 1982. No vibration issues
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:50 AM   #11
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Wicked Good info!!!

Here is the quote of the day:

"That's why tractors have heavy flywheels."


Tractors do have heavy flywheels just to help them plow through stuff.

So as stated in my first post " I may be totally wrong in my advice."

The crankshatf on the R60/5 is pretty heavy - a lightened flywheel my help shifting try it let us know
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:14 AM   #12
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The flywheel is on the "engine side" of the clutch. The clutch plate iis on the "transmission side" of the clutch. The inertia of the clutch plate-- and whatever residual drag is left over-- is what affects the gear change behavior. Flywheel has nothing to do with it (unless you shift without pulling in the clutch, but that's a different story).

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Old 10-29-2012, 12:52 PM   #13
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That would be true IF the disengaged clutch completely seperated the tranny from the engine and the clutch was disengaged at exactly the right nano second every shift but that isn't reality. The engine's inertia does effect input shaft speed during regular clutched shifts and that effects shifting. We don't shift perfectly and disengaged clutches are not completely disengaged.

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Old 10-29-2012, 07:06 PM   #14
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I know it will work but you have to have the right someone set it up.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:50 PM   #15
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I like the heavy flywheel in my 73 R60/5
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