Surflex 70th Anniversary
Italian clutch specialist Surflex first started manufacturing friction plates 70 years ago, and this year sees the company celebrating its 70th anniversary as one of the oldest clutch component manufacturers in the world.
The company makes a wide range of OEM fitments, and offers distributors and dealers access to one of the most comprehensive make and model programs in the world - a program that goes back decades in terms of fitments for many of the more hard to source applications, as well as state-of-the-art clutches for late models.
Though best known for its Japanese and European brand street and off-road products, the company also offers a large range of replacement and upgrade steel and friction plates, kits and clutch baskets for Harley-Davidson and aftermarket V-twin applications.
Manufactured in-house, using asbestos-free proprietary friction material blends, some including Kevlar or carbon fibers, the range includes applications for most 883 cc and 1200 cc pre-Evo, Evo and Twin Cam Sportsters and most of Harley’s Big Twins, Buells, and V-Rods - in fact, Harley applications right the way up from 1941 - the Harley models that were current at the time the Surflex factory began production.
From the start, the Surflex vision was to provide "the whole range of components and assemblies and to undertake all processes in-house at Surflex, from design to machining. Indeed, as soon as the company was founded, a permanent research department was opened, which over the years has developed many important technologies, including organic and sintered material for linings."
Surflex offers three groups of friction materials - organic, semi-metallic and sintered - which means it is able to offer a solution "tailored for every single use in, a really vast range."
"More than one hundred mixtures are available in order to meet specific requirements, such as race, touring, cruiser, enduro or trial use, in bikes of any displacement. Some are designed to work dry, others in an oil bath; in one-plate, multi plate or centrifugal clutches in contact with steel or aluminum components, where abrasion must be reduced to the minimum level."