You may be wondering, why are there so many plates? It all comes down to the clutch’s capacity to transmit engine torque. We won’t get into the mathematics of it, but the torque capacity of a clutch is a function of the frictional force and the radius of the clutch plates. So, you can either have a larger diameter clutch with fewer plates, or a smaller diameter clutch pack with more plates. You could also up the spring pressure, but that would make for a really heavy clutch-lever pull.