Clutch working hard


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jeffk
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Motorcycle: 1975 GL1000KO Goldwing, 1974 CB750K4, 1976 CB750F1 Super Sport, 1983 CB1000C Custom

Clutch working hard

Postby jeffk » Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:07 pm



Does anyone know why the clutch on my 75 Goldwing works so hard. I've never had a bike where it works so hard. I'm afraid the cable will brake.



jeffk
Posts: 17
Joined: Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:27 am
Location: Michigan
Motorcycle: 1975 GL1000KO Goldwing, 1974 CB750K4, 1976 CB750F1 Super Sport, 1983 CB1000C Custom

Re: Clutch working hard

Postby jeffk » Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:08 pm

PS. I installed a brand new OEM cable.

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Fred Camper
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Location: Metro Detroit, MI
Motorcycle: 1977 GL1000, 1976 LTD GL1000

Re: Clutch working hard

Postby Fred Camper » Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:48 pm

They are not a light clutch even with a well lubed cable. Some switch to hydraulic units from the 1200. But that has been reported to be just a bit lighter and not a major improvement. You only really need the clutch when at a stop. But most want to use the clutch are each shift. Without pulling yours I cannot be certain of your situation. There are elements behind the clutch cover on the engine that may be dry or binding.

sfruechte
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Location: La Crosse, WI
Motorcycle: 1977 GL1000

Re: Clutch working hard

Postby sfruechte » Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:58 pm

My 77 clutch operates very easily, no heavier than any other motorcycle. Once my clutch cable was evidently so warn or sticking that that it wasn't fully engaging and slipping and a new clutch cable made a world of difference. Since you installed a new clutch cable I would double check the routing and look for any possible binding or kinking. I usually thread the new cable in by chasing the old one out and following the exact same route. You could also disconnect the cable at the clutch end and see how the cable operates with no load to help isolate.




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