Clutch Questions

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Clutch Questions

Post by bfrawley » Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:26 am

I have an 83 GL1100 Aspencade

1. The past few mornings, when I get on the bike to go to work. I grab the clutch and take it down off the center stand and when it comes down, it feels like the clutch is still engaged. When I hit the starter the bike jerks forward slightly like it is in gear. Once it starts, by holding the brake or kicking it into neutral, it seems to be fine. Is it an adjustment or do I have a problem with my clutch?

2. Related to number 1. What is the proper way to adjust and set the clutch lever? My clutch doesn't seem to start to engage until the lever is almost he entire way out.

I should also note, that i just had the front engine cover off replacing the water pump. I didn't notice the problem before that. I am sure it is just a coincident but figure it was worth noting.


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Re: Clutch Questions

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:13 pm

I always adjusted my 1100 clutch to the service manual specs, and thought it felt too loose to me - but it worked fine.

GL1100 clutch free play
GL1100 clutch free play

From the 1100 service manual:

Normal clutch lever free play is 10-20mm (3/8 - 3/4 inch) measured at the end of the lever.

Make minor adjustments with the adjuster at the clutch lever. Pull back the dust cover, loosen the lock nut, and turn the adjuster. Tighten the lock nut and reinstall the dust cover.

NOTE: Do not expose more than 8mm (5/16 inch) of adjuster threads beyond the lever holder.

Lower adjustment:

GL1100 lower clutch adjustment
GL1100 lower clutch adjustment

At the lower end of the clutch cable on the engine, loosen the lock nut. Turn the adjusting nut to obtain 15mm (5/8 inch) free play at the lower clutch lever. Tighten the lock nut.

Make the final adjustment with the adjuster at the clutch hand lever.

After adjustment be sure all lock nuts are tightened securely. Test ride the motorcycle and make sure the clutch disengages completely, engages smoothly, and does not slip.

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