Clutch issues for the newb


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PapaTater
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Clutch issues for the newb

Postby PapaTater » Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:57 am



Hello everyone, newb to the forums but been lurking for a couple weeks. I just bought a '81 GL 1100 from a neighbor that was moving and he didn't want to haul it. I figured I would make it a winter project to keep me safely out of the house and in the garage. The bike has been sitting in his garage for a couple years and has not ran. He was doing some cosmetic work on the bike like painting and customizing the looks of it when I got it. Anyways...we got it to my garage and he had the clutch lever cable tied and in neutral, my wonderful son decided to step on the the gear lever and put it into gear and now I can't seem to get it out of gear and back into neutral. I do hear it clicking like it is but it does not roll freely pushing the bike. I dont have juice to bike yet to tell if the neutral light comes on. My question is should this be something I need to worry about yet or should I jsut move on to other things first like the valves, carbs etc? If I should get this first what should I check please.



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Re: Clutch issues for the newb

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:19 am

Try pushing the bike forward or backward slightly, rotating the rear tire, while pulling it up into neutral. The gears can be tough to shift when the engine isn't running and the bike isn't moving.

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Re: Clutch issues for the newb

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:29 am

Yes Admin...
Neutral can be hard to find.....It's just half a lever stroke to the next gear.You know...first gear right through neutral into 2nd.Not much of a stop over.Just a light tap.

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Re: Clutch issues for the newb

Postby scotterichmond » Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:47 pm

to answer your question, I would worry about it, neutral works and it does shift into gear




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