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trashtruck
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shifting

Postby trashtruck » Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:29 pm



ok, here's the story. picked up an 82 interstate last sept w/ 52k on it. had no brakes so trailered it home. refused to start the next day, starter gave out. put in new starter. battery not charging so put in new stator. changed timing belts, oil, filter, seafoam in tank and crank, 30 min run put her to bed for the winter. went to start last week, ran like crap so pulled the carbs and cleaned them. derusted gas tank with vinegar. adjusted valves. put everything back together sync'd her up and bike runs great. except i dont have 5th gear anymore. it was there last year. cant find it this year. running 4stroke 10w40 bike oil from napa.


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Re: shifting

Postby Calzone » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:52 am

I think it has to be there. Check the shift lever for play, particularly the bolt, Reason for this is that as the shift drum rolls around there may be a little more throw for 5`th and your shift lever may be just fine through every gear till 5`th.
Short of that I cant think of anything but i`m relatively new to GL`s, 30 + years other bikes.

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Re: shifting

Postby trashtruck » Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:17 am

i was just thinking, i'm not sure what oil the po was using last year when i changed it out. maybe i need a heavier oil since it's not 28 outside anymore.
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Re: shifting

Postby Gunnar Már » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:02 pm

I bought my 1100 (with a 1200 engine) last summer, I thought the shifting was terrible, it was clunky and I was always ending up between two gears.
P.O used bike oil 10W40 so this spring I put Valvoline Motorcycle oil 20W50, not the Synetic just the old mineral oil.
The shifting is now so smooth and good I just can´t belive the different.
The oil does matter a lot how the shifting is.

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Re: shifting

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:44 pm

Gunnar Már wrote:I bought my 1100 (with a 1200 engine) last summer, I thought the shifting was terrible, it was clunky and I was always ending up between two gears.
P.O used bike oil 10W40 so this spring I put Valvoline Motorcycle oil 20W50, not the Synetic just the old mineral oil.
The shifting is now so smooth and good I just can´t belive the different.
The oil does matter a lot how the shifting is.

Best to all

Gunnar Már


Very true - the wrong oil can make a transmission extremely clunky, and I suppose it could be to the point where you might not even be able to get it into a gear.

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Re: shifting

Postby trashtruck » Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:57 am

thanks for all your help folks! i did find 5th and 10w40 is too light for my bike. it still amazes me how sensitive these bikes are to changes/adjustments.


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