Clutch lever


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texaskid
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Clutch lever

Postby texaskid » Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:13 am



I have an 85 Interstate with 73,000 miles. Just bought it. Clutch seems tight, no slippage. But the lever, when releasing, is about 1/4 inch from handle when it grabs. Are there any adjustable levers that will fit the GW. Like those of the Vulcan's that are adjustable. Bike shifts fine other than that. Or is there any kind of adjustment that can be done.?
Thanks in advance.
Bill



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Re: Clutch lever

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:28 am

No adjustment for the lever,however it does sound like there is a problem or really fat grips.I believe the normal catch point for the clutch is about 1/3rd of the lever full stroke.perhaps a inch from the grip.Yours is quite a bit early.
There may be air in the line,I'd flush the fluid just to be sure.
The lever could also be bent.

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Re: Clutch lever

Postby texaskid » Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:00 am

I think I remember seeing an adjustable lever for Honda's but can't seem to find it. Will keep looking and if I find it I will post it. Thanks.

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Re: Clutch lever

Postby 86pearlblue » Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:28 pm

virgilmobile wrote:No adjustment for the lever,however it does sound like there is a problem or really fat grips.I believe the normal catch point for the clutch is about 1/3rd of the lever full stroke.perhaps a inch from the grip.Yours is quite a bit early.
There may be air in the line,I'd flush the fluid just to be sure.
The lever could also be bent.

I'm with virgil on air in the line. Probably up near the reservoir. a crack of the knuckle bolt and a pull of the lever (maybe two or three times) should alleviate if that's the source. Make sure you take steps to protect the paint from the brake fluid.

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Re: Clutch lever

Postby cbx4evr » Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:31 pm

texaskid wrote:I think I remember seeing an adjustable lever for Honda's but can't seem to find it. Will keep looking and if I find it I will post it. Thanks.


The 1800's come with adjustable levers. I have an 1800 clutch lever on my 1500 and it works great. Not sure about it fitting a 1200 though.
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: Clutch lever

Postby texaskid » Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:48 am

Thanks guys...........I will give the Honda shop a call and see if the 1800 will fit.......or take a look and see what the difference is.
Also checked to see if there were any leaks and didn't see any indication of one. Again Thanks.

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Re: Clutch lever

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:26 pm

Calling them probably won't get you a whole lot of answers. Most parts guys don't know what a GL1200 is. Best thing to do is go down there with your lever. A lot of new bikes now come with an adjustable lever.
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: Clutch lever

Postby texaskid » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:15 am

Ya I know...........I was looking at part numbers difference between the 2013's 1800 and the 85 1200. The clutch parts for the master cylinder parts( bushing and pump rod ) are basically the same, the design of the master cylinder is different. So I am going to order a clutch lever and see what happens. Even the bolt and nut have same numbers. Thanks. When I get it done I will post.




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