Hard shifting


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59goldwing
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Motorcycle: 1984 gl1200 interstate

Hard shifting

Postby 59goldwing » Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:10 am



Hi all, I'm here, I thought you could download an owners manual free but it takes you to the Helm site. Is there a site to really get donwload a free manual? Now my question , my goldwing is hard shifting and hard to get in nuetral. The clutch doesn't slip or anything. I checked the clutch fluid and it was really low. I filled it, Do I have to bleed it and how do I do that. I had air bubbles when I worked the lever after I filled it.



kamirider
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Motorcycle: 1984 GoldWing Interstate

Re: Hard shifting

Postby kamirider » Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:52 am

The bleeding is ease. There is a bleeder valve down low behind the transmission. Open the cover on the reservoir make sure that it is full than open the bleeder and it should bleed through. When I did my '84 that worked just fine. As for the hard shift I find that the heal toe shifter that I have tends to make up shifting a little harder and neutral is really hard to find .

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Right Winger
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Motorcycle: 85 ltd
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Re: Hard shifting

Postby Right Winger » Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:24 pm

:) Just asking , When is the last time you changed your oil ? When mine starts shifting hard it's usally indicative of an oil change is needed :)

59goldwing
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Re: Hard shifting

Postby 59goldwing » Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:45 pm

I just changed the oil bout 300 miles ago. It just started the hard shifting last time I rode so I checked and the fuild was low in the clutch resevore so I filled it but it didn't help

59goldwing
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Re: Hard shifting

Postby 59goldwing » Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:46 pm

Oh it is an 84 interstate that is in nice shape, I love it. do I have to remove covers to get to the bleeder for the clutch cylinder?

kamirider
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Re: Hard shifting

Postby kamirider » Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:30 pm

No if you look from the left side behind the generator and just below you will see it. I just opened it a bit and kept filling the top to drain all the old fluid out than closed the valve and have had no problem since.
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goldtr6c
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Re: Hard shifting

Postby goldtr6c » Fri Jun 18, 2010 1:57 am

Its a long way down to the clutch bleeder from the master cylinder. Most of the air bubbles (if you have any) will be in the top of the hose and its kinda hard to pump them all down to the bleeder sometimes. I like to pump it then crack the hose bolt at the top while the lever is held down. If you got air, it will come out here. Then bleeding the system to remove all the old fluid is much easier. Just be sure to cover your fairing and "tank" real well before starting.

59goldwing
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Re: Hard shifting

Postby 59goldwing » Fri Jun 18, 2010 4:54 am

Thank you guys for your help, I'm doing this stuff today and will let you know the results.




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