Bike Is hard to get in gear


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Bike Is hard to get in gear

Postby berlie » Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:36 pm



I have a 1984 aspencade GL 1200 and its very hard to change gears. If you might know why it is like that..please tell me, thanks.



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Re: Bike Is hard to get in gear

Postby RoadRogue » Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:47 am

try adjusting your clutch cable at the handlebar, take some of the slack out with the adjusting screw.You should have atleast 1/8 inch of freeplay ,too much slack and your clutch isnt disengaging when you pull the lever in. When you have it in gear and the clutch lever pulled in the bike wants to creep along,right?
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Re: Bike Is hard to get in gear

Postby berlie » Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:54 am

thank you for your advice but my bike has an hydraulic clucth how would you adjust that? thanks

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Re: Bike Is hard to get in gear

Postby detdrbuzzard » Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:29 pm

is it full of fluid? is the fluid clear or cloudy? cloudy then flush it. cloudy = old and needs to be replaced
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Re: Bike Is hard to get in gear

Postby giturgun » Tue Aug 10, 2010 6:26 pm

Check the free play before the fluid starts pushin on the puck . Should be just a little like a cable model . Could have air in the line . Bad or rough bore in the slave or master cyl . It should be smooth and feel the same all the way to the h bar.
When you say hard what kind of hard . Does it just mean the lever is moving hard or do you mean the gears are crunching
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Re: Bike Is hard to get in gear

Postby RoadRogue » Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:38 pm

sorry ,had a brain f@rt about the clutch cable or lack there of(hydraulic clutch),as posted above check fluid level and condition.
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Re: Bike Is hard to get in gear

Postby berlie » Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:46 am

yes you're right the bike does want to creep along with the clutch in when i say hard i mean on the heal toe shift i have to really bang on it. thanks for all the info.

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Re: Bike Is hard to get in gear

Postby thrasherg » Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:13 am

As mentioned, it sounds like your clutch is dragging (Not dis-engaging properly) and that will make it very difficult to change gears. Sounds like you should replace the clutch fluid and purge the system to remove any air. If that doesn't fix the problem then you probably need to overhaul the clutch master and slave cylinders.

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Re: Bike Is hard to get in gear

Postby berlie » Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:25 am

thank you i will try that and hope i works thanks Bruce

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Re: Bike Is hard to get in gear

Postby berlie » Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:11 pm

thanks to all foryour help.Iflushed the system but no luck. I now have a new slave cylinder ordered. Hope fully that's the problem .

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Re: Bike Is hard to get in gear

Postby thrasherg » Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:19 pm

It's more likely to be the master cylinder (worn seals on the handlebar unit) than the slave, but it's good to check the slave anyway..

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Re: Bike Is hard to get in gear

Postby giturgun » Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:25 pm

You find your problem yet. ?????????????
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Re: Bike Is hard to get in gear

Postby berlie » Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:42 pm

yes i did thank-you it was the master gylinder but now i'm having trouble bleeding the line air seems to be still traped in the line. Any suggestin?

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Re: Bike Is hard to get in gear

Postby thrasherg » Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:13 pm

I often have problems bleeding hydralic lines. My only solution is to buy a large hyperdermic syringe (50cc), fill it with brake/clutch fluid (and no I don't inject it into myself! :) ) then put a clear pipe on the syringe and connect it to the bleed nipple on the slave unit. Open the slave bleed valve and fill the hydralic system from the bottom to the top by pushing the syringe plunger down and forcing the brake fluid up to the master cylinder. Every time I try the conventional method (fill the master and pump it down to the slave) I can never get all the air out!! Be carefull where the brake fluid goes as it will attack paint and plastic..

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Re: Bike Is hard to get in gear

Postby berlie » Sat May 14, 2011 12:33 am

hi there again. my bike been in the shop all winter all the clutch plates have been replaced except for one metal plate that is different from the others this plate as been discontinued .The bike changes gears fine but it won't go into netural without shutting down the engine. Anyone have any ideals what the problem could be?




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