Having a clutch issue on a 1984 GL1200


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mikeg1906
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Having a clutch issue on a 1984 GL1200

Postby mikeg1906 » Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:53 pm



Hello everyone Hope you are having nicer weather then me in northwest PA.
It has been cold and wet around here.
But it did get nice today. I went out for a ride and my clutch was fine when left. But after about 30 miles I notice there was very little clutch then after a few more miles there was no clutch at all. Then I road it back home 30 miles with very very clutch and at time there was no clutch. The more I tried it the worst it got. Then I did not use it at all for 10 miles. It was not easy going throw stop sign and lights. But I go home safely. Then I took cap of reservoir and it was full. I put cap back on and I had clutch again. I went out for a 10 miles ride and it work fine. After I got back I notice it was not as good as it was when I left but I still had a clutch. The clutch slave cylinder down under bike was change about 3 years ago when clutch started having problem then. And it work fine for 3 years until now. It was a New OEM slave I put on. Does anyone have anything else it could be wrong? Thank you all for the help, Mike :?



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Re: Having a clutch issue on a 1984 GL1200

Postby RoadRogue » Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:45 pm

The brake fluid in the lines does like to abzorbe water and should be changed out every 2 years. Flush it out with new fluid and bleed as usual, I will bet a nickel it will solve the problem.
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Re: Having a clutch issue on a 1984 GL1200

Postby mikeg1906 » Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:54 pm

I will have to try that. With the weather we are have cold and warm and raining. That just might be the problem. Thanks :)

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Re: Having a clutch issue on a 1984 GL1200

Postby Oldsmores » Sun Apr 24, 2011 5:45 pm

Have you tried bleeding it? Bleed it at the bleed valve first, then at the banjo bolt at the clutch handle.

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Re: Having a clutch issue on a 1984 GL1200

Postby Comey » Sun May 17, 2015 6:49 am

I am having the same problem on my 1994 GL1500 SE.
Took it in to Honda shop and they flushed the fluid and bled the system
but it did not help. There is no fluid lost no leaks just feels like it has
no fluid at all. Let it cool down half hour or so clutch will then work
normally.

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Re: Having a clutch issue on a 1984 GL1200

Postby mikeg1906 » Sun May 17, 2015 7:31 am

Replace your clutch hose from the clutch handle to clutch slave on back of motor. I had same problem with mine 1984 and for 3 years I replaced everything but the hose. And it was somewhat better but when it got hot there be very little clutch to no clutch. I Bought line on e-bay stainless line 1 pcs and put it on bleeds it and my clutch woworked great. Never had and more problems. Pull clutch in halfway and it was released hot or cold.

What I believe was happening was bike wood get the old 30 years line warm and it would expand. Not letting the clutch reless the once it cool it would work better.

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Re: Having a clutch issue on a 1984 GL1200

Postby Comey » Sun May 17, 2015 9:58 am

Thanks I will try that it makes a lot of sense.




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