'85 GL1200 Clutch issue


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joeholman
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'85 GL1200 Clutch issue

Postby joeholman » Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:13 pm



Here's the deal. Yesterday, after church, I went for a short ride (30 miles or so) & then stopped at Wal-mart & met up with the wife. After shopping, I rode home and all was fine, there didn't seem to be anything out of the ordinary.

Tonight, after work, I got ready to meet up with some friends to go on a ride & get some ice cream, climbed on the bike, my daughter climbed on the back, it started up fine.

I squeezed the clutch lever, & it didn't seem to have much resistance at all. I kicked it into 1st & it lurched forward & stalled. The clutch didn't engage at all. The lever did nothing.

I checked the M/C & it has fluid in it. A quick inspection doesn't show any leakage & the hose seems to be intact & not leaking. There are certainly no puddles under the bike.

What could cause the clutch to go so completely wrong so suddenly?!

Any assistance/advice is greatly appreciated!



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Re: '85 GL1200 Clutch issue

Postby detdrbuzzard » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:34 am

flush the system, old fluid will not hold pressure
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landisr
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Re: '85 GL1200 Clutch issue

Postby landisr » Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:36 pm

You might try bleeding the system at the upper banjo connection at the master cylinder. My buddy's 87A had the very same thing happen last Thursday, and after a 10 minute roadside bleeding session (brake fluid, fortunately), he was good to go. Several theories as to what caused it, but he plans to flush the system at first opportunity; but at least the bike is rideable again..

Let us know how things turn out.

Ron in MI
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joeholman
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Motorcycle: 1985 Honda GL1200A Aspencade

Re: '85 GL1200 Clutch issue

Postby joeholman » Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:22 pm

SUCCESS!!

I used a mityvac, and after sucking the M/C dry twice I broke down & asked my wife for help in watching the fluid level in the master. Purged & bled the system & it's back on the road!

All in all, it took about half an hour (including mis-steps) and now the clutch works good as new.

Thanks for all the great advice, I hope I'm able to repay with something I may know as time draws us down the road together.

Blessings to all,
--JH

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landisr
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Re: '85 GL1200 Clutch issue

Postby landisr » Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:24 pm

Glad you're back on the road. Enjoy the season while it's here.

Ron


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