Shifting Problem on 1994 GL1500

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Shifting Problem on 1994 GL1500

Postby Scoobys » Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:42 am

:cry: My son has a 1994 GL1500, it has 140,000 miles on it. He says when he takes off the bike shifts into 1st no prob., when he goes to shift into 2nd he has to slow down and try to ease into 2nd. If not it makes a clunking noise and doesn't catch. It does the samething when shifting into 4th. It does this most of the time but not all of the time. He has changed the fluid and bleed the line. H was wondering if he needs to rebuild the clutch handle :?: . Does anyone have any sugestions?

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Re: Shifting Problem on 1994 GL1500

Postby cbx4evr » Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:57 pm

May be a problem with the shift fork. If it is you are in for a big repair bill, engine swap or different bike. No easy fix.

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Re: Shifting Problem on 1994 GL1500

Postby Andy Cote » Sun Aug 18, 2013 6:06 pm

try changing the engine oil. Mine shifts "clunky" with dirty oil.
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Re: Shifting Problem on 1994 GL1500

Postby dkorody » Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:26 am

don't use synthetic as it can affect the clutch

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Re: Shifting Problem on 1994 GL1500

Postby landisr » Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:10 am

Sorry, but nix on the warning about synthetic vs the clutch. I have a 94 Aspencade since new it has had a steady diet of either Mobile One synthetic or Shell Rotella, changed every 10,000 miles. Original clutch still functioning perfectly. (Side note: my 1000 and 1200 seemed to prefer dino oil...) But that warning is entirely appropriate for energy conserving oils. Just be sure to avoid any oil with an 'energy star' on the front of the bottle.

I agree with the suggestion about trying an oil change. That sometimes helps improve shifting.

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