Shifting question. . .


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Shifting question. . .

Postby Uncle Fester » Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:29 pm



Okay, question.
I am new to 'Wings, but not bikes, is it normal for the shifting on a GL1500 to be clunky ?

Also, is it normal for it to be hard to miss second and go into neutral when up shifting from first to second ? On about 1/3 of my up shifts from first to second, I wind out in neutral instead of second.


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Re: Shifting question. . .

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:58 pm

You have the dreaded "SLOPPY SHIFTER SYNDROME "... :D
You should be able to cure this with info from this post and run Rosella 15-40 diesel engine oil.
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Re: Shifting question. . .

Postby Uncle Fester » Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:32 pm

After I posted the question, I did some more reaserch here and kind of thought this might be the case.

On a side note, after a ride, I at times, smell the odor of hot oil. . . If I had to guess, shifter seal, so I guess I will be doing both repairs. The part that has me worried some is, I will have to do this on the ground, on the side stand, with bad knees. . . . should be fun, right ? Lol

The second worry, $$$$ , this will have to wait untill next month to be done.

One last question ( maybe ) , does anyone know of a shop that can and will do this repair in Oklahoma ? None of the dealers around here will work on anything over 10 yrs old. . . .
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Re: Shifting question. . .

Postby wingpilot08 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:36 am

The shifter brace is the way to go..just put one on my 96' (over 200,000 miles) and the shifting is much better now. As for installing the shifter brace, unless you are all thumbs or don't have tools, the installation is easy to accomplish! Takes about 1 hr taking your time to do it. Cost is a concern...but then almost anything you do to the Wing will be about $100 bucks (except maybe changing the oil). Did mine shortly after knee surgery....but I did have a m/c lift.
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Re: Shifting question. . .

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:47 am

I watched the install video, looks easy enough for this ex-mechanic to figure out the labor part, it is just getting up and down to it as the bike will be on the ground on the center stand. . .and then there is the money part. :evil:
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Re: Shifting question. . .

Postby thrasherg » Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:58 pm

Come for a nice ride to Seattle, Washington with the parts and you can use my bike lift (no bending) to fit the parts or I can fit them for you. :D

I realise this is probably not a viable option, but I am serious if you want to ride here.. Hopefully someone nearer to you can either help or suggest a shop that will do the work.

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Re: Shifting question. . .

Postby Sidcar » Mon Mar 24, 2014 3:43 pm

I fitted a shifter brace to my 1500 not a hard job even with a sidecar in the way.
The brace got rid of all that sloppyness but the gear change is still horribly clunky. Is this cured by the Rosella diesel oil?

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Re: Shifting question. . .

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:47 pm

Really ? Rotella 15-40 diesel engine oil ? Is that SAFE for a bike ?


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