1999 1/2 1500 shifting

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1999 1/2 1500 shifting

Postby idflyit » Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:10 pm

Im a new owner of a very low miles gl1500.....less than 12000 miles.Ive been riding bikes for over 40 years..dirtbikes...big bike..This gl runs & rides perfect..shifting is smooth & positive...no false neutrals ever..it goes into & out of evey gear perfectly...but it doesn't go "click click " its a bit more than that...I wouldn't call it a cluck though...is this the norm ?? thx to all in advance

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Re: 1999 1/2 1500 shifting

Postby ct1500 » Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:42 pm

Welcome to one of the finest touring machines ever built. Yes they are a bit clunky when shifting, certain engine oils may provide a quieter engagement. Another thing you can do is not drop the RPM's too low during a shift, keep it around where the next gears RPM will be when engaged.
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Re: 1999 1/2 1500 shifting

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:59 pm

As you know, these bikes put out a tremendous amount of torque, so the transmissions are big and beefy - and they clunk rather than "snick" into gear. Synthetic or other oils (some have success with Rotella) can help reduce it, as can rev matching (as already mentioned).

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Re: 1999 1/2 1500 shifting

Postby bstig60 » Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:43 pm

I added the shift stabilizer kit, can't remember the proper name, to my bike and it made a big difference. There is still a clunk to it, but it is much better than without the kit. The kit wasn't cheap, but it was worth it.


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