Clutch Lever


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Clutch Lever

Postby cbx4evr » Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:28 pm



I've had surgery on my left wrist recently in which three bones were removed. Dealing with the rehab of that now and although things are steadily getting better I'm worried that my riding season may be affected.

Right now I am unable to squeeze the clutch lever. Was wondering if there were any options to changing to a lighter spring in the clutch master cylinder???


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Re: Clutch Lever

Postby robb » Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:15 am

[i][It's a little pricey but you get what you pay for. Don't have one on the wing but have used in the past.
http://www.pingelonline.com/eshifter_goldwing.htm
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Re: Clutch Lever

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:19 pm

Very interesting. Wasn't even aware there was something like that available. A little more than I need hopefully and pricey too but if it's the difference between riding or not .....

Anyone using one of these?
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Re: Clutch Lever

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:53 am

I've seen that video before - the thing that would worry me is the way it just rams the gears up and down with no engine speed matching. That's going to be really hard on the transmission and driveline. Look how the whole bike just bucks when he switches gears up and down.

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Re: Clutch Lever

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:36 pm

Ya I noticed that too. I can see some shift forks getting bent or broken. Not really what I am looking for anyway.

I can shift I still have a foot. My issue is pulling the clutch lever. I'm hoping it doesn't keep me off of the bike this year but if it does so be it. I'm getting stronger everyday and the way the weather keeps going the opposite from what it should be it will be awhile yet before the bike comes out.
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Re: Clutch Lever

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:48 pm

I think if I were in that situation, I would look at replacing the hydraulic clutch system with an electrically-activated one. The clutch lever would actuate a position sensor, which would send data to a controller which would then activate a high-torque servomotor attached to the actual clutch. You could then put a spring on the actuator with whatever pressure you could easily tolerate.

Hm, I wonder why nobody has done that already? Honda? :)

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Re: Clutch Lever

Postby dingdong » Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:42 am

With that electric shifter you still have to use the clutch manually when stopping and starting off.
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Re: Clutch Lever

Postby cbx4evr » Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:00 pm

Easy solution - VFR1200

Dual clutch transmission with automatic or push button shifting.

This is the future. I was disappointed it wasn't on the new Goldwings.

Watch this video.

http://powersports.honda.com/vfr/#/features

Choose Dual Clutch Transmission at bottom of menu after going to feature section.
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Re: Clutch Lever

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 23, 2011 2:13 pm

I saw that bike at the motorcycle show last year. You'll notice they also have an electronic throttle on that bike - your throttle operates a position sensor that feeds to the computer, and the computer operates the actual throttle. That's how they can make it shift smoothly. When upshifting, the computer declutches the current gear, cuts the throttle for an instant to exactly match the engine speed of the next gear ratio, and then engages the next clutch to engage the next gear. Downshifting, it does the exact same thing, except instead of cutting the throttle, it "blips" the throttle - so quickly you can't even tell, with the end result that the shifts are butter smooth.




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