Shifting Problem

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Shifting Problem

Postby JimByrd » Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:20 am

I could only use first and second gear. The problem was I had used Loctite on my wobbly Kuryakyn heel and toe shifter on my GL1800. I thought it was about to fall off. The Loctite over a period of about a month put a friction load on it's movement to the degree that the gear shifting return spring could not return the lever to the normal position after shifting. This caused the shifting mechanism portion of the transmission to be bound up and created enough heat in the OEM shifting lever that it would burn your hand if touched. Fortunately, I didn't drive it but about a half mile and returned home. Not thinking about the obvious I tore into the transmission unnecessarily before discovering the obvious.
I'm 67 so I guess the exercise was favorable. I removed, oiled, and replaced the Kuryakyn heel and toe shifter and everything works fine. So far I don't have any oil leaks from the transmission gasket, so I'm happy about that.

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Re: Shifting Problem

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:06 pm

Did you have a look at the shifter forks to see if there was any significant wear that might cause problems in the future?

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Re: Shifting Problem

Postby JimByrd » Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:23 pm

What I examined looked good to me and everything seems to be working fine. I've since put about 200 miles on it. I ride about 10K a year. I'm 67, 150lbs, and 5'9" and the beast is really too big for me, but I love it. I've had many motocross and road racer type motorcycles and I can't believe how this baby responds and tracks. My problem is when I'm going less than 3mph, because of my size and 29" inseam.

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Re: Shifting Problem

Postby Keyboard » Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:07 pm

There are some who believe the heal-toe shifters are not good for the GL1800 because they eventually cause transmission problems. I don't know how true that is, but I do know several owners that eventually got rid of the HT shifter. It created inconsistant and less than smooth shifting. It was enough to scare them. Personally, I use the stock pegs and shifter. That combo works just fine for me.
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Re: Shifting Problem

Postby gareva1 » Thu Sep 02, 2010 11:00 am

When you say you tore the transmission down and looked things you mean you removed the engine to do this? From personal experience, what a pain that job is!

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Re: Shifting Problem

Postby crock4 » Sun May 15, 2011 1:55 pm

I have a little different problem with my Kuryakyn heel toe shifter. I am only 5' 10" tall and upshifting is fine, but when I go to downshift it's very tight. It almost feels like my leg is too long, and it's very uncomfortable. I ride with a driver backrest, and was thinking maybe it is to far foward, but if I move it very much farther back it crowds the passenger area too much. Anybody else had this problem? I really hate to take off the driver backrest, (also Kuryakyn), and not use it because it helps with lower back pain on long rides.

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