Finding neutral


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tozz
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Finding neutral

Postby tozz » Fri Sep 17, 2010 3:41 pm



I have a 2006 GL1800 trike with 24,000 miles. When I first start it in the morning and move a short distance it is very difficult or almost impossible to shift it into neutral. After I have been riding for awhile I have no problem finding neutral. Also, after I back out of the garage and have the clutch lever fully depressed and shift into 1st gear, the motorcycle will creep forward even with the clutch fully depressed. It is not a problem once the engine is warmed up. Is this just an adjustment or a more serious problem.

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thrasherg
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Re: Finding neutral

Postby thrasherg » Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:20 pm

What Oil are you running and where are you located in the world. Colder climates require thinner oil. The clutch is immersed in oil to aid cooling, but when the engine is cold, the oil is thick and will often cause the clutch to drag, which makes changing gear difficult. As the oil warms up it gets thinner and the drag reduces.. It could be a mechanical problem but I would start with the obvious.. What oil are you running? When was it last changed? Are you in a cold climate?

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Re: Finding neutral

Postby Keyboard » Sat Sep 18, 2010 7:08 am

I wonder if the problem is related to the trike kit. Maybe some trike owners can chime in with their experiences.
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gogs11uk
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Re: Finding neutral

Postby gogs11uk » Sat Sep 18, 2010 1:31 pm

I very much doubt it would be connected to the trike kit. It sounds like the clutch is dragging and more than likely this is because the bike is cold. I suffer a bit from this on the colder mornings but once the bike has been running for a minute or two it seems to disappear. You can feel the difference in the biting point in the clutch release lever.

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Re: Finding neutral

Postby expplane » Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:35 pm

Perhaps using a full synthetic oil would relieve this problem since synthetic oil does not suffer from the thickening at low temperatures that dino oil does.

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Re: Finding neutral

Postby Keyboard » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:09 am

I don't think the type of oil has anything to do with it. I know lots of GL1800 owners that don't have that problem whether using dino or synthetic oil. This sounds like a mechanical problem with the shift lever or transmission.


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