2nd gear starts

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2nd gear starts

Post by chrisgl1800 » Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:17 am

I find that1st gear on my 2009 Goldwing GL1800 is really really a low gear. I was wondering if any other owners have tried using 2nd gear as a starting gear. Is there a drawback to using 2nd?? :?:

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Re: 2nd gear starts

Post by myYellowbird » Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:40 am

Not sure i know with mine if i start out in 2nd it really bogs on me. I will not do it, not good on the Clutch or transmission. I just get out !st Fast.

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Re: 2nd gear starts

Post by FlyBoy2121 » Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:11 pm

I myYellowbird

I preferred to cross the start at first in first gear, it will avoid excessive drag cluch and change a cluch is a big job and $$$$$$$$.

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Re: 2nd gear starts

Post by gareva1 » Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:32 pm

Starting in second is a common way for beginners to learn slow speed maneuvers on the wing; in fact, Jerry Paladino (Ride Like a Pro) recommends using 2nd when you start on bikes like the wing when starting out. You won't toast your clutch so long as you don't ride the clutch endlessly, and give the clutch a cool down period between sessions if you're doing parking lot play; if you're using 2nd in general usage, you'll probably be ok since you won't be heating the clutch over and over again like you would in practice sessions.

Another thing you could check is what position your clutch lever is in...the wider the throw (the farther away from the bar the clutch lever is when released), the more range of motion you have in the clutch control, and may help you find that friction zone range you may feel you're missing.

For the reasons Flyboy mentioned, I would not use 2nd as a starting gear when towing a trailer that is loaded up, but I know of many many people who use 2nd as a starting gear with no ill effects on the clutch. I prefer the get-up in first, and wouldn't consider using 2nd as a starting gear myself, but I understand that many feel the throttle response is rather abrupt and starting in 2nd helps overcome this.

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Re: 2nd gear starts

Post by GreenDragon » Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:00 pm

I do on the level or down hill starts. Uphill starts seem to bog down too much so I do not do that. I do practice slow speed maneuvers in 2nd gear, clutch out and rear brake modulating the speed.
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Re: 2nd gear starts

Post by yesamnot » Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:32 pm

goldwing has a 1st gear?? never used it...way to low gear ratio

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