Heavy clutch


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Ah12kings
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Heavy clutch

Post by Ah12kings » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:55 pm



Hi having been riding consistently for the last 32 years, my clutch hand had decided it doesn’t want to play along anymore! So I’m looking to lighten the clutch action on my 1975 GL1000. I’m considering a hydraulic clutch and even a quick shifter. Has anyone managed to lighten their clutch using these or any other approaches?
Thanks for your advice and guidance.
Ed



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Fred Camper
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Re: Heavy clutch

Post by Fred Camper » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:05 pm

I have a Hydraulic but not installed it yet. Not reported as a load reduction, but less peak pressure. A new cable and housing can help for less money. No info on the quick shifter. I do not use the clutch for upshifts. Just load the shifter slightly then relax the throttle for a shift.

Ah12kings
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Re: Heavy clutch

Post by Ah12kings » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:22 pm

Thanks Fred, please do keep me posted on how you get on with the hydraulic. I’ll get some new hoses and fluid on ASAP and update this thread.

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Re: Heavy clutch

Post by Old Fogey » Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:37 pm

I changed to a hydraulic system from a GL1200 on my '76, as I have a problem with my left hand. To be honest, the cable operated clutch on my '79 is possibly a fraction lighter. I would not go to the hassle of converting again.
The difference is in the left hand switch gear and the pivot point for the clutch lever. On the 75-77 the pivot is on the switch body, with a shorter lever. The 78-79 has a different switch body with a separate clutch perch and a slightly longer lever. It makes all the difference.


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