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Don Thibeault
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shifting problem

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I have 2004 Goldwing. Recently had an occurance where it slipped out of gear during acceleration, but then performed normally shifting through all gears during the ride. At the end of the ride when I tried to get into first gear, I could not. I can't shift down beyond neutral. Any advice? Is it safe to operate, since all other gears seem to function normally?



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Re: shifting problem

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Not really sure but kind of sounds like a bent shifter fork.

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Yes, my son thought the same. Thanks for the input. I'm wondering if it's safe to ride until I can get it to a shop?

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Re: shifting problem

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Don Thibeault wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:19 pm
Yes, my son thought the same. Thanks for the input. I'm wondering if it's safe to ride until I can get it to a shop?
If that's all it is (bent shifter fork), then yes it is safe to ride, I would avoid those gears if possible.

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Re: shifting problem

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WingAdmin wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:54 pm
Don Thibeault wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:19 pm
Yes, my son thought the same. Thanks for the input. I'm wondering if it's safe to ride until I can get it to a shop?
If that's all it is (bent shifter fork), then yes it is safe to ride, I would avoid those gears if possible.
I wouldn't, if fork is bent enough could be side loading in the groove in gear where it rides wearing both the fork and the groove putting metal shavings into the oil and thru out the motor.






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Thanks 823Jim, The pics are especially helpful for my understanding. It's to the shop asap. Have any idea what this repair might cost?

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Thanks to each of you who offered information about my problem. Techs could only guess at the problem, but said the only way to determine what it was is to take the engine and transmission apart! I started up the bike, and tried to shift into 1st, and it went right in. After backing out of my barn, I ran it through all gears. No hesitation shifting. A little "clunky", but first is there. I believe this will need attention in the near future, but am going to ride for now. Thanks again!

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Re: shifting problem

Post by GoldWingrGreg »

Some GL1800 end up with transmission problems. Very rarely is it cause from a bent shift fork. As for being able to ride it ... if indeed it needs transmission repair, the longer it is rode the more costly it can become to fix it. What happens to GL1800's is that that dogs on the gears wear and metal filings begins being carried in the oil. It can then turn from transmission repair into main/rod bearings, oil pump, etc.



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