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'03 GL1800 Shifting change

Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:44 pm
by controlu
The bike is fairly new to me, about six weeks. I went out this morning for a ride and noticed that the up shift from 1st to 2nd seemed to really KLUNK when shifting. Shifting always seemed quite smooth to me, coming from a Harley, but this was noticeable. Anything I should be checking? 60,000 miles on it and I just changed the oil last week and the level is where it should be.

Re: '03 GL1800 Shifting change

Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:14 pm
by tamathumper
Does it clunk when cold, and then get better when warmed up? Totally normal.

Try preloading the shifter (put a little toe pressure on it first, then shift firmly).

Re: '03 GL1800 Shifting change

Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:12 pm
by controlu
It was fully warmed up and I was shifting the same as I always have when it seemed smooth.

Re: '03 GL1800 Shifting change

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:00 am
by Ghostman
One of the quick and dirty things you can do is pull the pivot pins and bushings and clean and regrease them for the clutch and brake levers. Sometimes that will help. Number 2 is about 4 years ago I kinda had the same thing it turned out the shift linkage joints were stiff lubed them with tri flow a couple of times and it fixed that. Actually got a bruise on the big toe that day.
The big one is when was the last time you flushed the clutch and replaced with new fluid.

Re: '03 GL1800 Shifting change

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:11 am
by controlu
I don't know when the fluid was changed since I bought it used. Brake fluid was changed two weeks ago, now, gotta do the clutch. I do the shift linkage joints too ... as soon as I find them.

Re: '03 GL1800 Shifting change

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:37 am
by Ghostman
Changing the clutch fluid is a bit of a bear as you have to pull the cowl and drop the evap canister and then youll find the bleeder on the master. But between changing the fluid and greasing and cleaning the bushings and pivot pins on the levers it will feel like new. I did my clutch about 3 weeks ago. I looked up my maintenance log and it was about 4 years since the last time man time flys. Yesterday I pulled all the levers cleaned and greased the pins and bushings and what a difference pulling in the clutch. The shifter bushings are supposed to be lifetime but beside me Ive known a few people like me who needed to lube them and it did make a difference.

Re: '03 GL1800 Shifting change

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:31 am
by GoldWingrGreg
controlu wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:11 am
I don't know when the fluid was changed since I bought it used. Brake fluid was changed two weeks ago, now, gotta do the clutch. I do the shift linkage joints too ... as soon as I find them.
Nothing wrong with inspecting the shift linkage, and lubing the pivot pin, but the other linkage joints needs to be clean and dry.

Re: '03 GL1800 Shifting change

Posted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:15 am
by controlu
Thank you, I'll give it all a try.