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Antonioooo
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Gears

Post by Antonioooo » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:37 am



Hi my gl1500 kicks into gear normally but I have to rev alot for it to move.
It's like it has no pulling power.
Any ideas please..

It was after I'd been towing my small caravan


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AZgl1800
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Re: Gears

Post by AZgl1800 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:23 am

Antonioooo wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:37 am
Hi my gl1500 kicks into gear normally but I have to review slot for it to move.
It's like it has no pulling power.
Any ideas please..
you have lost me, don't know what you are saying "review slot" ??

from a stop, it should drop into 1st gear with a good solid thunk, depending on oil temperature ( cold in morning? ) and less of a thunk when hot after a run.

Pulling power?
is the clutch working properly?

has the bike been setting unused for a long time?

my 1st thought is to pour in 4 oz of Sea Foam to the engine oil, and go ride it for a couple hours,
drain that oil out, put in fresh oil/filter and more Sea Foam.... run that for a 100 miles and drain again, and the clutch should be working normally by this time.

that is assuming it is a clutch problem?

also, Sea Foam will help improve shifting also.
~John

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Re: Gears

Post by Antonioooo » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:50 am

It's the clutch dosnot seem to have the pressure

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Re: Gears

Post by AZgl1800 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:55 am

Antonioooo wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:50 am
It's the clutch dosnot seem to have the pressure
I understand that to mean, that the clutch is slipping and even though you push the RPMs up to 3000 or more, the bike does not accelerate like it should?

if that is the case, the plates might be slipping, or the master cylinder bleed hole might be plugged which could cause a build up of line pressure to the clutch slave cylinder, forcing the clutch to remain partially disengaged.

I think that right now, I would open the clutch master cylinder and siphon out the fluid, and inspect the super tiny little bleed hole and make sure it is open, and that brake fluid can return to the master cylinder.

then pour some brake fluid back in, leave the top off, and operate the clutch lever, and observe if the returning fluid causes a ripple in the fluid surface?

make sure you have all of the plastics protected very well from any possible spillage of brake fluid.
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Re: Gears

Post by AZgl1800 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:57 am

a little test to prove this,

while riding the bike at 20 or 30 mph, leave the clutch lever alone, and twist the throttle wide open.

if the engine revs up wildly and the bike is not accelerating at the same rate, the clutch is slipping
~John

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Re: Gears

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:08 am

First, to check if the master cylinder return is blocked, open the bleed valve on the clutch slave. If fluid squirts out under pressure, then the master cylinder return port is blocked, and will need to be cleaned out.

However, the fact that you experienced this after pulling a trailer, leads me to think the clutch is itself worn out, and is just slipping.

One other question - did you recently change your oil? If so, did you use an oil with friction modifiers in it (usually an automotive oil)? If so, that will cause your clutch to slip as well.

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Re: Gears

Post by Antonioooo » Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:56 pm

It's ok thanks for all your suggestions folks but it's all sorted thanks again

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Re: Gears

Post by MikeB » Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:57 pm

Hopefully it is not embarrassing for you, but it sure would be nice to know what the issue was.
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Re: Gears

Post by Antonioooo » Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:44 am

No it's not embarrassing it's the simple fact that it was a bit hit clutch I had half an idea it was that but I was hoping not
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Re: Gears

Post by CrystalPistol » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:58 pm

Oooops, I see it is already fixed.

Antonioooo wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:44 am
was a bit hit clutch
What is that?
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Re: Gears

Post by MikeB » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:18 pm

CrystalPistol wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:58 pm
Oooops, I see it is already fixed.

Antonioooo wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:44 am
was a bit hit clutch
What is that?
I was confused as well. I didn't want to further confuse the mater by asking.


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