Clutch lever feeling off


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Clutch lever feeling off

Post by redjetty » Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:44 pm



I have an 87 Goldwing aspencade,,,, I had shop tuner it up really good two years ago,, all fluids, timing belt, etc.... anyways,, does it have an adjustment on the clutch?? When I pull in the lever it does NOT engage till its 75% pulled in leaving me about 3/4" to do my shifting.... suggestions??? It was fine getting it back from the shop so if there were air bubbles wouldn't it have showed up right after the clutch fluid was changed? thanks rj



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Re: Clutch lever feeling off

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:42 pm

redjetty wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:44 pm
I have an 87 Goldwing aspencade,,,, I had shop tuner it up really good two years ago,, all fluids, timing belt, etc.... anyways,, does it have an adjustment on the clutch?? When I pull in the lever it does NOT engage till its 75% pulled in leaving me about 3/4" to do my shifting.... suggestions??? It was fine getting it back from the shop so if there were air bubbles wouldn't it have showed up right after the clutch fluid was changed? thanks rj
Two things can cause that. One is air in the clutch line, the other is a very worn clutch.

Are you losing clutch fluid? Do you see any evidence of leaks?

Try tying a bungee cord around your clutch lever (pull it as tight as you can get it, then strap it that way) and leave it overnight. Sometimes this will help air bubbles in the slave cylinder or hydraulic line migrate back up to the reservoir.

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Re: Clutch lever feeling off

Post by redjetty » Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:44 pm

spent lots of money having the new clutch plates put in 5k miles ago,,, bike only has 39k on it,,, no leaks on floor , oil, coolant, clutch, rear end,, clean on the floor,,, I'll try the overnight cord wrap around the handle pulled in,, thanks rj

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Re: Clutch lever feeling off

Post by redjetty » Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:03 am

what is this under my clutch lever? some type of adjustment for what?? the curved silver piece , the lowest part in the pic... thanks
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Re: Clutch lever feeling off

Post by julimike54 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:26 am

Check for worn bushing in the clutch pivot point, some have found them worn.

That silver piece isn't on my '86, no help
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Re: Clutch lever feeling off

Post by Rambozo » Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:06 am

Adjustment for the choke cable. Your clutch is hydraulic, so basically self adjusting.



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