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I have a 1985 GL1100, my question is : I am having problems with putting the bike into neutral (jumps into either 1st or 2nd) as well as does not shift smoothly while changing gears ( makes a clunking noise), would this be a clutch problem or transmission problem?

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  • Steve Stewart Feb 12, 2012

    My 83 GL1100i has that clunk. Noticed it a lot when I first got the bike. Lately not so much. If I'm riding 2 up, at take off in 1st gear it will happen. I've pretty much rebuilt everything but the drive train. Don't know that much about the swing arm, thought maybe I might need new bearings in there as my rear tire is starting to rub the brake support on the left side, and the swing arm on the right. Also wondering where you found a 1985 GL1100, they stopped making them in 83

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Hi,


If you have insufficient clearance between the drive and driven plates you will have a hell of time trying to get it into neutral. Warped or badly worn clutch plates can cause this problem. Another cause is oil. If it's the wrong type, old oil or there's not enough of it the bike can be hard to get into neutral. Some car oils don't work well in the Triumphs as they expect good quality oils without friction modifiers. Also if oil level is the slightest bit low or old/dirty from hard running, it will be harder to change gear. Also check your clutch fluid reservoir to make sure there is enough hydraulic fluid

Try adjusting your clutch cable so that it engages more and see how it goes before pulling the clutch basket to bits. Try the following to get it into neutral:
Put the bike in 1st.

Load the lever "slightly", release the clutch to the point where it is just allowing the engine to engage (i.e. you can feel the tension but revs haven't yet dropped), then as you pull the clutch back in to the handle bar increase the pressure on the lever and the bike should just snick in to neutral.

Check the shifter to make sure that it is not hitting on the foot peg or any other part of the bike that would be causing it to not go to full travel. If the shifter is not hitting on any part of the bike, then you have an internal problem with the shifter shaft.


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