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Hello All! Just getting the bike up and running for the season..just replaced the battery, and got it running. Now, I notice the clutch engages rather soon when I let up, and it is difficult to get it into neutral...or should I say, I cant! Only after I shut it down, can I get it into neutral. I opened the clutch master, and it was low. Filled it, and closed it up...smae thing. Cant shift into neutral, and feels like its sticking thru the gears that I can shift into. Any help would be appreciated...its a 1986 GL 1200 Interstate, 81,000 miles, with hopefully many more to go. This will be my third season on her, and really want to get her up and running soon... THANKS!!!
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Welcome to the forum rare300
You will have to bleed the clutch system, might have to remove the slave cylinder and clean it out as well as the master cylinder. The fluid needs to be changed every year or crud builds up and causes the seals to leak in the slave cyl.
Take your time with it now and it will last.
The brakes are the same, has to be changed yearly. Honda says 2 years but you are better off yearly.

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If your clutch master was low, you might have air on the line. on the 1200s the line is actually sitting higher than the master, it'as a good spot to trap air.

Change the fluid, like NEWDAY777 recommended make sure you use DOT4 bleed the bottom until it comes out clear, you'll know you have clean fluid thru out the line.

Last but not least cover your left side of fairing with paint throws or towels or something. Then put a 12 mm (IIRC) on the banjo, after pulling the rubber cover of course. Wrap where the line, the banjo bolt and the wrench meet with paper towels. If you have velcro for cables wrap it around the clutch lever and the grip, so it stays pulled. THEN release and retighten the banjo. You should hear/feel the bubles coming out. Repepeat until the air doesn't come out. Remember to: Keep fluid in the reservoir. Pump/pull slowly while you have the cover off. Retighten your banjo before releasing the lever, otherwise you'll pull air in.

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Bleed the clutch first. The GL1200 can be hard to bleed, if you have problems getting the lever firm you can use this tip:

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