Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: UFO's R Us, North Mexico
Year: 84 GL 1200
Model: 84 Aspencade
YES, CLUTCH ENGAGEMENT SHOULD BE "optimally"... in the MIDDLE of the clutch lever throw, more or less. but mine isn't. it is at the end of the throw, the last 1/2" of the lever movement. it doesn't slip...yet, but I don't rev it up much or slip the clutch any more than is necessary to get it to go and it is flat here, few hills to start off on that a person has to slip the clutch to get going. putting in a new brass bushing made the clutch engagement that much further out from the handlebar as the OLD clutch bushing was worn ALL THE WAY THROUGH the brass bushing and the bushing was egg shaped.
pin lengths are not adjustable, from what I can see. it looks like the clutch has been worked on at one time or another as there is clear silicone where the clutch cover is bolted to the back of the motor. im fairly sure the factory did not use silicone to seal the clutch cover plate on the back of the motor so it would appear that the clutch has been worked on before?
people cut/re-weld frames all the time, not recommended, of course; but...? the weld would not be thee same as the factory weld, but a competent welder could do a "good enough" job with a MIG welder. it is the heat affected area of the weld anyway that is weak, not necessarily the weld. the "heat affected area" is within 6" on either side of the weld. it is not my first choice, but $1500 to pull the motor to replace the $100 clutch discs is NOT going to happen and the ~1-1.5" that is in there between the clutch and the cross member to work is not enough room for MY HANDS, WITH TOOLS in there to work.
I will KNOW better on my NEXT BIKE to CHECK THE CLUTCH LEVER ENGAGEMENT!!!!!! IT SHOULD BE IN THE ~MIDDLE OF THE CLUTCH LEVER "throw" ... NOT AT THE VERY END OF THE CLUTCH LEVER THROW. Yes, I will change the fluid in the clutch, I don't see how that is going to make a world of difference, but I will do it. the wind is blowing ~40mph today and tmw, not a good day to go outside if we don't have to (no shop/garage).
Where does YOUR clutch ENGAGE... the ~MIDDLE of the clutch lever throw? or is that a new post/thread? thx