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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-07-2019, 10:45 PM
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The aftermarket pegs are for attaching to the crash bars and won't work for foot pegs. You have to get stock pegs so they will attach to the frame correctly. And they have to be for the front as the rear pegs won't work.

GL12 pegs are pretty broad compared to other bikes so they are fairly comfortable.

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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-08-2019, 11:48 AM
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I had a lot of hard shifting and missed shifts when I first got my used 86 1200 (21K miles) and only stopped with an oil change, but within 500 miles it would be back. I changed over to 5w40 Shell Rotella T6 full synthetic and in 55K miles haven't had a problem since.
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-25-2019, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the responses everyone! The solution turned out to be a little embarrassingly simple. In a nut shell, I changed my boots to a thinner pair and was able to slide my foot under and get a better lift on the shifter. The boots I was using before are waterproof insulated steel toe work boots. It was just too thick with the floor boards.

I also practiced the recommended technique, holding first gear a little longer, preloading the shifter, and quickly pulling in the clutch and shifting.

This technique works pretty well but takes a little thought. I need to get this bike out of the city soon!

Stay tuned for a post in a few days with some stories from this weekend when I changed the wiring harness to the Electrical Connection wiring harness.
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