Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Fairfield, Virginia, USA
Model: GL1200A Bike & GL1500SE/GTL Trike
Cars & trucks have synchronizer mechanisms to brake or slow the shift sleave to match the next gear, bikes have no such. Gears for the various ratios are freely rotating on a shaft until this sleave is moved against it., the sleave is locked to the shaft, and it is what locks the next gear to the shaft. Bikes have engagement dogs with really wide windows so where you might slowly shift the car or truck to allow the synchros to work ... you are better to snap that bike into next gear with a quick positive movement. The difference in design allows one to shift the bike with a quick throw and slack of throttle or even just a momentary blip of the kill button to relax pressure against the dogs to allow a shift.
'97 GL-1500 SE / Lehman GTL Trike
...( Candy Spectra Red )
'85 GL-1200 Aspencade
...( Vintage Red )
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