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Okay, the clutches on my 1200 and now on my 1500 work fine. However reading Clymer it mentioned that the clutch lever should stop before hitting the grip. Both of my bike's clutch levers would go right to the lever although the clutch released long before then. The clutch doesn't feel like there's any air in the system, it releases at the same place each time. Feels nice and solid in operation. So the question is, is the lever supposed to be able to go all the way down to the grip or not?
 

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Mine is the same. Gets a bit harder to squeeze as the lever gets nearer to the grip, but it still goes all the way and I don't give it a second thought.
 

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I can squeeze the clutch lever to the grip on my '85 1200A. It has 96,000 miles on it, but works OK.
 

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exavid wrote:
Okay, the clutches on my 1200 and now on my 1500 work fine. However reading Clymer it mentioned that the clutch lever should stop before hitting the grip. Both of my bike's clutch levers would go right to the lever although the clutch released long before then. The clutch doesn't feel like there's any air in the system, it releases at the same place each time. Feels nice and solid in operation. So the question is, is the lever supposed to be able to go all the way down to the grip or not?
exavid, I have ridden many1200 hydraulic clutch Wings & all I have ridden have allowed the clutch lever to travel to the grip. That Clymer observation isn't even mentioned in the official Honda service manual so I think they (Clymer) have some crossed wires there somewhere. I have also been into those 1200 hydraulic clutches (both top & bottom) & haven't seen any type of positive stop to prevent over-travel.

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Thanks guys, I didn't see how that could make sense after having two perfectly operating bikes that didn't have any stop in the clutch lever, but sometimes one wonders.
 
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