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With this gold wing from gell that I have gotten stuck with, every time I fix something I discover something else that needs repair. Now it is the clutch. Where is this banjo valve located. I discovered today that the clutch lever is really soft. It is hard to get to neutral either running or not running. It also wants to start moving as soon as I shift into 1st gear. Sometimes it will firm up after repeated pulls on the lever. I assume this is air in the system. Although this afternoon it would not firm up at all. How would you bleed the system if the lever won't firm up? I have gotten lots of help from this site but I'm afraid I'll wear out my welcome. Thanks to all that have helped me. Hopefully I can get this beaster on the road soon and enjoy a nice ride. Again thanks to all.

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I don't know the history but you sure seem to be on the precipice with that bike. GL12s are wonderful machines but they won't tolerate neglect.

Bleeding the clutch is easy. The banjo bolt is at the master cylinder. The bleed valve ison the slave cylinder at the back of the engine. It's hard to reach but doable. Get to it from the left side. It really requires a vaccuum pump. If you don't have a pump you can make one from an old spray bottle.

Give that bike a chance to be all it can be. You'll not regret it.

And it would be hard to wear out your welcome here. You're among friends.
 

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You can reach the bleed valve with a socket and a long extension. Its not that hard just be careful to not get any fluid on your paint. Cover your tank with a towel to be sure.
 

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Put the bike on the center stand and tie the clutch in against the handle bar and let it set for 24 hours. Air should rise to the top. Worth a try.
 

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I had the same problem with mine when I bought it. Tying the clutch lever to the handlebar overnight did work, I then replaced all my bleed valves with speed bleeders. Made bleeding the clutch and brakes a simple job.
 

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My 84 requires the clutch to be bled about once per year. The easiest way I have found is to use one of those one way bleeders available at an auto parts store. They call them one man bleeders at some places. The bleed nipple is down at the back of the engine. Access from the left side. Take off the black plastic catch bottle in front of the foot peg for better access. The reservoir holds so little fluid be careful not to push out too much. And protect your paint. Also make sure the reservoir is clean and the tiny little return hole in the res is open. Not too bad of a job really. Keep plugging along, I did an awful lot to mine when I first got it and have been well rewarded by my efforts. good luck, George
 
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