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I think the gear ratio should be raised starting with first gear. When making a left turn at a traffic stop, I feel I need to change gears before I get through the intersection.
 

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Another thing I'd like to see is another "Neutral" between 4th & 5th. Running long coasts downhill's or coasting to red lights one has to either hold in the clutch or (eeeks) downshift to neutral at high speeds.

Then this 6th gear thought... Just make it double overdrive. 6th would really be useful with tailwinds or drafting.

ORRrrrr,..... maybe an electric 2 speed differential?
Satisfy everyone's needs. Differential in LOW for trailering & gearheads, differential HIGH for mileage mongers. Then there's those who like to do a lot of shifting.
 

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ORRrrrr,..... maybe an electric 2 speed differential?
Satisfy everyone's needs. Differential in LOW for trailering & gearheads, differential HIGH for mileage mongers. Then there's those who like to do a lot of shifting.
CB900s had something on the order of a two-range transmission. Quite heavy they were.. A sixth gearwould have been a simpler option.
 

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I think the gear ratio should be raised starting with first gear.  When making a left turn at a traffic stop, I feel I need to change gears before I get through the intersection. 
Geezerglider, I understand the sentiment, but...it's a case of "watch what you wish for"....you're describing the original GL1000, and first gear was WAY too tall. The clutch was stout, and could take it, but slipping up to 15+mph gets REALLY old, really fast. Frankly, the 1000 SUCKS in start/stop traffic, IMHO.

At the high end, I thought the GL1800 was already in overdrive (right?) in 5th gear. I'm sure they could add a "sixth" and gain some mpg, but...it would be absolutely worthless, if you needed to accelerate. I'm not saying they shouldn't, but perhaps they surmised that folks expect some acceleration, at any speed, out of that big an engine?

I didn't really calculate it, on my four day jaunt down to NASSIR2, but, it seemed to me that I mostly got about the same mileage as my ancient GL's (i.e. 40mpg, or above) even on the 1800. Granted, I wasn't towing a trailer, or riding two-up, but..I was quite "sporty" about it, and not trying to conserve. :action:
 

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Geezerglider, I understand the sentiment, but...it's a case of "watch what you wish for"....you're describing the original GL1000, and first gear was WAY too tall. The clutch was stout, and could take it, but slipping up to 15+mph gets REALLY old, really fast. Frankly, the 1000 SUCKS in start/stop traffic, IMHO.
Unless riding two up, or starting up a pretty steep grade, I often use 2nd gear to start, and it seems to do very well without straining the engine. 1st gear to me is a lot like 1st gear in my truck, which I never use unless under heavy load.
 

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I've been looking at the gear ratios on the older vs. newer GL1100s. I'm wondering if a change in 4th and 5th to the newer gear sets would be beneficial (they seem to be slightly taller). It would certainly be a lot of work..
 

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A lot taller on all the gears would be just fine with me...
It's easy to start her at the redlights on fifth gear if you'd like to, but the first is far too low and the fifth could be a lot taller to reach comfortable cruising revs...
 
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