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I have an 08 Gl1800. Having recently suffered a left-wrist injury, I am looking for something that will soften the clutch, something that will make it a soft pull.

Anyone know of any solutions out there?
 

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Couple of wraps with a bungy cord should take some pressure off it.









I kid,....... really just kidding :tongue:
 

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I would start by adjusting the lever so that you don't have to pull it so far. I think it will adjust pretty close without engaging. Good Luck.
 

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You might have to trade the wing for a new VFR until Honda puts a dual clutch on the wing. It's got to happen and when it does, it will be the single most significant improvement to the bike since it was built.
 

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The bungee would assist by countering the clutch springs, but I don't know what it would do mechanically to the clutch as it would be like riding the clutch all of the time. Adjusting the lever to bring it closer to the grip using the built-in adjuster and adjusting your hand position further back on the grip will give you more mechanical advantage. Any re-work of the master cylinder or lever arm for it would result in a much longer throw to release, and probably hurt more. Wear a brace while riding to force your wrist into a position that does not hurt and perhaps an elastic brace for some support would aid in comfort. The controls can be moved to the right side by specialists that deal in mobility and accessibility issues if you feel this will be a permanent issue. I suspect that your biggest problem will be while setting at a light, not while shifting. Holding it all the way back at the end will ease some of the pressure. Maybe a quick-release holder could be fashioned?
 

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Setting the lever adjustment to #1 is your only option.

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The bungee would assist by countering the clutch springs, but I don't know what it would do mechanically to the clutch as it would be like riding the clutch all of the time. Adjusting the lever to bring it closer to the grip using the built-in adjuster and adjusting your hand position further back on the grip will give you more mechanical advantage. Any re-work of the master cylinder or lever arm for it would result in a much longer throw to release, and probably hurt more. Wear a brace while riding to force your wrist into a position that does not hurt and perhaps an elastic brace for some support would aid in comfort. The controls can be moved to the right side by specialists that deal in mobility and accessibility issues if you feel this will be a permanent issue. I suspect that your biggest problem will be while setting at a light, not while shifting. Holding it all the way back at the end will ease some of the pressure. Maybe a quick-release holder could be fashioned?

You did note that I was kidding?
 

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Maybe you could see if someone with good mechanical/machining skills could modify something like this for you: AMP EZ-Pull.
 

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You might have to trade the wing for a new VFR until Honda puts a dual clutch on the wing. It's got to happen and when it does, it will be the single most significant improvement to the bike since it was built.
He would have a lot more problems than just a heavy clutch.
Of course with a wrist injury I'm sure it's hard for him but I think the clutch on the 1800 is about the easiest one I have ever used, I had an 02 and an 08.
 

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As people have said, you can adjust the lever closer to the bar. That means, if you leave it set out, a really good mechanic could put in a master clutch cylinder with a smaller piston, or a slave cylinder with a larger one. The lever travels farther, but requires less force. Sportbike guys have been known to change the master cylinder either way, to get a softer pull that travels farther, or a stiffer one that travels less.

But they have many bolt on alternatives for the brakes, some master cylinders are easily interchangeable, the aftermarket makes some. For a clutch on a GL1800, I can't even guess whether there would be alternatives, or even imagine what the job would cost. Here's a guy who did something similar for the brakes on his GL1000, to give you the idea.

http://www.randakks.com/Brake%20Parts.htm
 

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You Got To Be Kidding...Its Labor Day...that means you have an extra day off to rebuild the bike and convert it into an automatic transmission...heck they convert a bike into a trike in two days.....:joke:

No real solutions here other than set the clutch to #1 via the set screw on the clutch lever.....

Good Luck
 

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Thanks, guys. I'll try the adjustment on the gear shift first. I am also looking into the possibility of converting the bike to automatic shift.:bow:
 

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Sorry to be the proverbial fly, but if you can't work the clutch you might reconsider if riding is a good idea. Yes BTDT, with a wrist injury, mine was right side so I had the throttle and brake to deal with.

Putting pressure on the clutch handle might be a bad thing to do. Ever hear about people who ride a clutch in a car? Wears them out quickly. It may be different with the bike, but who is to say for sure. Work on strength and be patient. It will come. A hydraulic clutch really is about as easy as it gets, so if adjustment doesn't work, try strength training on the grip.

Best of luck and best wishes.
 

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Automatic Shifting, Automatic Clutch

An automatic shifter for the GW will cost about $2,000--almost a grand for the Pingle electric shifter, plus another grand to have it installed. Several different automatic clutches used to be available for the GW, but they cost about $800, plus $1200 to take the bike down to itty-bitty pieces and install the auto clutch, then possibly take it all apart again (for another $1200) if it needed to be adjusted. So, yes, there are other options, they're just not inexpensive.

On the other hand, how much does it cost to convert a GL1800 into a trike, or a side car, or to add a trailer? Even MORE! Don't give up.

Good luck. I look forward to your follow-up report.
 
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