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Old 03-24-2008, 01:26 PM   #1
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I have a 1988 1100 that runs and drives pretty good. My only real issue comes from my clutch. Sometimes when I go to start the bike it will not turn over because the clutch safety switch has not disengaged. I then have to monkey around by pulling the clutch in and out really hard a couple of times and then it will fire. I thiink the problem is the clutch not being engaged far enough when I pull the lever.

When the bike is cold and I put it in gear I can physically feel the bike lurch forward. These bikes have a hydrolic clutch on them so i'm stumped as to how I can adjust this to get that clutch better engaged.

If I can't adjust clutch is there a way to disable the safety switch so that I'm not holding everyone up while I try to get my bike started at the gas station.

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Old 03-24-2008, 01:37 PM   #2
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is there a place where you can put more oil if its hydraulic

or adjust the lever some how
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Old 03-24-2008, 01:48 PM   #3
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I'll check the fluid level when I get home tonight. The owners manual say's that the clutch is self adjusting and offers not info on a manual adjustment
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Old 03-24-2008, 02:55 PM   #4
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The world's shortest jumper, with blade terminals on each end, will fit into the two wires that go to the clutch. Then, you have bypassed the CSS.
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Old 03-26-2008, 01:04 PM   #5
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Are the wires for the CSS right up at the lever on this bike? If I can find them I can jump them. I'm gonna have to get a trouble light out and take a peak underneath. Can't see anything from the top.
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Bikes when cold will lurch.
The oil in the clutch basket will link up the transmission enough to do that.

The clutch switch on the 1100 is on the bar, just like the "little" kats.
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Old 03-26-2008, 02:05 PM   #7
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there is an even easier fix. in fact, it is a very simple fix. under the clutch lever is a contact that activates/de-activates the safety switch.

if you look at this diagram, you will see the part I circled. that part is adjustable. if you just loosen the screws, it can slide a bit from one side to the other. just move it to a position that works. I also suggest that while you are at it, just take it right off and give it a good cleaning while you are at it. more often than not, corrosion will cause the problem you are having. it only takes a few minutes.

I am 99.9% confident that is the problem. just be careful removing it because there is a small spring and plastic part that can be easily lost.


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Right.. Like I said..

I suspect like Mojoe said the pumping is really either because the contacts are dirty or the switch is out of whack.
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Right.. Like I said..

I suspect like Mojoe said the pumping is really either because the contacts are dirty or the switch is out of whack.
exactly.
I have to clean and adjust mine every once in a while.
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exactly.
I have to clean and adjust mine every once in a while.
I went for amputation..
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