GL1100 Clutch Issues

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This Tech Tip is provided courtesy of Howard Halasz – noted GL1100 Guru. Howard is a frequent contributor of technical columns and other information to GWRRA’s Wing World Magazine.

“Another GL1100 weakness, particularly with the ’83 models, is early clutch damper plate failure.

If you ever get into doing clutch repairs on the GL1100, most clutch repairs can be performed without engine removal. However, if the clutch basket needs replacement, the engine will need to be removed from the motorcycle. You might be able to get by with the same tools you use on the GL1000s. However, the GL1100s have 4 regular bolts and 2 dowel bolts that fasten the lifter plate to the pressure plate.

The lifter plate has two little buttons that mark where the dowel bolts go, and the 4 regular bolts go everywhere else.

Here are the part numbers for the tools that you will need:

  •  Lock nut wrench, H/C 074989, P/N 07716-0020202
  •  Clutch center holder, H/C 095699, P/N 07923-4610000 or P/N 07923-4610001

Howard Halasz, Wing World Technical Contributor – Houston, TX


  1. Victor Blake says:

    82 GL1100 clutch noise. I hear a graunch like sound and some vibration when letting out my clutch to start moving. It seems somewhat rough going into first gear too like it is dragging slightly. It’s doesn’t seem to be slipping at all. The adjustment is as specified in the Honda factory manual I got along with the rig. I might add that it has pulled a sidecar for the last 60k miles, but it is a new rig to me. I think I will at least have to replace the clutch pack as a minimum.. Does anyone have an opinion, agree or disagree with my thoughts? Thanks Victor

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