800GS Locked Out Turning and Throttle

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by springfish, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. springfish

    springfish Been here awhile

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    First of all, I love my 800GS…I haven't had any issues to date (almost 1 year)! Anyway, I've noticed when I turn my steering all the way to lock, and attempt to throttle from a standstill, the throttle response becomes very unpredictable. To be more specific, I end up stalling quite a bit even when using more throttle than I think is necessary.

    Give it a try and see if anyone else has this response. It's not always a stall, sometimes it feels as though I'm not even in gear, then all of a sudden, the bike will lurch forward…it just seems next to impossible to have any forward consistency during a full-locked turn, especially from a dead stop.

    This is my first bike of this size, so maybe this is common and expected based on the physics of what's being asked of the bike.

    Thoughts?
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  2. Bushwhacker

    Bushwhacker Dirt, Sweat & Gears

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    Do you have risers?

    I would watch the clutch cable where it attaches to the transmission and move the steering lock to lock and see if it is partially or even fully disengaging the clutch.
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  3. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    What Bushwacker said. Is it the same on both sides at full lock? If not, I'd suspect the clutch cable too.

    David
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  4. springfish

    springfish Been here awhile

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    It's definitely been more apparent during left hand turns. And yes, I have risers. I'll take a look tonight + this weekend. Rain has returned to the PNW and I plan on doing a little muddin' tomorrow! :)
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  5. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    Yeah, tomorrow and until, oh, about late June. :lol3

    Your fellow, soggy Oregonian.

    David
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  6. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    A cheap fix to give you a bit more slack in the cables would be to move the perches for the levers in a bit on the bars. I moved mine in about 3/8" and still had plenty of "lever" to use!
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  7. springfish

    springfish Been here awhile

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    That was one of the first things I did after buying the bike. After years of downhill mountain bike racing I've grown used to one finger braking…which is only efficient if your index finger is catching the very end of the lever. Same with the clutch obviously.
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  8. GB

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