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Old 10-16-2009, 12:09 PM   #1
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800GS Locked Out Turning and Throttle

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.

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Old 10-16-2009, 12:43 PM   #2
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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?
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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Old 10-16-2009, 12:56 PM   #3
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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.

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Old 10-16-2009, 02:43 PM   #4
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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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Old 10-16-2009, 02:49 PM   #5
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Rain has returned to the PNW and I plan on doing a little muddin' tomorrow! :)
Yeah, tomorrow and until, oh, about late June.

Your fellow, soggy Oregonian.

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Old 10-17-2009, 06:33 AM   #6
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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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Old 10-17-2009, 11:30 AM   #7
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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!
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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Old 10-18-2009, 07:10 AM   #8
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Rox has made risers for the 800GS so you don't experience what you have:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=514281
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