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post #21 of 30 Old 05-19-2018, 12:07 AM
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It does work very nice with practice. I have taken ResQU's sage advice and start with it still engaged with no problems what so ever. I just needed to be more patient and stay in the friction zone for a split second longer that usual... using it more and its second nature now. Thanks Much...


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I too thought it was a feature that I wouldn't use much but I find myself using it quite a lot. I find it's easier to use than the lower part of my legs against the foot pegs to keep the bike still.
Would have LOVED to have it on my '12 while riding 2-up in San Francisco. Didn't stall the bike but likely reduced my clutch pack's life by several "regular riding" months that day. Especially considering my Friction Zone changes position quite significantly on a regular basis. (Sometimes as often as being in a different place from one block to the next.)

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I have a new to me Hill Start assist on my 2014 K1600GTLE. The manual doesn't tell me how to use the hill start assist. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.


I just went through this today on my 2018 GTL. I pulled it once and than pulled the brake lever a second time kinda firm. An H than lit up on the dash and it held. One pull didn't seem to activate it. It took 2 times on my bike.
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I have a new to me Hill Start assist on my 2014 K1600GTLE. The manual doesn't tell me how to use the hill start assist. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Am positive it's in the owners manual.

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I had a problem with hill start until, with some training, I realized that releasing the clutch and adding gas should not be quite a simultaneous process. Try to lead with clutch release slowly and then keep adding as little gas as necessary to hear the same rpm-s. It is the clutch release, that at one point, releases the brake.
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I thought itís linked to the bikes ABS. When it senses wheel movement it releases....the ABS light flashes on the instrument display. If it was the clutch lever, (micro switch) it would release while your in neutral and lever released....

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Am positive it's in the owners manual.

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First page of the Table of Contents has "Hill Start Control" listed along with the page number.

Here is the text (pictures provided in manual):
Using Hill Start Control
Apply brake lever 1 firmly and then release.
The indicator lamp for Hill Start Control appears on the display.
Hill Start Control has been activated.
To turn off Hill Start Control, pull brake lever 1 again. Alternatively, drive off in 1st or 2nd gear.

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Is the Hill Start assist a software function that can be uploaded to the K16 if it didnít come with the feature from the factory?

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I have to say, when I first heard of hill start I thought " Great just something else to break, who would use it"?
Well...Ö..my GTL is a heavy bike and exiting my own country road is a little challenging.
IF there is any traffic I find my self using the hill start.

Once you get the knack it is no big deal.
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Is the Hill Start assist a software function that can be uploaded to the K16 if it didnít come with the feature from the factory?

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It's just a software change but not for your 2013 or below. They change something with the ABS pump/stem. My dealer tried to get it for me but found only 2014 & after.

I LOVE the hill assist, especially 2 up in the mountains.
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