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 found that starting out with it still on is a bit tricky. I've killed the bike a few times doing so. I just release it just before i want to go.The manual explains it. On my ‘15, you pull and then pull again the front brake lever. Yes, you have to be stopped. And it only lasts so long because it’s “not a parking break.” Then, let go of brakes and start normally until the power overtakes and releases the break. No intervention with brake lever required.
I agree with all the above, on my 2018 B I have also noticed that the abs warning light flashes for a moment as you drive away without releasing the hill start first and that if you kill the engine while you have hill start engaged it releases the brake :surprise: however I think it is a really useful feature especially as I have got used to it on my last few cars.I'm still learning the Hill Start on my used 2016 bike I bought earlier this year but so far this is what I've figured out. The bike needs to be at a complete stand still, pull the front brake lever all the way kind of squeezing it hard, see that the H shows on the dash when it's set.
To release it you can either just start moving by twisting the throttle normally but there will be a hard spot while first twisting it before the bike actually starts to move
The other way is to pull the front brake lever a second time and the H will disappear and the brakes will be released.
Again I think the main thing is that the bike is at a complete stop and the wheels aren't moving at all before the H will appear when pulling on the front brake lever.
If you don't want to use it, don't use it. I suppose the dealer might be able to disable it in the bikes brain or something like that. I actually have found this feature useful and reliable. And that's coming from a guy who generally hates gimmicks and complains a lot!Can the hill start be disabled if you do not want to use it?
Yes but you have to give the bike more gas and it will not move right away like when not using the hill start. I have "trained" myself to watch the lights and quickly deactivate it with the front brake lever before pulling away but that's just me and those that know me don't usually want to follow my directions >Engine running, stopped, kickstand up, front brake lever, squeeze it on.
Drive away, it will release by itself.
I upgraded by '17GSA so I had it. I really like how it locks both brakes. Not fun having your front wheel locked and sliding down a rocky slope backwards that was too steep to go up in the first place...Yes but you have to give the bike more gas and it will not move right away like when not using the hill start. I have "trained" myself to watch the lights and quickly deactivate it with the front brake lever before pulling away but that's just me and those that know me don't usually want to follow my directions >
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.
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...You’ll get used to starting off with it set. It takes a little practice and timing but will make a world of difference when loaded down and 2up...(plus a trailer). I love the hill start feature