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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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 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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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Use caution and cover your brake while using it, in case you need to grab it quickly. On 2 occasions my hill start released without any input from me. I'm not sure why. It has been a long time since a repeat but I keep it in mind.

Also, the hill start will release if you put the kick stand down or turn the bike off.
 

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Can the hill start be disabled if you do not want to use it?
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!
 

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I think you have to double-tap the front brake to engage the hill holder. That's how I get it to work.
 

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Engine running, stopped, kickstand up, front brake lever, squeeze it on.
Drive away, it will release by itself.
 

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Engine running, stopped, kickstand up, front brake lever, squeeze it on.
Drive away, it will release by itself.
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.
 
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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.
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...
 

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I only use it when I momentarily have to take my hands off the bars in my driveway. When I'm on a hill I still use the foot brake to hold the bike.
 

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Different strokes but I use it all the time. Even when faced downhill at a traffic light, gives me a moment to relax. Pulling away whether it be up or down hill IMHO it is a matter of practice to get used to using it.
 

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A month with my new bike and a few hundred miles; I love it! I use it constantly up hill down hill.
I agree I don't like to start off while it is still engaged.
I squeeze on and squeeze off then with foot on brake roll away as any other start.

Personally, I think it is a very nice addition to an incredible bike.
 

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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
 

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Maybe on my annual trips up north, but for 95% of my riding in Flatlorida, it would just not be used.

I starting riding and driving in the hills of WV as a teenager, and you either learn how to drive a "straight" on hills or you don't survive. Living at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains was taken for granted and today missed whenever I get on the bike.
 

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Thx for the 2up comment ResQU. Being new here and on the heavy GTL will def try a different approach.

I grew up riding on the Grand Prairie of Eastern AR on a 1969 Honda CL175, hence no need for it. Now, living in the hills of LR and enjoying the Ozarks every chance I get, it is priceless!
 

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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
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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