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1984 Honda Shadow VT 700 Clutch issue

I was riding the other day with no problems. Stopped for a snack and when I got back on my bike, I shifted into first, felt the little jolt you get when shifting from neutral to first, but when I let off the clutch, no power from the engine/transmission was transfered to the rear wheel and my bike didn't move. I even reved up the engine and it had no effect.

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Hi check the clutch slave cylinder the piston may be stuck remove the unit and see if your clutch engages.

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The major working component of a motorcycle clutch are the friction plates and clutch plates. The friction plates take the abuse and wear of daily riding. Designed as a consumable item, they wear out and need to be replaced. Some of the more common reasons for clutch slippage are:
- Clutch controls are improperly adjusted. Improper cable adjustment. You'd have to start looking into the clutch basket itself again since you have already replaced it.

- Insufficient clutch spring tension. This can be due to excessive wear or in highly modified engine, to much power.
- Worn or warped friction plates or steel plates.

You can do several things to extend the life of your clutch. Make sure all components are properly adjusted. Maintain proper lubrication of your wet clutch. Change your clutch oil at regular intervals. Always use good quality oil, at the proper viscosity, in your clutch. Adjust your riding style to eliminate excessive slipping, which causes excessive heat resulting in rapid wear. When clutch components are replaced, always use the best parts available and replace all worn components. High quality clutch components will save money in the long run.

There are usually just two things that can go wrong with a clutch:

1) It slips because it is too worn. If you have a tachometer you'll see the RPMs rise as you give the bike throttle, then they'll drop as you ease off. The only fix is usually new clutch disks, but occasionally the clutch springs are weak and can let it slip too. Springs can sometimes be made tighter by putting washers in to compress them more.

2) The clutch doesn't disengage completely. This is usually noticed by the inability to get into neutral with the engine running and the bike stopped. You'll also notice the clutch begin to engage when you haven't released the lever very far. For cable operated clutches, adjust the cable so that clutch engagement is between half way and 3/4 released. For hydraulic clutches, bleed the clutch lines and try to get the air bubbles out that are causing the problem.


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Start by changing the gearbox oil and the filter. Ride for 50 miles or so then change the oil again but w/o a new filter this time. Doing this will flush the dirt and grit from the gearbox. Use 10 w40 Pennzoil, Mobil, Shell or any other major brand.

The clutch is not fully dis-engaging. That is what is causing the shifting problems. Hopefully a shift fork has not been bent in your efforts to shift gears. The cost of 6 or 7 quarts of oil and an oil filter is nothing next to the cost for replacing bent shift forks.

Please rate this solution. Thanks Coty!

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Based on the information you have provided I suspect a bent shift fork in your transmission. To fix it you will have to take the transmission cover off and get at that fork. Replacing the fork is probably easiest, the labor to get to it is the expensive part.

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