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My vn88 1500. when at colder temps, barely moves then when warmer

When I drive off on the bike, after a good warm up period, The bike dosen't really take off like it should. I go through all the gears fine but There is no increase in speed, until the all is warmed?

Could be that the clutch pack is worn, but after I'm riding for a while and everything is hot. The bike runs and accelerates normal.

Is this a wiered one? Need help.

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  • beddingfield Jan 22, 2009


    Thanks for the reply, By the way My kawi is a 1991 vn88 1500 classic.

    What's happening is,

    1). start motor fine runs and idles nicely. Warm time is about 5 to 10 minutes.

    2). Put into gear, release the clutch, and the bike starts to creap even with an icrease of throttle. I have to ride like that in 1st or 2nd gear for about 3/4 of a mile and then the clutch? seams to come alive after all is nice and warmed pr and speed increases to normal.

    3). after that the bike rides normal.

    4). whan I shut the bike down for a long period and the cools down I haave to go thru the same to get moving again and I am affraid that I will make somthing wore if I don't come up with a fix.


  • beddingfield Jan 22, 2009

    After I have changed plugs. then what.

    Fuel starvation? do you think my carbs are not set right. How can you tell and what's a good way to adjust the carb without the test equipment?

    OH! I can give it throttle and the motor respond to the increase in power, but the It still creaps along until everything warms up. Then everything is normal.

  • beddingfield Jan 24, 2009

    I checked and that Did not occur. I am still at a loss.

    Put the bike into gear, give throttle release the clutch and I do not move, Engine is reving good and The bike starts to creep. I can Shift into all higher gears and there is no ghange in acceleration.

    What could cause this when the bike is cold? And then after I coast along the bike starts to respond . The clutch shifts into all the gears normal the speed is great.

    What is hanging up my clutch or transmission?


  • beddingfield Jan 25, 2009

    Hey Thanks,

    Got it fixed. I found the clutch spring had worn way past any help. Changed out one fiber plate and off we went. !991, VN88 1500 Just like new.


  • ga_drifter
    ga_drifter May 11, 2010

    is the engine just reving up and the bike isnt moving? or is the engine lugging? sounds like the spark plugs may be fouled a bit. and when the engine warms up the oil is burning off.

  • jwellison67 May 11, 2010

    Is this a belt drive or a chain? You may need to check belt/chain tension, or if it is a belt, it could be stretched slightly. Remember, belts will "behave" differently than chains. If it is a shaft drive, ignore all that and check your tire pressures and fluid levels.


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I believe you have a fuel starvation problem or either the plugs are fouling out when cool then at warmer temps the oil is burning off. pull your plugs and check for corrosion

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  • ga_drifter
    ga_drifter Jan 24, 2009

    well being as the engine is responding to the throttle, i would say you have clutch issues, or atleast some internal probs could be the type of oil; you are using, have you changed oil recently as the clutch is a wet clutch meaning the oil is on the clutch. give me the details leading up to this problem even the smallest detail is important

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    ga_drifter Jan 26, 2009

    ok i was going to mention the clutch spring as the kawi's are notorious forthis, although this is the only prob they have. im glad you got it fixed now putit in the breeze and keep the shiny side up. the centers of those springs wear out and can completely wear through, if you would have used the meanstreak spring you would never have to replace them again. they are stronger. but i think the kawi part number supercedes to that part number anyway


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