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1998 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500, when getting on it and shifting from 1st to 2nd it drops to neutral, however when riding it normal it goes through all of the gears just fine. Only has the problem with 2nd gear.

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This is normal for Kawasaki's...2nd won't engage until the gearbox output shaft is turning fast enough to locate the centrifugal lockout bearing. This is to make it easier to find neutral at a standstill...

Posted on May 08, 2014

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Nothing to fear. The shift forks ride on a long spiral grooved drum which has some inertia. If you stomp the gear, sometimes the inertia will carry the shift fork beyond it's intended destination. The various gears are constant mesh with it's mating gear, but are not coupled to it's shaft. The gear, when selected, carries a fixed 'dog' that couples to a sliding 'dog' which is controlled by the appropriate shift fork and is splined to the shaft the gear is riding on. These 'dogs' are like fingers which stick out on the sides of gears and sliders. The reason you have to rock the bike is because the 'dogs' are fairly coarse and don't instantly fit together except when the bike is in motion.

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SOURCE: 1995 Honda Nighthawk 750 Neutral Light Problem

Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Your decribed problem could either be a neutral switch about to fail (least likely) or a loose grounding issue (most likely).  This switch must read 0 ohms to ground when in neutral and infinity (no reading) when in any gear.

Good luck and thank you for asking FixYa.

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SOURCE: slipping in first gear - 1996 Kawasaki Vulcan VN1500

only two things going on here, first the clutch is out of adjustment, no enough free play, the next is the clutch plates and springs need replacing.

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This sounds like a slightly bent shift fork. Extremely dirty gearbox oil can also cause the problem, so I suggest you start there. The fork replacement is very costly. Have a dealer look at it if changing oil doesn't help. Get their opinion first hand and get a quote on repair costs.

Posted on Feb 09, 2010

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SOURCE: 2007 Honda CRF 230-Not shifting out of 1st gear

I have a feeling you broke a yoke, That bike is fairly new, and I don't think the tranny is trashed yet, probably just something in there slipped off. I don't know how hard it is to get to the gearbox, but you have to go in there and find out. I couldn't find any complaints about it in the forums, supposed to be a nice bike. Hope this helps.

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My 2004 1500 Vulcan Nomad will not stay in gear 2nd thru 4th gears? It started off as a momentary thing where when I went from 1st to 2nd it would go into a false neutral. now it won't stay in gear at all...

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I have a 1997 kawasaki vulcan 1500 classic it grind going into 2nd gear and under heavy throttle it will kick out of gear i was told it is the shift fork but my shift lever is really loose i need to know...

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