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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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SOURCE: 2003 SUZUKI GSXR 600 SHIFTING QUESTION

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.

Posted on Aug 06, 2009

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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.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009

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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.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009

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SOURCE: hi my suzuki gs500 is hard to get in 2nd gear in

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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2001 kawsaki 1500 vulcan nomad gets hot and jumps from 1st to 3rd back to neutral


Hi, Leonard and the usual suspects are:
1. Shifter pawl improperly adjusted.
2. Shifter drum improperly adjusted or damaged.
3. Shifter engaging parts/dogs badly worn or rounded.
4. Shifter forks bent.
5. Damaged gears.
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2004 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad will not shift


Hi, Randy and the usual suspects are:
1. Improper clutch adjustment or not disengaging.
2. Bent shift shaft.
3. Shift fork bent or seized.
4. Gear seized on the shaft.
5. Gear positioning lever binding.
6. Shift return springs weak or broken.
7. Shift return spring pin loose
8. Shift mechanism arm spring is broken.
9. Shift mechanism arm is broken.
10. Shift drum is broken.
11. Shift lever loose on the shift shaft.
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Sep 05, 2014 | 2004 kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad

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2001 Kawasaki VN 1500 Vulcan Classic Tourer jumps out of first gear constantly


Hi, Anonymous and the usual suspects are:
1. Shifter pawl improperly adjusted.
2. Shifter drum improperly adjusted or damaged.
3. Shifter engaging parts/dogs badly worn or rounded.
4. Shifter forks bent.
5. Damaged gears.
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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...


Always start with the easy (read cheap) stuff first. Make sure that the clutch is fully disengaging when in gear and engine running. If bike 'clunks' and lurches forward as soon as you shift into any gear, it may simply be that your clutch needs to be bled and/or adjusted so that you are fully engaging/disengaging the gear. More likely, however, the shift lever was subjected to a heavy foot resulting in the shift fork being bent. This prevents full engagement of the gear resulting in it popping out under load. Unfortunately, this repair requires a teardown. Continued operation with the tranny popping out of gear will round off the shift dogs and create an even more very expensive repair.

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1998 Kawasaki VN 1500 Vulcan Classic transmission shifts hard in first gear


Hi, Catalin and the usual suspects are:
1. Clutch not adjusted properly.
2. Primary chaincase overfilled with lubricant.
3. Corners wore off shifter clutch dogs.
4. Shifter return spring bent or broken.
5. Bent shifter rod.
6. A loose shift lever on shifter shaft.
7. Shifter forks sprung.
8. Shifter pawl needs adjusting.
9. Heel/toe shifter coming in contact with the floorboard.
10. Transmission oil too heavy.
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2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad sticking clutch plates


Hi, Anonymous if your bike has been sitting for weeks or months and you get it started, put it in 1st gear, it lurches forward and stalls. Your clutch has bonded from surface rust on the steel plates due to condensation from running hot and shutting down in a cool environment. The easiest way to remedy this situation is to push start the bike in gear, shift and drive it normally until it reaches operating temperature and you will be fine. In severe cases, the clutch will have to be removed and disassembled, the clutch plates decontaminated and reassembled and installed.
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2000 Kawasaki VN 1500 Vulcan Classic jumps out of 2nd gear


Hi, Anonymous and the usual suspects are:
1. Shifter pawl improperly adjusted.
2. Shifter drum improperly adjusted or damaged.
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4. Shifter forks bent.
5. Damaged gears.
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1996 Kawasaki VN 1500 Vulcan Classic grinding in 2nd gear


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I just purchased a 1997 vulcan 1500 classic.Every time i shift into 2nd i miss it and it goes into nuetral is there a problem or is it just me.


if your 2nd cam shaft is damage you can never go to 2nd shift and it will go to neutral or you can hit it twise to go to 3rd shift, but if you change to 2nd shift and it go neutral then you try again and it go without any hard snappimg sound then its just provably you, i hope your cam shaft is not damage, you'll spend a lot for it

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