Question about kawasaki VN 1500 Vulcan Classic Motorcycles
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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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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
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
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
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
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.
Posted on Jun 23, 2010
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