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1996 Vulcan 1500 cclassic will start and ideal also go into every gear but barely pulls not even enough to get me down the drive way! What causes this?

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How long since the engine was serviced?
Spark plugs changed?
Air filter cleaned?
Stale fuel?
Carb cleaned?

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Check or replace these switches.

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