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I bought my wife a 1984 Honda VT750 for her 1st bike however the problem we have is that it is difficult to go into 1st gear. Sounds like its grinding when you try to go to 1st gear unless you use a little more force to get it into 1st. Is there an adjustment that can be made or is it a case of needing new clutch plates etc?? All other gears go in fine.

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Now you know why the prior owner sold the bike. The problem is a bent shift fork. The engine comes out of the bike then the bottom end gets disassembled to a point where a new shift fork can be installed. The "grinding" is the dogs on the slider gear not fully engaging into first gear.
Your local Honda dealer will charge you $1000 to $1500 to do the repair. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Please rate my answer. Thanks!
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Things which can cause this:
Air in the hydraulic clutch. If there's air in the system, the clutch will not be fully disengaged when the lever is pulled in. Bleed any air from the system.
Old, dirty engine oil. Changing the engine oil (and filter) can have a dramatic effect on how well both the clutch and transmission work. Also, shifting into 1st when the engine is cold and/or with an idle speed that's too high can cause gear grinding.
There are no adjustments which can be made on this motorcycle that will affect the shifting. If the clutch plates were worn, you would most likely find that the clutch will slip when accelerating.

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You could try adjusting the clutch however do leave some free play, wet clutches tend to be a little sticky first thing when cold, as the oil has been pressed out overnight, hold the clutch in for a few seconds before going into first, not an uncommon problem, i had a bike that did that for years, never had a problem

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