Question about 1996 kawasaki VN 1500 Vulcan Classic

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First and newtrol

When the bike is not running i can not shift up past newtrol. it is a valcon 1997 1500

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  • amh20 May 31, 2010

    That may be due to the fact that the gears are not moving to do their job. How does it shift while driving?

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Truth be told it is also becouse kaw has a nice little thing inside the trans that allows you to shift to neutral from first with out going to second sometimes it will not let you shift through the gears when not wrong due to wear

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Rock the bike back and forth, to loosen the clutch plates taking the load off the gears so you can shift up.

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Wont shift into second gear while not running


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The chain feels and sounds like it's jumping gears or slipping on the rear sprockets. It does it in all gears. It is a diamondback wildwood large 20"


The rear derailleur needs adjusting, once to establish limits (so it can't go past high gear or low gear). Everything else is up to you fine-adjusting the shifter to make the bike run quietly. If you're careless about your gear changes, you'll get MOSTLY into one gear but not quite perfectly, so the bike is always trying to start shifting into another gear - that's the sound you hear, the sensation you feel. Fine-tune your shifter positions each time you shift - you'll find a "sweet spot" where the bike runs almost perfectly silently.

No, they can't readily do that at the factory, not with chain drives. There are just too many things that can affect gear changes, and things are in a slightly different position every time you remove & replace the rear wheel, or even loosen & retighten it. Unless you're ready to spend vast dollars on a foolproof shifter system, shifting cleanly is going to be your job and your job alone. It's one measure of your bike riding skill... and the better you get at that skill, the better you feel about it.

...and your bike will like you for it.

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2002 yzf r6.. sat up for a mnth and ahalf got it running and friend dropped it turning a corner now wont shift pasxt 2nd gear


Welcome to the world of bent shift forks and damage caused by dropping your bike. I hope your bro is gonna buy you another motor. It's cheaper than getting yours repaired.

Mar 16, 2013 | 2002 Yamaha YZF-R6

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Rear deraileur shifts to bigger cog smoothly, but not smaller


Could be a few things. Either are common on a bike with this amount of use.

  1. If you have been adjusting the tension of the shift cable, it may be a little too tight. This will provide the snappy up-shift but not allow the derailleur to travel outboard enough to execute the down shift. Loosen the cable by turning the barrel adjuster to the right a notch or two until the shifting is satisfactory.
  2. The shift cable may also be rusted or oxidized. It is common for galvanized cables to be used to cut costs on a new bike and they eventually rust or corrode. These do not provide smooth shifting operation and will eventually result in sluggish down shifting due to increased friction. Replacement is the solution.
  3. The cable housing (black casing that the silver inner wire runs through) may have gotten some dirt or other contaminant inside of it increasing friction. Cleaning or replacement is the solution.
  4. The inner cable may have become kinked - also increasing friction. Usually this results in slow shifting both directions; so this is the least likely. Replacement is the solution.

Stainless steel shift cables are the best to use and run about $5-10 each. New sections of cable housing usually run about $2 per foot.


I hope this helps!


Matt @ roadragecycling.com

Oct 16, 2012 | Cycling

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I've got a 1996 Kawasaki ZX6R. The bike runs great. However, it will shift down into first gear, but won't shift up past neutral. Any thoughts? Thanks, Lance


The bike has a bent shift fork. The engine must come out then gets flipped upside down to remove the bottom half of the crankcase. This allows access to the gears and shift forks. The repair is not recommended for the home mechanic. Please rate my answer. Thanks. tombones49_211.gif

Jul 14, 2011 | 1996 kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja

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Sometimes can't put first gear on, have to roll bike forvard half a metre toget it in, also some smoke coming out of front of the bike (kawasaki zx6r ninja)


The shifting problem is a bent shift fork. It will only get worse and is expensive to fix. The smoke is probably getting past a exhaust pipe gasket. When you fix the shifting it would be a good time to rebuild the top end with new pistons and rings.

Nov 21, 2009 | 2001 kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja

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2001 sm610s i cant get neutrel when engine is running


Try raising the front of the shift pedal one or two notches on the shift shaft. Chances are because of the current height of the shift lever your shoe lifts the lever too far thus going right past neutral.

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