Question about 2000 kawasaki VN 1500 Vulcan Drifter
IF the slippage has been bad, then the plates may be glazed, and after that happens, just switching to a better oil will not help, though some have reported being able to break clutch glaze by adding Seafoam to their oil.
Worst case, you need a new clutch. It's not a difficult job, if you can handle the pulley installation you can handle the clutch.
If Seafoam doesn't help and If you don't mind doing the job twice in case this doesn't work, you can try lightly sanding the clutch plates to break the glaze.
Posted on Jul 21, 2010
I had a similar problem with my 1985 Honda Interceptor where the 1st gear seemed to chatter a little if the oil was not full or if the oil was hot.
It was annoying but there isn't any solution other than to use a different viscosity oil, but even that cannot solve the problem in all cases.
I think it could be a minor design flaw or it wasn't built to be smooth and quiet in all gears
Good luck on solving this problem.
Posted on Jul 20, 2010
Firstly, very nice bike.
Your problem sounds as if the clutch actuator is bent or not engaging/disengaging properly in first gear.
Open up the clutch housing and look for any damage. Check the condition of the gear lever. With heavy use (and it being 22 years old) it could be bent, causing the shifter to twist.
This is a little more extreme, but the gear casing could come off and you could look at first gear. The selector fork or 1st gear syncro sounds damaged. Check the teeth on the gears, if they are worn (rounded) it is new gear time or gbox if that is cheaper.
I hope this helps your cause. Happy riding!
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Posted on Jul 17, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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