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The transmission on my 1986 VT 1100 Shadow is stuck in 2nd gear and will sometimes shift into third. I cannot get it to go into any other gear. It will run in 2nd and/or 3rd gear. This happenned suddenly with no warning signs. What needs to be done?

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Hi this sounds like a clutch fault, have you tried adjusting it to see if it makes any difference to the selecting of the gears? also this could actually be a gear selector problem , like a broken tooth or even clutch plates not seperating correctly, or the primary drive gear, you could try, this , make sure bike is not running, pull clutch lever in, then move down to 1st, then keeping clutch in ( do not let go of it after you put in first) then lift it up ( buy hand..its a bit awkward but its possible) and see if it will select all gears after that if it does then you may have a selector fault, the other test is, put it in the highest gear you can get it in ( bike not running, do this by hand also) if you can get it in the highest gear holding in the clutch, start bike, then see if it is drivable and change gears ( alltho rough change,) this will be the clutch itself......hope that helps

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6. Shift return springs weak or broken.
7. Shift return spring pin loose
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