One little caution when replacing the clutch lever. Be mindful of the clutch lever bolt.
From the Vulcan verses..
"Ok.. Big Bikes come to the rescue.. Try a Goldwing Dealer. The clutch levers
are inter-changeable.. Starr has tried Goldwing clutch levers on mine with no
problem.. 8 mm main shaft part of bolt.. threaded part 5 mm. Ask for the one
for a GL1500.
In installing new levers - just be careful of that clutch lever bolt.. That seems to be the one that has broken for at least two others.. It's a shaft, with a threaded end and does have a nut attached. Parts diagram at buy kawasaki should show you . And I'm sure it's covered in the online manual too.
I snapped that puppy right off trying to put the lever back on - didn't even know it was there. It's the safety switch that keeps it from starting if it's in gear.
Mechmo was trying to install the Flanders levers today, and did exactly what
you warned him not to - snapped the plastic pin on the backside of the clutch
area. He saw it, thought he had cleared it, was wiggling the clutch, and heard it snap. Damn Mechmo! What is the pin for/what does it do, and how do I replace it?
Thatís the clutch starter disengagee thing sounds like. Only cost abt $5
Next.. the "little plastic pin" is the clutch/starter safety switch. There should be two wires coming to it. The question is... does the circuit need to be open
(wires not touching) or does the circuit need to be closed (wires touching) for
the starter to work? One way to find out... try both. This can keep you riding
while ordering the replacement switch. The switch IS a good idea... starting in
The switch prevents the bike from starting if it's in gear and the clutch is not
pulled in. Now that you have broken off the little plastic pin, your bike WILL try to start, and it will lurch forward if you inadvertently try to start it while it is in gear.
Well that Mechmo sure is an idiot! He did the same darn thing when he was at
my house once. Luckily, the switch is held in place by a single screw and takes all of 3 minutes to replace.
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2000 VN750 Sere (Serendipity)
1990 GL1500 (Ole Blue)
1986 VN750 EVie (project bike, heavy custom)
VROC # 11628 / 25000-H
ARVROC # 12 Coordinator and Crowd Control
OKVROC # 18 (H)
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