Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Northern New Jersey
'94 trouble shifting
I just got a '94 VN750 and have been riding it as much as I can the last week...something that didn't turn up during the test drive before I bought it is that, after a while, the bike is very difficult to downshift. The clicks feel very hard, and I swear that it feels like it is skipping gears on the way down. I'll decelerate from speed in 5th, click down once, twice, and then it feels like the bike will not shift any lower. So I come to a stop, and not only do I find that I'm sometimes in first (as verified by a missed shift up, into neutral, when I pull away) other times I actually am starting off in what feels like 2nd or 3rd.
The "positive neutral finder" so far hasn't been all that reliable for me because if I am not confident that I'm in first, clicking up while stopped will not always bring me to neutral.
I was told that the bike had an oil change right before I bought it but I'm thinking that I ought to do my own before I spend too much time wondering about this, but what else should I be considering? Is this a common symptom?
Any and all advice is welcome and appreciated! Thanks!
Passaic County, NJ
1994 VN 750
April 2011- 30K miles
TOC MCCT 4/2012
New-to-me extended backrest 5/2012
Tourmaster bags 5/2012
Replaced driveshaft coupler and final drive-- ignored the spline lube recommendation too long and got burned 8/2012
Back on the Road 9/2012
NGK Iridium Plugs 7/2013
New AGM battery 4/2014