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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-22-2011, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Stuck in neutral

I am trying to work the bugs out of my used vn750 that I just bought and I took it out for a quick run and shifted from third to first when I came to a stop and it went into neutral and it won't come out. I realize after reading this forum that I should down shift through all the gears before stopping but I need some advice on how to get it back into first gear, hopefully without having to dig to deep.Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Jack
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-22-2011, 09:57 PM
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Hi, Jack - Welcome! I know other folks will chime in to help out, but I'm guessing the problem is something simple, like a clutch cable in need of adjustment. The adjusting barrel is right up there by the pivot on the clutch lever - roll the barrel out (away from the lever) to take up slack; roll it in towards the lever to let a little out.

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thanks for the input. that was the first thing I tried. I adjusted it quite aways out and it did not seem to have any effect. Thanks again for the input though I'll take any advice.
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When mine did that it was the pawl spring, and it seems to be happening to a lot of people.

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18033
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When mine did that it was the pawl spring, and it seems to be happening to a lot of people.

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18033
Mine did the very same thing in neutral. It was the pawl spring and it's a pain in the butt to fix unless you are calm, have only kicked 3 dogs, and are not afraid to get your hands dirty.
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Looks like i better start digging in. The pawl is where i was going but it is good to know that it is a common occurance. I will let you know how it goes. Thanks guys
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Changed the pawl spring and it is all good. Thanks for the great advice guys
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Great job..

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Well ... I think I have become the latest victim of the pawl spring failure.
I was 3/4 of the way through a planned ride Saturday (beautiful day), when I was approaching a stop sign and geared down. I can not recal if I released the clutch between gears or not. I geared down to what should have been first, the bike was in neutral. I never got it to go in gear again. I had to call the wife, and have her bring the truck to load in onto and bring it home. Very frustrating.

Is there any improvement made by anyone on this assembly, or when I get it back together, am I always going to be wondering where I might get STRANDED next?

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I may have missed some, but most I've seen have been '92-'95 models with 20-25,000 miles on them. It seems a reasonable assumption therefore that this is the first replacement for them. With any luck, a replacement spring should hopefully be good for another 15 years/20,000 miles.
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