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hi y"all, been preparing my new-old 1985 vulcan for the spring. While the bike is running well, i put it in first gear but clutch lever in or out does not stop back wheel from turning, even with pressure on the wheel. Tried different cable adjustments to no avail. Was working fine last fall. Any ideas ?. Recently changed oil and filters with 10w40, engine purring but i am afraid to bring it down from its stand if i can not disengage gears.
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hi y"all, been preparing my new-old 1985 vulcan for the spring. While the bike is running well, i put it in first gear but clutch lever in or out does not stop back wheel from turning, even with pressure on the wheel. Tried different cable adjustments to no avail. Was working fine last fall. Any ideas ?. Recently changed oil and filters with 10w40, engine purring but i am afraid to bring it down from its stand if i can not disengage gears.
It is normal for the wheel to turn while in neutral for a couple of minutes until the bike warms up. You still might need to adjust the cable. When you pull on the clutch lever, measure the gap between the lever and the housing when you feel resistance. You should have a gap about the thickness of a quarter, 2-3 mm according to the manual.

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Apply the brake while the engine is running and in neutral. If the engine does not die you are probably fine. Check the adjustment of the clutch at the handlebars and at the end of the cable where it connects to the arm going through the case. The manual shows where the marks align. It is normal for thing to be stiff after a period of time. That is why I try to ride at least once every week (or day, I love living in California).
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I assume you mean the rear wheel is off the ground when you do this.(on centerstand)

This is normal. Even when the engine is warm it will do this.

You need to take it off the stand to check this. If the bike does try and roll forward when you hold in the clutch, something's wrong.

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Actually, if the bike is on the ground running, and you try to put it into 1st with a clutch issue, it probably wont even mesh and will just grind.



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