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Not sure what you are saying. If you cannot shift into gear, it would seem the clutch is not disengaging at least not all the way. If the clutch is not engaging (meaning you could sit there with the bike in gear, clutch out, and it won't move, that is a whole different problem. Have you tried to shift into gear with the engine off by rocking the bike back and forth. You can only shift into first this way on the Vulcan, because of it's very annoying positive neutral finder.
There are 3 possible adjustments on the clutch outside the engine. 2 are in the cable, it can be adjusted at the lever, and also down by the frame, close to where the air filter housing is. The third thing that can be adjusted is the thing the bottom end of the cable attaches to. It is attached to a splined shaft, like the shifter, and you can remove the clamp bolt, then remove the lever/arm, and move it one spline is either direction. It is not supposed to be moved, it has marks that are supposed to line up. But that doesn't mean someone hasn't moved it at some point.
If you cannot get the transmission into gear even with the engine off, then it is likely there is a problem with the shifter mechanism. Also make sure the clutch cable is secured in the bracket on the engine just a few inches forward of where the lower end attaches to the release arm.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike