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Clutch locked from setting too long

Clutch seems to have locked on the bike (2001 VN 750) from setting too long, about a year. Bike was running fine when I parked it but it seems to have resented the lack of attention. Where do I begin?

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Clutch seems to have locked on the bike (2001 VN 750) from setting too long, about a year. Bike was running fine when I parked it but it seems to have resented the lack of attention. Where do I begin?
I assume the bike was stored with a full crankcase of oil.....
Any clunking/mechanical sounds heard coming from the clutch cover area ?

Have you tried starting the bike, allowing it to warm up....working the clutch lever....maybe lightly tapping on the clutch cover ?


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Try rocking it in 2nd gear with the clutch pulled in.if that doesn't work might have to pull sidecase and manually separate them

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I tried starting it but I couldn't get the to find neutral and the motor would not turn over. You could hear the effort going on inside the engine. I'm still looking for the time to address the locked brakes on the front wheel. I'm going to get started today.

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I tried starting it but I couldn't get the to find neutral and the motor would not turn over. You could hear the effort going on inside the engine. I'm still looking for the time to address the locked brakes on the front wheel. I'm going to get started today.
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ODD: Try rocking it in 2nd gear with the clutch pulled in.if that doesn't work might have to pull sidecase and manually separate them
x2 .....AND to find Neutral (after freeing front brake Pads/Calipers).


'86 VN750 13,700 mi -Stock
-Purchased 2008 w/8800mi
Replaced ALL Cables . Kuryakyn LED Voltmeter
SilverStar Ultra 9003/HB2 H4 Headlamp, Jardine Fwd Controls,
Iridiums DPR7EIX-9 & Wires, Tuxedo Mod, Coil Mod, P/U Sensor Mod, Fork Seals,
Splines Lubed - 11/4/2012 - MF AGM Battery
Additional Flashing LED Brake Light on Trunk
Dampers went out @ 13+K !
After TOC MCCT's..... so amazingly quiet I discovered a rattling heat shield on my stock exhaust !
...have a vulcan good day!

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I tried starting it but I couldn't get the to find neutral and the motor would not turn over. You could hear the effort going on inside the engine. I'm still looking for the time to address the locked brakes on the front wheel. I'm going to get started today.
Try tapping on the flat side of the caliper.might free it up enough to get it to roll

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I made some progress today. Part of the problem was I used a riding lawn mower battery which is larger than the moto battery. It wasn't strong enough and I used my truck battery. The motor turns over but even after carb cleaner and fresh gas it would not start. The bike was in neutral but I don't think the clutch is free yet. Outside of the brakes the bike is acting like it normally does when it sits a while. It's about $300 to get the carbs back to normal. I have two VN's but I can't afford two. This bike seems to run a bit stronger than my '04 but it is really touchy when it sits even for a month.

I read the carb section in the Clymer's and it warns you that messing with the carb is not for amateurs. At this point I'm wondering if I want to turn this bike into a project.

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I made some progress today. Part of the problem was I used a riding lawn mower battery which is larger than the moto battery. It wasn't strong enough and I used my truck battery. The motor turns over but even after carb cleaner and fresh gas it would not start. The bike was in neutral but I don't think the clutch is free yet. Outside of the brakes the bike is acting like it normally does when it sits a while. It's about $300 to get the carbs back to normal. I have two VN's but I can't afford two. This bike seems to run a bit stronger than my '04 but it is really touchy when it sits even for a month.

I read the carb section in the Clymer's and it warns you that messing with the carb is not for amateurs. At this point I'm wondering if I want to turn this bike into a project.
There are a few friendly Floridians within riding distance of you....likely they would be willing to meet -up & assist you with your carbs.....

Hell, they are likely to show up with a meter to check your electrical system as well ! (after properly installing a New AGM battery).

just sayin'


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-Purchased 2008 w/8800mi
Replaced ALL Cables . Kuryakyn LED Voltmeter
SilverStar Ultra 9003/HB2 H4 Headlamp, Jardine Fwd Controls,
Iridiums DPR7EIX-9 & Wires, Tuxedo Mod, Coil Mod, P/U Sensor Mod, Fork Seals,
Splines Lubed - 11/4/2012 - MF AGM Battery
Additional Flashing LED Brake Light on Trunk
Dampers went out @ 13+K !
After TOC MCCT's..... so amazingly quiet I discovered a rattling heat shield on my stock exhaust !
...have a vulcan good day!

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There are a few friendly Floridians within riding distance of you....likely they would be willing to meet -up & assist you with your carbs.....

Hell, they are likely to show up with a meter to check your electrical system as well ! (after properly installing a New AGM battery).

just sayin'

How can I refuse.

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The new AGM I have and a meter for the electrical system.

It's the carbs where my knowledge is at a deficit. How hard is it to take out the carbs for cleaning?

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