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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-18-2014, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Bike revs but wont go!

Hello, just bought my first bike. A 94 Vulcan 750 with 22xx miles. It was sitting in a garage for about 7 years without being ridden or started.. I have change the oil and brake lines battery new vance and hines exhaust. Also removed the carb and cleaned the jets. Now the engine is running great but, tried to take my first ride and the bike wont move.. Revs up nice goes into first gear let go of my clutch and it moves about an inch and doesn't go anymore. What could be my issue.. Any help would be great, thanks in advance.

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It sounds like your drive shaft splines may be shot? For 2xxx miles that's amazingly bad luck, could have not been lubed from the factory.

Take the rear wheel off, and then the rear final drive. Look where the final drive and the shaft meet. Is it ground down to dust on the final drive? If so, it's shot.

If it DOES end up being that, I do have a good spare I could sell for 85 shipped.

Here is what it SHOULD look like.


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Sounds like clutch plates to me or just not adjusted correctly.

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I will look into both. Thanks guys!!
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Sounds like clutch plates to me or just not adjusted correctly.
You're right; it could be as simple as being adjusted improperly.

Would be crazy for either the clutch plates or the final drive to be gone @ 22xx miles.

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Check the kick stand switch. May just need a little push in.

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It sounds like your drive shaft splines may be shot? For 2xxx miles that's amazingly bad luck, could have not been lubed from the factory.

Take the rear wheel off, and then the rear final drive. Look where the final drive and the shaft meet. Is it ground down to dust on the final drive? If so, it's shot.

If it DOES end up being that, I do have a good spare I could sell for 85 shipped.

Here is what it SHOULD look like.

X 2 Anouther unlubed driveshaft bites the dust.

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Have you tried starting to move in other gears?

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Just removed my tire and checked spindles and the are fine.. Nice and lubed up so I know that's not the issue. Next would be to try to adjust the clutch cable! If that doesn't work changing out the plates. Or should I go straight for the plates? Can anyone help with cable adjustment?
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First just try the wheel adjuster at the clutch handle. Turn it till it's all the way in which makes the cable relax and engage more. See if you can switch into first at all and get anywhere with that first. Then you can try the barrel adjuster galf way down the cable.

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