Shifts between 1st and neutral, rolls freely in both..
I know this isn't the proper way, or section, to do an introduction, but I need some help with a vn750 that I recently acquired from my brother and figured I would jump right in. I've been lurking and searching the transmission section of the forum meticulously for a few weeks now.
Little backstory: My brother picked the bike up from a dealer about a year and a half ago, rode it for about 6 months or so before it broke down, then it sat in a garage for about a year. He is now stationed in NC (Marines) and didn't want to deal with the bike, so I took it off his hands. Plan is to get it going again and do a hard tail, bobber build.
Symptoms: When it broke down, the bike was still running fine but would no longer move while "in gear", just revved.
I now have it here in my own garage and have begun tearing into it a bit. The bike will still shift into first and back to neutral (neutral light turns on and off accordingly), but will still roll freely while in "first" gear. Occasionally, while doing this, the bike will not go back into neutral from first (no light) or back into first from neutral. Rolling the bike a little bit usually remedies this and I am able to get it back to neutral with the light on.
I already pulled the oil glass site cover and checked the pawl and spring. It seems to be OK, moving back and forth as normal. I can also see it shifting from first to neutral. I took the clutch cover off and removed the springs, but have not yet pulled the plates out. From what I can see so far, they look OK. My main concern is the fact that the bike is still able to be rolled forward and back while it is in "first" gear. Something, somewhere is not grabbing or engaging like it should. I did notice that neither the basket or inner plates are rotating when the bike is rolled in first gear.
I'm hoping that someone here may know a quirk with these bikes that may be causing this and will make my day by telling me that I don't need to split the case. It's not that I won't, I just REALLY don't want to. Would much rather spend my time building the bike and writing/updating a build thread than rebuilding the engine.
Any help is more than appreciated.
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The bane of my existence...
Last edited by ProjectVulcan; 09-10-2015 at 08:32 PM.