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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-22-2017, 04:15 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation New bike owner. Stuck in first gear

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Im a new motorcyclist as well as a new bike owner. I know a few things about bikes and I purchased a 1990 vulcan 750 today. It is cosmetically perfect, however it is stuck in first gear and I purchased the bike knowing this (I only spent 800 on it). I figured no matter what the problem was, im bound to get my monies worth with some time and effort put into it, right? Well I figured a shift fork was probably bent or broken (the previous owner thought so as well), but upon closer inspection of the shift lever while the bike was on, I realized that there is no resistance in the shift lever at all. it just flops up and does nothing at all. I can only shift up because it is in first, but when I lift my foot up, the pedal just flied up, hits the foot rest, and falls lifelessly back into its normal position. I am brand new to motorcycles, I have no idea where to start to diagnose this issue. I dont want to have to bring it to a shop because that will cost a fortune because I have a pretty good feeling they are going to need to split the case to fix this issue (which im willing to do myself if I can). Anyone have any ideas where to begin? This is my first day on the forums, I hope you guys can come through for me on this. Thank you!!!
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Hi, welcome to the forum.

First question I'll ask, Is there play in the shift lever shaft? Meaning if you pull and push the shaft the shift lever is on back and forth (away and towards the engine case) how much movement is there?

I assume when you say the bike is "on" that you mean it's motor is running. Thus I'd also assume you are holding in the clutch lever to keep it from moving?

The shift linkage inside the case might be broken. (Someone here just posted this exact problem)
Does pulling the lever up while the motor is running make any noise?

If it's stuck in first, I then assume you can ride the bike around in that gear?

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If it'll go down into first and come back up into neutral then the shift linkage is working.


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I think he's saying the lever will go up, but it doesn't do anything...it stays in first gear, it's not going into neutral..

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x2 - Does sound like the internal shift rod is broken.

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Yes I can pull the shift lever up while holding the clutch and absolutely nothing happens at all, there is no resistance to being moved it just feels like im flopping it around. shift linkage is more likely than not broken. Does anyone know how much it would cost to pay a mechanic to fix this?

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Won't be cheap in all likelihood. Replacing that
usually requires engine pull and split the case halves. Lots of labor actual rod cost isn't much

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What part of PA are you from, I live in Lebanon & work in Lancaster. I did the rod on one of my projects bikes over the winter a few years back. Not for the weak of heart that's for sure. You'll be lucky if you find a shop that will do it for $800-1000.

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What part of PA are you from, I live in Lebanon & work in Lancaster. I did the rod on one of my projects bikes over the winter a few years back. Not for the weak of heart that's for sure. You'll be lucky if you find a shop that will do it for $800-1000.

I live just outside Quakertown. I want to do it myself but i feel like it might be too much for me. Also, there are no motorcycle repair facilities near me and in order to get this done I will have to do it myself or take it to a dealer (which would be a fortune)

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One of our member here Roach posted a whole series of videos on the engine tear down on YouTube. I watched them a couple times before digging into mine and it basically takes you step by step. Once you see how it's done you'll be able to tell if you think you can do it. The key is to label every bolt you take out and separate them in zip lock bags, and be patient.

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