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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I encountered that "coffee grinder sound a couple of times, along with the clutch grabbing. It was never a problem. I always warm up my engines before taking off, and that problem won't happen if you do. Let it run until the needle on the temp gauge reaches the second mark from the left. That indicates that the thermostat has opened and coolant is flowing through the system. I also make sure my clutch is not stuck before shifting into gear. In fact, for the first start of the day, after warming up the engine, I shut it off, put the bike in gear, pull the clutch in, and rock it back and forth until it rolls easily. The Vulcan clutch tends to stick overnight. The holding the clutch in I restart the engine with the bike in first. You can then ride away without that loud CLUNK. Those clunks put a shock load on the transmission parts. For the rest of the day it is never in neutral. I hold the clutch in at stop lights, and park it in first.
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