Yesterday I was out with my Dad enjoying the incredible riding weather, it was one of those days where you just let all the little things slide off your shoulders for a few hours and I was really pleased with how the Vulcan was running. At any rate, as we are entering onto a minor highway on our return leg of our ride, we both got on the gas a bit, enjoying just a brief moment of "hooligan", and as we came up to speed, I eased up and shifted up into 4th, then 5th as I've done over a 1,000 times, but this time the shifter, as it was coming into 5th, seemed to slide up too far. I wasn't too sure, and when I glanced down, sure enough the shift was almost at the engine guard bars. I put my toes down on it and it easily slid down and hit the stop for 4th gear. I gingerly downshifted and found 4th gear with no problem. When I shifted back up I had to pull the shifter almost up to the guard again before I found the shift. Uh-oh. We kept moving down the road until I saw a safe place to pull off. When I was able to dismount, much to my dismay I saw the clamp holding the shifter was tight (my original diagnosis) and that the shaft was turning freely, meaning the extra play is internal to the transmission case. Cursing a little bit under my breath, I decided to try and baby the bike home and to the local mechanic (a good guy who has been family friends with my wife's family for several decades). So I hop back on, carefully shift into first and enter the highway with my Dad following to keep an eye on the situation. As I pull out and go to shift into second, I hit neutral and then nothing...the shifter is now hitting the engine guard. I shift down...there's first...so I give her some gas and try for second again...nope...not happening. Damn. I put on the hazard lights and limp to the next pull-off and call for my father-in-law to bring his trailer. As I'm waiting, my Dad is softly moving the shifter, try to feel for the catch points. He calls me over...the shift is now spinning almost freely. There's resistance, like its rubbing on something, but no catch points. The bike is now stuck in first and isn't coming out anytime soon (a lucky break considering having to get it up on the trailer I suppose). We hauled the poor girl to the mechanic and the bike is awaiting a chance to look her over, but I'm asking you, the experts to help diagnose the problem. What is the most likely culprit? Am I looking at EEVV (Estimate Exceeds Value of Vehicle)? Are the old' girl's days numbered? '92 Vulcan with almost 43K on the clock. She was shifting great just the day before (almost 300 miles for a rally) and running like a top. I'd hate to see her go out with such a wh:drool:imper...