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I have a 1990 Vulcan 750 that sometimes only starts in neutral with the clutch out. There doesn’t seem to be any cable slippage and the gear box sounds and shifts normal when running. Fluid is ok. I’ve had the bike for awhile and it just started today. Sometimes before it starts it is a little hard to get into any gear, except for neutral. Neutral is easy. Saying it another way as long as the clutch is in it won’t start regardless of the gear. It will not turn over. I put the key in, turn it, the lights come on, the horn works, I put the engine on in the on position and push the start button and nothing happens. But that is only with the clutch in, in neutral or in gear. If I put it in neutral, let the clutch out, and push the start button it will turn over and start right up every time. And the not starting except in neutral doesn't happen all the time, about 50% of the time. Thanks for your help.
 

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First off you should always start the bike in neutral.

Second, not sure here as to what you are calling "clutch in" or "clutch out"

You should know however that there is a switch in the clutch lever mount and also one in the kickstand mount.

One of these switches may be sticking and causing your problem.....

KM
 

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I second what KM said. There's a switch right by the clutch lever that should have a plunger on it (thanks to my compadre to whom I just sent a broken one of these to!) - when the clutch lever is pulled in, the plunger should pop out, sending a signal to the bike that the cluitch is in. If there's no plunger on the switch (appears to break off more easily than one would hope), the bike won't know the difference. To find the switch, look up on the LH controls - there's a place where there's a three-pronged connector that goes in, just below the clutch lever. It's held onto the unit by two small phillips head screws. When you pull the lever in, there should be a black plunger that pops out- about 1/2 cm long. I'll see if I can find the pic that was sent to me and post it for you.

I've tried to load the pic several times, to no avail. Also tried to load it to my gallery, but apparently there's a problem with the pics today? I'll try again in a litlte while!!
 

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Here You go Cindy.........





I second what KM said. There's a switch right by the clutch lever that should have a plunger on it (thanks to my compadre to whom I just sent a broken one of these to!) - when the clutch lever is pulled in, the plunger should pop out, sending a signal to the bike that the cluitch is in. If there's no plunger on the switch (appears to break off more easily than one would hope), the bike won't know the difference. To find the switch, look up on the LH controls - there's a place where there's a three-pronged connector that goes in, just below the clutch lever. It's held onto the unit by two small phillips head screws. When you pull the lever in, there should be a black plunger that pops out- about 1/2 cm long. I'll see if I can find the pic that was sent to me and post it for you.

I've tried to load the pic several times, to no avail. Also tried to load it to my gallery, but apparently there's a problem with the pics today? I'll try again in a litlte while!!
 

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Did you by chance happen to run into a bit of rain with the bike just before this started?
I've had the clutch lever switch stick before, usually after some rain riding. Spray it with some electrical contact cleaner and it should be "right as rain" then.
 

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Regarding the difficulty going into gear, Kawasaki uses a mechanism they call the Positive Neutral Finder, which will not permit the transmission to go into any gear except Neutral and First unless the bike is rolling. If you want to get into the higher gears with the engine off, you have to push the bike (Or roll it down a hill).

ETA: I suppose hypothetically it would also be possible to put the bike on the center stand and spin the rear wheel by hand.
 

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Hers a pick with the plunger broken off.
Also if its just stuck you can pop it apart and clean and grease it.
 
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