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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-05-2017, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Sometimes doesn't go into N

Hello All,

I have an intermittent issue with my 2009 VN900 Classic LT. Bottom line is, sometimes it won't go into N. When this occurs, I just keep pressing down on the shift to go all the way down. Then I try to come back up to N and nothing. Sometimes I can get it after a few tries, other times no, I have to shut the bike off in gear. Then when I want to start it again, I an get it into N.

Anyone else experience this?

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Thanks in advance.

Ed
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-06-2017, 11:00 AM
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1. How many miles on it?
2. How long have you owned?
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12K miles on it, owned it since 2011. It's done this as long as I have owned it, but as I said, intermittently.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-06-2017, 11:34 AM
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Mine (1500) will do the same on occasion if I am not careful.
Has to do with the positive neutral finder in combination with a wet clutch that likes to drag a little.
If you get into the habit of selecting the gear that you want (neutral or first) before the bike rolls to a stop, everything will work well.
One thing you do not want to do is stomp or otherwise force the shift as this will result in a bent shift fork and that is a pile of trouble you do not want!
Sometimes, when it is stuck at a stop sign, just rocking the bike back and forth while attempting to shift will allow the shift into neutral.
Trying to make ANY shift except neutral to first while the bike is stationary is almost impossible.
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If you get into the habit of selecting the gear that you want (neutral or first) before the bike rolls to a stop, everything will work well.
I will work on that. Thanks, and it's nice to know that this isn't just me!
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Nah, not just you. I had a 1500 Classic that was a little finicky sometimes. Over time I learned that I couldn't pull the clutch in and shift several gears at a time. I now have the habit of clutch lever pull, shift, ease lever out a little, repeat. If at a stop & wanting to go from 1st to N, I would have to (as mentioned) rock the bike a little or hold the front brake and ease the lever out just a little to shift to N. But the lever way caused a horrible grind/clunk when shifting so I quickly quit doing that. I also (as mentioned) found it's best to decide what gear you want to be in when stopped and to get there while still moving using the lever/shift/ease out/repeat method.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-07-2017, 05:42 PM
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My VN900 Classic LT had the same problem. The cure was to play with the adjustable linkage which connects the foot shifter with the transmission spline shaft and adjust it until the mechanism worked properly. It took a few attempts and road tests to get it right.

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