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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-13-2009, 05:30 AM Thread Starter
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vulcan 1500 shifting problem

I posted this once before but didn't get any real specific answers
I have a 96 vulcan 1500, when shifting from 1st. to 2nd. I get a grinding or clicking noise before it goes in. Doesn't do it at a slow speed. Has anyone else had this problem before? and how did they solve it.
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-13-2009, 08:23 AM
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Wish I could hear the noise myself; that would help a bunch. The 1500 is known for 1-2 shift noise, so it MAY be normal. It also may be the way you are shifting? Make sure you are pulling the clutch all the way in, pulling on the shifter fully... clutch and shift linkages adjusted properly?

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It is just a couple clicks before it goes in. I have been searching for a web page on adjusting the free play, someone told me that it might be that.
I am looking to sell this bike and I don't want to sell it to somone if it is something that can be fixed. This bike is a 96 in showroom condition. Everything on the bike is mint. Plus it only has 8000 miles on it.
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I wouldn't think anything would be worn or broken with only 8K on the bike. Sounds like the clutch may be dragging a bit to me.

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what does it mean when you say " the clutch is dragging" ?
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I am still searching for someone that has had the first to second gear problem and solved it. I posted on this again to bring it to the top.
thanks for any help
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I am still searching for someone that has had the first to second gear problem and solved it. I posted on this again to bring it to the top.
thanks for any help

Some of the older 1500's had a problem with bent shift forks, but it would probably be jumping out of gear if that was the case. The positive neutral finder on the Vulcans make the 1-2 shift a little clunky, that's more likely what it is. You have to shift with authority, don't granny shift it. Also helps to wind it out before shifting.

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I was going to say that as well; the positive neutral finder. By the clutch dragging, I mean it's not fully disengaging. Not adjusted properly or you are not pulling the lever far enough. That, plus potitive neutral finder = clunky 1-2 shift?

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It's completely normal for the older 1500's. There is almost like a grinding sound. This is normal. The answer is to just shift from 1st to 2nd at like 10-15 MPH. And the rest of the gears are fine.

Many, many people on this forum have posted about this issue. It's very well known and a very common problem with the older 1500's. My 1997 Vulcan 1500 does this. Oh well.
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Just a quick search of "1500 grinding" and I found these two threads right away. This forum has a very efficient search tool.


https://www.kawasakimotorcycle.org/fo...=1500+grinding

https://www.kawasakimotorcycle.org/fo...=1500+grinding
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