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I ride a 2001 Nomad 1500FI (41K miles) and got back last Saturday from a long-distance ride across Texas. We started in Texarkana and rode through TX, NM and just across the AZ state line, the clutch gives out. To be more exact, I'm cruising at 75mph and pull in the clutch lever for an upcoming exit ramp and the transmission doesn't disengage from the engine. I have read some posts about clutch slippage, but this clutch went from working correctly to nothing. After safely coming to a stop, I adjusted the clutch lever to the #1 position using the thumb wheel by the lever and had a small bit of clutch. It engaged when the lever was still very close to the grip. When I stopped for gas again, the lever pull would not disengage the transmission.
Could this just be the spring wearing out, seems kinda sudden for that answer. We are settling in for winter in KY, so I have some time to work on it before spring.
I'm having the same problem with a 2002 Vulcan 1500FI. Anyone still reading after 10 years? I turned the bike off and let it sit for a few hours. When I went to take off, the clutch no longer disengaged. I didn't notice any sound. Removed the slave cylinder to look for obvious malfunction. None found, by my eye. Replaced the clutch fluid and bled it at the slave cylinder. No obvious leaks. Not sure about removing the engine cover on the clutch side. It looks like there is an oil seal there I'd have to brave.
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