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with a chance of sounding stupid, my 800 classic is clunky (is that a word)
when changing gear is this normal
 

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clunky going into first but it should be pretty smooth other than that. it takes practice to make it smooth though so you may need to just get out there and ride. also may want to check your linkage etc. to make sure its not super sloppy.
 

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Clunky shifting ?

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I own a 2002 800 vulcan classic. Great bike. I found that I couldnt get a decent shifting pattern that made me comfortable. It always felt like first to second was kind of a jerking motion. Tried all different RPMs-no change. I also didnt like forth gear on the highway. It just seemed like the engine was screaming too high at 60 MPH. Like the bike needed another gear. I realize that the bike is classified as a SPORT/CRUISER. So it rides like a cruiser and keeps the RPMs up like a sport bike. Here's the fix. Change the front sprocket. It comes from the factory with a 17 tooth front sprocket. Change it to an 18 tooth sprocket. That one tooth brings the RPMs down on the highway by about 400 RPMs. ALSO, because of the lower RPMs and slightly higher gear, it SMOOTHLY shifts into second gear and does not make it any different taking off from a dead stop. A great fix for the Vulcan 800 Classic. You can purchase the 18 tooth sprocket from www.sprocketspecialists.com. It will feel like a brand new bike. And the first to second clunky shift is GONE. IF YOU NEED FURTHER INFORMATION EMAIL ME AT [email protected]
 
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