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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, so I have a 2011 Vaquero. When backing out of my garage (or backing up anywhere), it will barely move - my wife has to help push the bike backwards. Seems ok when driving (maybe a little grabby), but it should back up freely, now seems to be grabbing. My back tire looks low - will be checking it when I get off work tonight - could that cause any grabby feeling while backing up? What could be causing the grabby-ness??
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Are you trying to push it backward before starting it and are you in neutral? Clutch plates will stick some before they get covered in oil. If you are still in gear and just holding the clutch you still get some friction from the clutches.

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I'm in Neutral, holding the clutch and the bike is not turned over yet and pushing my bike backwards. This just started happening a few days ago.
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^This. (what SWVA said).

Plus, a low tire will be more difficult to move.

I back my Voyager out of my garage every morning. I have it started to get warm and in gear because my driveway is sloped and have to back between my cars and if I get cockeyed; I want to be able to pull forward easily.

Once you get the clutch to slip it shouldn't give that much resistance. But, you can try having the bike started and let the clutch out a little in gear. That should free everything up.

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What SWVA said is right. Other than that, yes a low tire will add resistance to backing up along with the belt being too tight. After checking tire pressure also see if the belt is super tight.


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What SWVA said is right. Other than that, yes a low tire will add resistance to backing up along with the belt being too tight. After checking tire pressure also see if the belt is super tight.
that too. my belt on my V2K was 5th string banjo tight.

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I had this issue a few months ago turned out to be my back brake cable was rusted so bad it kept my back brake engaged slightly all the time. If all of the above fails try to disconnect this cable from the back wheel and see if it helps.

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I had this issue a few months ago turned out to be my back brake cable was rusted so bad it kept my back brake engaged slightly all the time. If all of the above fails try to disconnect this cable from the back wheel and see if it helps.

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Well dont I feel the perfect fool lol. Guess it goes without saying thats not the model I have, sorry!!!

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lol no need to feel like a fool... you offered up some advice based on what knowlege you had...now you have some new knowlege.... concider it a learning experience !

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