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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-19-2009, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Shifting problems...

I am new to the forum, and just purchased a 2006 Vulcan 500. The other day while riding I had trouble getting into first gear at a stop sign. It would not down shift until I moved the bike forward. I also found when I got home from the same ride, I had trouble shifting into neutral. Has anyone else encountered issues with shifting gears?
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Two things it might of been. 1. the way the gears were lined up when you stopped. thus moving the bike moved the gears. 2. the clutch may need adjusting. As for neutral, again it may be a clutch adjustment or some times it can be tricky trying to shift half way.
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If the bike is stopped when you try to downshift, it is quite hard to get it into lower gears... If you're at a light and need to downshift, try letting the clutch out a little, then pulling it back in and try again... sometimes that will do it... I found that making sure I am down shifting while still rolling works best for me
I was told the reason that the bike won't down shift at a stop is that the trans is not synchronis trans... (The gears have to be moving to mesh) This is also the reason for the clunk when you shift into first gear at an idle...
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If the bike is stopped when you try to downshift, it is quite hard to get it into lower gears... If you're at a light and need to downshift, try letting the clutch out a little, then pulling it back in and try again... sometimes that will do it... I found that making sure I am down shifting while still rolling works best for me
I always try to downshift as I'm slowing down. I shift into first just before the bike comes to a complete stop. Some guys I ride with shift to neutral when stopped. I like to stay in first gear in case I have to move in a hurry.

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I was told the reason that the bike won't down shift at a stop is that the trans is not synchronis trans... (The gears have to be moving to mesh) This is also the reason for the clunk when you shift into first gear at an idle...
Never thought about it before but that would explain why it does that.

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Red Rider, I have also found that starting to downshift below 16 mph (as per owners manual, I think that's where I read it) Makes the downshifts smoother than if I start at a higher speed... That is for stopping... not downshifting for a corner etc... I usually will wait until the cage behind me stops completely and then I'll shift into neutral... Otherwise, I leave it in gear, as you said, in case you have to beat it...
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Hey beanocook. I know this thread is a little older, but I'm wondering if you found a solution to your clutch issue. My 500 does the same thing... When coming to a stop I try to downshift and it won't go past neutral into first. So I end up stopping and having to start again in 2nd (sometimes 3rd) cause the bike won't downshift all the way. If I am able to get it to neutral, I'll release the clutch and things seem to be ok for a bit. And 70% of the time everything is fine, so I know it's not the clutch lever getting hung up or anything. Curious if any of you have any ideas. Thanks.


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Gotcha. Thanks for letting me know. If any of the rest of ya have any info on this issue, it would be much appreciated.


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If any of the rest of ya have any info on this issue, it would be much appreciated.
Are you saying you try to downshift into 1st while still moving and you're unable to do so?


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Yes. I'll be coming down from any of the higher gears, and it seems to get stuck in 2nd, sometimes third. After repeated attempts to continue downshifting it'll sometimes eventually "catch" and do to neutral and then 1st. But that's a problem too because it should pass neutral when downshifting and go right to first.

I'll always rock the bike back and forth before I start it to let the clutch plate break free as I thought that might help. But it doesn't seem to....


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