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I have Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak 2005 which has around 24,000km on it.

On a recent ride I was changing up from 2 to 3 gear when suddenly i had
no clutch pressure and was unable to change gears and was stuck in neutral.

After pulling over clutch pressure came back after 30minutes but i was still unable to change gears when the bike was running and when it wass off.

The bike was towed to the workshop and the following was done

Clutch fluid replaced
master cylinder inspected - ok
Clutch check - ok

Report back from the mechanic was
it could be a bent shift fork or damage to the shift drum.
Fix is to remove engine from bike to diagnose the problem further which is a very expensive exercise.

The bike has a full service history and was only serviced 4 weeks ago.
I can't find anything on the internet that even comes close to this problem.
Is this common problem or something that could happen to this bike with such low millage?
Any advise on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
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I have Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak 2005 which has around 24,000km on it.

On a recent ride I was changing up from 2 to 3 gear when suddenly i had
no clutch pressure and was unable to change gears and was stuck in neutral.

After pulling over clutch pressure came back after 30minutes but i was still unable to change gears when the bike was running and when it wass off.

The bike was towed to the workshop and the following was done

Clutch fluid replaced
master cylinder inspected - ok
Clutch check - ok

Report back from the mechanic was
it could be a bent shift fork or damage to the shift drum.
Fix is to remove engine from bike to diagnose the problem further which is a very expensive exercise.

The bike has a full service history and was only serviced 4 weeks ago.
I can't find anything on the internet that even comes close to this problem.
Is this common problem or something that could happen to this bike with such low millage?
Any advise on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
This is quite likely a bevel gear problem. Its happened to several owners and your mechanic should check that before anything else.
The bearing overheats and boils the clutch fluid. when the temp drops the clutch operates to some degree again.
Its very difficult to change gear on a vulcan if the engine is not running because it has a positive neutral and will not go from 1 to 2 unless the gears are turning.

To test the gears you need to be pushing or rocking the bike while changing gear.

Bevel gears can be fixed without removing the engine
 

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Report back from the mechanic was
it could be a bent shift fork or damage to the shift drum.
It c o u l d be ?


Could be you need a new mechanic (however, that is just my opinion)

I'd investigate what Bob had to say, .... and a few other possibilities before going to a "could be" mechanic.

I'm not a mechanic and I can say it could be this, or it could be that.

Was the clutch fluid ever replaced ? If someone put silicone fluid by accident, that's a problem. Might not be your current problem, but it is a problem.

I can shift (when moving) up or down on my Meanie without the clutch.
 

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I have Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak 2005 which has around 24,000km on it.

On a recent ride I was changing up from 2 to 3 gear when suddenly i had
no clutch pressure and was unable to change gears and was stuck in neutral.

After pulling over clutch pressure came back after 30minutes but i was still unable to change gears when the bike was running and when it wass off.

The bike was towed to the workshop and the following was done

Clutch fluid replaced
master cylinder inspected - ok
Clutch check - ok

Report back from the mechanic was
it could be a bent shift fork or damage to the shift drum.
Fix is to remove engine from bike to diagnose the problem further which is a very expensive exercise.

The bike has a full service history and was only serviced 4 weeks ago.
I can't find anything on the internet that even comes close to this problem.
Is this common problem or something that could happen to this bike with such low millage?
Any advise on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Thank you for all your replies

I have now towed the bike back home . I noticed the clutch pressure was very soft. The mechanic advised me this was normal. I have my doubts. Yes the fluid was changed.

I managed to change gears by rocking the bike back and forward.

The bike starts ok in neutral , clutch is pressed in stand is up , selecting 1st gear . Its stalls
I have also taken the bike for a ride and changed through all the gears without the clutch.

This appears to be a clutch problem.

I need a new machanic
 

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Thank you for all your replies

I have now towed the bike back home . I noticed the clutch pressure was very soft. The mechanic advised me this was normal. I have my doubts. Yes the fluid was changed.

I managed to change gears by rocking the bike back and forward.

The bike starts ok in neutral , clutch is pressed in stand is up , selecting 1st gear . Its stalls
I have also taken the bike for a ride and changed through all the gears without the clutch.

This appears to be a clutch problem.

I need a new machanic
I think I have heard of a slave clutch cylinder (I'm old, can't remember for sure) might check to see if that's a possibility.

When the clutch fluid was changed, maybe it was not bled properly and has some air in the line.

As I said, I am not a mechanic, but I would check a lot of things before letting someone crack it open. That will get expensive quickly.
 
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