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The gear shift on my Vulcan 500 has become loose.
I can select first gear without a problem, When I try to go up the gears the gear shift is loose.
I have 3 to 4 inches free play.I have checked the lever and that is on tight.

Something inside sems to have come off or became loose.
I will try and have a look at it over the weekend.

The question I have and someone here can help is,
Do I need to drain the oil to get to the inner part of the shift mechanism?
I have looked at the manual and I can see I have to take off the lever.
there is a gear shift mechanism inside the casing.

The manual says nothing about draining the oil.
The picture looks as if under the casing its a void and dry.
If anyone can shed some light on this it would be very much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
 

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Good morning.

Be aware that the transmission in your Vulcan 500 does not shift above 1st gear until the output shaft is moving (ie: the bike is moving on the road). This is called the 'Exclusive Neutral Finder'.

The cover to the shifter mechanism can be removed without draining the oil but it might be advisable to have the bike more upright when doing so. Have you checked the external shafts and linkages? Make sure that these are secure before removing the cover.

Here are a couple of pics of Hidalgo's engine when it was removed during the restoration showing the linkages and shifter cover:
https://bikerbillsvulcan500rebuild.shutterfly.com/87
https://bikerbillsvulcan500rebuild.shutterfly.com/88
 

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I have checked the outside the bolt is tight. The rod the lever is on has a bit of play on it.
I first new I had a problem when I tried to change from 1st to 2nd.
I could tell there was far too much travel on the lever. I first thought it had just became loose and had a look ready to tighten it.
The problem is behind the engine case.

If its not raining tomorrow or Sunday I will take it off and have a look.
I have a paddock stand to get the bike in a more upright position.
It makes life a bit easier I don't have to drain the oil.

Thanks for the advise.
 

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The excusive neutral finder? Could you explain that a bit more please.
The reason I ask is when the bike is in 1st gear now the lever is really high.
When I try and take to 2nd it will not go past neutral and the lever seems to be at its highest point.
 

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The excusive neutral finder? Could you explain that a bit more please.
The reason I ask is when the bike is in 1st gear now the lever is really high.
When I try and take to 2nd it will not go past neutral and the lever seems to be at its highest point.
Like stated (PNF) gearshift lever will not go above neutral unless rear wheel is moving.......It's exclusive to Kawasaki.
 
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