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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-11-2015, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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New Vulcan S shifting problem

Just bought a new Kawasaki Vulcan S for my wife. Having problem with downshifting from 3rd to 1st. Will shift if pushed or double taped hard. Upshifting seems not to be a problem. Linkage is not too tight. Could this be a problem w/ the internals of the transmission and what if so ?

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Doubtful, likely it's just a little tough to shift. Make sure your clutch is correctly adjusted, and you're pulling the lever all the way back. You need a single firm press on the shift lever to drop it a gear from 1st into 2nd....

hold on a second, are you trying to skip second gear?

Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.


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Ide just couldn't downshift easily the last few gears. The clutch lever is set w/ max pull. My 07 650R I ride has never had any shifting difficulties in 60K miles. I can downshift from 6th to 1st no problem. I'm thinking on the Vulcan the additional linkage could cause lack of force on the shaft, but if that was common, that would have been an issue on the bikes reviews and wasn't.

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Are you trying to do it while stopped? Or are you moving and rev matching? Or at the very least slowing down and clicking through the gears with the clutch in?

What do you mean by "max pull"?

Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.


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Just bought a new Kawasaki Vulcan S for my wife. Having problem with downshifting from 3rd to 1st. Will shift if pushed or double taped hard. Upshifting seems not to be a problem. Linkage is not too tight. Could this be a problem w/ the internals of the transmission and what if so ?

HR...
I had what seems to be the same issue.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-19-2015, 04:49 PM
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I have same problem, up no issues, but kicking down coming into junction is tricky.

Im bringing it up with kawasaki colchester when i take it in for its 500 mile service, it should not be that hard.

Sometimes i push down hard with clutch in and nothing happens.
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Thumbs down gearing down partial recall

Kawasaki has issued a partial recall of the 650 Vulcan S due to a faulty spring. This prevents gearing down from 3 to 1 which poses a safety concerns. I've realised the problem after only doing 20 kms. Bike has done 98 kms with problem getting worse hence I returned the bike to find out that there is a partial recall. My concern is that there should be better communication as this is a safety concern.
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Kawasaki has issued a partial recall of the 650 Vulcan S due to a faulty spring. This prevents gearing down from 3 to 1 which poses a safety concerns. I've realised the problem after only doing 20 kms. Bike has done 98 kms with problem getting worse hence I returned the bike to find out that there is a partial recall. My concern is that there should be better communication as this is a safety concern.
I totally agree and experience the same problem. Could you supply specifics as to the recall as my dealer cannot find Kawasaki's recall.
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