My bike lurches when I put it in gear!

When my bike is cold, and especially when It hasn't been ridden for awhile it lurches forward when I first put it in gear.

This is a very common problem/complaint not only with Vulcan's but with any bike that has a wet clutch (almost all metrics). Riding by yourself it generally isn't a problem but two up it tends to bang helmets which makes the pillion unhappy.

It's the result of your clutch plates sticking together. The fix is to start your bike and, while in neutral, exercise the clutch lever a few times. This will (most of the time) unstick the friction plates and give you a nice smooth shift into first.

Last Updated: Thursday, August 09 2018 @ 10:31 AM PDT