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I was tooling along about 50 and shifted down I think, engine revved an clutch slipped. It went for a 100 yards maybe and I shifted again and then it was painfully obvious the clutch was not going to engage. I coasted to the shoulder. I started the bike again to try and see if I could get to the truck scales turnoff but couldn't even put er in first. Just freewheels at this point no matter what gear you try and put it in.

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Maybe out of adjustment or something?. I'd pull the derby cover and see if anything is loose broke.
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Tranny Sprocket???
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No noise when either 1st or 5th is engaged and the clutch is released?
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The clutch is engaged all the time by its nature, it's when lever is pulled it compresses the spring plate and releases the clutch plates. If you are saying the clutch does not engage it sounds like a problem with spring plate, either does not hold in place due to worn basket or simply broken. I certainly hope for you it's not the tranny. Do you feel tension squeezing clutch lever?

Last year I faced the opposite problem, the clutch would not release so I had to stay on the same gear all the way home. My problem was busted ball bearing.
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I thought something was wrong with my trans when I broke a belt. It took me a few minutes to discover the problem.

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Does not sound like clutch to me.
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The clutch lever feels right. I can shift into neutral and kinda not hear the whiring when I and pushing it with the engine off. So almost sounds like it is shifting. I'll check the belt but it would have to be hung up perfectly somehow on the forward pulley for that to be it.
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Also check the output shaft pulley. If you have an aluminum pulley, the splines could have stripped. I have seen that before.

Everything looks good, you can shift all you want, but nothing makes it from the tranny to the drive belt. Output shaft just spins inside the pulley.

This was a buddy of mine's '02 Softtail Deuce a couple of years ago. Same thing can happen on a Sportster as well.

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One of the employees at the bike shop I use had this happen as well. It does sound like the culprit.

Also, check your belt and make sure it still has it's teeth. I also have a friend who had all the teeth strip off the belt.

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Also check the output shaft pulley. If you have an aluminum pulley, the splines could have stripped. I have seen that before.

Everything looks good, you can shift all you want, but nothing makes it from the tranny to the drive belt. Output shaft just spins inside the pulley.

This was a buddy of mine's '02 Softtail Deuce a couple of years ago. Same thing can happen on a Sportster as well.

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