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Hello everyone,

I'm new at the forum and the bike world, just bought my first bike and it's a 2009 Suzuki Boulevard M90 with 12K miles on it. The used bike dealer I bought it from said that the bike had been checked and that it was mechanichaly sound. When I rode it home, I heard a noise on the front wheel as if the bearing going bad. Also there is a noise in the drive shaft area when early shifting.
It is hard to shift from neutral to first and some times from first to second as well, I tried to shift when bike not running and it got stuck didn't moved up nor down. Today I checked the clutch adjustment on the handle bar and seems to be adjusted all the way way out, I'm wondering if the cluch needs to be replaced.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Pull the cover on your transmission and adjust the clutch from there. I don't know the specs on your bike on mine its loosen the clutch cable all the way at the inline adjuster then tighten the screw at the clutch all the way and back off 1/4 turn then adjust the inline adjuster so I only have the width of 2 dimes gap at the lever when it is pulled till the clutch just engages as I say I dont know yours, but I an sure someone here has them. (Edwin for sure would know). You'll fry a clutch fast if it is out of adjustment. The noise on your front wheel could be your brake dragging. Seems like mine always has just enough pressure to make a scraping sound. Jack the front up and spin the wheel while listening to where the noise is coming from. Just in case your issues are not this easy I hope they gave you a warranty on it being sound.

I use Adobe Reader to save downloads. It's free if you need it.
This takes a while to download. Watch the progress bar.
http://www.iocr.ro/tech_zone/pdf_files/VZ1500.pdf
Page 0B-13 for clutch cable adjustment.
Can't say I never gave you anything. LOL
Let us know how it's going.
You might want this.
Use the small, green download button at the top of the page
https://www.manualslib.com/manual/759806/Suzuki-Vz1500.html

Good morning to you all,
Thank you all again for the response and advice. It's the first time I participate in a blog of any kind and honestly I'm impressed as to the friendliness you all show here.
Valerie, I have viewed a few YouTube videos that shows exactly what you are saying, as for the noise in the front, I rode the bike yesterday and realized that most of that noise was coming from the gap between the windshield and the headlamp cover. the wind sips thru and thus creates the noise. By the way I got a 24 month warranty on the bike.
Edwin, thank you for the manuals, they will come in handy, I have a small body shop in Orlando Florida and like to repair my own vehicles. So the manuals will help guide me in case I need to do any kind of repairs and maintenance.
I was able to save them to my files with no problems. Thank you!!

Glad we could help. Also glad to hear they gave you a warranty

Edgar ... we've all got two heads (or a scar where one was removed!) and one eye in the centre of lour foreheads ... but you are right ... we are a friendly bunch

Hi Edgar - G'Day from COOMA NSW Australia - Welcome to the site - Post a couple of pics and/or a vid or two, always get a few replies from the guys & gals here - Good bunch of biking dudes & dudettes Smiley-laughing
and Peter - I didn't realize that you were an EX Taswegian Smiley-laughing
Cheers & Ride Safe ...PS - I hope you get the Bike Sorted ....

Hello Frostbite!! wow Australia!! always wanted to go to Australia. I'll post some pictures as soon as I down load some to my computer.
You are right there are real good guys and gals here. Everyone I have talked to so far has been really cool, I am glad I joined the blog.
CHEER'S from Orlando Florida!!

Hello to all, I took the bike out for a ride on Friday, rode for about 30 miles with no problems. It was a nice day to ride here in Florida.
Today Sunday I decided to ride my bike to my shop which is about 35 miles from home. Everything seemed good, at about 25 miles down the road I started to feel the bike kind of jerking a bit and the speedometer stopped working. Then it died on me, at first I thought maybe it over heated because I didn't hear the fan go on. So I let it sit for a while to let it cool down, after about 35 minutes I turned the key and tried to start it but nothing happened.
I finally got it to my shop and started to do some checks on it, checked the coolant level, oil level, check all the fuses, everything checked out good.
I tried to start again and nothing, I notice the head lamp dimmed as I tried to start it, so I knew it was power, I charged the battery for like 30 minutest, after that the bike started, I let it run for a while the cooling fan turn on as normal no issues.
I checked the battery for voltage while it was off, and the voltage was at 11.65 volts, I checked it while the bike ran and the voltage read 12.86, as I accelerated the voltage increased 13.95 and so on.
I drove it home, when I got home turned the bike off and tried to start it again, no juice the battery don't have the power to turn it over.
So I am wondering if is the battery or the alternator that is bad or should I just have them both replace.

Hi Edgar - Sorry Ihaven't replied earlier - I have been hibernating down here - was down to Minus -9*C yesterday morning - and the weather has been typical Winter here so far - with some bleak days where the freezing wind ripps through at around 50 to 60mph (80 to 100kph) and carrying the ice crystals from the higher snowfields with it and it tends to want to tear the skin off your face if outside in it ... Roll on Spring....
Now, I hope you have everything sorted out with your bike - I would suspect the Battery has packed it in - probably a collapsed cell or two in it .... I have had a few like that in the past ... IF you fit a fully charged battery and start the bike and do a voltage check then - you should find it charging OK by the sounds of it - It should be charging around the 13V range at idle and under accelleration should come up to around 14.5V - that shows that the Charging system is OK .... It shouldn't take much to get it sorted anyway ....
Sorting out a few little niggles with a bike - New OR Used bikes and Cars can always be a little frustrating but mostly can be rectified easily to your satisfaction - and sometimes we just have to accept little idiosyncracies (too big a word this early in the mornin' - was Minus7*C this morning and brain still frozen a little, it will thaw out soon, MORE COFFEE needed) - every vehicle has its own quirks that we have to live with .....
Anyway - I hope that you have got things sorted by now and enjoying the ride - Watch out for those Gators over there .....
Ride Safe -
Cheers from the Land of OZ ...

Hello Edgar from straight north of you ! (near Niagara Falls)...I bought my V Star 1100 last year, however I was lucky that the guy I bought it from kept everything and spent quite a bit of time doing a tutorial for me ... I too was worried about the battery, but so far so good (as I added a non LED light bar and replaced the reflectors with actual mini trailer lights on the sides) When I stored the bike over the winter at a local Indian dealership they provided me with the Optimate Automatic Maintenance Charger ... so if it was your battery that was pooched you should think about investing in one... plugging it in every you park it...just seeing all the lights on the unit go green after a few moments of plugging it in gives me the piece of mind that the battery and alternator doing what they are supposed to.

If per chance there have been additional lighting added (saddlebag lights, driving lights, etc that are not LED) then they may be pulling too much wattage and the alternator/statifier (??) can't keep the battery charged while running. This was the problem with my Triumph Speedmaster. I changed all the bulbs to LED and then add no more problems

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