Update on the clutch problem on my Victory XC.
I had my clutch finally give up the ghost at 22,000 miles… yeah, only 22,000 miles. Had it replaced and now this thing feels like a totally different bike!!! It’s like a brand new transmission. Even better than new because when the bike was brand new the transmission was kind of rough and clunky. The original problem of “high spots” in the clutch is now barely detectable when the bike is cold and completely gone when warm. The transmission is sooo nice and smooth now. I will say that again… The transmission is soooo smooth now. It takes half the shift force it used to take and makes half the shift noise. Shifting is now more comparable to the VN900 than a Harley, where it was originally the other way around. For the first time ever on this bike I can hold the clutch and go from 1st to neutral to 1st and not have the transmission complain loudly. This is definitely the way it was supposed to be.
It is obvious this bike had a defective clutch from the start. There was something out of spec, bent, warped, or something that was causing excessive clutch drag. The clutch drag was causing the transmission to work extra hard gnashing gears together. The hope is that there was no damage or excessive wear to the transmission during the 22,000 miles that the clutch was bad. It may or may not matter to me, but it might matter to the next guy.
So for the people that are experiencing high spots, clutch chatter, clutch surge, or whatever you want to call it… now is the time to talk to your dealer. Especially if you are within the 1 year factory warranty. Don’t let them tell you “it’s normal” or “they all do that”, because they don’t.
Mine did. The clutch burned out prematurely. I replaced the clutch. Now the problem is gone.
Don’t get burned like I did.
2013 Cross Country Tour: Stage 1 exhaust, Lloydz Hi-Flow air filter, cams (HOH-VM1-DR), timing gear (HOH-PTS), Power Commander V, Auto Tune module, Gustafson flip shield, OEM passenger backrest with Cycle Ops luggage rack, Vic HID, heel shifter.
2011 Cross Country: Burnt and Traded