Just got this 2011 Victory Cross Country a few weeks ago. This is my fourth bike in the last 5 years and I have got about 1,000 miles on it already. Had the 500 mile service done Monday. Just yesterday I noticed a potential problem and spent half an hour in stop-n-go traffic yesterday playing with it.
When I let the clutch out just a bit trying to use the friction zone to creep at low speed I get a surge of acceleration and then a dead spot where the engine spins without producing forward movement, then I will get another surge of power. This is not me being unsteady on the clutch and it is not drive train lash either. It feels more like the reverse of a warped brake rotor. It is related to the movement of the bike (wheel rotation) and not related to RPM (at least below 2K). If the bike is rolling faster the pulses are closer together, if the bike is moving slower they are further apart. The problem is way bad when the bike has not fully warmed up, but it is still there when it’s hot too.
On normal acceleration from a stop and shifting between gears it feels fine. I only experience it when using the “friction zone” at low speeds.
No apparent drag, brakes aren’t making any noise, clutch seems to be adjusted properly, oil is full.