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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-23-2012, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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When I downshift from 2nd to 1st, I feel a growling vibe in the clutch lever as I engage the clutch or use the friction zone to maneuver at low speed. Could this be a bad bearing in the clutch assembly?

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When I first got my bike I had a groaning noise at low speeds.. turns out my belt was too tight. They adjusted it at the 500 mile service and I havent heard it since. Never felt anything in the clutch though, just heard the noise..
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I think that is just the gears meshing. Kinda like downshifting an old car into first.
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When I downshift from 2nd to 1st, I feel a growling vibe in the clutch lever as I engage the clutch or use the friction zone to maneuver at low speed. Could this be a bad bearing in the clutch assembly?
first off - are you still moving? then stop doing it

what i mean to say is that i rarely go 2-1 with the wheels moving

i have no issues...but then i do the above.

same with my jeep..

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first off - are you still moving? then stop doing it

what i mean to say is that i rarely go 2-1 with the wheels moving

i have no issues...but then i do the above.

same with my jeep..
Thats how I run most of the time too, but occasionally I find myself in that 5-8mph creep that I use 1st for.

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You can downshift while moving. I just turned 50,000 miles and my transmission is fine. Its easier for me to get first while the RPM's are up a little.Stopped is a bitch. I know you guys with the newer bikes have the "neutral finder upgrade", but you can still downshift while rolling.I have ridden all the newer bike too.

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When I downshift from 2nd to 1st, I feel a growling vibe in the clutch lever as I engage the clutch or use the friction zone to maneuver at low speed. Could this be a bad bearing in the clutch assembly?
Is this what you're describing? https://www.victoryforums.com/showthread.php?t=7361

I think a lot of folks are dealing with it if it is... Not quite dialed in on the solution yet--if there is one...
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Not knowing how new your bike is makes it hard for a good answer.
New bike less then a 1000 miles on them are not broke in so there is a time for all parts to break in.
I very seldom go from 2nd to first and if I do I'm under 5mph and I do it with a firm down ward push.
I never use it for breaking and you shouldn't either

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Not knowing how new your bike is makes it hard for a good answer.
New bike less then a 1000 miles on them are not broke in so there is a time for all parts to break in.
I very seldom go from 2nd to first and if I do I'm under 5mph and I do it with a firm down ward push.
I never use it for breaking and you shouldn't either
The bike has 1600 mi. No one told me at MSF class, that I should not shift to 1st from 2nd in decel. I find myself doing it when I approach a red light and it turns green just before I stop completely. Should I leave it in 2nd and lug it in those situations?

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No reason not to shift, if I recall correctly MSF teaches that you SHOULD shift to first as you brake to a stop (To give you maximum acceleration capability to get out of the way should you see someone about to hit you from behind), but doing it while holding the clutch in, no need to engine brake at those speeds. As for lugging it in 2nd gear, no reason you cant slip it a little and ease it up to speed from 2nd gear if you dont quite come to a stop, just treat it like first gear and ease the clutch in/out to keep the engine rpm's where you want em.

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