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I recently purchased a 2011 XR with 11k miles, traded my 2010 sportster in so it was a huge upgrade. The bike has been shifting fine for about a week now but recently it has become a pain to downshift. I have to apply A LOT of pressure to get the bike to engage the lower gear. Also I've been having a problem missing second! The bike goes right into neutral. Now I've called the dealer and they say lub the shifter pedal which I did. I also readjusted the clutch cable because it was tighter than factory spec. Still the problem persist with these changes. Any ideas on what could be the problem?
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Hi Sam,
How many miles on the engine oil and what oil are you running ??

If you did not change the oil, then a solution could be to buy a victory oil & filter and just change the oil ??

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The bike was serviced at the dealership at 11.4k miles. The bike currently has 11.6k. I've checked the oil. It is full, doesn't look dark..
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Ok whouw, you should go back and let the mechanic ride your bike ?

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I would like that opinion if the dealer wasn't 4 hrs away haha I just don't have the time to get the bike to them.
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I never heard of lubricating the shifter pedal ....

Cleaning dirt out the bushings yes,

Are you sure the clutch is adjusted correctly ? When i got my bike new the clutch was set incorrect from the factory .... Do you have a workshop manual ?? You can download it from this site members ...

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Hello everyone
I recently purchased a 2011 XR with 11k miles, traded my 2010 sportster in so it was a huge upgrade. The bike has been shifting fine for about a week now but recently it has become a pain to downshift. I have to apply A LOT of pressure to get the bike to engage the lower gear. Also I've been having a problem missing second! The bike goes right into neutral. Now I've called the dealer and they say lub the shifter pedal which I did. I also readjusted the clutch cable because it was tighter than factory spec. Still the problem persist with these changes. Any ideas on what could be the problem?
A couple of things. These may not be related to your problem, but just in case:

1) You know about the neutral-assist feature on these bikes, right? If you're stopped or slow, going up from first gets you into neutral, no fiddling around required. If you try to shift into second, as you get going, and you're going to slowly, it will just go into neutral... as if you were stopped.

I think the cut-off is something like 5 MPH, so my point here is: make sure that you don't try to shift into second too soon. You want to be at least 10 MPH. Don't forget that the Vic engine can be revved up more than the typical HD engine, so don't baby it. Vics may not have all the torque at the bottom, the way HDs do.

2) I had trouble downshifting the first few weeks I got my XCT in 2012. Often, the bike didn't want to shift down when I was attempting to go through several gears at once, holding in the clutch coming to a stop light, for instance.

I discovered that, for me, the problem was that I wasn't letting the shift pedal come up high enough on its return stroke. That is, that upward stroke, in between gears, was higher/longer than I was used to on other bikes. So the solution to that problem, in my case, was to make sure I raised my toes/foot higher up, in between pushing the shifter down again for the next lower gear.

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I never heard of lubricating the shifter pedal ....

Cleaning dirt out the bushings yes,

Are you sure the clutch is adjusted correctly ? When i got my bike new the clutch was set incorrect from the factory .... Do you have a workshop manual ?? You can download it from this site members ...
I cleaned the dirt out of the bushing and out some wtr on the bolt to smooth things out. I used the free owners manual to get the correct spec for the clutch cable. I'm not in the business of buying that shop manual yet haha too much $$
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A couple of things. These may not be related to your problem, but just in case:

1) You know about the neutral-assist feature on these bikes, right? If you're stopped or slow, going up from first gets you into neutral, no fiddling around required. If you try to shift into second, as you get going, and you're going to slowly, it will just go into neutral... as if you were stopped.

I think the cut-off is something like 5 MPH, so my point here is: make sure that you don't try to shift into second too soon. You want to be at least 10 MPH. Don't forget that the Vic engine can be revved up more than the typical HD engine, so don't baby it. Vics may not have all the torque at the bottom, the way HDs do.

2) I had trouble downshifting the first few weeks I got my XCT in 2012. Often, the bike didn't want to shift down when I was attempting to go through several gears at once, holding in the clutch coming to a stop light, for instance.

I discovered that, for me, the problem was that I wasn't letting the shift pedal come up high enough on its return stroke. That is, that upward stroke, in between gears, was higher/longer than I was used to on other bikes. So the solution to that problem, in my case, was to make sure I raised my toes/foot higher up, in between pushing the shifter down again for the next lower gear.
Thank you for explaining the neutral assist feature! I'm going to keep an eye out on my mph before shifting into second. I think I'm still shifting pass 10mph but I'll keep a tab of at what speed this problem occurs at. It's strange when this happens cause it will go into neutral and will not up shift till I either rev it high in neutral or downshift and try again. Scary when you have cars behind you that don't care!
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Yeah Vics require a 'technique' in shifting gears nicely, precisely, smoothly, consistently.
Keep an open mind.
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Ride it hard.
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