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I have a 2012 XC. Yesterday I went for a short (60 miles each way) ride. About 30 miles into the first leg of the ride I hit bumper to bumper, slow stop & go traffic. This lasted about 45 to 60 minutes. The temp on the display went to 97°. I could feel the heat off of the engine. I had no place to go, there was no shoulder or much shade. After I was able to get passed the traffic I was unable to keep the XC in gear, with the bike automatically downshifting. I tried to let the bike cool down but it was still hot over an hour later. I had a friend drive me back home and took my truck to pick up the bike.

Is this an issue?
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I have a 2012 XC. Yesterday I went for a short (60 miles each way) ride. About 30 miles into the first leg of the ride I hit bumper to bumper, slow stop & go traffic. This lasted about 45 to 60 minutes. The temp on the display went to 97°. I could feel the heat off of the engine. I had no place to go, there was no shoulder or much shade. After I was able to get passed the traffic I was unable to keep the XC in gear, with the bike automatically downshifting. I tried to let the bike cool down but it was still hot over an hour later. I had a friend drive me back home and took my truck to pick up the bike.

Is this an issue?
Should I get the bike looked at?
These are manual transmissions. What do you mean by "AUTOMATICALLY" downshifting? From which gear(s)?




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Something ain't right, I can sit in stop and go traffic all day in the heat of summer and not have issues like that.

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I mean, I had shifted up to 4th & 5th gear and the indicator on the display went down to 3rd then 2nd up to 3rd and finally down to 1st and the bike slowed down, engine revving each time.

All without me engaging the clutch or shifter.

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I mean, I had shifted up to 4th & 5th gear and the indicator on the display went down to 3rd then 2nd up to 3rd and finally down to 1st and the bike slowed down, engine revving each time.

All without me engaging the clutch or shifter.
sounds like a clutch slipping problem, but it shouldn't be happening. I would look at the clutch if it were mine. how many miles are on the bike?

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Yup, clutch slipping. The gear indicator is electronic and calculates a guess at what gear your in based on your speed and rpm. It was getting confused even though you weren't changing gears.

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when you get stuck in stop and go traffic and its not moving always try to keep bike in neutral as much as possible
That means hand off clutch lever.
If you just hold clutch in your creating heat in the plates and it will start to slip and sooner or later you'll burn up the plates.
Hydraulic clutch is no different

Your clutch might be good to day. You can only adjust your clutch when the bike has sat over night. Adjusting when warm or hot will do you no good

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First off, thank you everyone for your responses.

I off loaded my XC this morning and test rode her, she is still not Engaging.
How do I adjust the clutch if that is what is needed?

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The only adjustment you have is at the far end of the clutch cable near where it connects to the cam rod behind the rear cylinder. I generally set it for 1/8" of play in the clutch lever. Do it when the bike is cold. Of course if the plates are shot it won't do a lot of good unless your cable is adjusted too tight and is disengaging the clutch a bit. Then you might get lucky and adjust it to working again. Not riding it home may have saved the clutch plates.
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you might luck up with a cable adjustment, but, I would bet the plates are fried or warped.

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