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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-04-2011, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Ok I know it is still early BUT.... Has anyone done any kind of time on a 2011 and can testify to the rebuilt new transmission.

I am not regretting buying the 2010 (got a helluva deal) but all the reviews I have read said this new transmission is the chit!!!

Less whine, slack, cleaner shifts, neutral assist, etc.... Problem is, I just came off an HD Softail and I do not notice most of the stuff that the "professional reviewers" complain about. Yes I do notice a little bit of whine and I know that with some time it will get better but this bike is a helluva lot easier to get into neutral and as far as shifting it is a toss up for me. I have more of a complaint about the amount of clutch needed then the transmission itself.

So has anyone gone from a 6 speed transmission to a "newer" 6 speed and can really tell a difference????? They say it is a 60% improvement over the old... if that is the case it must be buttery smooth and not make a sound or clunk cuz my 2010 is not bad IMHO!

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I have about 3500 miles on my 2011 CR and the only difference I can speak of between 2010 and 2011 is the whine is gone and it goes into neutral easier. Once in a while it makes unexplainable noise while I'm stopped but that's only when I don't down shift early. I've seen quite a few people that have this problem; if you are in 2nd or higher and stop it's not always easy to get into neutral -- when this happens it sounds like a chain rattling around in a coffee can. I don't let it bother me, the pluses seriously outweight the minuses.
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From what I've heard from a few 2010 owners that traded to a 2011...it wasn't worth it. They say it is a little quieter.
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I have a brand new 2011 Victory Kingpin and I have no complaints so far on the transmission. Mine is still breaking in, but it shifts good and smooth. I rode a used Kingpin prior to buying my 2011 and this bike shifts and functions better than the older version I rode.
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They say it is a 60% improvement over the old... if that is the case it must be buttery smooth and not make a sound or clunk cuz my 2010 is not bad IMHO!
The Clunk
My 2011 does make the clunk as did another 2011 I had test ridden, so based on that observation it might be safe to say the clunk is there for them all.

The 60% Improvement
I believe they state the new transmission is 60% improved design, not 60% better than the old. This is probably based on the assumption that if you're redesigning something, you are making it better. And if you're changing 60% of something, then 60% of that transmission has a newer, improved design. By no means do they suggest it's 60% more efficient, or 60% quieter, or anything else 60% other than 60% different.

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The Clunk
My 2011 does make the clunk as did another 2011 I had test ridden, so based on that observation it might be safe to say the clunk is there for them all.

The 60% Improvement
I believe they state the new transmission is 60% improved design, not 60% better than the old. This is probably based on the assumption that if you're redesigning something, you are making it better. And if you're changing 60% of something, then 60% of that transmission has a newer, improved design. By no means do they suggest it's 60% more efficient, or 60% quieter, or anything else 60% other than 60% different.
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after coming of trumpy rk3 touring and a long series of HDs(roadies, flh's, flt's, etc) the victory gearbox is a dream come true I reckon, we've only just recently heard about the update trans here(due in Feb/March) so can't compare just yet but be surprised if it gets any better than what I already have on my xc.

From 34yrs of HDs to 2010 Cross Country (+ few other bikes)
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Kind of what I figured. I have to agree with blackey. I just came off a HD and I thought that the Vic was a huge improvement. Just wanted to know if other thought on the new tranny.

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Traded my 2010 XC for a 2011XC because of the improvement. Most of the noise is gone but the driveline slack is all but non-existent now. That was my biggest complaint about all models prior to 2011.

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like BigSeaDaddy , comming off a Harley, and having rode many different makes of bikes through the yrs, my 09 vegas shifts very good, and neutral is easy to find, works just like my Harley did, so i really don't know what all the fuss is about, guess im not that particular, hell i still like 45 records, don't know why we had to shit can them,

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Traded my 2010 XC for a 2011XC because of the improvement. Most of the noise is gone but the driveline slack is all but non-existent now. That was my biggest complaint about all models prior to 2011.

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Really! I guess I need to test ride one.... maybe it is best that I don't. The wife might kill me!!!

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