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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 08-09-2014, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Question Your Vic transmission does go "CLUNK!"... right?

When I got my break-in service done at my local custom shop, the Harley guys there raised an eyebrow at how loud my transmission shifts.

I don't mean they were whizzing on my Victory, in fact they complimented it on it's performance and torque. But they seemed genuinely concerned that "it wasn't supposed to do that." They told me their only other Victory customer (who has an '06), his bike doesn't sound that loud. These are fellas that all ride and rebuild H-D big twins on a daily basis, so it's not like they don't know what a trans sounds like.

I did search this topic before posting, but only came up with one (how is that possible?) similar thread, from 4 years ago. Thought I read that in the last few years Vic improved the transmission?

Oh so anyway, do all your late-model bikes also CLUNK loud enough that other nearby riders hear it through their helmets and ear plugs when you shift?

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Edit note: My bike CLUNK!s through most of the gears, not just when first shifting into 1st gear.

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My tranny shifts smooth as glass , but it sure does clunk a lot !

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I never hear my '13 above the shift from second to third. After that wind noises and such mask the sound but it still goes into the next gear with authority. There is never a question of whether or not I got it to shift.

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I never hear my '13 above the shift from second to third. After that wind noises and such mask the sound but it still goes into the next gear with authority. There is never a question of whether or not I got it to shift.
I'd say mine's the same, 4th to 6th gear any clunking is masked by the usual noise at speed. But first to third? Ah yes, that's what I was mostly referring to...

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My only complaint about my Vic is the clunk clunk of the tranny.


Ride it like you stole it... Or just stay home.
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Yes it clunks going into gear and when you shift. The other day I seen a Gunner while I was in my service truck. He road past me and I could hear his bike shift even though I had the window closed and the a/c on in my service truck. So I think they all do it. Amazing the new Indians seem very smooth and quite when they shift. Why did Polaris build the Indian so nice and quite and the Victory so noisey it sounds like somebody hitting it with a hammer when you shift? Ownly the all wise and almighty engineers now....maybe.

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Yes they can be loud. N-1 is the worst. That said, yes they are notchy when shifting, BUT, you can overcome most if not all of it. Learn how to shift the bike. It will reward you. Work with it some.
I have some folks ask what I did to make mine shift as quiet as it does. Miles and learning to shift it make the difference. Several of the previous rides I have owned were much the same.


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Mine 1st to 3rd , and vice-versa is quite loud , sounds to me like yours is perfectly normal .

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Thank you for the replies.

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Default clunk shift

Already is common knowledge, but the construction of the trans is what makes it clunk. Is geared with helical cut actual gears. Big chunks of metal "synchronizing". I've found that while cruising...if you get her up to 3k put a little pressure to up shift before clutching, then shift...the clunk is more of a "snick". Yes, N to 1st while stopped still has authoritative sound.

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