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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 08-11-2014, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Okay Vic riders, I stalled out in buying a Vic only to conduct a little more research. Is there a difference between the early model Vic transmissions and the newer ones?. For example a pre 2010 or post 2010 transmission. I have read a couple different articles about clunky transmissions. Is there anything to worry about and which years should I avoid that would cause me transmission problems?. This will be my second Cruiser ( first was a Yamaha Maxim in the mid 90s).

I have used the search function and google and I can't seem to find a definitive answer. Just articles and threads about transmission issues that never seem to answer my question.
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post #2 of 66 (permalink) Old 08-11-2014, 11:51 AM
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From what I've heard around here, any Vic transmission from 2003 on up to today are pretty much bulletproof.

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You do not need to worry about the transmissions after about the '01 model year.

YMMV but I would NOT be worried about it if I was buying a late model Victory.

No matter what.....It will clunk if you're used to something silky.

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post #4 of 66 (permalink) Old 08-11-2014, 12:12 PM
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The transmission was redesigned for the 2011 model year to increase the oil change interval. Prevailing sentiment seems to indicate the new transmission is noisier. Prevailing sentiment also seems to be they're nearly indestructible and have been, as the other guys noted, for over a decade.

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When I hear the loud clunk-- that just reassures me that there is plenty of metal down there. Being an ex-HD rider, I thought ALL big heavy bikes were suppose to do that. Of course, I have used a heel toe shifter for the last 13 years or so..........................

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OK, one more time....pre-load the shifter for smoother and quieter shifts. Adjust the shifter so your foot just sneaks under it, even taking up some of the slack for more positive shifts.

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The latest transmission is set up so that if you are stopped you can only select 1st or neutral. That started in the 2011 models and includes my '13. I am not sure there is any other difference in how the new trannies and the old vary apart from that improvement. I have sat at a stop and pumped my shifter for an upshift several times just to find out I am still in neutral so I know that aspect works just fine.

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Put a set of loud pipes on and trust me the clunking will go away....

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The 2011 motors require oil changes every 2500 miles. I believe in 2012 the redesigned the transmission, oil changes were changed to 5000 miles. In any event, they are noisy.
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My understanding was that in 2011 or 2012 there was a slight redesign of the transmission. I can't remember if it was the addition of Helical cut gears or improvement of the helical gears
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