Bump. My wife and I were riding around a beautiful lake (at a very low speed after traveling about 100 miles in a couple of hours) when the gear shift linkage disconnected from the shaft coming out of the transmission. Luckily the needed wrench was in the set of tools supplied with the bike, but I was slightly worried for a moment (I have only added a shock hand pump to that kit and feared I would not have the tools I needed). I did not want to bother anyone on Christmas Eve to rescue us and we had dinner reservations.
Our XCT has 1,200 miles on it and was serviced at 500 by a Victory service dealership. I don't know how this part disconnected, because there is a groove where the tightening bolt fits that should have prevented the slip off. The bolt was still attached. My guess is that the bolt was threaded before the part was put on the shaft, so it would have been barely attached.
I have read many post on this forum in the last couple of months, but had not gone far enough back to see this one about what tools to always carry. I will be adding a few more tools to my saddlebag. Cell phones are limited to coverage areas and if you stay in those areas, you are missing out.
After making the repair quickly, the motorcycle was difficult to start. It did start after about a minute of wishful thinking and cranking a few times. I gave my wife the signal that I was ready for her to climb on. As she approached and asked what was wrong, I confidently stated "vapor lock". She shrugged her shoulders, climbed on and we were on our way. I have somehow convinced her that I often know what I am talking about. As long as she doesn't worry, we are good.
I then told her about the forum I read about long ride in heavy traffic, followed by a short stop. That was similar to what we had just done. She now understands my time reading about your experiences is not waisted.
Thank you all for sharing. I am continuing to learn what I need to truly enjoy our time on this bike.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
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