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I was out riding Sunday and got more or less soaked. When I got back, I was looking the bike over, the headlight looked like it had gotten water in it. It was all clouded over. At first I thought maybe the light had burned out, but that wasn't the case.

The second and more troubling of the two was while going into sixth, the bike would start breaking up, like it wasn't getting any fuel, or possibly an electrical issue. It did it a couple of times and always in sixth.

And no, I wasn't lugging the bike, but that was kind of what it felt like.


Anyone experience either of these things?
 

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I have no suggestions on the headlight.
For the other issue, make sure your battery cables are clean and tight. Heard of several strange issues related to loose connections.

Good Luck.
 

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My guess for the headlight is condensation after you stopped. Unless you actually saw water collecting in the housing. My kingpin would get the condensation after riding in a heavy rain.
Water possibly interfering with spark could have caused the breaking up if the rain was enough of a downpour.
I washed my bike with a hose recently, got the motor all wet. Had a difficult time starting and when it did it sputtered a little until the motor warmed up and the water evaporated. At least thats what I blamed it on.
 

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Had it break up again today. This time I tried to power thru it and the bike jumped out of gear?! I'm not sure what to think now. Might be time to take it to the dealer.

Hate to say it, but i'm starting to miss my Triumph a lot.
 

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6th gear issue

had the same problem with my 11 XC. Bike seemed to hiccup horribly after shifting to 6th gear at 3k rpm...I played around with it trying to make it happen again...turns out I was not getting into 6th gear. You must make a very positive up shift. Once I started making a very positive upshift...it never happened again.
 

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Lovely. I have issues with 2nd popping out on occaision. That was all me though. I guess no more being gentle.

I wonder if a heel toe shifter would make any difference?
 

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Lovely. I have issues with 2nd popping out on occaision. That was all me though. I guess no more being gentle.

I wonder if a heel toe shifter would make any difference?
Not experienced what you have but I love having a heal shifter! Even though its a little small in my opinion.
 

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shifter linkage.

You could also try adjusting your toe-shifter down a little so you do not have to move it up as much,thus making it easier to grab the next gear up.;)
 

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Lovely. I have issues with 2nd popping out on occaision. That was all me though. I guess no more being gentle.

I wonder if a heel toe shifter would make any difference?
Make a conscious effort to preload the shifter. Shifts will be smoother, quieter and more positive. thumb up
 

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As long as you are shifting properly there should be NO issues with it popping out of gear or sputtering and having issues. By shifting properly I mean making an effort to ensure that the transmission actually engaged the gear. I know the longer throw of the shifter on the Vic got me a few times when I first got it. I rode a GSX-R 750 right before the CR and it's shifts were a much shorter throw and buttery smooth.

I'm a picky person, I would take it to the dealer and make them look at it. When I drop that much money on a purchase I am going to make sure it is operating properly and if not make the seller fix it using the warranty provided.

Hope it all works out for you.
 

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if you dont want to go all the way to marengo call
douglas and frye and talk to rich .you dont need to
mention my name. i have pullback bars i need to get
installed yet. if you need the number get a hold of me.
you guys are starting to scare me. i spose im going to
have all these problems too. 8 years on a honda and
now i read all of this[lol]--irv
think ill park it so nothing goes wrong.
 

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if you dont want to go all the way to marengo call
douglas and frye and talk to rich .you dont need to
mention my name. i have pullback bars i need to get
installed yet. if you need the number get a hold of me.
you guys are starting to scare me. i spose im going to
have all these problems too. 8 years on a honda and
now i read all of this[lol]--irv
think ill park it so nothing goes wrong.
Don't sweat it Irv. Ride the wheels off of it.
My shifting issues are most likely my own doing. I'm used to bikes where it seemed like all I had to do was think about shifting and it was done.

I know the Victory is a different beast, I just have to remember that.
 

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you guys are starting to scare me. i spose im going to have all these problems too. 8 years on a honda and
now i read all of this[lol]--irv. think ill park it so nothing goes wrong.
IRV, don't let one person's "problem" concern you. Consider the thousands out there who are not having that problem, or any other. Many riders, if not most, are terrible at shifting. Don't believe me? Watch the passenger's head as a bike takes off from a stop. When I recommend "preloading" the shifter, most reply with HUH? When I mention friction zone, I get the same response. A lot of tranny problems are not in the hardware. :crzy:
 

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I was out riding Sunday and got more or less soaked. When I got back, I was looking the bike over, the headlight looked like it had gotten water in it. It was all clouded over. At first I thought maybe the light had burned out, but that wasn't the case.

The second and more troubling of the two was while going into sixth, the bike would start breaking up, like it wasn't getting any fuel, or possibly an electrical issue. It did it a couple of times and always in sixth.

And no, I wasn't lugging the bike, but that was kind of what it felt like.


Anyone experience either of these things?
Check your plug wires to see there all the way on or look for a crack in the wire. You might have a spot that water is causing it to short out. Trying to power threw it will not do any thing but maybe break something.

If you have condensation in the light pull the light and look for a crack or a pin hole leak. If you find something use silicon and seal it.
 

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i did take my shifter linkage off and lube it. as much dust
as these thing seem to collect it does stand to reason
it can crud up although probably not in 1300 miles.
anyone move the linkage to the back hole? you cant adjust the rod
enough to bring the shifter down. and im sure you dont want to move the trans end linkage.--irv
 

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As long as you are shifting properly there should be NO issues with it popping out of gear or sputtering and having issues.
I don't know about sputtering, but the first time I rode an XC, I had it pop out of second twice during a short demo ride. I admit, it did cause me to question the quality of the bikes.

When I got my XR, I noticed the same thing happening occasionally. It has only occurred in second gear and *never* occurs when I use my heal shifter.

People coming from more modern machinery may not be used to kicking a bike into gear. It doesn't bother me to do it now, though I strongly recommend the heal shifter. I love to bang up the gears with it (usually with my toes). It never misses...
 

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What does a heal shifter heal? Does it cure incorrect shifting? Is it anything like a heel shifter? =)
 

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What does a heal shifter heal? Does it cure incorrect shifting? Is it anything like a heel shifter? =)

you mean like physician heel thyself--that means kick yourself
in the a-s![maybe not]:)
 

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Just adding a couple comments about the shifting. I'm finding out it tends to pop out of second if i'm riding more aggressive than normal. It's done it on me couple times the few days when I was really getting on the bike.

I guess I need to remember i'm not on my Triumph or Honda and not be so aggressive and baby this thing.

All I know is i'm over how this trans works. Or doesn't in my opinion.
 

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what about your headlamp fogging ? ever figure it out
or did it go away by itself?
i think we all have missed a few shifts. even my flawless
vtx would get a false neutral between 4th and 5th once
in a great while. i even beginning to like the reassuring
loud noises the trans makes in the lower gears. keeps
me awake.--irv

i have a friend with a 12 street glide. it has a louder clunk
into 1st than mine!
 
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