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New vic owner last fall. 14 XCT, tri-ovals. Unknown if another other mods. 48K miles. Yesterday on my way home the gear shift indicator started acting erratically. Going up a very slight incline I add some throttle and notice the gear shift indicator shows I'm in a lower gear without me down shifting. I down shift and gear indicator stays. Then going down slight incline I up shift and the indicator doesn't move. The it does move, and can't figure out where it wants to be! The remainder of my ride, about 4 miles, the indicator is up and down without me shifting. I was able to get home. I realized that my clutch lever had felt very stiff so I checked and the jam nut on the cable adjuster had completely come loose and the adjuster was all the way tight. There was no free play. I adjust the clutch cable to spec today (1.5mm free play) and went for another ride. Everything worked perfectly...for the first 20 minutes. Then going up a slight incline again, the same thing happened. I was cruising along in 5th. I add throttle and RPM increases and I maintain speed. But I look down, and the gear indicator says 3rd gear and I haven't shifted. I downshift and the gear indicator changes. I up shift, and it doesn't change. Then it is erratic. I make it home. It worked okay at the 4 way stop (able to down shift to first, etc.) but still not acting or indicating correctly. So I am guessing the clutch is slipping and it's time to replace friction plates and discs. Am I on the right track? Any advice is appreciated.
 

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Once I noticed that my clutch was starting to slip. I also had that clutch lever jam nut tighten to the point where it would not let the clutch lever return properly. I was able to loosen the nut off and all was good with no clutch damage. I caught it begore damaging the clutch.
 

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when you adjust the clutch wait till its cooled down good

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=victory+clutch+adjustment+
That police bike looks like too much freeplay?

I had a lot of issues as described by OP when using that clutch pull relief thing that came with my bike. Removing it helped tremendously with clutch issues everything has been great.

I have noticed when the engine gets very hot that the clutch gets funky. On an 80 degree day basically staying in 2nd/3rd for several miles of some twisty road I thought my bike was seriously messed up. Got better when sitting for a bit though.
This was just a one time thing it hasn't done it since and I did adjust it a bit. It's hard to find a twisty road in Indiana so will be a while before I run into a day like that again.
 

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I have noticed similar issues before on my CCT and it seemed to only happen toward the end of my service interval with the oil change. Occasionally i could get it to do it when 2-up and gassing hard for like the 3-4 and 4-5 shifts. If it isn't your clutch cable adjustment maybe take a look at your oil. If that isn't it then your discs are probably glazed and that's no bueno.

Best of luck,
Skin
 

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Since I've read the some riders report clutch slipping problems with full synthetic oil I drained the Redline and replace with T5. Still slips. I guess I'll be replacing the friction plates.
 

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Since I've read the some riders report clutch slipping problems with full synthetic oil I drained the Redline and replace with T5. Still slips. I guess I'll be replacing the friction plates.
It's certainly not unheard of at that mileage range (48k). Some folks drag their clutch a bit more than others. Over time it will wear out the friction plates sooner. I think I'm one that does that even though I try not to.
 

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almost 100K hard miles on mine.
But its either in or out.
and Im fastidious about cleaning and maintaining freeplay...even ran an EZ Clutch for a while.
 
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