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Congrats on the new ride...bummer that you have noticed issues out of the crate. I hope that is the expection rather then the norm for the '11 line. Please post what the resolution is after seeing the dealer again.
Given it came out of a crate and it had *0* on it when I drove it off...I was somewhat expecting there could be a couple items that'll need addressing. Not a big deal. I mean, it sort of is, but, I expect it'll be something minor.

The thing that throws me a bit is that it get a bit of a bucking/lurching sensation with the growl/rub (as if the brakes are being applied slightly then not - even though I'm not using the rear brake at times when this is happening)...I checked the belt and didn't see anything obvious, but that's what my gut is saying - either that or a bearing in the rear wheel, or rear wheel is slightly out of alignment...or it could be the rear brake is slightly rubbing and the rear disk is warped...or the caliper is sticking...or...

Best way to tell would be to put it on a lift with the rear wheel free, and give it a spin and see if there's anything rough/rubbing...I don't have a lift, so...dealer it is. :)
 

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Keep in mind most moving parts take time to break in. Tolerances are on the tight end (save for valvetrain) in the beginning. I don't think I've ever ridden a bike right out of a crate. Most new bike I rode usually had around 15+ miles on it and I'd notice things were stiff, noisy etc. This goes for any new bike manufacturer I've ever ridden. Ride a bike that has at least a few hundred or thousand miles on them and things seem more fluid or easier to live with due to the motor and bike breaking in.

As for the clunky tranny I think it's just a trait of these types of big bikes. If you think these trannies have a clunk to them, you should of ridden my 07 Sportster lol. Ever HD I've ridden has a serious clunk. I don't even think a Victory would register a 2 out of 10 on the HD clunk tranny lol. It's that different relative to having a clunky tranny.

That being said, congrats on te new bike! I'm sure you dealer will take care of you on addressing your concerns. I'm sure you'll warm up to the bike in no time.

Post pics!
 
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