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Maybe I never noticed or didn't hear it on my hammer but my XR seems to have a decent ammount of play in it. Most obviously noted when rolling on to off throttle, gets a good clunking kinda noise.

Eveyone's like this?
 

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Maybe I never noticed or didn't hear it on my hammer but my XR seems to have a decent ammount of play in it. Most obviously noted when rolling on to off throttle, gets a good clunking kinda noise.

Eveyone's like this?
The only noise I get is when actually shifting. After the hammer hits the anvil, all good.
 

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I get that with my Gunner, Mostly if I'm in the Low RPM range..
Doesn't happen above 25 hundred ..
 

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Drive lash and yes they all have it to some degree or another. Not sure what the spec is on a Vic, but it was 1 1/2 in on my wing and about that on the Royal Stars. It isn't good comparison though because they were shaft drive. If you are really concerned, have the dealer check it or just call and ask how much it should be, easy enough to check at home.
Go easy on the throttle, when going off and on and it isn't very noticeable.
 

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Could be that you are feeling the compensator more on your heavier bike.
It's working harder than it did on your lighter bike.

If you are not familiar with the guts of one here is one on ebay.
click on the picture that is farthest to the right.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Polaris-Victory-Cross-Country-106-Primary-Gear-Compensator-/360603997879?hash=item53f5ac56b7&vxp=mtr
Engine power drives one cam. Clutch and trans driven by the other.
They slide on each other and compress a big spring in the housing to remove the shock from the drive line. If you removed the spring they would just slide over each other and the bike wouldn't move.
Think of it as a primary connected to the transmission by a big honkin spring. That isn't a perfect explanation because if the spring is present eventually the two cams compress the spring solid both on deccell and accell and you have a solid mechanical connection. But until that happens there is a spring in the middle of the drive line. Pretty clever engineering really. Solves all kind of bad traits that Vtwins have at low rpm's and lets people run 6 speeds and such on modern engines.

Since your other bike was lighter and both used the same compensator you will feel more "slack" in your drive train as you accelerate and decelerate. The compensator on your heavier bike works harder than the one on your lighter bike when you ride normally and it might be the reason you feel more backlash or slack in the drive train.
 

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My last two bikes were shaft drive so I am used to a lot more drivetrain lash than my Vic. Maybe the newer transmissions have more than the pre-2011's.
 
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