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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-23-2018, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Hard Shifting Vaquero

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So I've had my 2014 Vaquero for less than a week and I've been riding it. One thing I noticed it shifts hard into each gear, I mean it clunks. At a stop, I noticed a couple of times I couldn't put it in first, the shift was moving very little and then I would quickly rock the bike and it went in. The bike has 2400 miles on it and maybe it's not fully broken in yet, I don't know.

Is this common with these bikes? Else this thing is going back to the dealer.

When Ivan returns from vacation I will send him the ECU for flashing and that may resolve some of these issues.

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Yep, nature of the beast. Youíll learn how to shift up & down to reduce it. Also, be sure to fully decelerate before shift helps. Must be still for neutral.


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Hey,
On my Voyager it does, you can hear/feel clunks some what while your ridding and going through the gears I don't notice it that much but when I sitting still and go from neutral into first it clunks big time but then again the Harley, Yamaha and Honda that I had before did the same thing.


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Stessel... try holding in your clutch for a time before selecting first. You'll find it goes in with a nice smooth snick, no clunk whatsoever. As for the rest of them, they're loud. Especially on my early model Voyager. I believe they cut the gears differently after the first year.

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Hey, Peg
I will give it a try usually when I'm sitting in neutral and get ready to go I pretty much barely get the clutch in and coming down on the shifter. I really never thought that much about it but I guess over time it can put undo wear and tear on the transmission gears & synchronizers


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5 years daily driving like I stole it, no problems. I use magnetic oil plugs, no residue yet. Royal purple 10w40 full synthetic cycle oil does best. Mobile 1 sucks. Hold the lever, down throttle enuf & it wonít clunk.


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Thanks everyone.

I rode it into work this morning from the beach 58 degrees, 52 miles and used all suggestions posted. Much better, I think my problem was going from a 98 Shadow 1100 with 87k miles and it shifted on a dime. So I'll get better at clutching and work on it. Being a little more aggressive on the shift did help.

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The Voyager at 7 yrs/40,000 kms, shifts takes a decisive toe/heel-tap. Most shifts are in the 2000-3000 rpm range.
A four cylinder sport bike "snicks" nice w/o the clutch.
Kawasaki 10w-40 oil is my choice, for once a season oil change.
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