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Hi All,

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.

Thanks,

Dave
 

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Yep, nature of the beast. You’ll 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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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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Bring it to me and I'll break it in for you.:grin2:
 

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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 won’t 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.

Again thanks everyone....Mr. Warrbucks I'll remember the oil next spring. Miss Peg great tip, that worked.

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It’s 17 bucks a quart, but lifeblood if the motor. 35000 miles, 47 mpg today on I 95 with shell premium gas & k&n air filter. Enjoy!


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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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From my experience I'm assuming that this is mostly a down shift issue. I don't think you're seeing anything wrong with the bike, but over the years I've gotten into the habit of tweaking the throttle as pull the clutch to down shift. This seems to help the syncros line up better. If you can't get it go from neutral to 1st at a stop, ease the clutch out while you apply pressure to the toe shift. When it drops in, pull the clutch back in quickly. I've had to do that occasionally on all of my bikes.
 
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