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So i have a 2012 48 and it has about 10k miles on it. I am excited to finally do some customization on it! Going to buy pipes, air intake, seat, and maybe handle bars this weekend.

Now that i've said that...as i've been researching i thought i could ask the question regarding the shifting. My bike has always shifted hard and the dealership said it is normal. Has anyone else experienced this? Should i not worry about it?

Also - about how many miles do most of you have on your sporty? I'd like for my bike to last me a very long time :)
 

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I have a 2014 1200T and I can definitely hear and feel it shifting. Is that what your talking about, or do you mean it doesn't shift into each gear when you want it too? I also had a 2010 Yamaha V Star and it sounded even louder than my Sportster when it shifted.
 

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It's not going to shift like a car, you will feel it. Even still if it's jerking the bike or if you have to really stomp on the shifter to get it in gear then you have an issue with your clutch. If you think it shifts hard; maybe adjust the clutch cable and the clutch. It's easy to do videos on YouTube will show you step by step.


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It requires a little more force on the shift lever to shift my Sportster 72 versus any other bike I've own but I wouldn't describe it as hard to shift. You definitely hear more of a "clunk" when you shift but from what I've read the sound is normal.

I just got my 72 in October so I've only go 1,400 miles on it. So far no issues but I can't comment at this point on long term reliability.
 

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If it goes in and out of gear and the bike goes forward when shifted then what's the problem ?
I'd be more concerned if the bike doesn't move when shifted !
 

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If it goes in and out of gear and the bike goes forward when shifted then what's the problem ?
I'd be more concerned if the bike doesn't move when shifted !
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I read a lot of different motorcycle magazines and read most all the reviews of different models. Almost every review will be a discussion about easy shifting or hard shifting. I would believe yours is normal for that model.
 

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So i have a 2012 48 and it has about 10k miles on it. I am excited to finally do some customization on it! Going to buy pipes, air intake, seat, and maybe handle bars this weekend.

Now that i've said that...as i've been researching i thought i could ask the question regarding the shifting. My bike has always shifted hard and the dealership said it is normal. Has anyone else experienced this? Should i not worry about it?

Also - about how many miles do most of you have on your sporty? I'd like for my bike to last me a very long time :)
Dudes... I have owned and ridden hard on 6 different Sportsters, They all CLUNK going down to first gear.. and a little bit of click ,clonk or noise... to any gear ...sometimes......but if it shifts hard, wont go into gear,, slips out of gear you most likely have clutch problem...IF you only have 10k on it,,you have a problem..right now I have a 2010/48 27,000 on it shifts smoooth..I have an 07 Nightster with 117,000...thats right 117,000..changed the clutch at 85,000...shifts smooth.
 

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So i have a 2012 48 and it has about 10k miles on it. I am excited to finally do some customization on it! Going to buy pipes, air intake, seat, and maybe handle bars this weekend.

Now that i've said that...as i've been researching i thought i could ask the question regarding the shifting. My bike has always shifted hard and the dealership said it is normal. Has anyone else experienced this? Should i not worry about it?

Also - about how many miles do most of you have on your sporty? I'd like for my bike to last me a very long time :)
o7 Nightster1200 here....117,000 miles..3 batteries....
5 rear tires...one clutch
 

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Dudes... I have owned and ridden hard on 6 different Sportsters, They all CLUNK going down to first gear.. and a little bit of click ,clonk or noise... to any gear ...sometimes......but if it shifts hard, wont go into gear,, slips out of gear you most likely have clutch problem...IF you only have 10k on it,,you have a problem..right now I have a 2010/48 27,000 on it shifts smoooth..I have an 07 Nightster with 117,000...thats right 117,000..changed the clutch at 85,000...shifts smooth.
Thank you man. Yeah i came off of riding suzuki's and kawasaki's. All of them shifted like butter. It doesn't bother me that it shifts i just want to make sure its by design.

Im interested to hear more about your 117,000 miles on your Nightster and anything you've done to keep it running smooth. Also, how does it fair on long trips? I took mine on a long trip and it did great (KC to Sturgis and back). The only thing i hated was not having a 6th gear....felt like i was pushing my bike a bit much.
 

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Dudes... I have owned and ridden hard on 6 different Sportsters, They all CLUNK going down to first gear.. and a little bit of click ,clonk or noise... to any gear ...sometimes......but if it shifts hard, wont go into gear,, slips out of gear you most likely have clutch problem...IF you only have 10k on it,,you have a problem..right now I have a 2010/48 27,000 on it shifts smoooth..I have an 07 Nightster with 117,000...thats right 117,000..changed the clutch at 85,000...shifts smooth.
Sorry, last reply. I don't know if i would say it shifts super hard or anything. But definitely get that cluck on shifting into first. I noticed if i don't reach a high RPM it wont shift the smoothest. I had to get new pipes to notice that as i couldn't really tell with my old pipes with wind blowing.
 

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Show her who is boss Use Authority when shifting the girl. Make sure you tighten the Clutch Basket nut snug then loosen it just a tad. if it is too loose it will cause the plates to grab somewhat even with the clutch in. The friction zone will be very limited as well
 

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So i have a 2012 48 and it has about 10k miles on it. I am excited to finally do some customization on it! Going to buy pipes, air intake, seat, and maybe handle bars this weekend.

Now that i've said that...as i've been researching i thought i could ask the question regarding the shifting. My bike has always shifted hard and the dealership said it is normal. Has anyone else experienced this? Should i not worry about it?

Also - about how many miles do most of you have on your sporty? I'd like for my bike to last me a very long time :)
If its anything except easy peezey super easy to get in and out of gear or neutral ...then something , be it big or small is NOT right.....I am on Sportster # 5 so I know clutches and shifting...change oil every 5,000 miles on time... I have over 118,000 on my 07 nightster
 
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