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Hello All,
Just traded in my '09 Ultra for a 2012 'wing. Nice bike, some ways better, some ways worse, but oh well....
Anyhow, the 'wing seems to shift hard. It almost seems like there is no lube on the gears, but the oil is full and changed about 200 miles ago to 10W40 Honda Syn without Moly. The bike has 1600 miles on it. It needs a VERY firm tug to get it into gear and sometimes it feels like the gears are not meshing immediately. Will this get better as time goes on, or should I have the dealer investigate? Maybe I am used to the Harley, which shifted smoothly and quietly. Like I said, new to this bike, so maybe it's normal....
Thanks, Jeff:confused:
 

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For such a nicely engineered bike the transmission shifting of a Goldwing leaves a lot to be desired. We call it the " clunk " shift. I rent the newest Ultra-Glide's when on my annual visit to Arizona so I know what you mean regarding the transmission. It sounds and feel cheesy. If misery loves company you'll never be alone on this topic. It's the thorn on the rose bush.
 

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I just purchased a 2010 this year and too thought the bike shifted funny. It feels like there is two shifts in one, first coming out of gear, then going into the next. At least once on every ride I slip into neutral and rev rather than going directly into second. The mechanic at the dealer says the feel is normal and nothing is wrong. I had a 2009 Nomad before this and it had a strong shift into the next gear, plus it had an indicator to show what gear you are in, which I quite liked.
 

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My 2008 was like that but about 5k was needed to break it in. My bike shifts fine now, however I am still in the habit exaggerating my shift.
 

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I got my 94 with 28,000 miles on it and the transmission clunked when shifted. I put Mobile One Motorcycle Racing Oil in and it immediately made a difference in the shifting but it still had a clunk going from 1st to 2nd. After 13,000 miles, I don't think about it anymore.

I just think about how quiet this bike is and how powerful the motor is. I can slow down to 30 mph and not shift out of high gear and the bike just comes right back up to speed. Almost like I am riding an automatic. In fact, in most situations, I skip gears when shifting. 1st to 3rd, 2nd to 4th is a common shift pattern for me.




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I actually talked to a Honda rep about this 'issue' and he wasn't able to give me any explaination as to why the Wings are so inclined to really 'clunk' between 1st and 2nd. Mine is far better with nearly 20,000 kms on the clock and synthetic (I use Amsoil) oil in it. I've had the odd miss-shift 1-2, but also some very snick-snick ones as well. The rest of the shifts up or down are mostly nearly butter smooth. Certainly not in the category of my RC though. I have found that Wings shift far smoother with a more stately and relaxed approach to accellerating/shifting than when you get ham fisted and a bit hooligan minded. Rapid (drag-strip style) accellerating takes practice and good technique if you use the full rev range.;)
 
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