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Hi Folks!

I'm brand new to this board. I traded my VTX in on an 1100XX! Boy was that the right decision! I just love this thing! The VTX was a great bike, but I've been in love with sport bikes for 30 years. Back then we used to call them "cafe racers." Anyway now I've given away my age. Who cares! I still dig going fast. At any rate I am sorta getting used to the XX. It shifts way different than the VTX, I can't seem to shift it as smooth as I like. Any suggestions? I seem to sorta jerk it in between the gears. Now I've been riding for over 30 years and I'll be honest this thing is taking a little getting used to.

Boy this bike is torquey! I thought the VTX was the torque king but this bike pulls out of a 25 mph corner in 3rd gear without complaining at all.

I know this thing isn't as fast as the Haya's and the Ninja's but I still dig it. Us older types need a bike that's a little calmer! LOL! It's so cool to hear the gear whine and the wind. The VTX was noisy (installed the Vance & Hines Bigshots). I couldn't stand the Log Truck Stack that Honda had hung on the side of that scooter. So I changed it. I even installed a DynoJet PCIII. The bike didn't run as good as I thought it should have. It had a real ratty sound at part throttle (cruise settings) Even with the baffles in it was loud. I'll tell ya one thing thou it sure would Shred Harley's with no trouble. Enough on that .

Hope I can contribute something to this board. Glad I found it.

Silverbird.
 

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Welcome Silverbird, I just got mine back in April. I love this thing. I noticed my shifting not being as smooth when I first bought it. I moved up from a y2k F4, but now that I've been on it for a little bit I notice my shifting getting a lot smoother. I think its just a matter of getting used to it, as all bikes are different.

Anyway, welcome aboard and ride safe!
 

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I have had mine a couple of months and I to have noticed the clunkie shifting. I was advised that as it breaks in it will become smoother. I love the heck out of mine also. I am out on it every chance I get. This is the first Sportbike I have had and it is proving to be alot of fun.
 

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Welcome Silverbird, I too have had mine out for only 6 weeks (1400 miles) and have had to really concentrate w/ shifting smoothly. I've been told that as the bike and myself break in it'll get much better. I just love how smooth the acceleration comes it's a real rush.:rolleyes:
 

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I liked the black too, but out here in the Cali heat (110 today) a black bike gives you swanus (sweaty-anus) REALLY quick.

I waited for the silver and got mine...

By the way, I have really noticed here recently the shifting being a lot smoother...it just takes a little time to break it in.

Has anyone else noticed that the front end is just a touch loose? I posted this before, but I didn't really ask any other Blackbird owners. On my old F4 I could just let go of the bars and it would steer itself. On the XX though if I let go it starts to wiggle a little bit. Not a big deal as I am not in the habit of riding with no hands, it just doesn't feel as solid as my old bike. I'll just get a steering damper for it and problem solved!

Ride safe all!
 

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I let go sometimes as I am coming to a stop just to give my hands a break. I havent had the looseness yet but I do have a clicking noise coming from the front end as the wheel rotates. Dont know what that will lead to. My shifting still hasn't smoothed out, at 2500 miles. It is very annoying to shift across neutral into 2nd, always sounds like it is trying to grind. Black is sharp but to hot here in Fla. also.:cool:
 

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I tightened up the rear suspension the other day and it seems to have helped a little bit. I noticed a clicking for a while too but only at low RPM's...it seems to have gone away since I checked my tire pressure and changed the suspension. I wish you could adjust the front suspension too though, thats the only downfall to the XX that I can see.

Mine has probably close to 8000 miles on it, and like I said, its really smooth through the gears. My old 600 did the same thing, but I think it smoothed out a little sooner.
 

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Welcome to the board. My shifter smoothed out after the first oil change but got even better after 4,000 miles. I'm at 8,000 miles now. No head shake at any speed. I did drop the front by about an inch to help quicken the steering.
 

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Well, there is good news and bad news....I fixed the headshake (good) by mashing the bike into the side of a Honda Civic (bad).

While effective, this is not the method I recommend for fixing this particular problem....

If anyone is interested in the story I'll post it in the Daily Rider Forum.
 

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Hi guys,

I've had my bird for nearly four years, and done about 50,000 ks on it. It's the first carbie version, but the construction is very similar to your new injected ones.

The clunky gear change, is probably more noticable due the quite nature of the bike, it is also very smooth.

The bike has a great motor, it does not use oil, will go for ever.

The electrics could be another matter, I've gone through three voltage regulators, this is due to the juice the alternator pumps out. It could be a good idea to check the voltage coming into the batt on a regular basis.


Happy riding
 

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I owned a '99 XX before a women decided to cut my ownership short...

I will be replacing my R1 with an '03 XX in due time.

I only had one complaint about the 'bird, well 2, more topend power and I started hearing CCT problems. I've heard CCT's are a problem with the XX, and most Honda's. But it's an easy fix.

I can't wait until I get another one.
 

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I have been riding street bikes for fifteen years now, and the XX, is the best all around bike I have ever had. Bought the bike back in june and now have 11,000 miles on her. I do not baby this bike so I don't notice any shifting problems. After 11000 miles I have changed the cct one time. It is a simple fix, far from being any kind of trouble. When it starts to go out , it starts making more noise, that's about the extent of it. I have never heard of one going out and causing damage. Just my 2 cents, I agree with all of you this thing is awsome. Anybody in the westcoast area,Well, Las Vegas????????
 
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