Catastrophic transmission failure on my 2006 KingPin. Very dangerous.

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    [​IMG][​IMG]On Tuesday November 13th while riding my 2006 KingPin in the countryside of Lancaster PA. I sufferd a catastrophic and extremely dangerous transmission failure. 100 Cube inch, 6 spd.
    I was aproaching a Stop sign and downshifting from 4th to 3rd . There was a loud bang, the engine halted, and the rear tire locked up. I came to a screaching halt in the middle of the road. It was through forces unknow that I did not crash or get hit by another vehicle. The gears were mashed tight withthe rear wheel locked up. Pulling in the clutch did not release the rear tire. I had to enlist the help of some passersby to brute force the bike off of the road. A flat bed was required to remove the bike from the scene.
    I have opened a case with Polaris industies (2567831)and the bike is at Herlenys Victory/Polaris in Elizabethtown PA. The bike is completely disassembled. The engine is out with the jugs off and the cases split.
    They found "shift dogs" from the gears broken off in the case.Thegears are toast. 2-3-and4th.
    Ther rear tire is bad from the skid.This bike has 18K miles. I have driven it since 400 miles.It has been dealer maintained using Victory oil and adhering the the factory maintenance schedule. It has never been riden hard. It has never been down, nor in an accident.
    I dare not think of the outcome I were in a turn or going faster. It could have been the end.
    I am waiting to hear from Polaris customer service on this issue. I will keep you all posted on how this is handled.
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    I'm glad you were not injured or worse. Something to be thankful for this season. Hope you're able to get a satisfactory response from Victory and get back on the road. Good Luck!!
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    Wow! Glad you came through without getting hurt! Let us know how everything works out.
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    Man you were so lucky, hope everyhting works outs in the end.
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    I would say best of luck to you but I think you already have it
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    DAMN! Mechanical **** fails, but this is wierd. Glad you didn't get hurt!
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    Glad you are OK Hope they take care of you.
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    what did the dealer say? imperfections/stress cracks? keep us informed. glad no one was injured.
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    Definitely a Scary Experience , glad you came out okay ..
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    Glad you weren't hurt. I am sure Ma Vic will take this seriously.
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    That is the EXACT same thing that happened to my 2000 SC!!!!! Same catastropic failure, same tire lock up! I had to transplant a 2004 TC engine into my bike. By all means keep us informed. Hope Ma Vic will tell you something. I never tried to contact Ma Vic as I know that they would "poo poo" me because of a 12 year old bike. Let us know how it shakes out. Glad youare OK.
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    Merkin as already shared thank God your safe. As for the scoot, Polaris is in the spotlight on this one, yeah keep us posted.
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    This is very interesting. The same scenario has happened to some other brands of motorcycles after doing a search, but not very common. Makes you wonder about the loud clunk when you shift gears that we have all learned to love. What actually is the noise we hear?
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    I realize Vic puts the same engine/transmission pack in all bikes but this is the second KP I know of where the tranny went out.
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    Was there any previous hints...like say a hard miss on acceleration in second gear??
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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]To the question regarding if there were any symptoms leading up to this. No, there were not. No missed shifts, no sounds, nothing. This downshift was just like the 10000 before it except for the outcome. I was coming down from 4th to 3rd approaching a stop signduring relaxedcountryside riding.

    Like every other 2006 generation Victory tranny, neutralis more of a rumor than a gear.

    I do a two week trip every September and have the dealer perform a deep maintetance before the trip every year. It was all green lights. They perform all recommended service procedures according to the Victory schedule. They also clean the fuel injection system.The bike has never had anything but Victory motor oil in it.The oil gets changed every 2500 miles (the interval for that model year)The dealer (Hernley's in Elizabethtown PA) has been great throughout the process. The records for all maintenace and lubricants are with the dealer so that is not in question. I baby this bike and spare no expense on it's upkeep.
    This truely came out of the blue.

    It was pretty heartbreaking to see my bike in literally hundreds of pieces on the dealers lift.

    While you are engaged on this thread. Do you know if this generation transmissioncan be upgraded so that it shifts and finds nuetral like the current models do?
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    I also have a 2006 Kingpin. My transmission is not loud on shifts at all. Clunk going into 1st from neutral and you can hear the 1-2 shift, butno problem with finding neutral or loud bangs/clunks shifting gears.


    It takes a great deal of force to break the dogs off a gear...

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