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My plan
1) ride her more gently... at least sometimes... she behaves well in that situations... (since i changed place of job with no parking lot on the new one, i rode her only for fun... always on mountains deserted roads)...
2) replace the oil in the primary... if i remember well a Duc of a friend in early 2000 behaved so... and was the oil... after the change shifting was like a hot knife on butter... (checked the service book and it was changed at 32k and not at the 40k kms service... now my bike had rolled 46k kms... so time for new oil)...
3) take to the dealer and ask him to test ride her by one of the mechs...

for now is little more than a sensation... but if you ride her like a Superbike (like i do) you can fail on upshift sometimes... and this is bad...

by the way i know for myself a Sporty is not designed to be rode always with low gears... with quick upshift over 5 k... but is very funny though
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Changed primary oil...
old was black and smelled slightly of burnt
we will see
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Oil does make a difference. If is causing varnish you will get what you are experiencing. Oil helps cool the clutch and that is why I prefer synthetics.

But I tend to agree with Busterdt that it may just need a service and adjustment. Don't underestimate the effect of lubing the cable either.
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it is not that the sporty cannot do as you demand, because it can. as mr. 4speed said, oil make a diff.
5k shift should be a breeze, i forgot you are running stock.
try pulling 60mph in first and slam 2nd and pull the front up, yes the sportster is a fun ride.
and i am on borrowed time, still have the spring plate.
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Oil changed with Total 20 w 50 mineral (wasn't sure if Kevlar love sinth)...
registered chain (it was ok) and clutch (loosened a bit since as said it was on the tight side)...
rolled 150 kms on curves... sounds like a piano...
probabily i had reached this winter the limit of my ride...
but the good creature sent me signals... and now her perform again at 100%
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Good to hear, sometimes it's just the simple things!
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5k shift should be a breeze, i forgot you are running stock.
with all due respect

i think that keeping low gears on curves for many kms and changing from well over 5 to 6k... even for a pumped Sporty is an hard job... even more for a converted one maybe... no matter if the rev limiter has been risen to 6.500 or 7k
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