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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-15-2019, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Hey y'all from Hampton Roads VA. I just bought my first bike after putting it off for over a decade... I got a 2004 VTX1300S with almost 47k on it. New brakes on it already and they had to put new tires to comply with state inspection regulations. Vance&Hines Big Shots already installed and a few other goodies out the gate... After completing a local MSF safety course on 250s this is definitely a lot of bike... looking forward to taking her out and eventually riding to work.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-15-2019, 05:27 PM
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Hey, welcome from Arkansas. 1300 is a good bike.
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Thanks. I heard they're very reliable... yet the weight in slow maneuvers makes me very nervous about dumping it.. which of course is the last thing I'd want to do
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Welcome to the VTXOA!
Good to see someone was riding that VTX!

Take care, ride safe.
I suggest using high beam in the daylight hours to be seen, unless you have aux lights.

Do not use front brakes in slow maneuvers unless tire is straight forward.
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Thanks. I heard they're very reliable... yet the weight in slow maneuvers makes me very nervous about dumping it.. which of course is the last thing I'd want to do


Just keep it moving and it will keep itself up, no different than the 250ís. Donít let the weight intimidate you. Go practice in an empty parking lot.

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I think I need to practice a bit more with it before I make that ride to work (about 40 miles)
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Good to see someone was riding that VTX!

Take care, ride safe.
I suggest using high beam in the daylight hours to be seen, unless you have aux lights.
No aux lights and that's a good idea but i gotta limit using the high beam at night since the indicator is blinding from my position. Gonna have to figure out how to dim it down.
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You can put a piece tape over the indicator for the short term.
Most people opened the speedo and placed cotton in the indicator hole or used white-out or used finger nail polish on the top of the led.
Someone added a resistor to that bright blue led. It was NOT me. I like leds and resistors but my wife's fingernail polish worked well.
Step by Step board has useful info.

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You can put a piece tape over the indicator for the short term.
Most people opened the speedo and placed cotton in the indicator hole or used white-out or used finger nail polish on the top of the led.
Someone added a resistor to that bright blue led. It was NOT me. I like leds and resistors but my wife's fingernail polish worked well.
Step by Step board has useful info.
Thanks for the tips. I'll definitely check that section out...

I don't think I'll have an issue being seen in the daylight with it's paint job... at least not profile view.. haha
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The most dangerous one is driving to you and will not see you when they are focused on making a left turn to a driveway or entrance to a shopping area.
Poking them in the eye with high beams may increase your chances. Your Right of Way may have been commandeered.
Observation is important. Preparing to make a left turn, is someone following?
I have TS on, I signal with my hands also. I modulate the brake lights, if it is not safe go further.
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