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A little late staring this thread but was not sure I would track my new Victory maintenance here... but what the heck.. it worked for the VTX. So I got some catching up to do.

Let's get caught up.


01/19/2013 - Purchased.

Mileage - 1

01/25/2013 Picked up new bike as follows:

The original plan was for Harry and I to ride his bike (2 up) on Saturday 1/26/13 to pick up the bike. High temp for the day was going o be 27 and we were going in the morning - so much cooler then. However, on Friday, 1/25/13 work let me out at 2 pm and it was 45 degrees or over 20 degrees warmer than Saturday morning. So I called Cindy and made arrangements for her to ride with Harry to the dealership so we could pick up the bike and have a drive for each vehicle (2 bikes and a car). The dealer was an hour from my house but only 20 minutes from work. made more sense to have them meet me at that dealer than for me to go all the way back home and then go back to the dealer in rush hour traffic. So reluctantly Cindy agreed to help and ride on Harry's bike. Harry brought Cindy on his bike. It was around 40 degrees and she was bundled up like one of those players in "Little Giants" in all the gear. She was wearing Julie's coat and chaps with my full face helmet.

Harry also brought my riding gear to the dealer. We let Cindy take the car home once she and Harry arrived to help me pick up the bike. She did admit that she enjoyed how Harry's bike rode and when he showed her how to turn down the heated seat - she said "That ain't gonna happen". A great sport and wife.

Harry and pick up the new bike and headed on home. About halfway, I stopped and traded bikes with Harry to let him ride my new bike for helping and let me see it on the road in action. He enjoyed the ride as I did the view of seeing my new bike roll down the highway.


03/16/13 - 500 Mile Service

Mileage - 582 miles

Service performed by Munganest Motorsports - Oil changed, inspection Cost $129
Harry and I had breakfast at Golden Coral - Cost - oh never mind.

05/07/13 - Stereo / Audio upgrade

Mileage - 4,000

Had an amplifier and 4 new Fosgate speakers installed by Audio Ace in Maryland Heights. SOUNDS AWESOME. Cost $800


05/17/13 - 5,000 Mile Service

Mileage - 5,276

Oil changed, belt checked, clutch greased, inspected lines, hoses and nuts and bolts.
Completed by Ray. I did confirm with Victory (manufacturer) that the warranty is not void if the owner does the maintenance but documents and keeps all receipts. Cost $60

05/19/13 - Shorty Antenna installed

Mileage - 5400

Was tired of being poked in the body and eye with the long stock antenna. Replaced with a shorty rubber from O'Reilly's for about $10. Saved the original.

06/05/13 - Center stand installed

Mileage - 6267

Bought a new WitchDoctor center stand on eBay and installed. Cost $200

06/15/2013 - New Atom Bomb pipes

Installed new pipes with harry that sound incredible - not too loud but makes the bike rumble and sound like a motorcycle.

08/08/13 - Rear tire replaced

Mileage - 10,250

Harry noticed that the rear tire was bald and was not going to let me ride without changing it. So I did not have a new tire but decided to remove the car tire from the VTX - Yokohama ENVigor Size 195/55/16 with about 8,500 mile on it and we place this tire on the Victory. We did pretty good replacing the tire for the first time in under 2 hours but left out a spacer and took just under an hour to get the spacer in in correct place.


08/15/13 - Trunk latch replaced

Had a trunk latch that was loose and the hinge pin kept sliding loose. Dealer replaced under warranty.


I think that catches us up on the maintenance, changes and updates to the new Victory.

More to come......
 

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Mods, please delete this traitor's thread :mrgreen::D:p
 

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Mods, please delete this traitor's thread :mrgreen::D:p
I think I might be low on the priority list for the moderators.... There are so many other major contributors out there (with 50,000 + posts) that have made the switch to a new bike. I don't need to name them as we can see who they are as they post and you see the nice new non-Honda motorcycles in their signature line.

I like the group, ride with VTX'rs and have left my VTX patch on my riding vest. It is still a part of me and I plan to continue to contribute to the VTX board.

Ray
 

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10/20/13 - New Front Tire

Mileage - 13,884

Mark R. stopped by on Saturday to have some balancing beads put in his new rear tire. He and Harry agreed that I should replace the front tire on the Victory since I have one sitting in the garage.

Tire - Bridgestone Battleax BT-45 Sport Touring Rear Tire (Yes - rear tire on the front - Double Darkside).

Stock size - 130/70-18

Downloaded Victory Service manual from a Victory site and printed the page to remove and install the front tire.

The axle was tough to remove - Need to purchase a 5/8 Hex drive socket (or metric equivalent). For today's tire change, we removed the axle with a grade 8 5/8 boll head and 3 nuts on the dent of the bolt. Inserted the bolt head in the axle hex opening and crank on the inside nut that backed up to the other to nuts used as a stop or lock hut. Axle was a little stubborn coming loose but we persuaded it. Had to remove one brake caliper to be able to remove the wheel off the bike.

The old tire came off the wheel easily. However, it took a lot of persuading and bouncing to get the tire to seat to hold air. Used a little extra tire seating gel on the wheel bead inside to get the tire to seat - POP! POP!

Installing the wheel and tire went better than the removal and tire mounting. No extra parts - so this job is done for the next 13,884 miles.

Thanks Harry......
 

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Mark R. stopped by on Saturday to have some balancing beads put in his new rear tire. He and Harry agreed that I should replace the front tire on the Victory since I have one sitting in the garage.

Tire - Bridgestone Battleax BT-45 Sport Touring Rear Tire (Yes - rear tire on the front - Double Darkside).

Stock size - 130/70-18

Downloaded Victory Service manual from a Victory site and printed the page to remove and install the front tire.

The axle was tough to remove - Need to purchase a 5/8 Hex drive socket (or metric equivalent). For today's tire change, we removed the axle with a grade 8 5/8 boll head and 3 nuts on the dent of the bolt. Inserted the bolt head in the axle hex opening and crank on the inside nut that backed up to the other to nuts used as a stop or lock hut. Axle was a little stubborn coming loose but we persuaded it. Had to remove one brake caliper to be able to remove the wheel off the bike.

The old tire came off the wheel easily. However, it took a lot of persuading and bouncing to get the tire to seat to hold air. Used a little extra tire seating gel on the wheel bead inside to get the tire to seat - POP! POP!

Installing the wheel and tire went better than the removal and tire mounting. No extra parts - so this job is done for the next 13,884 miles.

Thanks Harry......
Just saw this thread again. I hope you caught the sarcasm in my first post and hence the multiple smileys :D Nice bike btw
 

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Just saw this thread again. I hope you caught the sarcasm in my first post and hence the multiple smileys :D Nice bike btw
All is good wngd - I have noticed that you appear to have some interest in the Victory Bikes.... Maybe I'll be reading about you and your new bike in the future.

Thanks for clarifying the comment as it was in fun - There are some good folks on this forum and they have owned VTX's at one time and have made numerous contributions - with exception for the fella that is checking to be sure I changed the blinker fluid - of course I changed it with 40 weight. :p
 

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All is good wngd - I have noticed that you appear to have some interest in the Victory Bikes.... Maybe I'll be reading about you and your new bike in the future.

Thanks for clarifying the comment as it was in fun - There are some good folks on this forum and they have owned VTX's at one time and have made numerous contributions - with exception for the fella that is checking to be sure I changed the blinker fluid - of course I changed it with 40 weight. :p
Pffffftttt.

You probably used that el cheapo Wal Mart stuff again.

:shock:

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All is good wngd - I have noticed that you appear to have some interest in the Victory Bikes.... Maybe I'll be reading about you and your new bike in the future.

Thanks for clarifying the comment as it was in fun - There are some good folks on this forum and they have owned VTX's at one time and have made numerous contributions - with exception for the fella that is checking to be sure I changed the blinker fluid - of course I changed it with 40 weight. :p
I heavily considered a CC before I bought my current ride. I'm always on the lookout for a customized Valkyrie but it will be a second keep-forever bike. When I trade this X, the Cross Country will get another serious look but I'll want one that has been painted and upgraded a bit although they do have some pretty nice stock paint jobs. I'll also want a look at the new Indian Chieftain and whatever else might come out in the next few years. I hear Yamaha is bringing out a new big bagger in 2015. What do you think of these, I don't want to be in a line and see three of my bikes..... Always end on a high note :mrgreen:
 

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Those are all nice looking Victory's especially the "end on a high note".... one. As I said, you have an interest in Victory's since you were able to post so many great pictures quickly.

The Valkyrie is a great bike. I think Honda made a mistake when they discontinued such a nice bike. I would have considered buying a Valkyrie Interstate if they were still in production today.

Keep looking for your keeper bike - it's out there....
 

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11/8/2013 - Liquid Glass Polish and Pre-Cleaner

Mileage - 14,946

Purchased a kit that consisted of Liquid Glass Polish and the Pre-Cleaner that removes the old wax and elements so the Liquid Glass adheres better to the surface. About $35.00 with shipping for the kit. Polish is $17.00.

I washed the bike with Dawn dish soap to help remove the wax. Then used the Pr-Cleaner as instructed. It is a cleaner that applies like a liquid wax, drys to a hazy finish and is removed with a microfiber towel. Easy on and off.

Applied the Liquid Glass per instructions. Easy on, let dry to haze and remove - easy off. Instructions state to apply two coats for best results and allow 4 hours between coats. Then let "bake" in the sun to harden the coating. This polish can be applied in direct sunlight. I have applied 2 coats to the painted surfaces and 1 to the chrome. Will finish the 2nd coat on the chrome tomorrow. It must be applied in 50 degree to 80 degree temps. I had to heat the garage this morning to get started as the high temp in Missouri was going to be 58 degrees today but that would be late afternoon.

You do not need to use a lot of either product for good results. Instructions say to use sparingly.

I am pleased with the results so far. The shine is deep and reflection is like on a shiny new car or bike. I am interested in the durability as this product claims since it is so easy to go and and off. THe reviews I read were all positive and the product got 5 stars out of 5 on the reviews. There were over 214 reviews on Amazon.

Stay tuned for durability update.

 

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Mirror Extenders Installed 11/12/13

Mileage - 15,008

Ordered mirror extenders on eBay for $14.80 (free shipping). Installed and I can know see around my arm when wearing the larger winter riding jacket.

 

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Oil changed - 11/14/13

Mileage - 15,015

Changed oil, filter and crush washer on drain plug.

Used Shell Rotella T6 oil 5W40. (synthetic)

Filter is the Bosch 3323.

Crush washer was a left over from the VTX 1800 and it fit.

Total cost of oil change about $28.00.
 

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Very nice goodsgto :thumbup:

I considered carrying on with my XCT at the end of my VTX log but thought better of it.
 

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Hey Pointman

I figure there are lots of former VTX owners still using this site to help VTX'rs and a few of us (you and I are two) that have moved to new rides (Victory's) still hanging out here also. I like the set up of the forum and have over 10 years experience using it.... So why recreate what works. Right?

I have seen some of your posts on the Victory forums on you new and old ride. I believe we have a similar history in our recent change of motorcycles.

Like you, I considered holding on the the VTX and XCT. However, I only put about 150 miles on the VTX in 8 months after purchasing the XCT. So I let the VTX go and again like you it was to someone that is staying in touch with me for chats about the bike and occasional rides.

I was able to put 15,000 miles on the XCT in 2013 and plan to do even more miles this year. I read that you've put a few miles on your new ride, be safe and we'll stay updated via the cyberworld.

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04/03/14 - New Rear Tire and Driving Lights installed

Mileage - 15,681

After a few attempts with onlinetires.com to order a rear tire - no luck and cancelled the order due to first tire being discontinued and second tire being unavailable at warehouse - I went back to Tirerack.com.

Ordered the tire - Hankook Ventus V4 ES, size 195/55/16 on April 1 at 11am and it arrived standard shipping on April 2 at 3:42pm - Fast Delivery. Paid $89 for the tire and $14 shipping.
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Removed the rear wheel and old tire today. Waited for Harry to come home from work so I could use his tire changer. Nice to have a neighbor with a tire changer. :tools:

Harry and I changed the tire out quickly. Installed the Kurvey Girl 85 degree valve stem and 3 ounces of balance beads. Put the beads in after tire was mounted to the wheel using the air compressor to give a quick blast of air to move the beads through the stem and into the tire.

Starting at 35 psi. Need to watch the wear to be sure the tire wears evenly. Had too much psi in previous tire and it wore out in the center while the edges still had good tread. :idea:

Mike P showed up with his bike and assisted in mounting the tire on the bike. He left his bike with Harry and I to put tires on it tomorrow. :wrong:

Also went to Harris Automotive and picked up 3 bags (two 6 oz and one 4 oz) of balancing beads for all the tires to be mounted for $31. Need to call them in the future a day before we need beads and they can order the 16 ounce bag of beads for a cost of $23.

Thanks to Harry and Mike today for help on the tire. :thumbup:

Last week, installed some LED driving lights purchased at Rural King for $15. Mounted to highway bars with stainless house clamps. Found a switch at O'Reilly Auto parts that fit in the factory mount on the dash for $3.99. Switch lights up blue to match the lights on the other instruments.
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Time to put some miles on this tire.
 

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I really like that rear tire tread pattern but don't know anyone that's running it.



I'm leaning towards the General Altimax RT right now, looks similar
 

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I really like that rear tire tread pattern but don't know anyone that's running it.



I'm leaning towards the General Altimax RT right now, looks similar
I have heard about this tire from a couple guys on the VOG forum. I was wanting the Dunlop Winter Sport Run Flat but my neighbor talked me out of it due to the blow out he had with a run flat tire. The sidewalls are so stiff that that dig into the edges of the tire when it flexes leading to a short tire life - at least for him. Plus he owns the tire changer and says they are very difficult to mount.

I will update the post as I get some miles on the tire.

Let me know how the Altimax works out. I am a General Tire fan for my car - those and Kelly Springfield - I get a lot of miles out of those brands of tires at a reasonable price.
 
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