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Another one bites the dust.

Discussion in 'Victory General Discussion' started by Yago20, Sep 14, 2020.

  1. Yago20

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    My '11 Victory XC is calling it quits. Second gear has been "slipping" or jumping for a while now. It's to the point that I've changed my riding style to avoid the RPM range in second gear where I have the problem. I've tried different oil, changing the shift forks and anything else I could possibly come up with in order to hopefully fix this problem, with no results.
    I've finally come to my senses and admitted to myself that second gear is dying. The trans needs to be split and serviced. I really don't want to get rid of her, but it's time.
    I took an '18 HD Ultra Limited out for a test ride tonight. Man, there really is no comparing these bikes. The 107 in the HD just doesn't have that get-the-f#@k-out-of-my-way acceleration that my Vic has (had). The handling is so much different.
    On the other hand, the HD has a much smoother ride than my Vic. It just hovers over the road. All those bells and whistles really make me feel like a kid in a candy store.
    There is no comparison. I'm comparing a 1971 Cadillac Eldorado to a 1971 plymouth hemi cuda. I've had a few bikes in my lifetime, and I always looked forward to the new bike, without giving a second thought to what I was leaving behind. This time is different. I'm giving up my rocket for comfort. I will miss this community.
    Now get off my lawn.
     
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    I've seen the price of those HDs. Seems a new tranny or just a rebuild would be cheaper. But then if you need an excuse to buy a new one I guess that works.

    No Challenger test ride?
     
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    Another Victory would also be a lot cheaper, a lot more fun and a lot more unique than the H-D. Just a thought.
     
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    You think it's fast now...rebuild it with a big bore kit and it'll be next level.
     
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    Yes, I know I COULD rebuild my Vic with a big bore, most likely cheaper than the buying a new bike. Like I said, there are a lot of creature comforts in the HD that simply aren't available with the Vic. No, I didn't even look at the Indian models. Polaris really let me have it 6 months after buying from them the last time. I will not give them a chance to do it again.
     
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    What are you doing with the bike?
     
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    Trust and confidence there is support for an expensive product is essential to feel secure...

    Not wondering ... where to buy a belt - having access to competent service people when you really need them - after market goodies ... I would love an X1 or a Magnum (unless something really juicy falls in my lap) but I am rethinking the future.
     
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    Thankfully, the bike is still running, and only occasionally jumps out of second. I am hoping to trade it in tonight and make it the dealerships problem.
     
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    Let us know what they offer you? You're only a couple hours away.
     
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  11. Yago20

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    It's a done deal. With almost 50,000 on the clock, my 9 year old Victory didn't get much of a trade, which I expected when trading to an HD dealer. In hindsight, I should have kept most of the upgrades off of the bike and sold them privately. The number we settled on was $4500 for those curious. Yes, I know this is low. I don't feel too bad because I already knew about the failing 2nd gear. As I walked away from her for the last time, I noticed an oil drip. Could have been from the very recent oil change, or could have been something worse. No longer my problem.
    My new problem is trying to back the new beast which is around 150 pounds heavier and much taller, into my garage, slightly uphill.
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    Nice looking ride,,did it require a CDL? Looks like both you and your lovely bride will be comfortable. Enjoy!!
     
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    def looks like a comfy ride there ! try backing out of your garage, may be alot easier,, just a thought :ride:
     
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    I bought a new Indian a few weeks ago and have decided I pretty much hate the seat. I know this is weird but the first thing I noticed on your new HD Ultra is that sure looks like a comfy seat, although coming from the Vic it probably feels like it's too far forward. That's how mine feels too after trading in my Hammer. Anyway, good luck, brother.
     
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    Ouch, 4500 is damn near giving it away. Yeah, I think your days of backing into the garage may be limited or done. It isn't going to get any easier once you load it up with gear and tack on a couple years of age.

    I still can't help but wonder how much a transmission rebuild with big bore kit would have set you back? Although if I only got 50k miles out of my cammed 106, I'm not sure if I would do it either. Good luck with your HD and please keep us posted!
     
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