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Buying my first Victory / Need advice on whether the bike has been down

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  1. garyb1991

    garyb1991 New Member

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    Hey guys, I'm looking at buying my first Victory bike. I was riding sport bikes for years, followed by a Honda Shadow ACE but it's time for an upgrade in size and style. I'm looking at a 2016 Highball. The bike is coming from a HD dealer about 300km away from me. I've spoken with them and my only concern is the bottom of the exhaust looks scraped. The dealer said they looked it over and came to the conclusion it was from aggressive riding/hard cornering. They found no signs of scraping or damage anywhere else on the bike. The pipes look to be Bassani Pro Street Turnouts from my research. I read the first generation of these pipes were known to scrape but I'm unsure which version these are. What do you guys think, does the location of the scraping match what would be expected from leaning the bike over too far?

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    Doesn't look like it was down. Looks like a leaning rub to me.

    It can actually go farther if the pipe was not stopping it. I have seen even more eaten up. This picture is just from a quick Google search.

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    My first Vic was an 07 KingPin and the exhaust would rub turning tight right.
     
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    I agree about aggressive riding. Be advised, if you are planning on riding 2 up, finding the rear pegs and mounting parts can be difficult. Can be done, you'll need time and patience.
     
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    Yep. Looks like a legit explanation. Hell- my foot pegs are worn flat on the bottom... :devil3:
     
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    Yeah same here on my old Vegas pegs, peg mounts, wore the Freedom Slash pipes down from grinding on road
    RPW Slash replacement have plenty clearance.
    Riding aggressive you're gonna grind stuff down.
    My Kingpin pegs are higher and further forward and don't scrape much .
    It's a fact of life you'll adjust to.
    Slow in Fast out if you don't know the road, and hang off it like a sports bike and look where you want to go.
    You'll get the hang of it.
    Very rewarding.
     
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  6. garyb1991

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    Thanks for all the replies! Can't wait to go checkout the bike. I put a deposit down and will be making the trip to check it out and hopefully purchase this Friday. The salesman at the dealership wasn't aware of any fuel controllers or programmers installed. I'm curious if there was a flash done after the exhaust...any way to tell? Obviously I can check for a Power Commander or other piggyback fuel controller, is under the seat a common mount on these bikes? As far as an ECU flash goes, would popping on decel be my biggest indicator of no flash? I'll have to look into the intake, I'm not sure if it's stock or upgraded. I will be planning to do an intake as well as a fuel controller and dyno tune in the near future.

    I've only had passengers a couple times in my 6 years of riding. Staying single means more money for bike mods, and many other things haha
     
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    The bike looks great. You should be quite happy with it. Others will verify but I think passenger pegs, supports and a passenger seat are not one model specific. With that beautiful bike you could easily attract a sweet looking passenger. ;)
     
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    Never could figure why man's best Ally to getting laid only came single seat!!!
    Fuel controller usually under seat but if it's just pipes may not have one
    The scrape is actually on the heat sheild I think so it should wear down without wearing through the pipe itself..
    RPW Slash are a better pipe the best actually and have better ground clearance.
    Fit Torquetubes as well if you have the funds and a PCV or Maximus and if you have the funds get some cams in there too
    You can wind some more preload on to the rear shock and gain a little more ground clearance .
    But you'll never have it like a 900SS Ducati.
    Victory- We Ride!!!
    Welcome from Down Under!
     
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    thats normal for aggressive riders .. dont worry about it
     
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    Left and right side. The footpeg mounts got some too..

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    Pipes are unscathed though- RPW Boom Sticks are super compact and up out of the way.
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    Well, thank you everyone for your advice on the bike. Unfortunately my negative experience with this dealer pushed me away from the sale. I was told there was no other damage on the bike but when I arrived to see the bike I immediately found a big dent in the front fender with the paint chipped and metal exposed. When I pointed it out the salesman says "yeah, it's a used bike". I then ask him to take it for a test ride to which he tells me "uhh, no". Before I made the trip I called and made sure I could ride it and was told "absolutely, we will toss a plate on it for ya". I did eventually get a test ride and will admit the torque and sound of this bike really made me grin. But unfortunately, at the price point they wanted, and given my negative experience with the salesman, I'm not interested in doing business with these guys.

    My search for a Highball continues...
     

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    Good choice. No need to spend your hard earned cash with a place like that.
     
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    Looks to me that light smashed the fender at full compression of the front. I bet that's why it's pointing skyward in a useless direction.
     
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    You'll do better, just keep looking, I never buy off dealers, I find private sales the best deals.
     
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    Zoom in at the paint, that’s not original & I could done better with rattle can blindfolded & both hands tied behind my back. That spines thin & gots cracks Sorry but they suck & you’ll find her, she’s out there waiting 4 U
     
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