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Returning to riding...on a 2012 XCT

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  1. Havoc70

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    Hello! Proud new-to-me Victory owner here, a 2012 Cross Country Tour. The last time I was on two wheels was in 1989 on a Honda 650 Nighthawk, so I clearly realize this bike is a bit (for values approaching of a bit approaching massively) above my skill level. But I'm doing remedial classes, and I may purchase a second bike just to get the basics down on first, or maybe not if I can't find one that fits.

    Why did I get such a big bike? Well, I'm 6'10" and a few pounds north of 300 so smaller bikes aren't really an option if I don't want to eat my knees or whack the handlebars against them.

    But one of the things that I've noticed is the rear brake pedal is stupidly high. Like, unable to flex my foot to keep my heel on the footboard high, I have to lift my foot to use it which seems rather odd after being used to pegs on my dirt bikes, enduros, and the nighthawk. I'm looking at some of the after-market pedals from Dain, need to call him and see what he suggests for a dude with size 18 feet. Is raising the foot normal for the rear brake? Just seems to be a bit odd.

    Anyway, the point of this post is to say hello, I've been a long-time fan of Victory and this bike was just too good to pass up on with how well it fit me, so glad to be here. Also, I'd like some advice on how to use this beast as a "reacquaintance" bike should I not find a smaller (4-500CC) that ergonomically works for me.
     
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  2. jmstang302

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    Welcome back to two wheels...

    The location and height are both adjustable.

    Below the floorboard you'll see a 5mm Allen screw. Standard positioning is in the middle hole of 3 choices. Simply remove the bolt, slide the pedal assembly forward to line up to the forward hole and put the bolt in there.

    If that's not enough you can lower the pedal by loosening the 13mm (there are 2) nut on the master cylinder. The brake side is simple.

    You can move the shifter in the same way but getting the height right may require a new rod...

    Take you time, practice in a nice empty parking lot. When you think you've practiced enough, practice some more.
     
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    Welcome from Canada. Congrats on the new ride.
    Yup, she is a big bike. I went from a Triumph Bonneville to this. It took a bit getting used to but it's a lot of fun to ride and always something to practice and learn.
    Read, watch videos and practice in a safe area. Remember the old saying "Hold my beer, I'm going to try that". :22yikes:
    Also, I have a size 12 foot and I don't have to lift to reach the brake. Maybe I'm right at the limit before that happens.
    Send us a pic of the bike when you can.
    Have fun.
     
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    Welcome to the VOG. You have made a wise choice in a bike for yourself. Have fun on it!
     
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    GREAT choice...I had a CC 8-BALL, unfortunately not with me anymore, got insurance $$ AND bought a CCT...also have a VEGAS 8-BALL...YES I LOVE VICTORIES.

    OK, serious side of me done...SIZE 18:22yikes:....maybe check out a few FLINTSTONES movies :biggrin:
     
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    Thanks for the welcome. Here’s a pic of the bike. I did get the control moved forward and lowered the brake pedal as far as it could go and made a huge difference. Though the manual lied. They were 5mm not 6. Next up is the shifter. I think the previous owner raised the rear brake pedal. It was almost at the end of travel.

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    Haha. I never needed skis for water skiing LOL.
     
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    She only has just over 9000 miles on her as well. So basically new still.
     
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    Wow, at twice that she's still not broke-in.
     
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    Or you can cut one up out of chequerplate pretty easily, just cut up a cardboard template first to get the fit right. Does this suggestion mean I'm bit of a tight **se?
     
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    I thought about a heel shifter, to be honest, but didn't know how much real estate my gunboat feet would lose. Definitely worth considering, though, thanks!
     
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    The Victory heel shifter is very slim. Still have full use of the floorboard.
     
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    6'10" north of 300lbs?????

    Remind me we are friends. Remember that! I apologize in advance for any insult I fling your way!
     
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    No worries about using flootboard space. This isn’t a Harley. Hahaha! Very slim and off to the inside of the board snugged up near the primary case.

    do it. You won’t regret it.
     
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