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Review of my 03 Vegas after the first year

Discussion in 'Victory General Discussion' started by stude, Jun 29, 2017.

  1. stude

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    Nice bike Litre1000. I like the color, it stands out in the sea of black bikes. The silver frame gives it a different look too. My HD Street Rod had a silver frame.
    I noticed that you are using the oem seat, you are tougher than I... My oem seat is occupying a Mustang box.
     
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    Good looking bike! Enjoy.
     
  3. Litre1000

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    I have always hesitated to alter that bike in any way. I just love the way it came. It does have a Stage 1 kit since new, though. My favorite Victory bike...the Vision being my 2nd favorite.
     
  4. stude

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    I am going to update my Vegas review after a few more years and about 22,000 miles later.
    I still think the Vic Vegas is one of the best looking production cruisers on the street, and I rarely see a Victory, much less a Vegas. I have since added a 1997 Triumph Thunderbird 900 and a 2013 HD 1200 Sportster to the stable. As much as I love the looks of the Triumph and have a blast riding it, my Vic is my go to bike if riding further than 30-40 miles. I like stretching out on it, sitting back and cruising twisties for hours at a time. 200 miles on a tank is a huge plus, too. The Sportster does well with mileage, but is not that comfortable even with a Mustang seat. The Triumph is not very comfy even with a Corbin seat, and the mileage sucks at about 37 mpg.
    With like 43k miles on my Vic, I have replaced the clutch cable, intake boot, and voltage regulator. The voltage regulator was from driving off a curb right onto the regulator, so I can't blame the bike for that one. Change the oil and tires and keep riding. I like minimal maintenance, which is why I bought my 3rd Sportster. The Triumph requires periodic valve maintenance (shim type) which is a PITA. Before buying the Sporty, I was looking at a couple VRods, but the valve maintenance on those is a really horrible PITA, so I decided against it. I run Rotella T6 in my Vic, and generally change the oil once annually. I run the drive belt loose, as it tightens up when warmed up, to reduce squeaking.
    The Vic will eat both the 1200 Sporty and the Triumph for lunch in a drag race. But is does have a big cc advantage. Surprisingly, the 900 Triumph will keep up with the 1200 Sporty.
    Even after riding the Vic for a few years, I still find it wobbly at low speeds. I can stop and go at lights without putting my feet down with the Triumph and Sporty, but no way with the Vic. But I can also let go of the bars on both and stay going straight , which I can't do on the Vic as noted in my earlier posts.
    At the end of the day, my Vegas is still a keeper. Comfort, style, good fuel mileage, and low maintenance works well for me.

    I am going to add some tire info in my review...
    I bought the bike used, and it had Dunlop tires on it. They handled fine and I put about 14k miles on it before changing the tires.
    I tried a set of Shinko 777 tires on my Vic. They handled very well, and I had no issues but the rear only lasted 7,000 miles. The front still has tread, but I may replace it this winter when I change the rear. My next set will be Bridgestones. Keep in mind I don't abuse my bike, but sometimes accelerate quickly from a stoplight.
     
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  5. jmstang302

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    @stude next tire change go with a 90 90 21 instead of the MH 90 21. Just a little wider, may help with your stability issue. The later bikes came with the 90 90 21...

    I have no problem doing stop n goes on my Vegas.
     
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    Really appreciate the update, especially after the years since the first post.
     

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