One month to the date from drop off the bike was picked up at MOMS south this past Sat.
We arrived and after stretching and cracking my back (i rode my girls Honda shadow 600 up with her on the back), walked into the dealer to the service dept. I was greeted by Matt. The first thing he says is "your bike screws", "it turned out perfect" I paid and they told me, we will bring your bike around front.
Within a minute or so, I hear this thunderous sound coming from there gigantic back warehouse and much like a kid on Christmas morning, I was running to the front of the store to see and here it first hand.
Holy [email protected]
, the bike went from sounding like a sewing machine to a big bad azz machine! The D&D pipes sound amazing. Coming from the sport bike world for fifteen plus years D&D pipes really don't command much respect, they don't make the power and are out-shined by other companies like Akro, Yosh, Graves, Hindle and others. Needless to say I was a bit concerned when this was the suggestion by Matt to use D&D on my Victory. Rest assured my concerns are no longer an issue they are the perfect sounding pipe, not too loud, not too quite...they really bark and come alive with a quick snap of the throttle.
My other concern is since my XC is black, it is very easy to scratch the paint if your not careful. Zero issues, the bike came back in the same showroom condition as when dropped off, nothing but praise for the care and attention that Matt offered my bike.
switching gears for a moment then back to the xc.
My girlfriend was looking around at other bikes and said where is the Victory that I really liked during the open house (one month ago). I located the Vegas model and we began to go back and forth...me..trade your bike in (her first bike a shadow vlx 600) and buy the Vegas. At this point the owner of MOMs heard me talking and walked over, he asked which is her bike, and I pointed to the shadow. He shows us the NADA pricing and offers her 2500 for the bike. My girl is telling me the standard thing..."I have to think about the purchase...so I tell her, buy it today and I will kick in 2k cash to help with the down payment of the bike. To make a long story short, it looks like we will be heading back to the dealer this week to pick up the bike. Of course the Vegas will be kept at my house so I have another Victory to ride when she is at work.
back to the XC
I put 300 miles on the bike that day and it is fantastic. While the stock bike would begin to roll over at 4500-5k on the tach, it now pulls to 6k with no signs of any rolling over. The sound at upper rpms is amazing...I cant describe it but all I can say is buy the D&D pipes...your Victory will put the sound of a Harley to shame!
Throughout the day and night I was very heavy fisted on the gas, both start off at lights and running it to 100-120 many times on the road. My mpg still averaged over 48 which I am quite happy with as many people have stated theirs dropped off considerably. I guess the tune/reflash of the ecm from lloyds is damn near spot on with the combo that Matt suggested.
Let me finish by saying if its in your budget add the vm1 cams, d&d's, reflash, iac, lloyds controller...it takes a great bike and makes it that much better, you will have no regrets and many more smiles to the mile...
Its 4:30 am and I am going for a ride....