Bad Starter at 15K Miles on 2013 Cross Country
I have a 2013 XC and was on a 7 day ride across OH, MI, Canada when the starter went. Tested for common things first... battery connections, battery, fuses, etc. Tried to start bike by leaving in neutral with key off and shorting out the starter, but nothing. Spent 2 days push starting the bike (this is a good reason to travel with several people) until I got to a local Victory dealer.
Local dealer tells me it is the starter and that an OEM replacement is $650 not including 2 hours labor. Ugh! Kicker is they don't have one in stock and I might need to wait 1 or more days. But hey, they have this no-name aftermarket one and I can get it installed now for $475 total. Since they had me over a barrel I pretty much didn't have a choice.
While I did get a 5 year warranty when I bought the bike, that only covers powertrain.
Is it common for the starter to fail on these bikes at only 15K miles?
Is there any recourse with corporate Victory? Based on what I've read on the passenger backrest issue, I'm not sure it would be worth my time to call.