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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-12-2016, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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I joined the forum a couple years ago but the planets never aligned and I never was able to make the jump to the Victory brigade. Now things are looking a bit better and this week an opportunity to get the bike I was originally drooling for has come up. My test ride on a Cross Roads Classic a couple years ago gave me the bug and it's never left.

So here's what I hope you can help me with - I have owned a number of bikes over the years and my current bike is a V Star 1300. It's a great bike but like with many things over time you find a few things you'd like to change. That is the sort of things I'm looking to the Victory community to help me understand.

What are the most common things that Cross Roads riders want to replace? On the V Star, handle bars, fork springs and seats were at the top of the list.

Any quirks that drive you nuts? V Star riders have all got fed up with the "thunk" in the front end going over speed bumps & potholes. The 5 speed gear box is one of my personal peeves - 1st is too low, 2nd too high and 5th isn't much of an overdrive.

Last but not least, how about service? I'm a do ti myself guy for most things and want to keep it that way. Are Victories reasonable to take care of at home? Any particular regular maintenance things that are a pain?

So that's the sort of things I'm looking for. I have had 30K of great riding on my V Star and besides doing a few things to make the bike mine, it's just gas, oil & tires - no service calls. That's what I'd hope for in my next bike. So is this the one?
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I'd say the first thing most owners want to replace is the stock exhaust/mufflers.

All Freedom 106 engines make a shit ton of mechanical noise, its something to get used too.

Service is a piece of cake, every 5k miles one drain plug oil \ filter change and lube the clutch cable ends. done.
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As with any brand... No services calls can be hit or miss. I am on Vic #2 with a combined total mileage of over 30,000. I have never needed service on either of mine. The Cross Roads is a beautiful machine with many aftermarket options to make it yours. You only live once so if you want it go get it.
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I'd say the first thing most owners want to replace is the stock exhaust/mufflers.

All Freedom 106 engines make a shit ton of mechanical noise, its something to get used too.

Service is a piece of cake, every 5k miles one drain plug oil \ filter change and lube the clutch cable ends. done.
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First thing I did was exhaust. If you're a performance guy, there is lots of horsepower to be uncorked for cheap. Paul p has some great view about maintenance here:
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Exhaust for sure
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So are you folks going for the exhaust to get a better sound or is it the performance boost? Seems like the horsepower is up there (not sure what the torque rating is) but I guess you can never have too much!
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So are you folks going for the exhaust to get a better sound or is it the performance boost? Seems like the horsepower is up there (not sure what the torque rating is) but I guess you can never have too much!

Sound and horsepower... The Vic's are painfully and dangerously quiet from the factory.
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ditto!....sling that stock zorst as far as you can, there is someone here who does a great job of opening up the stock ones too.

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Oh and another thing... Those stock exhaust cannons weigh about 50lbs!!!! They are junk. I run Miller mufflers made by DTmmil on this forum.
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Larry, see my signature for my mods and I did them all myself. I'm in my 80th year and find my XR very easy to work on. I bought it new, 6 years and 28K miles ago and it has never had to go to the dealer's shop for anything. Get it, if you can afford it and when you need help,we are here to help. There are great videos showing how to do anything and everything on your Vic. I'm a big fan of the XR for its simplicity, the unobstructed front view and the removable windscreen.

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