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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-25-2011, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry to revisit this topic but looking for some advice.
Bought a used 2010 XC with 1700 miles; paid for it before riding so I was committed to accept from the dealer.
Engine is of course very noisy, like a helicopter whirl, in all gears on decel, and in most gears on accel. Only 5th gear is relatively quiet, though most gears have a slight sweet spot around 2500 RPM. I understand that a geared primary will tend to be noisier but just how noisy is "Normal." This is my 3rd cruiser (others were metrics) so I may be spoiled when it comes to engine noises. Anyway, here is my quandry: The bike will be out of warranty in a few months and the closest dealer is roughly 2 hours away. The dealer I bought it from says the noise is the "nature of the beast" but I'm of course suspicious of why someone would trade a bike in so early unless they suspected a problem or just couldn't stand the "helicopter whirl" anymore. Would it be prudent to have a Victory dealer (other than the one I bought it from) take the bike for a ride? I guess while I'm there I might get a chance to ride another 2010 for comparison. Ugh! BTW, great forum.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-25-2011, 07:29 PM
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Yep, they are generally more noisy than other makes - especially the trannies. But if you like the bike & plan to keep it you might want to consider the extended warranty. Had a 2010 XC myself & traded for a 2011 as there is a lot less noise with the new tranny. But I must say that at around 5k miles the '10 had started to quieten down quite a bit.
You'll just have to determine if the pc. of mind is worth the price of the extended warranty I'd say.


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I agree the tranny noise is a bit more than I like, and varies from gear to gear, with 4&6 being the worse offenders on my bike.

I will say that I too have noticed it getting quieter with miles. Of course, I could just be getting used to it...

I am not in a position where a trade up is affordable, but would honestly say that it really doesn't bother me that much at all. I just ride it and have fun.
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More likely than not, normal. They are a different sounding bike, but that's just how they are. If you're really concerned, then take it to a different dealer to ask them. Or find someone who lives nearby with one as well. And, lastly, get an extended service contract if you wish.

Remember...this is America and we expect things to not be as noisy, believe it or not. Heck...Dyson had to redesign and weaken their vacuums for our market because they were too noisy. Noise doesn't always equal bad.

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I always figure it like this. I am sitting on the motor, if I don't hear something it's broke.
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