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Finally pulled off the factory windshield and installed the touring saddle last night. Also figured out why the aux lights weren't working (switch was unplugged ) and fixed that. Still need to adjust the clutch and throttle and if I have time to do it I will be picking up an oil filter, changing the oil, and flushing the brakes. Kinda basic new-used bike maintenance for me. Should be decent weather around here this weekend so me and the mrs are hoping to get out and put some decent (read: not commuting) miles on the new toy.

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Finally pulled off the factory windshield and installed the touring saddle last night. Also figured out why the aux lights weren't working (switch was unplugged ) and fixed that. Still need to adjust the clutch and throttle and if I have time to do it I will be picking up an oil filter, changing the oil, and flushing the brakes. Kinda basic new-used bike maintenance for me. Should be decent weather around here this weekend so me and the mrs are hoping to get out and put some decent (read: not commuting) miles on the new toy.
I have not flushed the brakes on a Vic before...may have to consider that - I have a 2010 with 45,000 miles

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I have not flushed the brakes on a Vic before...may have to consider that - I have a 2010 with 45,000 miles
By now, your brake fluid is half water. Better do that fluid change pronto.

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By now, your brake fluid is half water. Better do that fluid change pronto.
Damn, I guess that my 2007 Suzuki brake fluid is all water. Guess I'll have to tell it that (because it still stops as well as when it was new)

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Damn, I guess that my 2007 Suzuki brake fluid is all water. Guess I'll have to tell it that (because it still stops as well as when it was new)
Sarcasm aside, bikes tend to kill brake fluid much faster than cars. I don't know if it's poor sealing in the reservoir or at the caliper but the fluid definitely gets contaminated much faster. Ymmv but at 45k I'd be changing it for sure just for peace of mind. Hell, mine only has 2k on it but I'm changing all the fluids just so I know where to start my maintenance intervals.

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Installed right side Rusty Jones cheese wedge, Ill do the left tonight as the key location pig tail is shown to be delivered.

Don't know if I like the new wedges yet, I picked them up used for a fair price. Great quality, might be a little blingy for me, might change the SS screen to black..

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I ordered a trunk light for my baby.

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4 hours of rain riding. Sometimes you just have to get out!

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Sarcasm aside, bikes tend to kill brake fluid much faster than cars. I don't know if it's poor sealing in the reservoir or at the caliper but the fluid definitely gets contaminated much faster. Ymmv but at 45k I'd be changing it for sure just for peace of mind. Hell, mine only has 2k on it but I'm changing all the fluids just so I know where to start my maintenance intervals.
+1 big time Soofle. First time I bled the brakes was 2-1/2 years into ownership and about 11K miles. Virtually no rain riding. The fluid in the fronts was a bit darker than new, which indicated water absorption, but the fluid coming out of the rear caliper was thick and like coffee with cream....ugh!
Not changing brake fluid on a bike bi-annually is borrowing trouble. If you are in a situation where heavy use of the brakes is in order, that old fluid will have a very low boiling point and you will lose your braking energy. Not worth it.

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Smile oil change and spoiler screen

had the witchdoctor paint my center spoiler screen nuclear sunset orange to match my bike and just did my first oil change with my k&p engineering filter and the new GOLDEN SPECTRO 20w40 semi syn. for victory's. very happy
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