I finally pulled the trigger and I couldn't be happier that I did! Last week I jumped on the bike and made the 695 mile run South from Marquette, MI to Des Moines, IA. I had an appointment for the next morning at 8a.m. with Rylan at The Vic Shop and even after a 13 hour day on the bike, I knew I wasn't going to sleep much that night...
I pulled into the shop at 7:45am. I met Rylan, we talked briefly, and by 8a.m. my bike was on the dyno making its first run. 2013 CCT with 11,000 miles. D and D exhaust, Lloyds Air Filter, and a VFCIII. With that set-up she was making 88.96 hp and 102.73 tq.
Rylan was working solo that day and still had the bike taken apart faster than I could have taken the seat off. I was adding the VM1 Cams and Lloyds Timing Wheel to my set-up, and per Rylans recommendation based on my riding style/locations, I stuck with the VFCIII. He also installed the 1/4 turn throttle ring for me and removed the O2 sensors and replaced with flush plugs. Also, he removed the "air strip" for the filter, which I never did when I installed the filter when the bike was new.
Back to the dyno she went...and daddy was HAPPY!! She was now making 113.75 hp and 116.60 tq! With a PCV I could have squeezed a few more hp out of it by increasing the rev limiter, but I wasnt interested in doing that. I took it for a short test run and was blown away at the difference in power and responsiveness. I knew I was gonna have one hell of a fun 700 mile trip home!! It was far more "crisp" through the whole RPM range, seemed to pull a bit harder from 2000-2500rpm, and from 2500-5k shes like a raped ape! Pulls a lot harder, and even sounds a little different to me when winding up. Fuel efficiency increased as well. At 55-65mph I used to get about 42mpg. I am now averaging 44-45mpg at those same speeds. At 70-80mph I was getting 36-38mpg. I am now up to 41-42mpg.
I pulled into the Vic Shop at 7:45a.m., and by 10:45a.m. I was headed back Northbound with perm-a-grin! An excellent experience with a guy who really knows his shit! I was able to watch the whole install, ask a few dumb questions, and really appreciate his expertise when it comes to a Victory motorcycle. Thanks Rylan