I'm now rolling my XC out for our 3rd season together....I have to say, its a long way from where it started. My intention when I bought it was to "ride the hell out of my Vic, as is"
My mods started innocent enough that 1st summer, drilling the exhaust, removing some crazy pin-stripping the original owner put on, adding some better foot boards for my wife
. Then somehow an HID headlight, a Vic stage 1 air filter and Cobra tuner got installed
Over the first winter, I did a ton of paint mods and the first "pile-of-crap
" formed....Once I started riding things went nuts with all the aerodynamic mods, performance upgrades, a new seat, LED headlight, a mid-season bling refresh. Then there was the "heat issue"... which got me VERY close to getting rid of this bike(luckily fall hit and temps cooled off). The Commander II's I put on started causing a wobble after about 10k on them to add to my frustration.
I cut my riding down and put the bike away early last year. I really wasn't too happy with my XC at that point. When I parked it for winter I had every intention of selling or trading-in this spring. Once I wasn't riding it and settled down, I realized I missed my bike and all its good points came back to me. That's when I decided to give the bike a chance, by correcting ride problems and taking care of the heat issues no matter what it took. I did spend a few bucks and lots of time too take care of matters; upgraded fork oil, Avon Cobra's, pulling the cats, adding Torques and all the bling parts to take care of a few details that were bugging me.
Wow....did I run on...sorry
The moral to all this is sometimes too much, is too much. I made my own issues with this bike. That said I know its "good" this year, my XC is ridding, running and looking better than ever and I'm 99.9% sure I squashed the heat issue. I've come full circle with this XC, now I really do intend to "ride the hell out of my Vic, as is"
"Living life is a great idea, but riding a motorcycle actually gives you a tool to do it..."
2013 Sunset Red
Vic Tri-Oval Mufflers, Lloydz VM1-DR cams, AF, PC-V @112hp/113tq
Corbin Dual Tour seat, Klock Werks Klip Hanger bars, Vicwapz
Avon Contour grips, Kuryakyn Kinetic boards and rear SwingWings
Victory black LED headlight and Touring Pack, Madstad 9" windshield