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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 01-02-2018, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Yes. I know. This is a weird question...

Is there a minimum temperature below which a Victory 106 engine won't run?

I have a sort of "tradition" that I always ride on New Year's Day, no matter what - my little good luck ritual.

So, on Monday, I attempted to start my bike. (2016 Gunner) The overnight temperature here was 12 degrees F, and the temperature at noon, when I tried to start, it was about 24 degrees.

My battery is strong - it has been on the trickle charger since it got cold.

The engine turned over fine, and tried to start, but it would not keep running. It would run for a couple seconds and then quit. I know it was firing because the exhaust was loud... No matter what I did, I could not get it to catch and keep running. I finally gave up because I was worried about the starter.

So my question is, do any of you ride at these temperatures? Is it the way the engine computer is tuned, or something like that?


(EDIT: I rode all afternoon the previous Saturday, Dec. 30. The temperature was about 38 degrees, and the bike started and ran just fine)

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There is a guy on the FB group with the same issue. I'd just wait until it gets warmer.
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I ride from around 40 and the bike does let you know its cold. Takes a while to warm. 12 may be pushing it especially if the oil is still 20-40.
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There is a guy on the FB group with the same issue. I'd just wait until it gets warmer.
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I ride from around 40 and the bike does let you know its cold. Takes a while to warm. 12 may be pushing it especially if the oil is still 20-40.
It was 12 overnight, but it was 25 when I tried to start it.

Like you, I ride all the time at 38-40 degrees. Never a problem.

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I just had a very similar issue. It was around 20-25 degrees F a few days after Christmas in the Philadelphia area. I decided to ride to Revzilla which is about 30 miles on I95. Bike started and warmed up no problem. I plugged in my heated gear, and off I went. A few turns after I exited I95, the bike stalled out and would not start unless I gave it some throttle. If I let go of the throttle, it stalled right out. I let it sit in Revzilla's parking lot for about a half hour while I shopped. I tried to start it again, but same issue. I was low on gas, so I went to the gas station around the corner and gave it a full tank. Still ran the same way.
I know these Cross bikes have some really weird issues with a bad/low battery, so I figured it was that. I've been looking into getting a battery with more cold cranking amps than the stock battery, but that seems hard to do. I've started looking into AGM (glass mat) batteries, but haven't found anything online. Next step is to pull the battery and run to different stores to see what they have in stock. I'm still thinking it's battery related, but I'm glad to know I'm not alone. I'll keep you all updated if I find anything.
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Ohhhh.... I was wracking my brain trying to think of a Victory bike that had a name starting with "F" and "B"... (smacks own forehead...)

Is this a Facebook group associated with this forum, or just a general Victory group? I'd like to join it.

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Ohhhh.... I was wracking my brain trying to think of a Victory bike that had a name starting with "F" and "B"... (smacks own forehead...)



Is this a Facebook group associated with this forum, or just a general Victory group? I'd like to join it.


Iím guessing itís just a general victory page.

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