11 Cross Country running poorly/stalling at idle
Looking for assistance in troubleshooting an issue with with 11 Victory Cross Country. About 2 weeks ago, it was around 20-25 degrees F 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 reconnected the O2 sensors, hoping that it would help, but it didn't.
I know these Cross bikes have some really weird issues with a bad/low battery, so I figured it was that.
Fast forward to this morning. The morning started off with some brisk single digit temperatures, perfect for keeping cool while lying under a Victory in a parking lot to change the battery. For comparison, I fired up the bike on the old battery. The first attempt, the starter did not have enough juice to turn over and locked up. Try number 2 turned over a few times before the engine caught and fired right up. For some back story, the bike did this same thing last year from time to time, so I consider it normal. I did not let the bike warm up, and quickly shut it down with less than a minute run time.
I am happy to report, that the battery change went almost exactly as planned, with a little effort to remove the old battery. Once in and connected, I switched the key on and the volt meter climbed right to where it always does. I will say that the starter did not struggle at all, and acted as though it was a nice 70 degrees outside.
The bad news is that this did not solve my problems. The bike warmed up as it usually does, with no problems. I put my hand on the cylinder heads, and it was starting to get really warm to the touch. A few more minutes of idling, I blipped the throttle. From here on out, the RPM's started bouncing again. I figure as the engine got hotter, it was only going to get worse, and I was right. I shut the bike down, and started to put the battery cover back on. As I was putting the cover back on, I noticed a hose (thick hose behind the cylinders, going into the trans.) was disconnected. I found a few small spots of oil under the hose. I think this is an oil breather hose, but I am not sure. It is possible that I knocked this hose off when connecting the O2 sensors, or maybe it was off already and I didn't notice. Could this be causing the bike to stall and not idle correctly, or am I looking at another problem?
Bucks County, PA
2011 Victory Cross Country
Lloydz Timing Wheel +4
Lloydz Air Filter
Decored Stock Exhaust