Join Date: Sep 2010
I assume you are buying it from a private party. If so, he can tell you about any mods and when the last oil, plugs, filter change was. If he has service records, get them. Very important you get the owners manual too.
Don't know if you have experience with a big V-twin, but there's a tendency to run in low revs - don't! Vics like to rev and you can not hurt them by doing so. Shift at 3K+. When accelerating hard, I grab around 4500 revs for shifts. Don't ride under 2500 - 3K would be even better.
When starting, wait until the the fuel pump turns off and hold the throttle open about 1/8 turn to prevent backfiring, which can hurt the starter clutch. Hold the starter button until it starts.
In the morning, when the bike is overnight cold, check the clutch cable adjustment at the lever. There should be some free play as seen between the lever and the perch casting - about the thickness of a nickel. Ignoring this can turn into future problems.
After a long run, as soon as you get off the bike, poke the drive belt exactly between the pulleys to check for slack. There should be a little. Mine would get guitar string tight, even though I adjusted per the manual. Another forum member encouraged me to ignore the manual and adjust so there's some running slack.
Air the tires to 38-40 psi front / 40-42 rear.
Enjoy - its one of the best bikes out there, if not the best.
2010 Midnight Cherry XR. 7Jurock, Lloydz AF, ATS, AFR tuned VFCIII, IAV, and T-6 and locally repacked pipes = big smiles. SOLD
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