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I've got a deep lust for a new high ball with some nice bassani pro street turnouts, a k&n, and a fuel pack of some sort.

My local dealers have a couple of them in stock, but my dealers are notorious for horrible service. That's my first apprehension.

My next issues are as follows:

1.) turning the bike to two up capable. My little lady isn't a big rider, but would like to go on a little putt every now and then. How big of a pain in the ass would this be?

2.) problems with victory build quality. I've read great things, but also some stuff that bothers me, such as the rev shut off. Where you'd rev the engine at speed and the bike senses it and goes into run away mode, shutting the engine off. It seems to be hit and miss from bike to bike, and even with stacks of aftermarket tuning and parts, it's not fixable.

3.) then there are the stories of porous heads leaking oil.

4.) lastly there's the issues with wet riding. I live in an awfully wet state, and I've read tales of some of the electronics being less than water tight, and shorting out.

I don't know how many of these stories are just people blowing smoke, and how many are actual concerns. I'll leave it to you guys to set me straight.
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Wet riding sucks on a bike with a bobbed front fender.

Reliability issues are sparse and few, especially compared to H-D. The benefits in superior design far out way them statistically. I can only speak to mine which is rock solid.

Two up can be done with any any passenger seat and expensive passenger peg kit from the catalog.

All that said, had I to do it again I'd have gotten the hard-ball.


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My dealer sucks also so I do my own stuff. When it ever comes to warranty work I will have to find someone. I have 8000 problem free miles. I have the passenger seat and sissy bar set up and can be changed out in 10 min. Same with windshield. I have rode in the rain with no problems. This thing is the best thing I have done and if I had the money I would get another one at todays price and stick it away for later.

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I can say that all the Highballs we have moved out the door, the only time I see em come back is for a oil change or check up, But that also goes with just about all our vics, from 2003 up I dont believe I can recall and real major issue with them, a few clutchs here and there,but the bikes had higher miles, 35,000+.

As far as the gremlins in the electronics, those are few and far between as well, might be different in other areas but I cant only think of one lately that comes to mind.

You can not go wrong with the HighBall, when spring rolls around, I am really really really thinking about getting one myself.

Your passenger seat question, that is as easy as opening up the Victory website or getting your hands on the accessories book,you can make a day tripper out of it,passenger peg with mounts part number 2875349, passenger seat 2875210 and 7517523 qty 4 and then if you want the backrest 2875477.


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Ask the sales men for a tour of the shop ask how many years of training do the tech have. As how the techs get training. Do they have tech school traning

If a motor didn't have a Rev limiter you would blow it up.

maybe only 1% of guys have problems porous heads and other bikes do to.

To many guys power wash there bikes and that where a lot of water problems come from. Think you read of ten guys with water issues and there are 30 thousand riding with no problems

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...some stuff that bothers me, such as the rev shut off. Where you'd rev the engine at speed and the bike senses it and goes into run away mode, shutting the engine off. It seems to be hit and miss from bike to bike, and even with stacks of aftermarket tuning and parts, it's not fixable.

3.) then there are the stories of porous heads leaking oil.
The rev (or 'blip') issue seems to be prevalent on the Cross bikes and perhaps the Vision. I don't remember if it happened on steel-framed bikes like the Highball. However, I installed Lloydz timing wheel (ATS) and have not had ONE shut-off due to blipping (there were 3 separate incidents before that).

As far as a porous head, you probably won't know until you ride it for a bit. I would guess it's not that common; anyone who doesn't have the issue isn't going to post about it



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Ask the sales men for a tour of the shop ask how many years of training do the tech have. As how the techs get training. Do they have tech school traning

If a motor didn't have a Rev limiter you would blow it up.

maybe only 1% of guys have problems porous heads and other bikes do to.

To many guys power wash there bikes and that where a lot of water problems come from. Think you read of ten guys with water issues and there are 30 thousand riding with no problems
It's not a rev limiter issue. It's the blipping the throttle causing the bike to shut off. It's been reported a couple times, but as was mentioned in the post above mine, it seems to be the cross bikes that have noticed it the most.
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I can say that all the Highballs we have moved out the door, the only time I see em come back is for a oil change or check up, But that also goes with just about all our vics, from 2003 up I dont believe I can recall and real major issue with them, a few clutchs here and there,but the bikes had higher miles, 35,000+.

As far as the gremlins in the electronics, those are few and far between as well, might be different in other areas but I cant only think of one lately that comes to mind.

You can not go wrong with the HighBall, when spring rolls around, I am really really really thinking about getting one myself.

Your passenger seat question, that is as easy as opening up the Victory website or getting your hands on the accessories book,you can make a day tripper out of it,passenger peg with mounts part number 2875349, passenger seat 2875210 and 7517523 qty 4 and then if you want the backrest 2875477.
Thanks for the information Paul!
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Yeah Paul pretty much nails it.. You can't go wrong with a High-Ball.
Just add a rear seat, backrest, passenger pegs and you're ready to ride two-up easy enough.. And I'd suggest a Corbin Dual Tour with an Oval backrest and you're ready for many miles, having sat on one. Your riding buddy will appreciate it as well.

And I'll say without worry. Every brand, even Yamaha, has it's bugs.. Yamaha's are notorious for valve lifter issues for example, which I think is still a ghost in the machine for their 1900cc Vtwin bikes. The forums are the place where those far/few between issues are discussed, so naturally the interwebz is loaded with discussion concerning the problems.. It shouldn't be cause for alarm.

Coming from two Harleys, I can inherently tell this bike is designed and assembled far far Faaaaaaaaar better. 8 verses 60+ gaskets, but still with all that single-pin crank V-twin fun, on a chassis that actually handles, with low vibration, cooler running, etc etc I could go on for days.

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