I still think it is a quality bike, just not one designed with ease of maintenance in mind.
I don't know about the splines on the newer ones, but as I understand it, they went to a multiplate wet clutch which should last a lot longer and is supposedly easier to replace.
Well, ours are surely simpler, they also require a good bit of disassembly now and again. By the book we should be replacing the drive belt and sprockets every 30k.
All I know is that I'd donate a testicle for a wrench that was as knowledgeable and thorough as the guy in the video.
Just about a month ago I took mine in to let the yokels lube the steering head because I didn't want to part with $70 for a stinkin specialized Victory socket nor did I have the time to wait for it before a trip. When I got the bike back they didn't tighten either bolt holding the upper triple tree to the forks and missed tightening on the keeps the left lever from spinning around on the handlebar. And that was AFTER they had to take it apart a second time because the tech thought the bearings in the steering head were sealed and didn't need to be lubed. And that was AFTER I told them SPECIFICALLY that's what I wanted done. Rather than call to tell me I didn't need it done, they just didn't bother to do it.
And now I feel looseness every now and again. I'm pretty sure the guy didn't even torque the damn stem nut to spec. So I'll end up buying their stupid, overpriced socket and tearing it apart again in the near future.
I know one thing. The European bike techs I've dealt with have all been top notch. Not so impressed with the Vic techs.
I guess my experience with the two German companies I worked for has me biased. But one strong impression I did come away with was how they consider them selves superior intellect..... To the point of being ignorant about it.
You can even see it in the factory trained guy in the video.
I have to call it like it is and say if the guy in the video is well trained but if he was real smart he should stand up and say how much of a piss poor design that bike is and warn everyone to dump theres before they get the massive repair bill or get stuck out on the road with what I consider a total failure in bike design brought to you supposedly by the superior race.
They should be ashamed to put there name on that bike......
And to try and convince there customers that that (faulty shaft) need to be lubed every 40k. He said that bike had 57k on it and the shaft failed.
I can tell you that if that bike had been taken apart at 40 that tech would have said the shaft is to worn to be lubed and must be replaced..... Think about it....
I agree with you on Victory techs. The nightmare stories I read on here.
And the killer is Victory is one of the easier bikes to work on.
There is next to nothing on a Victory that should need a super tech.
Belt issues, your steering head bearings are all easy fixes if you have the tools. And for the guys like me that does all my own service I will wait till winter to do anything like steering head bearings.
The only thing on the Vic that surprised me was the Cam Follower Bearings.... (Roller Rockers) can't figure out why they used this unless they saved a crap load of money using a soft metal cam. Personally I would like to see them scrap the rollers and the ticking noise they make. Hydraulic lifters should be silent. But because they use a very soft spring you can't pre-load the hydraulic lifter like Harley does to eliminate the slop that causes the tick. Sort of like having solid lifters with way to much clearance between the rocker arm and the valve stem.
The massive CLUNK going into first gear can be reduced by not spinning the clutch so fast at idle. A smaller pinion gear on the crank like most Japanese bikes use would reduce the clutch speed and reduce the clunk. The loss of input shaft speed would have to be made up in the tranny.