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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-11-2012, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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I've been researching Vic's for a few months now, finally took a few out today. A Vegas, a Hammer, & a XR. I originally was leaning towards a Vegas 8ball, but after sitting on the XR last weekend I started leaning that way. The XR is so frickin comfortable I can't believe it. Should be picking it up Wednesday....
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I've been researching Vic's for a few months now, finally took a few out today. A Vegas, a Hammer, & a XR. I originally was leaning towards a Vegas 8ball, but after sitting on the XR last weekend I started leaning that way. The XR is so frickin comfortable I can't believe it. Should be picking it up Wednesday....

Nice, congrats....
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Excellent choice! My test ride experience was the same. For it's size and all it's features, the XR is a very smooth ride. I'm loving mine. What color did you go with?

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Excellent choice! My test ride experience was the same. For it's size and all it's features, the XR is a very smooth ride. I'm loving mine. What color did you go with?

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I got the black XRs 2011. Great looking color on this bike. A real pain to keep clean. Kinda wish they had the blue or white for a choice then for the CroassRoads. I just carry a microfiber cloth with me and dust it off if the dust bugs me to much, and I usually do not care if a bike is a little dirty,but being a new bike and it does show dust bad I do dust it off sometimes. Enjoy the new ride.
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How did the wind work out for you? Did you XR have the correct size windshield for you? Did it have fork lowers?

As far as dust goes pick up a mini California Dust Mop and keep up with the dust. It's a lot easier to keep up (dust after riding) than to catch up (full blown wash and wax). Turtle Wax Ice is also a really good sacrificial top coat. It will last for a few weeks as a shield between your clearcoat and the dust/dirt/water spots and is incredibly slick so it will help avoid scratches and swirls.

There are a lot of really good detailers on here that over the years have posted some great advice on detailing. Search and ye shall find. Watch for posts from Bigseadaddy; he has a one-off XR with the 2010 Skull theme (special order) that was used only on XC's - he keeps his baby in better than showroom condition.

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My turbine is wrapped real tight when it comes keeping my XR spotless, I really dote on her. After all, she's my redhead mistress. If she comes home lightly dusty, I use a fluffy microfiber cloth I got from Griot's Garage. I use it only on her paint. Her other parts get dusted with a normal one. If she's more than lightly dusty, I fill a a pail with plain water and wipe off a section with a damp cloth (usually an old wash cloth) then dry with an old towel. If she got herself really grimy, I drag out the pail, car wash solution, hose and S100. The S100 is used ONLY on her lower parts - wheels, engine, suspension, etc. - never topside, as it requires a fair amount of rinsing and you can drown out your electricals. Occasionally, I will use a spray detailer on the paint, and the fluffy cloth, of course. I like Turtle Wax's ICE detailer as it is clear and doesn't leave any white residue. Her windscreen gets cleaned with Nexus. I realize there are many other products out there and they have their fans, but after 6 decades and many trials, my mistress and I have settled with these favorites.

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Thanks for all the cleaning tips guys-I never worried about it on my last bikes, but they were far from as nice as this one.

As far as the wind on my test ride, the XR I test rode had a mid-high shield, which seemed a bit high. The top of the screen was just below my line of sight. It had no lowers. My helmet seemed to shake a bit at 85+, other than that I felt no wind.

I ordered a low shield for mine. I am eventually getting a tinted Cee-Bailey screen, so if the low factory screen turns out too be too short I can get a taller one from them.
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