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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-11-2014, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 2004 Vegas that Iíve owned a week. It is now an old bike. I donít even remember what I was doing in 2004. A lot has happened since then in the motorcycle world but here I am with this one.

Itís new to me! It looks new. It is barely broken in at 12,000 miles. Previous original owner added a shield, factory bars that stretch back, tag relocation with leds, signals in the fender, an RPW 2in1 exhaust, and mustang his/hers seats with back supports.

Iíve only had this old bike a week. Only adjusted idle, added air to tires, and lowered the bars a tad.

Iíve estimated Iím getting around 42-45 mpg. So far, Iíve learned from you guys how to clean and lube clutch, remove tank and clean TB, adjust the idle, and load the gears.

Iíll put all of this to good use because it looks like this old bike is easier to work on than some of my previous bikes. I donít like to wrench on my rides but it saves time and $$ so make good cents.

Iím probably a rare breed in that I never care to change the stock look of bikes. My priority is making my ride better by being pro-active rather than reactive in its care.

I want tires, oil, gas, spark, shifting, and brakes, and so on to be the best it can be. My life depends on it. A few weeks ago, a guy locally, had a blowout, lost control, and died.

I made a stupid mistake and almost pulled in front of a car going 70 this week. I love riding and know the dangers. Iím willing to do whatever it takes to ride safely for as long as Iím able.

So, as someone who is not loyal to any brand, and who learns from mistakes, this old man and this old bike have some miles and years to cover. Iím hoping it will take me into my retirement years. Then Iíll upgrade to a solar powered hover craft. Maybe itíll be a Harley!
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Congrats on your veteran Vegas. Out of curiosity old man, just how old an old man are you?

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I'm very close to 56. Third year to be riding. Plan to ride way into my 80's.
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I'm very close to 56. Third year to be riding. Plan to ride way into my 80's.
Well youngster, I'm 2-1/2 years from riding in my 80s. I have a riding jacket older than you.

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Well youngster, I have a riding jacket older than you.
Ric , you already made my morning !

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I'm not sure I would call an 04 Vegas old more like seasoned.

Congrats on the new (old) ride I like mine a lot.

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Can I ask why you adjusted the idle? I know on some bikes when the idle gets lowered it will cause the oil pressure to drop and cause damage to the engine. Not sure how sensitive the Vic engines are to this. Enjoy the ride and remember we are invisible out there!

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Can I ask why you adjusted the idle? I know on some bikes when the idle gets lowered it will cause the oil pressure to drop and cause damage to the engine. Not sure how sensitive the Vic engines are to this. Enjoy the ride and remember we are invisible out there!
It was around 500-700 rpms. A slight adjustment up
and it's perfect. I think he had it low for the HD effect. I kept stalling it out and was hard to crank. All is fine now!


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Well youngster, I'm 2-1/2 years from riding in my 80s. I have a riding jacket older than you.
I have a good friend that's been riding for 50 years. He retires next year and I'm jealous.
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04 Vegas old more like seasoned.
No one has spent enough time on it for it to be seasoned. That will be my job. Love to ride!
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