Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: West Fork, Arkansas
500 mile service done at home
Just did my 500 mile service at the house, well 443 mile service. I didn't break my CCT in like I did the KP. I rode the KP hard because I felt comfortable on it. I've not rode the CC hard mainly because I'm trying to get use to all the added weight and different handling. Don't feel very confident yet. (I don't believe one method of breaking in a bike is better for the engine than another method)
Anyway, I'm pretty pleased with the break in. Engine sounds good, not as loud of a tapping sound as the KP. From what I gather it's just luck of the draw, some are just louder than others. The oil looked good, smelled good, felt good and tasted good. Wait...never mind, I didn't taste it. Just looking at and smelling the oil won't tell you much. The real test is in the compression. I got 225 on the front and 220 on the rear. I've not done numerous compression tests on various Victory bikes at 500 miles to see where that stacks up but according to the service manual, 210-225 is the range you want to be in. I'm at the top of the range so compression is real good which equates to power. Everything seems right, wheel alignment, belt alignment, throttle and lever play is right. Spark plugs were a bit on the lean side but that's exactly where the EPA had Ma Vic tune the bikes too so its right on par. Looks like this is going to be a real good bike.
The service is real easy to do, when you look at the list of what the dealer is SUPPOSE to do, it's really not complicated. I wonder if they even do things like check compression and plugs or if they just change the oil and take your money. My dealer knows I'm a mechanic and they know I do all of my own work and they have no problem with that. Sure they would prefer to have my money but they have no issues with doing warranty work on my bikes even though I'm the one doing all the servicing. They even mentioned how well my KP was maintained when I traded it in.
Now on to the power. Just got home from a post service ride that put me at about 550 miles. I didn't hit the limiter but did get to 4,500 rpms and my assumption was right. This has been talked about on the forum many times. KP vs CC. Many have said the KP has a HAIR more power or that the KP MAY be a bit faster. Are ya kidding me? A hair? May be faster? The KP is by far a lot faster. It accelerates much much faster, pulls harder, runs through the rpms faster. The KP flat out pulled me back when I hammered it. MY CCT when I hammered it I'm like "really, is this it?" My KP would pull the front wheel off the ground, I can do it on command. No kidding. The CCT...not a chance. I'm not saying the KP is a better bike, just that you really cant compare the power between the two because it's really not even close. The CCT is much more comfortable, more luxurious, more features, more accommodating for longer trips (which I like long trips). I'm pleased with the purchase, I love the new bike, the wife ABSOULUTELY LOVES the new bike (that's important) but I think I'm going to have to do something about the power. I don't want to get wild but I want that acceleration back. I'm hoping just an ATS, PCV and filter will do the trick. I'd like to leave everything else stock, including the exhaust IF I can (I know, the exhaust will rob power). I really like being able to rock out with the stereo without exhaust drowning out the tunes.
2014 Victory Cross Country Tour
- Two Tone Sonic Blue and Silver
PCV 6,500 rev limit, Lloydz VM1-DR Cams, Lloydz Hi Flow Filter, Atom Bomb exhaust, Lloydz ATS +4, Lloydz 1/4 Throttle. 111 HP / 116 TQ
2012 Victory Kingpin
- Traded in on XCT
2007 Honda Shadow Aero 750
- Traded in on KP
Last edited by Rebel Biker; 06-28-2014 at 05:31 AM.