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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 09-28-2014, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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I'm new to the Highball, but I'm an experienced rider that rides around 20,000 miles annually, and I ride more aggressive than average. My initial experience on my Highball is that I'm dragging the pegs really bad.

My last bike was a Harley Fat Bob that ended up raised 3/4" in the rear and about 1" in the front to give me additional clearance for this style of riding, and extra leg room for me as a 6'3" rider.

Has anyone done this "club-style" lifted mods on a Highball? Any suggestions on where to start looking at options? I'm a machinist by trade, and I'm not opposed to dis-assemble and R&D if needed, but didn't want to rework something that someone else had already done.

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I'm new to the Highball, but I'm an experienced rider that rides around 20,000 miles annually, and I ride more aggressive than average. My initial experience on my Highball is that I'm dragging the pegs really bad.

My last bike was a Harley Fat Bob that ended up raised 3/4" in the rear and about 1" in the front to give me additional clearance for this style of riding, and extra leg room for me as a 6'3" rider.

Has anyone done this "club-style" lifted mods on a Highball? Any suggestions on where to start looking at options? I'm a machinist by trade, and I'm not opposed to dis-assemble and R&D if needed, but didn't want to rework something that someone else had already done.
Yeah know what you mean, my Vegas is having its pegs,peg mounts, exhaust, exhaust bracket bolt, and sidestand worn down,....I've adjusted my riding style on reccomendation from forum members to shift my weight more and hang off the bike a bit.
Moving my weight around has stopped it to a point but I just accept the fact it scrapes and ride accordingly.
It is a cruiser after all not a Ducati or an R1
From what I've heard the Cross bikes have much better ground clearance so maybe youd be better off moving up to one instead of spending time and money trying to make something do what it was never intended to.
Ill keep watching this thread though.

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The Kingpin shock will go right on and give you 2" more travel. Rollin made some raising links for his Vegas a while back. Those mods would not only give you more cornerinig clearence, they would give quicker turn in due to reduced rake.
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What the.....is this Highball week, like Shark week or what?

Tav are you seeing this?

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I am! Is Victory starting to get some momentum again? I hope so!
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The Kingpin shock will go right on and give you 2" more travel. Rollin made some raising links for his Vegas a while back. Those mods would not only give you more cornerinig clearence, they would give quicker turn in due to reduced rake.
someone already tried to lead me down that path but wouldnt back it up with measurements..heres my post https://www.victoryforums.com/showthr...=vegas+too+low
steel frame cruisers only have 2 length shocks the normal 368mm
and the lower 355mm
heres another attempt for info
https://www.victoryforums.com/showthr...=vegas+too+low
and another
https://www.victoryforums.com/showthr...=vegas+too+low

if you get through all that you'll see in the end I came to the conclusion the Kingpin info was just crap.
I took the offer of a Progressive shock and find it LOTS better than stock, and if you wind up the preload for minimal sag you'll get the best clearance you're gonna get...the rest is adjusting your riding style as well as wearing down the bits that drag.
Or buy a Cross bike they have a lot more clearance and better rear suspension.
or a Ducati or an R1

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" " 495 cams
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RPW Slash pipes
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Kingpin USD Forks
18" XC front wheel
1 3/4" 'Burleigh Bars'
Stebel air horn
12.106 @110.90mph
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" " VM1 Cams
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I am! Is Victory starting to get some momentum again? I hope so!
This is an old post from September (look at the date), and Vic never lost momentum it just keeps on building.

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Lloydz 109"cube big bore
" " 495 cams
" " TorqueTubes
" " timing wheel @4 deg.
" " Primary plate
" " IAV
RPW Slash pipes
PCV
Progressive 465 rear shock
Kingpin USD Forks
18" XC front wheel
1 3/4" 'Burleigh Bars'
Stebel air horn
12.106 @110.90mph
114/123

Victory Cross Country 2010 (106)
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" " VM1 Cams
Home gutted exhaust
Maximus
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post #8 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-22-2014, 11:24 AM
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for your riding style a better as well as taller shock would do well as most OE shocks are not so good. give Penske a call + depending on your budget you can get a built for you with a little of full adjustability, in other words a shock that works!!
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Correct me if I'm wrong but the HB is an inch lower than the Vegas its based on. Just put it back to stock spec and you will be fine
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We never heard back from Cornbred..is he still around?
Hope he didnt overcook it scraping through turns.
One inch higher a la Vegas would be better and my new Progressive is light years ahead of stock.
Was watching local heavy band Sabotage at Tyalgum pub on Sunday and had to be back at the shed by 5
had a great one up ride, its set a tad harder on preload for two up but solo and riding determinedly it just all flowed together into a smooth 40 minute waltz through the mountains.

ps I'll try and see if there's a clip of them on YouTube
Chick singer of a ballsy rockin band that plays ACDC and Sabbath and the like.
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Lloydz 109"cube big bore
" " 495 cams
" " TorqueTubes
" " timing wheel @4 deg.
" " Primary plate
" " IAV
RPW Slash pipes
PCV
Progressive 465 rear shock
Kingpin USD Forks
18" XC front wheel
1 3/4" 'Burleigh Bars'
Stebel air horn
12.106 @110.90mph
114/123

Victory Cross Country 2010 (106)
Lloyds air filter
" " VM1 Cams
Home gutted exhaust
Maximus
Both tuned by [email protected] Dyno
110/116

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