Looks like I have to post an introduction post before I can ask the questions I need to ask, so here it is. Hello nice to meet ya. Been reading this forum since I decided to get a Victory. Thanks for everyone's time. You can call me MF, Mike FoxTrot, hope nobody has a problem with that.
I've had a number of motorcycles, stopped counting around 35. Same with cars, started early. First bike was a VeloSolex in 73, got the taste for that mixture of road grime, blood and dirty grease and could never stop. Near death experience in 86, took me about 20 years to get on them again but now I am as addicted as ever.
As of 3 days ago I have a 2003 Victory, wanted a bagger Did a little research before closing the deal and looked like if it had the Freedom engine I should be OK. It does. The guy wanted 2500 I paid 2000 cash, title on his name with the same address I was standing on, so looks like no issues there.
She seems to have a number of issues, some small , some not so much. I rode her home from Canaveral to MLB very carefully, got home and figured she had 5 LBS in the front tire ( ya, should have checked beforehand, but didn't. )
When home I noticed she had clean oil on both yolks, so likely need the fork seals. I cleaned it up and too her for a 10 minutes ride, when riding I could see the oil running up the yolks. Green and clean, which makes me wonder what's the real story there.
She steers like crap, but between the rear tire on the front wheel (without reversed direction, I'll have to fix that), the leaking forks and the 5 LBS tires, she sure will).
Here is where it gets more fun: I lifted the front wheel with some wood under the frame and with the wheel in the air, the front end has a big notch in the center. If I turn the front end to the left or the right about 5-10 degrees, it comes right back to the middle. It does grind and doesn't feel notchy all around, but it is as if the center position had a notch on it that makes the front end retuirn to that position.
I am trying to remove the stem cap bolt to look in there, check if I need to rebuild or if I can get away with repacking the top bearing, but I cannot figure out the size of the T socket I need for the top. Its nowhere to be found. I looked on the victory service manual, no mention of the size, I checked all forums, nothing anywhere.
Can somebody help?