Hey Victor folks!
First, I'm Paulie... glad that I found yalls Victory forums!! I can't wait to dive in and learn how to customize my scooter and just give it an edge over other Vegas's that I see around town.
Here's about me:
I'm a late 30something rider, been on a Harley Dyna and my favorite Sportster 1200Custom; I love that bike. Enjoy IT more than the bigger scooters that I've ridden or owned!! I live in Austin Texas, and hope to do some rides with anyone in the local metro area... I AM A RIDER! I ride long and hard, and think my new scooter will be a little more COMFY than my sporty.... a little more POWERFUL then her... and hopefully, in the end anyway, a little more SEXY than the HD!
Once I get approved and have full access, I can't wait to see how y'all are customizing these scooters... and also, how to kill or change a couple things that I dislike about the stock features of the Vegas.
About the Victory I wanna ride:
So here's the deal... my close friend has a 2004 Victory Vegas with 12,ooo on the odometer. He wants $4000. Blue book retail is $5000, trade in $3400... so, I think we're close to a good deal; if I could get him to go the friend price at 3k I would be SOLD SOLD SOLD!! However, he has to get what he can get out of her... so I think he will be stuck around $4000, period.
It has a pop pop pop pop on deceleration, ide and light acceleration. The bike begs for throttle when cold started, but once it's warm runs and idles just fine without any engine hiccups. (Aside from my carb pop...) I think it's running lean, but haven't turned one wrench on her YET.
My buddy was told the pop was because the last owner messed with the pipes.... he isn't engine saavy, but I'm thinking the old owner want her louder and took out the baffles all together.... maybe replaced them with aftermarket, but because of the decel pop I'm thinking they are just NIL.
That being said, does the community here have members who trade and sell parts a lot?? Cause I bet I'll need stock baffles.... depending on what the pipe make is, actually....
But regardless the bike runs strong and I feel that it's an easy fix. Either fudge or change the pipes.... play with the carberator (Lol, this year is a carb model, no?? gosh, actually I don't even know that info yet!!)... or maybe jets, etc... if it's EFI, then I hope it's baffles!!! Can't be too hard tho, right???
Also can anyone point me to where I am start seeing what's being done with the o4 Vegas models as far as customizing?? I would like a 2up bike... that looks badass while solo... the bike is bigger than my sporty, so I could see myself running a fat front tire.... prolly a different size rear than my HD, BUT on the sporty I run a 16" rear and the same 160 16" front! It looks great on a small bike... anyway, I like the fat front look and this bike is bigger so.....
This might be the wrong way, but I could see myself running a smaller tank.... sporty(???!!!???) style tank.... smaller fender than still can take a 2up seat....
And gosh tho, I hate the handlebars, controls and front forks on this bike. I'd love, when $$$ allows, to replace the front forks with something BEEFY; IMO, like the bike should have stock!! A wide glide with thick MM tubes.... holding a fat front tire.
Ok, I'll shutup with this book so far; and hope for some replies.... some pointing to areas of the forum I might like... concerning 2004 Vegas's.... customization.... and my pop pop pop issue.
How easy are these bikes to wrench? Is his asking price OK? Should I pull the trigger? If you HAD to say 2 things u dislike about your Victory, what is it? And, when Victory do you ride???
Thanks - can't wait to dive into this forum, victory's, and hopefully..... my new 2oo4 Vegas!