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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-23-2018, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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I just picked up a Black 2014 XC with around 22,000 miles 4 days ago.(Santa came a few days early) Since this is my 1st Victory is there certain things I should do/look for/etc.?
It's got the Tri-Oval exhaust and I do get some decel popping but other than that is seems to run great.
I have been looking/dreaming at the XC for some time I really like the looks and can't believe I finally have one.
Things I've noticed:
-The clutch pull is stiffer than my VStar even though I had heavy duty clutch springs on the VStar.
-The previous owner had fat grips that I might change. I have big hands but these grips....
-Bag lid rattle.

If you picked up a similar bike what would your do immediately and what would your do with-in the fist 6 months? ( I will change the oil next week)
I usually ride about 7,000 miles a year mostly commuting in SoCal.
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Change oil. Give it a look over for the usual things in used bikes.
Ride it.

You can get a cover for the clutch arm that supposed to make it easier to pull. Many say Barnett cables pull easier too.
I prefer stock grips prior owner to mine had them wrapped to be thicker.
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Since most of the regulars here are taking the holidays off, I'll help you out. Firstly, you are going really like your choice as you made a very good one. Vic Cross bikes are super dependable, comfortable, handle well and are easy to maintain as they require very little attention. Here's my list of to-do's for you....
+ Read the manual, especially the parts about clutch cable adjustment and checking the oil level.
+ Check the clutch cable adjustment.
+ I did what IndyVic recommends; installed both an easy-pull and a Barnett cable and my clutch pull is like that of a 250. If you do that, make certain the lower end of the cable is in perfect alignment with the sheath. I had to shim the support using washers.
+ Most here use Rotella T-6 oil, myself included. Works a lot better for me than the Vic oil.
+ The 106 engine loves to rev, so don't think you are babying it by keeping the revs low. Grab shifts at well over 3K. Use lower gears in the twisties to keep revs over 3500 rpm's. Never ride 'er below 3K.
+ Decel popping can be minimized by minimizing throttle movement and preloading the shifter.
+ Never air up the rear shock with compressor air, only use a shock hand pump and psi according to the label in the case lid.
+ Air up tires to 38-40 front, 40-42 rear.
+ Case lids can be tightened by moving the fixed loop downward. If not enough travel, elongate the holes with a file. Note, in the right case, where the loop comes in contact with the latch and if there is a notch in the aluminum, bend or move the loop to relieve the pressure.
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Thanks Indy and RICZ, These will be things I'll work on over the next week or so. Love the bike and dependability is one of the main reasons I finally went Victory. This summer I have plans to ride to Northern California and I'm pretty excited to have the XC to do it with.
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Northern CA has Highway 36 and 92. Two of the pretty challenging roads up there. The scenery ain't too bad either.
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Hello There,

I'm only a few weeks ahead of you on this journey. So far so good while stepping from a Vstar 950 to a 2012 CCT.

So far I've given it a good bath, changed the oil, ridden it a hundred miles or so. It is winter here after all. I'm going to like this bike. I did Lube the ends of the clutch cable which was needed.

I do have a question on the air adjustment. Do I need to go out and buy a special hand pump or can I use the hand pump I have for bicycle tires? I don't see any danger of overloading it? Sorry to hijack you thread but it seems to be on topic.
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That special hand pump has a no-loss Shrader valve connector, whereas a bicycle pump doesn't. Just one tiny psst when removing the hose equals a big loss in pressure. Amazon and eBay have 'em in the low $20 range. It's best to have one.
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Northern CA has Highway 36 and 92. Two of the pretty challenging roads up there. The scenery ain't too bad either.
SR 92? SF Bay Area to Half Moon Bay on the coast? Or are you thinking SR 96 in the "far north" part of Cali?

SR 36 & SR 96 are in close proximity to one another (my neck of the woods). And yes, they are indeed scenic.

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Here in SoCal I'll take a few runs on Hwy 79 to Julian or cut off a little sooner and run to Borrego Springs. I used to make these runs a long time ago. Of course we also have the Ortega Hwy but it gets a little crazy with all the sport bikes on the weekends. I have plenty of places to "practice"
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Hello There,

I'm only a few weeks ahead of you on this journey. So far so good while stepping from a Vstar 950 to a 2012 CCT.

So far I've given it a good bath, changed the oil, ridden it a hundred miles or so. It is winter here after all. I'm going to like this bike. I did Lube the ends of the clutch cable which was needed.

I do have a question on the air adjustment. Do I need to go out and buy a special hand pump or can I use the hand pump I have for bicycle tires? I don't see any danger of overloading it? Sorry to hijack you thread but it seems to be on topic.
I bought this hand pump from Amazon for $28. I saw it recommended in the forum. Fox Racing Shox Shock Pump 027-00-007 - 150 Psi Max. It should get here later this week.
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