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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-02-2014, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Default can't really figure out if my bike has motorway done to it

So I bought a used 2006 8 ball, had 5k miles on it and bought it for 5k, but it honestly looked like I just pulled it out of the dealership, probably the cleanest looking bike I've seen, reason I got it so cheap is because the miles were unknown, but the story is that it was a military guy that had less then 300 miles on it and had to get cali registration after buying it from a different state, there is a cali law stating if a out of state motor vehicle is blabla age it has to have bla bla miles on it or you can't get it registered, I checked with a few dealers they said that's a real thing and I looked at the history and it was registered in cali not to long ago with less then 300 miles, so maybe it's true but that is a different story, so I checked the bike out, has new ape hangers with interior wiring, new Avon grips new mirrors , hid headlights, the cool rear turn signals that wrap the end of the fender, pirreli tires, brimbo breaks, s&s intake, bassani turnout exhaust, v3 power commander, fender eliminator kit, and blacked out levers, maybe a few more things, so I got a pretty good deal, question is I noticed the gaskets for heads have a couple tabs that stick out, that have metal rings with wholes in them, kind of looked like an aftermarket gasket... so I wonder if there is engine work done? How do I know?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-02-2014, 06:33 AM
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How good a wrench are you?
How much money do you want to spend to find out what was done?

Get a manual. Free here. Search Bbob and any of his posts carry a link to manuals in the sig line. Maybe there's one he doesn't have and it's yours, but I doubt it.
Check compression with a compression tester. That's about a hundred invested and you should have one anyway.
Change oil and read and understand the story that the oil tells you. That's something that you should just do as a matter of course even if you have been assured that the oil is freshly changed. 75 bucks.
Now you have a clean motor that breaths healthily find the nearest Victory savvy mechanic and take motorcycle to that person for dyno runs and adjustments. There are a handfull of noted pros whose skills are well known and who are referred to on these forums regularly. I don't know where you are or where you are willing to go. A local guy with rollers can dial it in but his ear likely isn't going to be as good as a Victory specialist.
A good technical mechanic will know at a glance some of the engine history and configuration. The dyno report will give him comparative data that he can use to provide more info about engine and health. Bring a lunch and a credit card.

Alternately, pull top end off and pay Starret thousands for indicatorrs, bridges and outside mics,, polish up high school math and measure, measure, measure.

You could just check compression and change oil and then ride around with a huge silly grin on your fface from being on a great bike and getting it for a great price. Then, if you suffer from the same disease that the previous owner and many of the guys on this forum are stricken with, you can learn about modifications, check yourself to see whether they are in place and then get the ones you fancy, dump the ones you don't and then get the dyno treatment to make it all play nice together.

One of the reasons that you don't know these things is lack of paper on the bike. It's also one of the reasons that you got a clean bike cheap. A paper trail typically has a price attached to it. So for less money you know less. Find out about the health, ride the hell out of it and the answers will come in time.

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Do you have photos. Don't pull on the gaskets if you can cut them off with a razor blade

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