Greetings to all!
I can hardly believe that I am finally getting around to writing and posting this but better late than never. For those of you that are on multiple Vic forums, you will see this post on the Big 3!
So to start, a little about myself:
My name is Brent and I am a Canadian but have been residing in Panama for many years. I am a Master Mariner, which means that I can command any size and type of ship, anywhere in the world. I previously worked on various types and sizes of commercial ships but in 2006, I switched over and started driving very large mega-yachts, for the very rich. Here is a photo of the yacht that I’m currently in command of. And no, I cannot tell you who owns it or I would have to track you down and terminate you (in my contract!)!
I started racing motocross in my teens and competed into my 20’s and advanced to expert class in the 125cc, 250cc and Open classes. I also started riding on the street and owned various British and Japanese bikes, my favorite of which was a 750 Norton Commando. I then had a bit of a break in my ownership of any bikes but have still been able to ride friend’s bikes such as the V-Rod, V-Max, Street Glide, etc. A few years back, I started toying with the idea of purchasing another bike and I started looking at all the usual suspects and discovered Victory’s. When I saw an ad for the then newly introduced “Judge”, I knew that was what I wanted.
I started researching and discovered the forums and have since been reading and studying all about Victory’s and more specifically the Judge. These forums have been a huge source of information and the ideas started to come together…thank you all for the input that you provide the newbies and veterans alike!
One of the biggest hurdles that I faced, was the fact that there isn’t a Victory dealer in Panama so the only option for me, if I was going to be a Victory owner, was to purchase in the US and ship to Panama. A big part of my research was the dealer network in Florida. Due to the fact that I have been jumping out of airplanes since 1968 and that I have dear friends in Deland, FL (one of the skydiving mecca’s of the world) and I spend a lot of time there, I concentrated my dealer search in that area. To my delight, I discovered that two of the most reputable dealers in the US, were located close by: Volusia Motor Sports in New Smyrna Beach FL and Polaris of Gainesville in, you guessed it, Gainesville FL (I lucked out having those two options nearby).
New Smyrna Beach is only 20 minutes from where I was staying whereas Gainesville was more like an hour so my first stop and as it turns out, my last stop, was Volusia Motor Sports (VMS). As soon as I met Andy and his staff and saw their passion for Victory’s, I knew that I didn’t need to go any further afield. I’m sure that I would have had a great experience with Polaris of Gainesville but VMS was just so much more convenient to me.
Andy and I had a good conversation about my wants and needs and a plan was put together. I had decided that I was going to have all the mods done and accessories added before the bike left the US and as I was soon to return overseas for work, Andy would find me a bike and order the Vic accessories and I would order and ship all the aftermarket stuff to them for installation and testing. This was a bit of a process but finally I arrived back in Deland on the 10th of Oct/13. All the work had not yet been completed so had fun hanging out with my friends and shopping for some new riding gear. Once everything was complete, it was time to ride and break the bike in and then also enjoy Biketoberfest. I then had VMS do the 500 mile service and then it was time to ride it down to south Florida, crate it and put it on a ship to Panama!
Whew, this has turned into a bit of a dissertation, hasn’t it!
Anyway, now it is on to the star of the post, my Judge with some photos (not the greatest) and a list of the mods and accessories:
2013 Sunset Red Judge
Forward foot controls
2” pullback bars, black
L&R backrest, black (couldn’t get the black spools so got the titanium ones)
L&R medium fly windscreen
Black comfort grips (essentially ISO’s)
Highway bars, chrome (will Plastidip black)
Soft lowers for above
Speedo features unlock
RPW Big Slash pipe, black
Power Commander V with Auto Tune
Loydz Torque Tubes
Loydz ¼ turn throttle ring
Loydz ECU reflash
Loydz timing wheel (set at +4 and with the +2 with the ECU reflash, total +6)
Loydz exhaust gaskets
K&P oil filter from Witchdoctors
Magnetic drain plug from Witchdoctors
Witchdoctor 2 pc oil dipstick (and no, it does not leak oil onto my pipes!)
Digital Guard Dog
Screaming Banshee horn (the original is still part of the system and is mounted under the tank)
Race Tech Gold Cartridge Emulators (for the forks)
Race Tech high performance fork springs (90kg/mm)
Rach Tech 15w fork oil
Progressive Suspension 465 series shock (1” longer travel than stock)
Centramatic wheel balancers
Lyndall Gold+ brake pads
RoadLok disc lock (had to install a 2” longer brake line)
Breakaway cruise control
Vibranator handle bar vibration reducers
Air Hawk seat pad
3BR Powersports waterproof USB socket (for my IPhone)
3BR Powersports waterproof Barrel socket (for my GPS)
Signal Dynamics headlight modulator (will replace this with HID’s when the kit becomes available)
Signal Dynamics BackOff XP brake light module
Signal Dynamics AYN licence plate bracket, with LED’s (this is very cool)
Bikers Friend XL bag
Tour Master Cruiser III large sissybar bag
Tour Master Cruiser III Xlarge box saddlebags
mmm, for some reason, I keep thinking that I’m forgetting something!!! Hahaha But, I think that’s enough, for now. The only other things that will come is to manufacture a removable luggage rack to attach to the backrest, the aforementioned HID headlight kit and I think that I am going to try the Traction Control Braking (TCB) system out.
Everything works very well together and the bike is very fast, lot’s of torque through out the power band, very quick throttle response and handles and rides beautifully. It is a blast to ride and I am looking forward to my next leave so that I can leave all my HD riding buddies back in Panama, in my dust!
I would like to end by giving a big shout out to Andy, Amber, Jeff, Tina and the rest of the crew at Volusia Motor Sports. They put a lot of effort into making my project a reality and it was a pleasure dealing with them. If anyone out there is looking for a good dealer experience, you will find it at VMS.
One more thing, because this post turned into a novel and is so long, I would suggest that if you are planning a reply, don’t quote the post or at least don’t quote the whole thing!