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Well CRAP!! I just got back from delivering my new bike back to the dealership with just over 1,000 miles. Saturday nite the check engine light came on and stayed on. Everything seems to be running fine other than that annoying light blaring at me.

A couple of weeks ago I did have to pull over and yank the battery cover off to tighten up the positive terminal. I was getting a rude hiccup and as I suspected the battery wasn't as tight as it should have been, that solved that problem.

Saturday morning I gave the bike a bath but didn't do anything unusual and I would assume that by 2300 that nite everything would have dried out but who knows, I might have got something wet that didn't like being wet.

At any rate they're gonna plug it in and see what's what. It sucks because my other bike (a chopper) spun the transmission mainshaft bearing and I've been ignoring it 'cause I got a purty new XC to putt around on. I guess it's time to put the chopper up on the lift and fix the thing but who wants to ride a rigid when you've got a rocking chair bike?
 

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Did you happen to notice what the code was?
 

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I didn't see a code. I do remember something in the manual about being able to bring up the code on the new bikes but figured there wasn't anything I could do about it anyway other than take it back to the shop.

All in all I like the new fuel injected bikes, I've been on one since 2006 but the bikes did give you some options when it came to fixing it yourself.
 

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If the check engine light comes on again it will show a code. If you keep riding it will go away on the dash but you can toggle through and the code will come up as long as you don't shut the bike off. Once the bike is off the code goes away. YOu mentioned tightening the positive cable on the battery did you check the negative also? I had an similar issue link below.

http://www.victoryforums.com/36-victory-tech-performance-section/177993-stalling-problem-check-engine-error-codes-information.html
 

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You what???...you washed it!:eek...washed a Victory!.....some do I suppose:|
do so at your peril....personally mine gets washed when it rains, it tolerates rain.
As for forced water out of a hose or God forbid a pressure washer AAAAARRGH!:eek...NO WAY!

Personally I just give my machine a wipe down with waterless cleaner and a microfibre towel, before I ride it...its not a show bike.:smile

lets see your chopper...We like choppers!
 

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Subscribed Foto Joe, hope the dealer can fix it and share the problem with us?

Andre
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So first up yes I checked both battery cables and the positive was the only one that wasn't up to snuff.

I picked the bike up from the dealership yesterday, I actually had a buddy of mine who rides an early 90's BMW GS1000 take it over and pick it up. He's doing everything he can to convince himself that dumping his old dirt bike that never leaves the pavement and buying a Victory would be a bad idea...but I digress.

The codes found were an O2 sensor short which occurred one time and an IAC (Intake Air Control) that had faulted four times. Both errors were historical and neither were in fault when I brought it in. According to the service manager he's not too worried about the O2 fault and figures it's a side effect of the IAC fault. He said that they've never replaced an O2 sensor but the IAC has had some issues. At any rate, he said it "could" have been from washing the bike but he doubts it. If it does it again they'll stick a new IAC in it (which they don't have in stock) and we'll be done with it.

When one of the mechanics brought the bike around front I noticed a blaring red light on the dash as he went by, so much for getting out of the parking lot. We went back inside and the IAC is now on order and I'm back on the bike with the damn red light blasting in my face, a piece of electrical tape might be in order prior to next week when the part comes in.

Now to head off the comments regarding the O2 sensors: They are connected, they will stay connected and I will not screw with the emissions system or mechanical side of this bike thinking that I can outsmart the engineers who designed it. It's got more than enough power and I'm more into reliability than hot rodding another engine. (See below)

The bike pictured below is what's left of my 1988 Electra Glide after 155,000 miles and three engines. My brother and I stripped the Glide in 2008 and used what ever parts we could to build this old school chopper. Originally I wanted a girder front end but I got out voted by my brother. On the other hand I did get my foot clutch put on it but I out voted myself after about two years and went back to a hand clutch.

The motor I built in 2002 for the Glide which was a sleeper. It's 89cu (you don't need a monster motor to make power) with 10.2:1 compression, a .560 lift cam pushing roller rockers (max EVO stock spring lift is .475), open reverse megaphone 2:1 Thunder Header, dry Barnett Clutch driven by a 3" open belt and dual main jet S&S Super E carb. The bike weighs in at 460 pounds and dyno's out at 115 HP. By the way it was designed and built to run on 97+ Octane leaded fuel simply because where I was living in AZ almost every gas station sold AV Gas because of all the hot rod boats.

When it was in my Glide it would pull the front wheel off the ground on a first gear roll on if my wife was on the back, she didn't like that by the way. Installed in the chopper it is absolutely obnoxious and a little scary to ride if you get into it. I've set the rev limiter back down to 5,600 rpm simply to save the motor since we just finished doing another overhaul on it last summer.

So there's the chopper for those of you who wanted to see it. By the way it's for sale and the ask is $7,000. And this is why I won't screw with the Victory, I just want to ride.
 

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Now to head off the comments regarding the O2 sensors: They are connected, they will stay connected and I will not screw with the emissions system or mechanical side of this bike thinking that I can outsmart the engineers who designed it. It's got more than enough power and I'm more into reliability than hot rodding another engine.
Gee, that sounds familiar. Seems I said that very thing when I drove it home from the dealer. :D :D

Cool chopper, enjoy your rides :)
 

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Gee, that sounds familiar. Seems I said that very thing when I drove it home from the dealer. :D :D

Cool chopper, enjoy your rides :)

So did I but I seem to have lost that fight.
 

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You've got 9 years 11 months left to get that part....

Won't make me sell my CCT though! Prices here are getting pretty low for brand new bikes....Dealers actually think once they are all gone prices will go back up some on the used ones.

Try and find new engine parts for Gold Wing 1500! My local Honda/Vic dealer doesn't even work on some bikes over 10 years old, and I'm talking Hondas!!!
 

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Won't make me sell my CCT though! Prices here are getting pretty low for brand new bikes....Dealers actually think once they are all gone prices will go back up some on the used ones.

Try and find new engine parts for Gold Wing 1500! My local Honda/Vic dealer doesn't even work on some bikes over 10 years old, and I'm talking Hondas!!!
I think so too. They will/have dived a bit but I too think the prices will return and stabilize.

Harley doesn't work on anything over 10 years old either. I guess they don't stock the parts and don't even train new techs to work on them.
 

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Think of the bright side Joe. In the time you went through three engines on your HD the odds look like you'll still be riding and smiling on the Vic.

By the way, there's certainly no problem leaving the bike as built because they are still lots of fun as is. However, the O2 sensors and timing setup are a result of meeting the EPA requirements, not because they facilitated the best design of the engine basics.
 
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