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Guys, just came back from a 2 hour ride and the hammer performed absolutely flawlessly.... No pops, no nothing except strong accelerations and perfect cruising.

Took a few weeks, but I've learned that the 106 hates to be shifted at lower RPM than 3500, and does not like cruising under 2000 rpms. So I 've learned to choose the gear accordingly.

I had a tendency to shift early to avoid my exhaust making too much noise, but fack it B-)

This brings me to my question..... It is 40 Celcius here today, or 104 Fahrenheit. I was driving country roads and highway today, but once I got back in the city, I fealth immense heat coming from the engine and exhaust and it got me worried as to what can the Hammer take in this weather, waiting at traffic lights.. That can last 3-4 minutes before take-off???

Not that I have any intentions to do so, but how do the Victory engines fair in heavy summer traffic commutes??

My VTX was liquid cooled, so in such heat, the fan would come on when I wouldn't be moving to keep the engine cool.

The Vic is my first ever air cooled motorcycle.

Thanks...

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I'm in Houston Texas so my bike sees plenty of triple digit days. I've sat at lights and been stuck in stop and go traffic with the dash reading up to 118F and have not had any issues. I don't try to stay and stop and go traffic and will filter if possible but there have been plenty of times I was just stuck in it.
 

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I'm in Houston Texas so my bike sees plenty of triple digit days. I've sat at lights and been stuck in stop and go traffic with the dash reading up to 118F and have not had any issues. I don't try to stay and stop and go traffic and will filter if possible but there have been plenty of times I was just stuck in it.
Oh cool pun intended... very nice and relieving to hear... Thanks.

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Lots of mods?

Did you just get it? Sounds like it is possibly running lean. Have you got a programmer on it? Power CommanderV, or something else. My XRs I can shift below 3500 rpms, really likes 3000 rpms, and I can cruise along at 2500 rpms, no problem. I actually can cruise along below that I just do not accelerate to hard, kick it down a gear if I need to get on it harder.
 

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Did you just get it? Sounds like it is possibly running lean. Have you got a programmer on it? Power CommanderV, or something else. My XRs I can shift below 3500 rpms, really likes 3000 rpms, and I can cruise along at 2500 rpms, no problem. I actually can cruise along below that I just do not accelerate to hard, kick it down a gear if I need to get on it harder.
Yeah, new to me got going on a month. I meant to say that I got to know it and it drives awesome.B-)

As for running lean, I doubt it cause my plugs did not look like the operated in lean conditions.

Just asking about overheating in traffic.


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Yeah, new to me got going on a month. I meant to say that I got to know it and it drives awesome.B-)

As for running lean, I doubt it cause my plugs did not look like the operated in lean conditions.

Just asking about overheating in traffic.


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You're fine. Both of my Vics are the same as yours. Best normal shifting is 3-3.5k, having fun +4.5k. They don't like putting around under 2k....while they'll do it.....they don't like it.
 

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You're fine. Both of my Vics are the same as yours. Best normal shifting is 3-3.5k, having fun +4.5k. They don't like putting around under 2k....while they'll do it.....they don't like it.
Exactly what meant to say... I I stand corrected, I just looked at my rpm gauge and it is over 3000 and up that it prefers to be shifted at, and not 3500.

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Avoid stop and go traffic in that kind of heat will help if you can.
When stuck at a stop light get it into neutral so you don't burn up the clutch
 

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Dahammer I don't think that you have to worry about heat with the Vicks. I rode in a motorcycle demonstration through Washington DC in the summer with a few thousand bikes all stop n go and sitting at lights. The fellow that I was riding with was on a Honda Valkyrie and at one point he was at the near overheat point. My 09 Jackpot was ready for more and gave me no problem at all. Don't worry about the heat and enjoy the ride. MikeR
 

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Dahammer I don't think that you have to worry about heat with the Vicks. I rode in a motorcycle demonstration through Washington DC in the summer with a few thousand bikes all stop n go and sitting at lights. The fellow that I was riding with was on a Honda Valkyrie and at one point he was at the near overheat point. My 09 Jackpot was ready for more and gave me no problem at all. Don't worry about the heat and enjoy the ride. MikeR
Excellent, thanks\m/

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Dahammer, 106s are air/oil cooled and designed to take hot running. That heat you feel at stops comes, in part, from the cats - they get screaming hot.
Shifting improves with smoother and quieter shifts if you preload the shifter.
 

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Guys, just came back from a 2 hour ride and the hammer performed absolutely flawlessly.... No pops, no nothing except strong accelerations and perfect cruising.

Took a few weeks, but I've learned that the 106 hates to be shifted at lower RPM than 3500, and does not like cruising under 2000 rpms. So I 've learned to choose the gear accordingly.

I had a tendency to shift early to avoid my exhaust making too much noise, but fack it B-)

This brings me to my question..... It is 40 Celcius here today, or 104 Fahrenheit. I was driving country roads and highway today, but once I got back in the city, I fealth immense heat coming from the engine and exhaust and it got me worried as to what can the Hammer take in this weather, waiting at traffic lights.. That can last 3-4 minutes before take-off???

Not that I have any intentions to do so, but how do the Victory engines fair in heavy summer traffic commutes??

My VTX was liquid cooled, so in such heat, the fan would come on when I wouldn't be moving to keep the engine cool.

The Vic is my first ever air cooled motorcycle.

Thanks...
A couple of weeks ago, when heading out on our 2K mile trip, our first leg took us through Phoenix right at high noon rush hour, stop-and-go traffic, all freeway, no less. Ambient temp was about 109F. Digital thermometer on Christine hung around the 117-119 mark.

Took us an hour-and-a-half to travel a mere 45 miles through Phoenix, north to south. That was the most miserable part of our journey. Man was it hot.

Now, this being the first air/oil cooled scoot I ever owned, I was extremely worried that Christine would overheat, and put a serious damper on our travel plans. She handled it like a trooper, and stayed cool, calm, and collected.

I knew, right then and there, that I would never have to worry about her overheating. Now the missus and I were a different story; that brutal heat just kicked our butts.

Take care and ride safe.
 
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