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Introducing "Me" and my "Judge"

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.

My search:

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
“Judge” decals







RPW Big Slash pipe, black
Power Commander V with Auto Tune
Loydz Torque Tubes



Loydz IAV
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)
HawksHead TPMS
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!

Cheers
 

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Ahoy there Captain! from another sunset red 2013 Judge owner.
I salivated over your entire post. Pure bike porn.
That is a list of goodies to make other Judge riders very envious!

How does that pipe sound?
 

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Howdy Capt- nice bike you have there thumb up
Wow- that is some intro, nicely done.
Stay safe!
 

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So definitely best first post award.

I tried to find an appropriate vid to match the caliber of the post, but no go. I did come across this however. Not in keeping with the post but well... too funny! Welcome.

 

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Ahoy there Captain! from another sunset red 2013 Judge owner.
I salivated over your entire post. Pure bike porn.
That is a list of goodies to make other Judge riders very envious!

How does that pipe sound?
Ahoy there AfterDarker! The Sunset Red is so much nicer than the new red! IMO

Happy to oblige with a bit of "bike porn"...your welcome! ;)

The pipe sounds, looks and performs great...I love it!

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Wow, that's quite the list of goodies for your Judge. I especially like what you did with the suspension, racetech has some great stuff. How do you like the progressive shock with 1 inch more travel?
 

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Pretty Bike.

One question tho- Why the ecu reflash and a PCV with Auto tune?


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Thank you SilentUnicorn!

As for the ECU reflash, good question. It is important to point out the the Lyodz ecu reflash and a stage 1 reflash are a different kettle of fish. The Loydz reflash will mainly increase the rev limit from 5400 rpm to 6400 or 6500 rpm, remove the speed limiter and add +2 degrees of timing throughout the rpm range.

I was originally under the impression that the PC5 would only increase the rev limit to a maximum of an additional 500 rpm but I have since learned that that can actually be increased by contacting Dynojet and have it unlocked for more...oh well!

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So definitely best first post award.

I tried to find an appropriate vid to match the caliber of the post, but no go. I did come across this however. Not in keeping with the post but well... too funny! Welcome.
Thanks for the kind words Pop...appreciated!

That vid is hilarious! That cocky kid got clocked good!

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Wow, that's quite the list of goodies for your Judge. I especially like what you did with the suspension, racetech has some great stuff. How do you like the progressive shock with 1 inch more travel?
Thanks lunaticrider!

The suspension portion was very important to me and the Race Tech additions pretty much took care of the limitations of the damping rod system. They do make some great stuff!

The Progressive shock is also a quality piece of kit and the 1" of additional travel is very noticeable. It also provides a bit more clearance with out noticeably changing the look at the rear.

It handles and rides great, feels very planted and soaks up the bumps in the roads. Very happy!

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Great looking (and set up!) bike, sir!
Thank you OldRoadToad...I am very happy with it!

I have a very good friend in Panama who is a longtime HD rider. He has had the opportunity to ride a Vic in the past and he said that he was very impressed. After riding my Judge, he was blown away! :)
 

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Hey captain!

Fellow canadian sailor judge owner here.

I have ten years in the navy as a sonar/nav technician.

Any openings for a keen young nav tech such as myself? I also have quite a bit of boatswain training as well. I can operate the gear also. Im actually kind of serious. The Navy isnt what it once was. I have been on the fence of getting out for some time.

So what do you say? Looking for some help? Just think about our Judges tearing it up in the off time. Could be awesome.

Mini resume;

-6 months in the gulf of aden working in anti piracy ops.
-proficient in a variety of firearms (in case security is an issue)
-10 years tech experience. 4 years schooling at Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School - If it runs on electricit I can fix it or operate it.
-Love sailing (which i hear is important!)
-Leadship skills a plenty. I have been section head running the department at sea several times acting in positions belonging to ranks above me
-hazmat response qualified
-shipboard flood and fire certified
-Qualified Machinery control room watchkeeper
-Fall arrest and RadHaz representative
-most importantly work hard play hard but never once got charged in foreign port (I always end up being the babysitter)!

Whatta ya say cap? I need 30-60 days to get out of my contract.
 

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Hey captain!

Fellow canadian sailor judge owner here.

I have ten years in the navy as a sonar/nav technician.

Any openings for a keen young nav tech such as myself? I also have quite a bit of boatswain training as well. I can operate the gear also. Im actually kind of serious. The Navy isnt what it once was. I have been on the fence of getting out for some time.

So what do you say? Looking for some help? Just think about our Judges tearing it up in the off time. Could be awesome.

Mini resume;

-6 months in the gulf of aden working in anti piracy ops.
-proficient in a variety of firearms (in case security is an issue)
-10 years tech experience. 4 years schooling at Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School - If it runs on electricit I can fix it or operate it.
-Love sailing (which i hear is important!)
-Leadship skills a plenty. I have been section head running the department at sea several times acting in positions belonging to ranks above me
-hazmat response qualified
-shipboard flood and fire certified
-Qualified Machinery control room watchkeeper
-Fall arrest and RadHaz representative
-most importantly work hard play hard but never once got charged in foreign port (I always end up being the babysitter)!

Whatta ya say cap? I need 30-60 days to get out of my contract.
Hi BigBK,

Firstly, thank you for your service!

You definitely have good training and experience but if you want to cross over to the civilian side (merchant marine), you will have to obtain some merchant marine licencing/certification. Although we operate as a "yacht" for the owner, we can carry up to 40 guests and 55 crew so we have to be registered and certificated as a commercial passenger ship. I would suggest that you head down to the nearest Transport Canada office (Marine Division) and try to speak with an examiner to see what would be required of you to go this route. I am sure that your sea time would be valid but I'm just not sure how your military training crosses over to the merchant side requirements. You might have to write some exams and take some courses (for sure you will have to obtain the STCW Basic courses) but I would expect that you would breeze through.

I am fully crewed, at the moment, but that doesn't mean that I wont need someone with your qualifications in the future. I do carry an Electrical Engineer as well as an ETO/IT/AV guy and all the big yachts do. Also, cruise ships are in need of these types of personnel. IT and AV experience is in big demand in the large yacht industry so if you have it, that's a big plus and if not, I would suggest finding a way to get it.

Let me know if you need anything else and how you get on. Good luck!

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Hi BigBK,

Firstly, thank you for your service!

You definitely have good training and experience but if you want to cross over to the civilian side (merchant marine), you will have to obtain some merchant marine licencing/certification. Although we operate as a "yacht" for the owner, we can carry up to 40 guests and 55 crew so we have to be registered and certificated as a commercial passenger ship. I would suggest that you head down to the nearest Transport Canada office (Marine Division) and try to speak with an examiner to see what would be required of you to go this route. I am sure that your sea time would be valid but I'm just not sure how your military training crosses over to the merchant side requirements. You might have to write some exams and take some courses (for sure you will have to obtain the STCW Basic courses) but I would expect that you would breeze through.

I am fully crewed, at the moment, but that doesn't mean that I wont need someone with your qualifications in the future. I do carry an Electrical Engineer as well as an ETO/IT/AV guy and all the big yachts do. Also, cruise ships are in need of these types of personnel. IT and AV experience is in big demand in the large yacht industry so if you have it, that's a big plus and if not, I would suggest finding a way to get it.

Let me know if you need anything else and how you get on. Good luck!

Cheers
Hey Cap'n,

Missed your reply. I fully understood I'd require some sort of civvy qualifications. All I really know is the Navy and I've begun thinking about how to market my skills civvy side. I am actually going to look into this a bit more. Find out what I need to make a switch to EOT. We have been told that our Engineering school diploma qualifies us for a civvy degree...as long as we pass their test. However I have heard things changed in the past few years and its not as easy to have our courses recognized as it once was.

Again, thinking I need to jump ship (so to speak), but for now its a day dream. We do pretty good after all pay and pension wise...but there were perks to being in the navy on top of those things that made it worth while...more and more those perks are disappearing.
 

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i use that same phone mount, and i'm very happy with it.

for my iphone charger, i just built a sealed adapter for a production cable and ran it under the tank.
 

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We do pretty good after all pay and pension wise
Hey BigBK,

This is something that you have to seriously consider! Unless you will be signed onto a Canadian flagged vessel (none, that I know of in the very large yacht or cruise ship industry), you will not be receiving any pension benefits...no RRSP contributions by your employer and unless you voluntarily pay into CPP, none of that either (not that that is worth much of anything now). The salaries are very good but it will be up to you to invest and plan for retirement.

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Hey BigBK,

This is something that you have to seriously consider! Unless you will be signed onto a Canadian flagged vessel (none, that I know of in the very large yacht or cruise ship industry), you will not be receiving any pension benefits...no RRSP contributions by your employer and unless you voluntarily pay into CPP, none of that either (not that that is worth much of anything now). The salaries are very good but it will be up to you to invest and plan for retirement.

Cheers
Makes sense. I know 15 years isn't THAT long, but it feels like it on this end. Thats all I have left in my contract. And I'll be 48 when I retire. I am totally on the fence for leaving. On one hand money isn't everything, on the other its only 15 more years, on a third hand I love my country and serving it. The Navy gave me 8 good years before the last 2 **** ones. I know the grass is always greener...but every single day I have that bug in my ear sayin "you don't want to do this" and I can't shake it. BUT 15 years! LOL story of so many of us. Livin' the dream, or dreamin to live?
 
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