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Hey there all,

About 2 weeks ago I purchesed my first Victory... a XC 8-Ball! I love the bike... I have already put about 700 miles on it.

Today, I started to pack up (believe it or not... I hadn't really checked out the bags that much up to now). I was taken back when I realized that in order to shut the bag fully, I had to sort of lift up on the lid, and sort of fold it over to get it to latch. If I just swung the lid shut, it would close sort of cock-eyed, and not latch.

I was out and about and stopped at a Victory dealership to have the mechanics/warranty folks take a look at it.

I big guy with a Harley shirt on came out to take a look at it (honestly... who the hell works at a Victory dealership/shop and wear's a Harley shirt to work?). He looked it over, went and got a list of bulletins that had to do with the XC, and came to the conclusion that it was just the nature of the beast. Another guy that was helping us said that it was common.

I just wanted to run it by the folks on this forum to see if others have had this experience. The left side seemed to do it more than the right side (although they both seem to do it to some degree).

Am I just being anal?

FWIW... the Harley guy said that he had bought an Ultra Classic earlier this year, and that after a few months he started noticing some things on the bike that seemed a little 'cheesy'.

Like me, he was taken back by it...
 

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First off; congrats on a very good choice of bikes. Secondly; before addressing your lid issue, do make damn certain the Dzus fasteners that secure the bags to the bike are positively latched. Don't ever be casual about twisting those little devils. Now the lids: Sometimes I have to hold my mouth just right to latch the lids, not as much as you do though. Depending on how they are loaded, sometimes it helps to pressure a knee against the case a bit.
There is some adjusting that can be done, particularly on the loops affixed to the inside of the cases, but not much else. I had more difficulty when my bike was new, but after 5-1/2+years, those lids know who is the boss.
 

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Sounds like something isn't adjust right to me but of course I'd have to physically see it to be sure. Sometimes you can loosen the hinge bolts and adjust it bit so it closes better and there has been a fix for the latch. Look for wear and tear on where the U piece mates up with the latch itself. They can wear right on through if not properly adjusted or fixed.

Here are some threads you can go over for more info.

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The bags are plastic remember. If they are loaded they can spead out a bit. I am not saying this is the problem you are having, but I do know with my bike if I tend to overload the bags I have to take my knee and push in on the side, flex it inward to get the lid to close.... A side note. Get some black silicone and put it in the hinge holes on the ends of the lid, this helps keep the pin from coming out of the lid. Jamming on here recently lost one of his hinge pins. Somebody mentioned this trick on this website a long time ago. I got some good black silicone and used if shortly after buying the bike and have not had any problems with the hinge pin coming out. Also some people get rid of the twist bolts(duetz) that hold the bags on and install regular bolts, so the bags do not fall off or get lost as easy.:frown
 

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The bags are plastic remember. If they are loaded they can spead out a bit. I am not saying this is the problem you are having, but I do know with my bike if I tend to overload the bags I have to take my knee and push in on the side, flex it inward to get the lid to close.... A side note. Get some black silicone and put it in the hinge holes on the ends of the lid, this helps keep the pin from coming out of the lid. Jamming on here recently lost one of his hinge pins. Somebody mentioned this trick on this website a long time ago. I got some good black silicone and used if shortly after buying the bike and have not had any problems with the hinge pin coming out. Also some people get rid of the twist bolts(duetz) that hold the bags on and install regular bolts, so the bags do not fall off or get lost as easy.:frown
Good advice right there... thanks! Yeah, I made sure that the bags weren't loaded when I was checking them out. And the folks at the dealership checked on bulletins concerning the bags, and only found the latch issue. I guess I'll just learn to live with it. I just wanted to make sure that it wasn't something that I should be overly concerned with. I will take the advice you fine folks have given me, and carry on!

Thank you all!
 
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