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I am Brad and I just recently bought an '11 Victory Vegas 8-ball. I previously owned a sportsbike but wanted to try a cruiser. So what are some of the mods one can do to this bike from a performance standpoint. I already have the Victory swept pipes (Stage 1) on order but what else can one do? I hope this forum is as helpful as other forums I have been on for other vehicles.
 

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Welcome Victory Forums.

A couple of pointers. Please take the time to read the “Sticky” threads in the “Victory Forums Rules and New Members Introductions” forum. This will help you out a LOT with the Victory Forums.

The Search feature is your friend! You will find the answers to a lot of your questions by using it.

If you are asking questions that are of a technical/mechanical/electrical/performance nature, please place them in the “Victory Tech and Performance” forum. This will speed up a response. Placing them in the model specific forum can delay a response.

Please add the year and model of your bike to your signature, so we know how to help when you ask a question!






Now that I've done the copy and paste and highlighted in red how to find most answers I will give you the place to go for performance.


Lloydz is the performance shop. Also Arizona Victory is now selling a turbo system for our bikes.



http://quickvic-usa.com/
 

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I am Brad and I just recently bought an '11 Victory Vegas 8-ball. I previously owned a sportsbike but wanted to try a cruiser. So what are some of the mods one can do to this bike from a performance standpoint. I already have the Victory swept pipes (Stage 1) on order but what else can one do? I hope this forum is as helpful as other forums I have been on for other vehicles.
Air box, pipes...best way to start...Bikes are de-tuned when you buy it...you can improve quite a bit from stock with simple mods...when you start getting a little more serious then you go to cams and last but far from least engine work....Have fun and welcome to "the family" cheers
 

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Hi Brad, welcome to the fold!

I was in the same position, my Hammer S is my 1st cruiser coming from my Gixxer (which I still own and love).

A few things to note...

Any inputs you make to a sportbike yields IMMEDIATE response, so you're used to making slight adjustments as far as seat position, peg weighting, countersteering inputs, leaning and whatnot. A cruiser needs more input and is slower to respond.

If you nudge the bars on a sportbike, the bike will flick and head into your turn, on a cruiser you need to give it more input and lean harder to get it started.

Typically you'd expect poorer performance from a cruisers brakes coming from a rocket, but our bikes have incredible brakes, and in the case of the more performance oriented Victory bikes with Brembos... they are even grabbier.

You'll rely more on your rear brake now than you do ona rocket. Actually, you rarely ever touch the rear brake on a rocket, and even if you do... standing on it rarely makes much of a difference LOL. On these bikes you need to use the rear to stabilize the bike, tighten the suspension in lower speed manuevering, and assist in stopping. Again, the rear brake on a Victory works tremendously well, so be wary of this so you don't lock it up!

You also lack a slipper clutch now. Be mindful of this on aggressive downshifting.

As was suggested to me (and I am sooo thankful for), I will suggest to you... hit up amazon.com and order the DVD "Ride Like a Pro 5" (you won't need 1-4 as those are added to this newer volume), and it will greatly aid you in understanding the unique dynamics of your new cruiser and make you more confident making tight turns on a bike that weighs almost twice what you're accustomed to.



As far as performance goes, I hate to tell you, but you've actually LOST performance with your new exhaust. I did too because I prefer the look and sound of the 2-into-2 exhaust, but 2-into-1 is the only way to gain performance exhauxt-wise on our bikes.

I haven't added much in the way of performance to my own bike yet, so I will defer to the experts here on what you should be looking at. Diamond has already given you gold in his post above though.


One thing I know that I appreciated hopping onto my Hammer was the transmission smoothness. Leaps and bounds above my Gixxer, and it actually PREFERS clutchless upshifts, even moreso than my Gixxer.
 
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