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I'm new to the Highball, but I'm an experienced rider that rides around 20,000 miles annually, and I ride more aggressive than average. My initial experience on my Highball is that I'm dragging the pegs really bad.

My last bike was a Harley Fat Bob that ended up raised 3/4" in the rear and about 1" in the front to give me additional clearance for this style of riding, and extra leg room for me as a 6'3" rider.

Has anyone done this "club-style" lifted mods on a Highball? Any suggestions on where to start looking at options? I'm a machinist by trade, and I'm not opposed to dis-assemble and R&D if needed, but didn't want to rework something that someone else had already done.
 

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I'm new to the Highball, but I'm an experienced rider that rides around 20,000 miles annually, and I ride more aggressive than average. My initial experience on my Highball is that I'm dragging the pegs really bad.

My last bike was a Harley Fat Bob that ended up raised 3/4" in the rear and about 1" in the front to give me additional clearance for this style of riding, and extra leg room for me as a 6'3" rider.

Has anyone done this "club-style" lifted mods on a Highball? Any suggestions on where to start looking at options? I'm a machinist by trade, and I'm not opposed to dis-assemble and R&D if needed, but didn't want to rework something that someone else had already done.
Yeah know what you mean, my Vegas is having its pegs,peg mounts, exhaust, exhaust bracket bolt, and sidestand worn down,....I've adjusted my riding style on reccomendation from forum members to shift my weight more and hang off the bike a bit.
Moving my weight around has stopped it to a point but I just accept the fact it scrapes and ride accordingly.
It is a cruiser after all not a Ducati or an R1
From what I've heard the Cross bikes have much better ground clearance so maybe youd be better off moving up to one instead of spending time and money trying to make something do what it was never intended to.
Ill keep watching this thread though.
 

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The Kingpin shock will go right on and give you 2" more travel. Rollin made some raising links for his Vegas a while back. Those mods would not only give you more cornerinig clearence, they would give quicker turn in due to reduced rake.
 

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What the.....is this Highball week, like Shark week or what?

Tav are you seeing this?

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I am! Is Victory starting to get some momentum again? I hope so!
 

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The Kingpin shock will go right on and give you 2" more travel. Rollin made some raising links for his Vegas a while back. Those mods would not only give you more cornerinig clearence, they would give quicker turn in due to reduced rake.
someone already tried to lead me down that path but wouldnt back it up with measurements..heres my post http://www.victoryforums.com/showthread.php?t=107769&highlight=vegas+too+low
steel frame cruisers only have 2 length shocks the normal 368mm
and the lower 355mm
heres another attempt for info
http://www.victoryforums.com/showthread.php?t=107657&highlight=vegas+too+low
and another
http://www.victoryforums.com/showthread.php?t=60409&highlight=vegas+too+low

if you get through all that you'll see in the end I came to the conclusion the Kingpin info was just crap.
I took the offer of a Progressive shock and find it LOTS better than stock, and if you wind up the preload for minimal sag you'll get the best clearance you're gonna get...the rest is adjusting your riding style as well as wearing down the bits that drag.
Or buy a Cross bike they have a lot more clearance and better rear suspension.
or a Ducati or an R1
 

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I am! Is Victory starting to get some momentum again? I hope so!
This is an old post from September (look at the date), and Vic never lost momentum it just keeps on building.
 

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taller+ better

for your riding style a better as well as taller shock would do well as most OE shocks are not so good. give Penske a call + depending on your budget you can get a built for you with a little of full adjustability, in other words a shock that works!!
 

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Correct me if I'm wrong but the HB is an inch lower than the Vegas its based on. Just put it back to stock spec and you will be fine :)
 

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We never heard back from Cornbred..is he still around?
Hope he didnt overcook it scraping through turns.
One inch higher a la Vegas would be better and my new Progressive is light years ahead of stock.
Was watching local heavy band Sabotage at Tyalgum pub on Sunday and had to be back at the shed by 5
had a great one up ride, its set a tad harder on preload for two up but solo and riding determinedly it just all flowed together into a smooth 40 minute waltz through the mountains.

ps I'll try and see if there's a clip of them on YouTube
Chick singer of a ballsy rockin band that plays ACDC and Sabbath and the like.
Great fuel for a ride!
 

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Well to update this thread, I just figured out the best option to lift the rear of my highball. After review of some old suspension info, the Kingpins which are essentially the same bike had a rear shock that was 1/2" longer and also had 1" more rear suspension travel. I ended up getting one of the longer rear shocks from eBay and installed them. It gave me about another 1-1/2" of rear height, and first ride out, it handles much more aggressively, and less prone to drag pegs when cornering hard.

All that said, I love it. It handles like a true club bike should.
 

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Well to update this thread, I just figured out the best option to lift the rear of my highball. After review of some old suspension info, the Kingpins which are essentially the same bike had a rear shock that was 1/2" longer and also had 1" more rear suspension travel. I ended up getting one of the longer rear shocks from eBay and installed them. It gave me about another 1-1/2" of rear height, and first ride out, it handles much more aggressively, and less prone to drag pegs when cornering hard.

All that said, I love it. It handles like a true club bike should.
Interesting....just out of curiosity what does the shock measure eye to eye?
Also whats it measure from level ground to lowest part of frame rail
 

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Interesting....just out of curiosity what does the shock measure eye to eye?
Also whats it measure from level ground to lowest part of frame rail
I'm interested in hearing this answer as well. I am desperate for some more cornering clearance. The Vic motor helps with the transition from sportbikes, but the cornering is killing me!
 

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Well to update this thread, I just figured out the best option to lift the rear of my highball. After review of some old suspension info, the Kingpins which are essentially the same bike had a rear shock that was 1/2" longer and also had 1" more rear suspension travel. I ended up getting one of the longer rear shocks from eBay and installed them. It gave me about another 1-1/2" of rear height, and first ride out, it handles much more aggressively, and less prone to drag pegs when cornering hard.



All that said, I love it. It handles like a true club bike should.

What is a club bike???
 

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Club bike is kind of a general term to describe the style of bikes that many MC or motorcycle club riders would ride. Often these are the Harley Dyna models, with raised suspension for more aggressive or almost dirt bike style handling characteristics.
 

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Interesting....just out of curiosity what does the shock measure eye to eye?
Also whats it measure from level ground to lowest part of frame rail
interested to know some measurements as above thanks Cornbred
 

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Awesome thread!!! I was going to start my own with a heading of "Scrappity Scrape Scrape Scrape". But now, no need. cheers

I know from talking to Scott from Conquest Customs about this issue, that he offers a Penske shock kit that raises our High Balls an inch. I wonder how that would affect the looks of my bike

Anywho, you are not alone as far as the scraping is concerned. I have been riding my entire life, with a strong track based Sport Bike history. I have owned 2 Harley's, and this High Ball being my first Victory. Since day 1 the scraping has been an issue for me. I am currently in the market for some stickier rubber, but that's another thread. :crzy:
 

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Function over looks.

If you like for the bike to handle good through the turns forget about how it looks, espically with no one sitting on it. More important and safer if you take the turns without dragging. My old Triumph Speedmaster was raised. When the stock shocks went bad( I think they are bad from day one, ha, ha) at around 20,000 miles I put a set of Hagon shocks on it. I ordered them either 1/2' or 1" longer, do not remember. After that yes the bike sat up taller, steered quicker and most important it did not drag nearly as bad. I also liked the way it looked better personally. :ride:
 

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Club bike is kind of a general term to describe the style of bikes that many MC or motorcycle club riders would ride. Often these are the Harley Dyna models, with raised suspension for more aggressive or almost dirt bike style handling characteristics.

Hmmm sounds gay.... Samcro kind of gay. Like what's his name and the Tranny of the show. Or the Hispanic guy getting ass blasted by the nazis in jail kind of gay!!!! Lol
 
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