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I thought it may be educational and fun to post our thoughts and suggestions on the various Victory accessories and apparel items we've had for a while or have just recently purchased. I posted in another thread that I bought the Victory rainsuit. I tried it on looked it over yesterday when I got home so here goes.

Victory Unisex 2 piece Rainsuit

Leader's RPM is/was selling these for $53 on their eBay site. At that price I figured may as well give it a shot. The hang tab says it was Made In Vietnam. First impressions of it are it's nicely featured with things like reflective piping, ventilation and even a built in hood that stores in the collar of the top. The top seems a bit better at being 'true to size than the bottom though. That being the case, you may want to consider going up a one size. I have two full Nelson Rigg rainsuits I haven't used in a few years that are in excellent condition. I may end up donating one of the Nelson Rigg sets as the two of us certainly don't need 3 full sets.
 

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Victory T-shirts...well a couple of years almost constant wearing and both have patina ,:wink
the oldest has some real cool holes worn around the shoulder areas, possibly aggravated by my leather vest.
My other Victory tees that I got free from the Brisbane dealership have the main print on the back so I have to wear them backwards and stretch the collar...useless printing the back when I wear a leather vest most of the time.
Oh yeah the dealership gave me a Victory cap on one of the shop runs, its a prized possession:smile
Thats about it except for some Victory bandannas...oh and I'm considering a tattoo cos they hold up better in the wash:devil
 

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I recently acquired from my dealer's "get these outa here rack" a black, zipper front fleece/jacket with Victory Motorcycles on one side of the front, but nothing on the back. So I had an old style oval Victory logo patch sewn on the back. Makes a nice cool weather jacket.
I also got from that same rack, at various times, a Victory vest that features not one, but two gun pockets - one on each side: a helluva nice leather jacket; a heavy, fleece lined Vic sweatshirt; and a Vic mesh jacket with removable liner. I love a bargain!
 

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I am not much on advertising for another company nor am I in to paying $30 for a T-shirt so I only owned 1 Vic t-shirt up till the big blowout last year. I now have 8 Vic T-shirts but the sizing is all over the place on them. I am in between a L and XL so to play it safe I got all XL shirts. Some fit great, others are way too big. I picked up 2 riding jackets, a mesh one and a solid one. I put up my 7 year old riding jacket and have been wearing the solid Vic one riding the past 2 weeks and I really like it. Size L and fits like a glove. I did have to add back protection to the jacket because they do not come with it. I bought a whole bunch of other stuff during the big sale but just thought I would mention my thoughts on the clothes.
 
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When the company announced shut-down, I bought the following Victory branded apparel:
- Black textile jacket with red plaid flannel lining and subdued V Victory logo on the back. I don’t like flashy colors and patterns. This jacket looks good and is very comfortable for cool riding and just wearing. With the armor in the arms, the sleeves are snug but not uncomfortable. I added a foam back panel that I took out of another old jacket. The Vic jacket had a pocket for the back protector, but had armor only in the shoulders and forearms. I really enjoy this jacket.

- Gray mesh jacket. This is two-tone gray, and is now my main summer jacket. Again, it has the four armor pieces in the shoulders in forearms and a pouch for a back protector. I am less likely to put the foam pad in the back pouch because that makes the jacket warmer, and this jacket is used for temperatures in the 90s and 100s.

- Gray mesh summer gloves. These have a nice snug fit, which is always my preference for gloves. Unfortunately, that means I always have to tug on something to put them on, and that usually produces the first point of failure. I have already sewn one part back together. Still I hope these gloves last, as they are comfortable.

Other Victory-brand Accessories:
- Cross bike rear fender guard or bumper. This is just a shiny hunk of chrome. It’s sturdy thick metal, not KuryAkyn plastic (I have some Kury accessories, too). I bought it because it was on sale at LeadersRPM and I liked the look of it. Installation was easy, without even removing the side bags. No trouble, looks nice. Bling.

- Tri-oval slip-ons. Nice sound, I did not re-tune except that I put my VFC III’s green setting down one because start-up smelled rich. No popping, but of course that depends on the tune and stage 1 flash that I already had. They were a little annoying to install because the positioning of pipes and bolt holes are not exactly where the stock ones are — just enough off to require some futzing. At $199, I’m glad I got them. For the original $999 price I would not. Anyone want my original non-Tri-oval slip-ons for a good price?

- Forged bars. I always liked this style better than round bars or the XCT lowers. They are VERY sturdy and look good. Mine are all chrome, including the top caps. Installation was not too bad. I regained the protection, storage space, power outlet and wind control with JTD lowers (see below).

Other non-Victory Accessories:
This is not strictly the topic of this thread, but I just thought I would mention that I have bought several other accessories since the company shut-down.

- Kury-Akyn driving lamps. These are the ones that are shaped to match the Cross Country headlight. They are sharp looking and quite functional. Installation instructions for the wiring were not quite correct, leaving out steps and such, so I had to improvise and figure out what really needed to be done. Once installed, it is now more difficult to remove the outer fairing, so it is best to do al that you want to do inside the fairing BEFORE adding these driving lights.

- KuryAkyn Bag Extenders with LED Lights. I don’t care about extending the saddle bags, but extra red lighting on the sides of the rear of the bike was desirable. Advertising said they could be used with the saddle bag guards that re standard on the XCT. They are actually obscured behind the saddle bag guards, but the lighting reflects against the guards and still enhances visibility, os I kept them.

- JTD Lowers with storage compartments. The lowers are great. They fit the forged bars perfectly and do a nice job of blocking wind or letting it through, depending on whether I have the wind doors open. The right-side wind door does contact the foot-brake fluid tank, so it’s a close fit. I didn’t like the storage compartments that were originally sent to me because 1) They were shallow and wouldn’t hold much 2) they extended all the way down in front of my toes, limiting space to position my feet on the floor boards. I told the company owner via eMail and he sent me another set made according to my wishes!!! This is real service. If you’re thinking about JTD lowers, know that this guy (I think his name is John Montani) is a great guy! Also, I moved the power outlet from the stock XCT lowers to the left JTD storage compartment, but moved the iPod connector to the handlebars.

- Show Chrome Flag Pole. This is to be mounted on the Cross bike saddle bag brackets, between the saddle bag and the rear fender. Although it said it would work with the XCT, I found that the trunk interferes with installation of the flag pole. I did not install it. If anyone wants it (it is for 6 x 9 inch flags), make me an offer that exceeds my shipping cost.

- Corbin Dual-tour heated saddle, trunk pads and back-rest. Seats/saddles are personal preferences, and I have liked Corbins for several of my bikes. I am glad to have this one. One feature was given up: the heat feature has only an on-off switch, without any adjustment. About two-thirds of the way to work, I have to turn it off, even when it’s 20 degrees out because it gets really hot. Fortunately, the switch is easier to operate with gauntlets on than the original XCT heated seat. All in all, it looks great and is comfortable *for me*. Everyone has to figure out what is comfortable for them.

- Hopnel tank bib with pouch. I haven’t really used the pouch, as the XCT already has so much storage space that I haven’t needed it. Overall it looks good to me, and my keys now cannot hit the paint on the gas tank when opening the gas cap!

Blackbird has other accessories, but those above are the ones that I have added since Victory’s “We Have Great Bike But We’re Too Incompetent to Market Them Or Run the Company” announcement.
 
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A few months ago a friend who used to have a CC sold me his 2 bolt Lock and Ride backrest with the luggage rack. It was stupid cheap at $50 so I gave him $100. I asked my local dealer if the recall was still valid which of course it is. At the time, Polaris had plenty of 3 bolt luggage racks but the 3 bolt backrest wasn't due in until Feb 19th. Last weekend I brought my 2 bolt set up in and they handed me the new 3 bolt set up. The kit was missing one M8 x 22.5mm bolt so I had to stop and pick one up at Ace Hardware. Of course Ace doesn't have an M8 stainless in 22.5mm so I got them 25mm along with some acorn nuts because I like that look.

Anyway, my wife finally sat on the bike with the backrest and hates the leaned back too far angle of the backrest pad. No, I'm not looking to sell it. But does anyone know if there's a company who redose the backrest pad to a more upright position? She loves the feel of the CCT trunk so that will be going back on soon. But it would be nice to make an adjustment of some kind to the oem backrest pad. Any thoughts appreciated.
 

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I suggest taking it to an auto upholstery shop and see what they can do. BTW, I didn't like the fasteners Vic supplied with the rack/backrest either and I got nicer ones at my local ACE.
 

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My wife's biggest complaint of my XR is the back rest as well. Same problem, leaned back way too far. If we are taking a weekend trip or a very long day trip the only solution I have for now is to use a Kuryakyn travel bag I bought for my old bike (no saddlebags) that comes with a foam backrest. It velcros around the backrest and the pad velcros to it. Not a perfect solution but it works.
 

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A few months ago a friend who used to have a CC sold me his 2 bolt Lock and Ride backrest with the luggage rack. It was stupid cheap at $50 so I gave him $100. I asked my local dealer if the recall was still valid which of course it is. At the time, Polaris had plenty of 3 bolt luggage racks but the 3 bolt backrest wasn't due in until Feb 19th. Last weekend I brought my 2 bolt set up in and they handed me the new 3 bolt set up. The kit was missing one M8 x 22.5mm bolt so I had to stop and pick one up at Ace Hardware. Of course Ace doesn't have an M8 stainless in 22.5mm so I got them 25mm along with some acorn nuts because I like that look.

Anyway, my wife finally sat on the bike with the backrest and hates the leaned back too far angle of the backrest pad. No, I'm not looking to sell it. But does anyone know if there's a company who redose the backrest pad to a more upright position? She loves the feel of the CCT trunk so that will be going back on soon. But it would be nice to make an adjustment of some kind to the oem backrest pad. Any thoughts appreciated.
I would draw out your plans and measure what you want to do. Take it all to a Weld/ Fab shop.
 

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Still some sought after items available for great prices at the Polaris Indian dealer in Miami, FL on Dixie Highway. I was their today and 'some' of the things I saw available include:

Victory Apes, Chrome x2 sets
Victory gloss black handlebars, x1
Billet Floorboards, black x2 sets
Front Fender Trim, chrome
Rear Fender Trim, chrome
Steel frame saddlebags
Men's and Ladies shirts and tee's
Men's and Ladies jackets
Wide Mouth Exhaust tips
Kicker Speakers
Shadow Logo, black, toe peg
Billet toe peg set, chrome x3
Saddlebag Lid Organizers
Saddlebag Tray
Cleaning Kit, small bottles with a blue microfiber towel x4 ($20 each)
Several boxes had the Vision logo but I'm not sure what they were


For reference on their prices here's what I bought. Desc, item number, MSRP price and what I paid :

Chrome dipstick, 2874825, $60/$30 (one left)
Men's sleeveless tee, 286439112, $26/$6.60
Men's Polo shirt, 286377612, $45/$11.25
Men's Polo shirt, 286518312, $40/$10

The people in the Showroom were friendly and helpful as were the two guys in the Parts Department.
The newest Polaris Chieftain painted with high metallic silver with black accents and a 'normal' front fender has an MSRP near $32K. Wow. No thank you, no thank you with severe emphasis on no. I love my gloss pearl white CCT.



The Polaris Indian dealer in Fort Lauderdale has a Victory/Brammo electric bike with an asking price of $9,999. Plus a few Ladies jackets and tee shirts, mostly sized Small.
 
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The only "dealer" left in my area is my selling dealer in Wytheville, VA. I stopped by there back in the summer and again in the late fall and he still is selling Vic apparel and accessories at full MSRP.
 

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In your travels if you ever see a vision side marker light buy it Please. I will buy it from you left or right doesn't matter.
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In your travels if you ever see a vision side marker light buy it Please. I will buy it from you left or right doesn't matter.
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Do you mean a lighted oval logo?
 

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Do you mean a lighted oval logo?

If that's it, I think I saw one last week at the dealer near Foley, AL or the dealer in Pelham, AL.
 

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If that's it, I think I saw one last week at the dealer near Foley, AL or the dealer in Pelham, AL.


Pelham is a hour away...I could go look.


There's a good chance I'm writing this while
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In your travels if you ever see a vision side marker light buy it Please. I will buy it from you left or right doesn't matter.
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Contact Paulie at Honda of Toledo. He can check the computer to see who has one in stock.
 

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Mark, what ya doin down in these parts? You vacationing? LOL
 
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