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Great intro thread.

Not sure what it is lately with people joining bike forums with complaint threads. I saw same in my other forum I hang out in.

All bikes have issues. None are perfect. Majority of issues come from lack of maintenance but manufacturing issues do come up. No different than cars.

Now if you would like help in fixing your ride that you "hate" there are plenty of knowledgeable people on here.
If you're only here to bash on the brand because you're having bad luck on a bike we don't need that here.
 

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"I hate this 14-year-old motorcycle"
Translation: Owner not smart enough to get the bike operating correctly.

On the other hand, I have a 13-year-old Victory that runs and operates like a Swiss watch. How can that be? Easy, the owner is smarter than the bike.

Motorcycles are just nuts and bolts. If a man is getting his ass kicked by a collection of nuts and bolts, maybe he is the POS. Let that sink in...
 

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Wish I would have kept my Harley,I hate this victory P.O.S.





Owned several makes and found how well one runs and lasts is how well one takes care of their ride .
Buying a second hand is like a box of chocolates, but I believe that buying a second hand Victory is a better sweetie than a second hand Harley

Andre using TaPaTaLk
 

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Guys, please don't feed the troll. Leave the troll be and it will go away.
 

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"I hate this 14-year-old motorcycle"
Translation: Owner not smart enough to get the bike operating correctly.

On the other hand, I have a 13-year-old Victory that runs and operates like a Swiss watch. How can that be? Easy, the owner is smarter than the bike.

Motorcycles are just nuts and bolts. If a man is getting his ass kicked by a collection of nuts and bolts, maybe he is the POS. Let that sink in...
My 13 year old Triumph was running rough, now it purrs like a lion. Pervious owners lack of skill and letting it sit unused under a cover had to be fixed, it's now fixed and I've learned a lot.
 

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My 13 year old Triumph was running rough, now it purrs like a lion. Pervious owners lack of skill and letting it sit unused under a cover had to be fixed, it's now fixed and I've learned a lot.
Not everyone is mechanically inclined and if the owner is not it makes things more difficult. Gotta find someone competent to do the job, get the bike there, and when it's time to dance you gotta pay the band.

My attitude is that if you open a can-o-worms you need to make the commitment to eat ALL the worms in that can. Sometimes people lack the resolve to eat a whole can of worms.

I see it posted on forums all the time, "The nearest dyno tuner is 4 hours away" like that's a terrible hardship. I went riding last Saturday just local riding. Rode around on the backroads for 3 hours, had lunch with my daughter, and then rode another 4 hours before I got home again.

Some of us see a 4 hour trip as a hardship, some of us see it as a little putt after lunch... Hell, I'll ride 4 hours for a warm donut or a good slice of pizza... Don't need much of an excuse to burn through a few tanks of fuel.
 

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Wish I would have kept my Harley,I hate this victoryP.O.S.
I commend you Kevinhatesvictory. Please ignore the others in this thread. They don't understand the time it takes to search out a forum, go through the process of signing up for said forum, and then in this case, using your 2 verification posts just to bash the brand without any mention of what your issue is. Hell, at this point I'm sure you've got people arguing if you even own a Victory.
 

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I'm in a riding club with a lot of Harley riders and a few Vic riders too. The Vic riders make every run / event, while there are often Harley people saying they can't make it, my bike is in the shop. Many of the H-Ds are no more than 3 years old cuz the owners say they got tired of the last one being in the shop so often.
Not knocking H-D as I know many who have no trouble with theirs. I had my XR 9 years and even though it was one of the very early ones, it never was in the shop and I never had to repair a failure other than the 40 amp crap main breaker. And even that was only a $4 fix.
 

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Some of us see a 4 hour trip as a hardship, some of us see it as a little putt after lunch... Hell, I'll ride 4 hours for a warm donut or a good slice of pizza... Don't need much of an excuse to burn through a few tanks of fuel.
I rode 3.5 hours for a piece of apple pie and then turned around and rode back home. Some people see that as nuts but I enjoyed every minute of the ride.

The key to working on anything is patience and just out thinking the piece of machinery you're working on.
 

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I don't think they are going to come back on here to post anything.
 

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Or we could have fed his dislike, agreed with him, and someone here snaps up a real cheap Vegas. Nah mate, it's not worth that! They are a POS.
Take it off your hands if you pay my fuel cost to come and pick it up. Oh, and do you have any spare tiedowns to hold it in the ute?
 

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The key to working on anything is patience and just out thinking the piece of machinery you're working on.
I was having this very conversation with the former Victory dealer here just last Saturday. He was talking about his new hire, a young mechanic, and how the hardest thing to teach someone is patience. I told him that I have been saying, "The best tool in every tool box is PATIENCE" since I was 16 years old and working at Mark's Cycle World in Lexington Park.

We had a mechanic there who was an awesome wrench, but he would get frustrated, angry, and lose his cool. I would walk over and offer to
fix what he was working on if he'd finish what I was into. He would either take me up on it or we would go get some lunch and have a fresh outlook when we got back (lunch was usually a burger and several bong hits).

He passed away, oh, I guess it's been 5 years ago now... I told him how important he was to me as a mentor and friend about a month before he passed and thanked him for never treating me like a kid even though he was 10 years older. He flipped the script on me and thanked me for teaching him patience. I still think I got the better deal, because he sure taught me a lot. He built some badassed engines and I got to break in and tune all of them.
 

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I was an appliance tech for many years and sometimes you would get a problem that just road blocked your brain. In these cases I would tell the customer I needed to look up some parts and I would go out to my truck (not to take a Bong hit LOL) to clear my mind, to purposely not think about that appliance, and then re approach the appliance as if it were a brand new service call. Suddenly the road block was gone.

Sorry to hear about your friend. Mentors come in all sorts of manners and sometimes it's the tidbits in a story they were telling you that becomes a Gem of Information for your future needs.
I tell people that anyone can be a mentor but it is up to you to listen to the pieces that will make a difference in your life.
 

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I made my living in electricity and electronics from '76 to '17 as an industrial electrician, electronics (troubleshooting) technician, and engineer.

When troubleshooting, patience is key.

When I'd find myself baffled, I found that walking away, sometimes sleeping on it or taking a shower did wonders.

The trap is if you're troubleshooting with someone better than you. It tends to stop the thinking process.
 

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Thanks guys for those last few posts about patience. For over 40 years, I had a machine repair biz and I'd quote a repair before doing it and no matter how long it took, I stuck to the quote. I had to do it that way because I tend to be methodical and patient. As a result, I never had a call back. Some customers told me that they are glad I don't charge by the hour. Also, once I repaired a machine, no one else got to work on it. Even the factories and aftermarket mfrs knew of me - very flattering. Patience paid off.
 

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Even the factories and aftermarket mfrs knew of me - very flattering. Patience paid off.
I remember standing in a bike shop looking at accessories and my friend was talking to the owner about a bike they were working on. My friend asked what they were using for parts in it and the owner said, "The only thing we use on these bikes is the Stage 3 package from Half Crazy Carb Works".

My friend points at me and says, "That's Half Crazy right there".

Yes, recognition for your hard work and dedication feels pretty good.
 
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