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Test rode a 2007 and a 2009 Victory Vegas 8 Balls today and loved them.....My question though is, Do you need to warm the bike up before you ride it? When I got there the dealer had both bikes running and warmed up and ready for me to go.

Surely in this day and age and with the advancements in oil and Victory's technology we should be able to start it up and ride.
I searched online for the answer and of course you can find any answer you want and there's a thousand different opinions but seeing as this is a Victory forum I would think that this would be the best place to ask?
 

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My 07' jackpot doesn't like to just be started and ride off, sometimes it will stall when cold if you let the RPM's go to low. Mine has a fast idle switch so i just flip that down and get my gear and other stuff ready wile it warms up, the newer ones I don't believe have it.
 

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It is always a good idea to warm up any engine, Victory or any other, before riding it off. An air cooled engine gains even more benefit from pre-warming it. If you want to optimize new engine reliability, let it get up to running temperature before driving off. In the long run it will serve you well.
 

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I tell ya.. After riding for a couple hours last weekend I was shocked frankly how cool the bike still was.. Far cry from the Fatboy it replaced. So I do warn it up for a minute or two to verify the oil has moved around, and I take it easy for a few miles after starting off. Just habit.

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what oldman said. ANY engine will have more clearance especially in the piston to cylinder wall when cold. if you absolutely HAVE to start and go, take it easy until it warms up. if you jump on any bike and tear it up before it comes to temperature, you risk permanent damage. and at the least shorten its usable life.
 

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All the metal parts like pistons cylinders and cranks half to warm up.
You only need about four minuets of running to warm up.
Trust me its cheaper to let it warm up then to pay $2 thousand dollars
 

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Mine runs noticeably better when it warms up for a minute if it's much below 60 degrees outside. I usually let it run for a little bit.
 

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Lloydz is considered an authority in this industry, here is what they have to say:

"Starting a cold bike

This is a simple procedure that everyone does but I'm going to shed some light on the method I prefer in starting a Victory the way I do.

This applies to all years and all model Victory's. Throughout the course of a year while I was on the road traveling I would tune between 300-450 Victory's a year, add in the shop work and that would add another 100 to the total. So it’s a fairly simple procedure, You hit the button and wait for it to come to life. With starting so many different bikes they do have their own characteristics but they all respond well to this procedure. Before hitting the button I roll the throttle slightly (about an 1/8 rotation) than I hit the button, once to life I like to hold the rpm's between 15-1800 Rpm's for approx 30-40 seconds if the bike is real cold (50 degrees and below) and 15-30 seconds if were above those temps.

Here’s some benefits of starting a bike the way I like too. When a bike is cold so is everything else. Oil is super thick and the oil pump is loaded heavy trying to push the oil through the small clearances to lubricate everything. When the motor first fires up it is straining just to maintain an idle, the computer is throwing allot of fuel (choke Mode) to the injectors to aide in the ease of running cold. This also wants to make things lumber and run slightly slower in engine speed. By using an 1/8 throttle rotation we help the engine overcome these conditions and supply oil to the critical parts quicker. We all know that a warm motor starts easier than a cold one as there is less drag and frictional losses to keep it running with less effort. Yes the bikes are fuel injected and some people assume there might be damage or that its just not correct to use throttle while starting a fuel injected bike. B.S. that’s not the case, not in these years but maybe the future of fuel injection may lead to different results as fly by wire becomes more common and wide band monitoring enters the motorcycle world.

Give it a shot your motor just might thank you.

LG"

http://www.lloydz.com/techtips.asp
 
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