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  • Rylan

    April 20, 2023 at 5:47 am

    You’re not giving me much to go off of here. I think your complaint is: “When we left the bike was difficult to shift, had a loud clunking noise from the primary area and seemed really hot.”

    I’m going to be completely honest here. It does not seem like there is anything wrong with the bike. This seems like a classic case of “I just bough a new-to-me bike, then had it modified, and now I’m super picky and hyper-vigilant about even the smallest thing.

    Victory was never known for their buttery smooth, flawless transmissions.

    Victory was never known for their quiet engines, transmissions, and primary drive.

    It’s an air cooled engine.

    So, you tell me: Is this worth pursuing? I just talked to a guy the other day that completely took his engine apart (and broke some stuff in the process that is no longer available) only to find that there was nothing wrong and he had misdiagnosed the problem completely. So the last thing I want to do is send you on a trip that will lead to heartache. Start “fixing” a bike that isn’t broken.

    I know that is not what you want to hear, so think long and hard about it before you attempt to work on this bike. But the customer is always right, so:

    For the shifting I recommend replacing the shifter pawl.

    There is no issue with your primary.

    If you think the bike is overheating you’ll need to rig up an oil temp gauge to start data logging the engine temp. There is no oil I recommend that will “make the bike run cooler”.

    I personally think all of these are bad ideas and that you should give yourself more time to determine what is “normal” on this bike.