‘ They are so simple and are basically bulletproof’
“When it comes to the Freedom engine they are so simple they are basically bulletproof. As a mechanic I love them as they are so accessible – the spark plugs, air filter and oil filter are on display. But some people still get confused and forget they are a semi-dry sump (the tank is in the crankcase) and that means you check the oil level when the engine is warm. That said, I’ve never known one to burn any oil and the hydraulic tappets mean they never need setting.
“A full service history is a good thing on a Vegas as the motor needs servicing every 5000 miles or after a year. Servicing isn’t expensive, but the 10,000-mile one involves fluids and costs a bit more. Always check the condition of the drive belt, as they cost quite a lot to replace.
“You can get a load of gofaster goodies for the Victory, which I would recommend fitting. A Stage 1 kit - which is a pipe, air filter and ECU re-flash - makes a huge difference and you can also get a set of Stage 2 cams from Victory. I’ve not fitted a set, but they are quite popular in America. The biggest restriction you get on a Victory is the airbox, which noticeably stifles the motor’s performance. The Vegas has forward-mounted pegs, but you can swap them for the rear-mounted Hammer pegs or mid-mounts from the Judge, as they are all interchangeable. “Corrosion can be a bit of an issue on the Vegas, which is a shame as the rest of the bike is beautifully built. You need to clean the chrome-plated areas regularly and use a good quality anti-corrosion spray. As very few Vegas models do high mileages, or go out in the wet, this isn’t a huge issue. And Vegas models don’t have much chrome anyway.
“Some early models suffered from reg/rec issues, but that’s an easy plug-and-play swap, and batteries can be a weak spot. They need to be left on charge to keep them topped up. The oil cooler is also quite exposed so check it for damage.
“It looks like there is a bolt missing from the front of the engine, but it isn’t meant to be there! This is a mounting point from earlier models that Victory didn’t blank off. If it bothers you there are covers you can buy.”
‘It looks like a bolt is missing from the engine, but it’s meant to be like that’
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