Victory 2009 Hammer Service manual

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2009 OWNER’S MANUAL
Hammer®
Hammer® S
P/N 9921959
VICTORY Motorcycle Division, Polaris Industries Inc.
2100 Highway 55, Medina, Minnesota 55340-9800 Phone: 1-888-704-5290
CopyrightE 2008 Polaris Sales Inc. All rights reserved.
POLARIS, POLARIS THE WAY OUT, FREEDOM, HAMMER and VICTORY MOTORCYCLES
are registered trademarks of Polaris Industries Inc.
DUNLOP is a registered trademark of Dunlop Tire Corporation. LOCTITE is a registered trademark of LOCTITE Corporation.
A decal located on the motorcycle lists applicable patent numbers.
Applicable Patents: 6,976,691; 6,407,663; D489670; Also refer to the patent decal located on the motorcycle.
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FOREWORD
Thank you for choosing a VICTORY motorcycle!
This owner’s manual contains information for the VICTORY HAMMER model. Some of the photographs and
illustrations used in the manual are generalizations, so your model may be slightly different than what is shown.
If you misplace or damage your owner’s manual, you should purchase a replacement copy from an authorized
VICTORY dealer. This manual should be considered part of the motorcycle, and it should remain with the
motorcycle when it’s sold.
If you have questions about the operation or maintenance of the motorcycle after you’ve read this manual, please
contact an authorized VICTORY dealer. To locate the nearest authorized VICTORY dealer, call 1-800-POLARIS
and provide the area code or zip code of your location. Visit www.polarisindustries.com for a listing of authorized
VICTORY dealers by state, zip code or area code.
Your authorized VICTORY dealer will resolve all issues regarding your motorcycle. If you’re not satisfied with the
performance of your VICTORY dealer, please contact the Polaris Consumer Service Department at 1-888-704-5290.
In Canada, call 204-925-7100.
VICTORY motorcycles comply with all federal, state and local safety and emission regulations for the area of
intended sale.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
SAFETY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
COMPONENT IDENTIFICATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
INSTRUMENTS, FEATURES AND CONTROLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
PRE-OPERATION CHECK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
OPERATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
MAINTENANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
MAINTENANCE RECORD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
CLEANING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
STORAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
WARRANTIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
SPECIFICATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
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INTRODUCTION
Read the Owner’s Manual
Your VICTORY owner’s manual contains information that’s essential to safe riding and proper maintenance of the
motorcycle. Anyone who uses the motorcycle (operators and passengers) must read the owner’s manual before
riding.
Carefully read and understand the information found in the safety section beginning on page 5. Understand and
follow the procedures in your owner’s manual to keep your VICTORY motorcycle in top condition on the road or in
storage. Bring the manual with you when you ride. Following the precautions and procedures in the manual will
add to your enjoyment and keep you riding safely.
WARNING
Failure to follow the safety precautions and operation and maintenance procedures outlined in this
manual may result in death or injury (to you or your passenger) or damage to the motorcycle.
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Symbols and Terms Used in the Owner’s Manual
SAFETY
The following safety signal words and symbols appear throughout the owner’s manual. Your safety and the safety of
others are involved when these words and symbols are used. Become familiar with their meanings before reading
the manual.
!
The safety alert symbol indicates a potential for personal injury to you or others.
WARNING
The safety alert warning indicates a potential hazard that could result in serious injury or death.
Caution
The safety alert caution indicates a potential hazard that may result in minor personal injury.
Notice
A notice indicates a situation that may result in damage to the vehicle.
NOTE: A note highlights important information you should pay attention to.
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SAFETY
Safe Riding Practices
WARNING
Improper use of this motorcycle can result in serious injury or death to you, your passenger and others.
To minimize the risk of injury, read and understand the information contained in this section before
operating the motorcycle. This section contains safety information specific to the VICTORY motorcycle,
as well as information about general motorcycle safety. Anyone who uses the motorcycle (operators and
passengers) must follow these safety precautions.
Motorcycling has inherent risks. You can minimize those risks, but you can’t eliminate them completely. Even if
you’re an experienced motorcycle operator or passenger, read all of the information in this safety section before
operating the motorcycle.
S Your ability to safely operate the motorcycle depends on your judgment and your use of safe riding habits. Take a
rider education course from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation or another qualified instructor. The course will
help you develop or refresh your expertise in safe riding habits through instruction and riding. For information on
Motorcycle Safety Foundation rider education courses in your area, call 1-800-446-9227 or visit their homepage
at http://msf-usa.org.
S Read and understand all information in this owner’s manual. It contains safety information specific to individual
components and operations.
S Pay close attention to the motorcycle maintenance requirements in this manual. For additional information or
assistance with technical services specified in the manual or required by mechanical circumstances, see the
VICTORY Service Manual or your authorized VICTORY Dealer.
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Safe Riding Practices
SAFETY
The following design characteristics affect how you should ride the VICTORY motorcycle:
S The motorcycle is designed for on-road use with one rider and one passenger. (See page 11).
S Do not exceed the gross vehicle weight rating (see the specifications section, beginning on page 156, or the certification label on the steering head). Riding off-road, riding with more than one passenger, or carrying weight exceeding the maximum weight rating can make handling difficult, which could cause loss of control.
S In the first 500 miles, operate the motorcycle according to the break-in procedures described on page 62. Operating the motorcycle without following break-in procedures can result in serious engine damage.
S Some VICTORY motorcycles include saddlebags, a windshield, and a passenger backrest as standard equipment.
To maintain stability, be prepared to reduce the operating speed of motorcycles equipped with these items.
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SAFETY
Safe Riding Practices
Follow these general safe riding practices:
S Before each ride, make the checks described in the Pre-Operation Check section beginning on page 47.
Operating the motorcycle without completing the pre-operation check may cause damage to the motorcycle or
result in an accident.
S Until you’re thoroughly familiar with the VICTORY motorcycle and all of its controls, practice riding where
there is little or no traffic. Practice riding at a moderate speed on varying road surfaces and under varying weather
conditions.
S Know your skills and limits, and ride within them.
S Allow only licensed, experienced operators to ride your motorcycle, and then only after they have become familiar
with its controls and operation.
S Do not ride when you’re fatigued or under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs or
any other drugs. Fatigue, alcohol and drugs can cause drowsiness, loss of coordination and loss of balance. They
can also affect your awareness and judgment.
S If your motorcycle operates abnormally, correct the problem immediately (see the VICTORY Service Manual or
contact your authorized VICTORY dealer). If you continue to operate a motorcycle in this condition, you are
likely to aggravate the initial problem, increase the cost of repairs and threaten your safety.
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Safe Riding Practices
SAFETY
S The most common cause of accidents involving a motorcycle and an automobile is the automobile driver’s failure
to see the motorcycle. Ride defensively, as if you are invisible to other motorists, even in broad daylight. Ride
where you’re clearly visible to other motorists, and observe their behavior carefully, as they may not see or be
aware of you.
S Be especially cautious at intersections, as these are the most likely places for an accident.
S To prevent loss of control while operating the motorcycle, keep your hands on the handlebars and your feet on the
footrests.
S Obey the speed limit and adjust your speed and riding technique based on road, weather and traffic conditions. As
you travel faster, the influence of all other conditions increases, which can affect the motorcycle’s stability and
increase the possibility of losing control.
S Do not move or operate the motorcycle with the steering locked (with accessory lock), as the severely restricted
steering could result in loss of control.
S Reduce your speed when:
- The road has potholes or is otherwise rough or uneven.
- The road has sand, dirt, gravel or other loose substances on it.
- The road is wet, icy or oily.
- The road contains painted surfaces, manhole covers, metal grating, railway crossings or other slippery
surfaces.
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SAFETY
Safe Riding Practices
S Reduce your speed when:
- The weather is windy, rainy or otherwise causing slippery or rapidly changing conditions.
- The traffic is heavy, congested, not allowing sufficient space between vehicles or otherwise not flowing
smoothly.
- You are being passed in either direction by a large vehicle that produces a wind blast in its wake.
S To maximize braking effectiveness, use the front and rear brakes together. Improper braking may cause loss
of control or may not slow the vehicle in time to avoid a collision. Be aware of the following braking facts and
practices:
- The rear brake provides 40% of the motorcycle’s stopping power, at most.
- Consider road conditions before applying the brakes. When the road is wet or rough, or contains loose or
other slippery substances, apply the brakes gradually.
- Bring the motorcycle to the upright position before applying the brakes, and avoid applying the brakes in a
corner if at all possible. When the motorcycle is leaning through a corner, the amount of traction available
for braking is reduced, increasing the possibility of the tires skidding when the brakes are applied.
S When approaching a curve, choose a speed and lean angle that allows you to pass through the curve in your own
lane without applying the brakes. Excessive speed, improper lean angle or braking in a curve can cause loss of
control.
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Safe Riding Practices
SAFETY
S Ground clearance is reduced when the motorcycle leans. Do not allow components to contact the road surface
when leaning the motorcycle in a curve, as this could cause loss of control.
S Retract the sidestand fully before riding. If the sidestand is not fully retracted, it could contact the road surface
and cause loss of control.
S Do not tow a trailer. Towing a trailer can make the motorcycle hard to handle, which could cause loss of control.
Carrying a Passenger
NOTE: Some models are not equipped from the factory with a passenger seat or passenger footrests. DO NOT carry a passenger
unless the motorcycle is equipped with passenger seat and passenger footrests.
To carry a passenger safely, do the following:
S Direct the passenger to hold onto you or the seat strap with both hands and to keep both feet on the passenger
footrests. Do not carry a passenger who cannot place both feet firmly on the passenger footrests. A passenger who
is not holding on properly, or who cannot reach the passenger footrests, can shift their body erratically, which can
make the motorcycle hard to handle and cause loss of control.
S If necessary, adjust the rear shock absorber preload according to the instructions on page 94. Improper preload
adjustment can make your motorcycle hard to handle and can cause loss of control.
S Before riding, be sure your passenger knows safe riding procedures. Discuss any safety information unfamiliar to
your passenger. A passenger who is unaware of safe riding procedures may distract you or make movements that
make the motorcycle hard to handle.
S Adjust your riding style to compensate for the differences in handling, acceleration and braking caused by the
additional weight of the passenger. Failure to do so can cause loss of control.
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SAFETY
Safe Riding Practices
Protective Apparel
To decrease the risk of injury and increase riding comfort, wear protective riding apparel.
S Wear a Department of Transportation (DOT) or SNELL approved helmet. Some state laws require that you wear
an approved helmet. In accidents involving motorcycles, head injuries are the leading cause of motorcyclist
fatalities, and statistics prove that an approved helmet is the most effective protection in preventing or
reducing head injuries.
S Wear eye protection. Some state laws require that you wear eye protection. Eye protection reduces the chance that
your vision could be impaired by wind or by airborne particles and objects.
S You and your passenger should wear bright or light colored and/or reflective clothing to improve visibility to other motorists. A motorist’s failure to see or recognize a motorcycle is the leading cause of automobile/motorcycle accidents.
S Wear gloves, a jacket, heavy boots and long pants to prevent or reduce abrasions, lacerations or burns should the
motorcycle fall.
S Wear boots with low heels, as high heels can catch on pedals or footrests. The combination of boots and pants
should completely cover legs, ankles and feet, protecting skin from engine and exhaust system heat. The engine
and exhaust system get hot soon after the engine is started and stay hot for about half an hour after the engine is
turned off.
S Do not wear loose, flowing clothing or long boot laces, as they can catch on handlebars, levers or footrests, or
become entangled in the wheels, causing loss of control and serious injury.
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Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
SAFETY
Gross vehicle weight is the total combined weight of the motorcycle, the operator and the passenger.
S The weight of the motorcycle includes the motorcycle and all of its fluids, any accessories and their contents, and
any additional cargo on the motorcycle.
S The weight of the operator or passenger includes body weight, all apparel and objects in or on apparel.
Examples of calculating GVWR are provided on page 14.
Do not exceed the motorcycle’s gross vehicle weight rating. Exceeding the weight rating can reduce stability and
handling and could cause loss of control.
Refer to the specifications section of this manual (beginning on page 156) or the certification label on your
motorcycle’s steering head for model-specific GVWR information.
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SAFETY
Example 1: HAMMER with no accessories or cargo
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1173 lbs (532 kg)
Item
Weight
HAMMER with full capacity of all fluids
698 lbs (317 kg)
Operator with recommended riding apparel
220 lbs (100 kg)
Passenger with recommended riding apparel
(passenger models only)
155 lbs (70 kg)
Total Weight
1073 lbs (487 kg)
Example 2: HAMMER with accessory saddlebags
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1173 lbs (532 kg)
Item
Weight
HAMMER with full capacity of all fluids
Weight of leather saddlebags and brackets
Cargo (optional saddlebags at capacity)
698 lbs (317 kg)
12 lbs (5.5 kg)
14 lbs (6 kg)
Operator with recommended riding apparel
220 lbs (100 kg)
Passenger with recommended riding apparel
(passenger models only)
155 lbs (70 kg)
Total Weight
1099 lbs (498 kg)
NOTE: As shown in Example 2, the weight of any accessory items (leather saddlebags and brackets) in addition to the cargo,
must be added to the base weight of the HAMMER. NEVER exceed GVWR. If you have any questions regarding safe loading of
your VICTORY motorcycle, please consult an authorized VICTORY dealer.
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Carrying Cargo
SAFETY
Use the following guidelines when attaching cargo or accessories to the motorcycle. Where applicable, these
guidelines also refer to the contents of any accessories.
S Keep cargo and accessory weight to a minimum, and keep items as close to the motorcycle as possible to minimize a change in the motorcycle’s center of gravity. Changing the center of gravity can cause loss of stability and
handling and result in loss of control.
S Distribute weight evenly on both sides of the motorcycle. Maintain even weight distribution by checking accessories and cargo to make sure they’re securely attached to the motorcycle before riding and whenever you take a
break from riding. Uneven weight distribution, or accessories or cargo that shift suddenly while you’re riding can
make the motorcycle hard to handle and result in loss of control.
S Do not attach large or heavy cargo such as sleeping bags, duffel bags or tents to the handlebars, front fork area or
front fender. Cargo or accessories placed in these areas can cause instability (due to improper weight distribution
or aerodynamic changes) and can cause loss of control. Such items can also block air flow to the engine and
cause overheating that can damage the engine.
S Do not exceed the maximum cargo weight limit of any accessory (see accessory instructions and labels), and do
not attach cargo to an accessory not designed for that purpose, as these could result in an accessory failure that
could cause loss of control.
S Except for highway footrests, do not attach anything else to the highway bar.
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SAFETY
Saddlebags
When operating a motorcycle with original equipment or accessory saddlebags:
S Never ride at speeds exceeding 80 mph (120 km/h). Depending on load and weather conditions, the maximum
safe operating speed may be less than 80 mph (120 km/h). Saddlebags, combined with the lifting or buffeting
effects of wind, can make the motorcycle unstable and cause loss of control.
S Distribute weight evenly in each of the saddlebags.
S Do not exceed the maximum cargo weight limit of the saddlebags.
Accessory leather saddlebags, semi-hard saddlebags, or hard saddlebags = 7 lbs. (3.2 kg) each
S Do not exceed the motorcycle’s gross vehicle weight rating. Exceeding the weight rating can reduce stability and
handling and cause loss of control.
Parking the Motorcycle
When leaving the motorcycle unattended, turn the engine off and remove the ignition key. See page 73.
Park the motorcycle where people are not likely to touch the hot engine or exhaust system or place combustible
materials in close proximity to these hot areas. Do not park near a flammable source such as a kerosene heater or an
open flame, where hot components could ignite combustible materials.
Park the motorcycle on a firm, level surface. Sloped or soft surfaces may not support the motorcycle when it’s
parked, and it may tip over. If you must park on a slope or soft surface, follow the precautions outlined on page 73.
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SAFETY
Modifications
Modifying the motorcycle by removing any equipment or by adding equipment not approved by VICTORY may
void your warranty. Such modifications may make the motorcycle unsafe to ride and could result in severe injury to
operator or passengers, as well as damage to the motorcycle. Some modifications may also be illegal in some states.
If in doubt, contact your authorized VICTORY Dealer.
Transporting the Motorcycle
If you must transport the motorcycle:
S Use a truck or trailer. Do not tow the motorcycle with another vehicle,
as towing will impair the motorcycle’s steering and handling, which
can cause loss of control.
S Position and restrain the motorcycle so it remains upright on the truck
or trailer, as gasoline may leak out of the fuel tank if the motorcycle
leans to one side. Gasoline is a fire hazard and it can also damage the
motorcycle’s finish.
S Place the transmission in neutral.
S Do not restrain the motorcycle using the handlebars. Loosen the front
turn signal mounts and slide them up to make room for the tiedown
strap. Place tie-downs around the fork tubes above the lower triple
clamp. Secure the rear of the motorcycle with tiedowns around both
sides of the the swingarm, being careful to avoid the brake line, exhaust, and drive belt. Re-position the turn signals after transportation.
Loosen screw,
slide turn signal up
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SAFETY
Accessory Selection and Installation
Because VICTORY cannot test and make specific recommendations concerning every accessory or combination of
accessories sold, the operator is responsible for determining that the motorcycle can be safely operated with any
accessories or additional weight. Use the following guidelines when choosing and installing accessories:
S Do not install accessories that impair the stability, handling or operation of the motorcycle. Before installing an
accessory, be sure that it does not:
- Reduce ground clearance when the motorcycle is either leaned or in a vertical position.
- Limit suspension or steering travel or your ability to operate controls.
- Displace you from your normal riding position.
- Obscure lights or reflectors.
S Bulky or large accessories can cause instability (due to the lifting or buffeting effects of wind) and loss of control.
S Do not install electrical accessories that exceed the capacity of the motorcycle’s electrical system. Never install
higher wattage light bulbs than those supplied as original equipment. An electrical failure could result and cause
hazardous loss of engine power or lights or damage to the electrical system.
S If you want to add a windshield, backrest or luggage rack, choose one designed and approved by VICTORY specifically for your model. Follow the instructions for proper installation and use. An improperly designed or
installed windshield, backrest or luggage rack can reduce stability, causing loss of control.
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Gasoline and Exhaust
SAFETY
For complete fueling procedures, see page 64.
Gasoline is highly flammable and can be explosive in certain conditions. Observe the following precautions when
you refuel or service the fuel system:
S Turn off the engine.
S Use a well-ventilated area.
S Open the fuel cap slowly.
S Do not spill gasoline on the engine or the exhaust system. Immediately wipe, or rinse with water, gasoline spilled
on any part of the motorcycle or the surrounding area.
S Do not smoke while fueling.
S Do not fuel in an area where there are sparks or open flame.
Gasoline and gasoline vapors are poisonous and can cause severe injury. Do not swallow gasoline, inhale gasoline
vapors, or spill gasoline on yourself or your clothes. If you swallow gasoline, inhale more than a few breaths of
gasoline vapor, or get gasoline in your eyes, see a physician immediately. If you spill gasoline on your skin, wash it
off immediately with soap and water. If you spill gasoline on your clothes, change your clothes immediately.
Exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas that can cause unconsciousness or severe injury.
Observe the following precautions to avoid the effects of exhaust gases:
S Do not inhale exhaust gases.
S Do not start or run the engine in an enclosed area.
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SAFETY
Maintenance
Maintain the motorcycle according to the following requirements:
S Before each ride, complete a pre-operation check as outlined beginning on page 47. Operating the motorcycle
without completing the pre-operation check can cause damage to the motorcycle or result in an accident.
S Perform periodic maintenance according to the intervals outlined in the Periodic Maintenance Interval tables beginning on page 76. Operating the motorcycle without performing periodic maintenance can damage the motorcycle or result in bodily injury.
S Maintain proper tire pressure and tread condition and proper wheel and tire balance. Inspect tires regularly and
replace them if they’re worn or damaged. Use only an approved replacement tire and see the VICTORY Service
Manual or your authorized VICTORY Dealer for tire replacement. Operating the motorcycle with improper tire
pressure or tread condition, or improper wheel or tire balance, can make the motorcycle hard to handle and cause
loss of control.
S Check proper steering head bearing adjustment. Regularly inspect the rear shock absorber and the front forks.
Check for fork oil or shock absorber fluid leaks. Operating the motorcycle with a loose, worn, or damaged steering system or front or rear suspension system can make the motorcycle hard to handle and cause loss of control.
To repair steering or suspension system wear or damage, see the VICTORY Service Manual or contact your authorized VICTORY Dealer.
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Maintenance
SAFETY
S Keep the motorcycle clean. In addition to extending the service life and the original appearance of the motorcycle, a complete and thorough cleaning can reveal items in need of repair. For complete cleaning procedures, see
page 136.
S Keep equipment required by federal, state, and local laws in place and in good working condition. Your license
plate must be clean, clearly visible in all conditions, and installed in a position specified by law.
S Each fastener used in the motorcycle meets our quality specifications for strength, finish and type. When replacement fasteners are needed, use only genuine VICTORY parts, tightened to the proper torque. A fastener that does
not meet original specifications could fail and result in damage to the motorcycle or injury to riders.
Electromagnetic Interference
This vehicle complies with European directive 97/24/EC Chapter 8 requirements, which is equivalent to Canadian
ICES--002.
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SAFETY
Location of Safety and Vehicle Information Labels
A
D
B
E
C
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Location of Safety and Vehicle Information Labels
SAFETY
Label content varies by model. The labels shown illustrate type and location only. Always refer to the label on your
motorcycle for model-specific information.
Location A (FUEL WARNING)
Location C (NOISE EMISSION)
Location B (MANUFACTURING INFORMATION)
Location D (TIRE INFORMATION)
(Under Left Side Cover)
Location E (ENGINE I.D. NUMBER) Stamped on right rear crankcase half
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SAFETY
Location of Safety and Vehicle Information Labels
F
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Location of Safety and Vehicle Information Labels
SAFETY
Label content varies by model. The labels shown illustrate type and location only. Always refer to the label on your
motorcycle for model-specific information.
Location F
FUSE and RELAY LOCATION
(Under side cover, on side of fuse box cover)
FUSE BOX REMOVAL INSTRUCTION
(on base of fuse box)
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SAFETY
Location of Safety and Vehicle Information Labels
H
G
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SAFETY
Location of Safety and Vehicle Information Labels
Label content varies by model. The labels shown illustrate type and location only. Always refer to the label on your
motorcycle for model-specific information.
Location G (TIRE SAFETY)
Location H (EMISSION CONTROL INFORMATION)
Canada Models
49 State Models
International Models
California Models Only
Location I (PATENT NOTICE)
(LH Rear of subframe down tube)
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SAFETY
Reporting Safety Defects
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect that could result in a crash or cause injury or death, you should
immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying Polaris
Industries in writing.
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a
group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in
individual problems between you, your dealer or Polaris Industries.
To contact NHTSA, or obtain other information about motor vehicle safety, you may either call the Vehicle Safety
Hotline toll-free at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1--800--424--9153), visit the NHTSA website at www.safercar.gov, or
write to:
ADMINISTRATOR
NHTSA
US Department of Transportation
400 7th Street Southwest
Washington, DC 20590
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NOTES:
SAFETY
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COMPONENT IDENTIFICATION
Use the information on the following pages to identify and locate the major components of the VICTORY
HAMMER motorcycle, including the vehicle and engine identification numbers, model number and ignition key
number.
HANDLEBAR AREA
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
30
Speedometer
Tachometer
Front Brake Fluid Reservoir
Right Mirror
Throttle Control Grip
Front Brake Lever
Right Handlebar Switch
Throttle Cables
Indicator Lamps
Fuel Cap
Left Handlebar Switch
Clutch Lever
Left Mirror
1
2
4
3
13
5
12
10
11
9
8
7
6
COMPONENT IDENTIFICATION
LEFT SIDE VIEW
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
Front Fork
Front Turn Signal
Headlight
Air Filter
Spark Plug (2)
Ignition Switch
Left Side Cover
Battery (under side cover)
Heated Grip Switch
Rear Turn Signal
Taillight
Rear Axle Adjuster (1 each side)
Rear Brake Caliper
Passenger’s Foot Rest
Evaporative Emissions Canister (California Models)
(lower left by swingarm)
Oil Filter
Oil Drain Plug (under engine)
Sidestand
Operator’s Foot Rest
Gear Shift Lever
Horn
Front Brake Caliper
3
6
5
4
2
7
8
10
9
11
1
12
22
21
20
19
18
17
16
15
14
13
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COMPONENT IDENTIFICATION
RIGHT SIDE VIEW
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
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Drive Belt (under guard)
1
Passenger Seat / Cowl
Seat Strap (Under Seat Cowl)
Operator’s Seat
Rear Shock Absorber (access through RH side cover)
Side Cover
Front Turn Signal
Front Fork
Front Brake Caliper
Rear Brake Pedal
Operator Foot Rest
Engine Oil Fill Cap/Dipstick
Drive Sprocket (under cover)
Rear Brake Fluid Reservoir (under side cover)
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Fuses (under side cover)
Passenger Foot Rest
Diagnostic Connector
Exhaust Muffler (2)
2
3
5
4
6
7
8
10
17
16 15
14
13
12
11
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COMPONENT IDENTIFICATION
Vehicle Identification Number
The vehicle identification number (VIN) is stamped into the front of the steering head and also appears on the
certification label. You will need the vehicle identification number to title, register, license or insure the motorcycle,
or to order replacement parts.
Chassis:
A = VEGAS 8-BALL
B = NESS JACKPOT
C = KINGPIN
G = VEGAS
H = HAMMER
K = KINGPIN LOW
L = VEGAS LOW
P = KINGPIN 8-BALL
S = VISION
X = VEGAS JACKPOT
Type:
B = Standard
C = Custom
D = Deluxe
S = Sport
Series:
C = Canada
D = Domestic (49 State)
L = California
U = United Kingdom
Serial Number
*5VPHB26D093000000*
Plant Code
SAE-assigned
World Manufacturing Identifier
Engine Size:
1 = 1507 cc
2 = 1634 cc
3 = 1731 cc
Engine HP:
6 = 78-94
7 = 95-115
Check Digit
Model Year:
9 = 2009
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COMPONENT IDENTIFICATION
Engine Identification Number
The engine identification number (A) is a combination of the engine
model and serial numbers. The first 8 digits are the engine model number
and the last 5 digits are the serial number.
The engine serial number is stamped into the rear of the crankcase to the
right of the oil filter. You may need the engine identification number to
title, register, license or insure the motorcycle, or to order replacement
parts.
Ignition Key Number
The ignition key identification number is stamped into the shaft of
each key.
With the ignition key number and proof of ownership, an authorized
VICTORY dealer can assist you in obtaining a replacement key.
NOTE: For easy reference, record all vehicle numbers in the space provided on page 161.
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A
Ignition Key
INSTRUMENTS, FEATURES AND CONTROLS
The ignition key operates the ignition switch and parking lights.
Ignition Switch
3
The ignition switch energizes the ignition, the lighting system, and all
electrical switches and buttons.
NOTE: Before starting the engine, read the instructions for starting the
engine beginning on page 65.
2
1
Off Position
In the OFF position, all electrical circuits are inactive and the ignition
key can be removed. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position and
remove the ignition key when leaving the motorcycle unattended.
On Position
In the ON position, all electrical circuits are energized and the ignition
1. Off
key cannot be removed. The headlight, taillight, and instrument lights
2. On
3. P (Park)
illuminate. With the engine stop/run switch set to the RUN position (see
page 42) you can start the engine. You can also activate the emergency
flashers, turn signals and all other electrical features.
Park Position (P)
In the PARK position, the taillight, indicator lights, and license plate light illuminate, the emergency flashers can be
activated, and the ignition key can be removed. You must push the ignition key into the switch while selecting the
Park position.
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INSTRUMENTS, FEATURES AND CONTROLS
Instrument Cluster
The instrument cluster includes the speedometer and tachometer.
1. Speedometer
2. Tachometer
3. Odometer / Trip Odometer (See page 37)
4. Odometer &Trip Odometer Toggle / Trip Odometer Reset (See page 37)
5. Overdrive Indicator Lamp (O/D) (See page 37)
Speedometer
The speedometer reports current motorcycle speed in miles per hour
(mph) or kilometers per hour (kph), Canada.
2
1
5
3
4
Tachometer
The tachometer reports current engine speed in revolutions per minute
(RPM). A red line on the gauge indicates maximum safe engine RPM.
The tachometer also contains the overdrive light.
WARNING
Do not operate the engine over 5600 RPM. Excessive RPM could cause engine damage or failure that could
result in you losing control of the motorcycle.
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INSTRUMENTS, FEATURES AND CONTROLS
Odometer
The odometer display shows total miles traveled in the window on the lower portion of the speedometer.
Trip Odometer
A trip odometer is included on the speedometer. The trip odometer shows total miles traveled since the trip
odometer was reset. You can use the trip odometer to calculate your miles per gallon and estimate the number of
miles you can travel on a tank of fuel.
To toggle the display between Odometer and TRIP Odometer, the ignition switch must be in the ON position. Press
the reset button. The display changes to “TRIP”.
To reset the trip odometer, the ignition switch must be in the ON position with the display in trip odometer mode.
Press and hold the reset button until the TRIP odometer display resets to zero.
Overdrive Indicator Lamp
The Overdrive lamp illuminates when O/D (6th gear) is selected.
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INSTRUMENTS, FEATURES AND CONTROLS
Indicator Lights
Neutral Indicator (1)
The neutral indicator illuminates when the transmission is
in neutral, and the ignition key is ON.
1
2
3
Headlight High Beam Indicator (2)
The headlight high beam indicator illuminates when the
headlight switch is set to high beam (see page 40).
Check Engine Indicator (3)
The check engine indicator will illuminate any time the ignition switch is in the ON position and the engine
control module sensors report abnormal sensor or engine operation. The check engine indicator will
continue to illuminate as long as the fault condition exists. The light will also illuminate if the tilt sensor
has shut down the engine. See page 66.
Notice
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If the check engine indicator illuminates while the engine is running, a serious engine problem may exist. Contact an authorized VICTORY dealer as soon as possible.
INSTRUMENTS, FEATURES AND CONTROLS
Low Oil Pressure Indicator (4)
The low oil pressure indicator illuminates when engine oil pressure drops below safe operating pressure. If
this indicator illuminates while the engine is running, turn the engine off immediately and check the oil
level. Add oil if necessary. If the oil level is correct and the indicator remains illuminated after the engine is
restarted, turn the engine off immediately.
The low oil pressure indicator also illuminates when the ignition switch is in the ON position and the engine
is not running. This demonstrates that the indicator is functioning properly.
Turn Signal Indicator (5)
The turn signal indicator flashes when the left, right, or
both turn signals (hazard) are active.
If a turn signal bulb has failed, or if there is a short circuit
in the turn signal system, the turn signal indicator flashes at
more than twice the normal rate. See Turn Signal Switch
Operation on Page 41 for more information.
4
5
6
Low Fuel Indicator (6)
The low fuel indicator illuminates when approximately
0.8 gallons (3.0 liters) of fuel remains in the fuel tank.
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INSTRUMENTS, FEATURES AND CONTROLS
Left Handlebar Controls
Emergency Flasher Switch (1)
2
The emergency flasher switch activates and cancels the
emergency flashers. When the emergency flashers are
active, all of the turn signals flash. Press the top of the
switch to activate the emergency flashers. Press the
bottom of the switch to cancel the flashers.
Headlight High Beam/Low Beam Switch (2)
The headlight high/low beam switch toggles the
headlight between high beam and low beam. To activate
the high beam, press the upper portion of the switch; to
activate the low beam, press the lower portion of the
switch.
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1
5
3
4
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Emergency Flasher Switch
Headlight High Beam/Low Beam Switch
Turn Signal Switch
Horn Button
Clutch Lever
Left Handlebar Controls
INSTRUMENTS, FEATURES AND CONTROLS
Turn Signal Switch Operation (3)
The ignition key must be in the ON or PARK position and the engine stop/run switch must be in the ON
position to operate the turn signals. Move the switch to the left to activate the left turn signals. Move the
switch to the right to activate the right turn signals.
A signal will deactivate automatically when speed or distance reach predetermined levels. To cancel a
signal manually, move the switch to the center position and push it inward.
Momentary Feature: Move the turn signal switch left or right and hold it in that position for at least one
second. The momentary feature will activate and the signal will then cancel when the switch is released.
Horn Button (4)
To sound the horn, press the horn button.
Clutch Lever (5)
To disengage the clutch, pull the lever (5) toward the handlebar. To engage the clutch, gradually release the lever.
For smooth clutch operation, pull the lever quickly and release it gradually.
NOTE: The motorcycle is equipped with a clutch interlock switch that prevents the engine from starting when the transmission is in
gear and the clutch is engaged (see page 65).
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INSTRUMENTS, FEATURES AND CONTROLS
Right Handlebar Controls
Engine Stop/Run Switch (1)
The engine stop/run switch completes or interrupts the ignition,
starter, and fuel pump circuits. To complete the circuits, allowing
the engine to start and run, press the lower portion of the engine
stop/run switch (RUN position). To interrupt the circuits, press the
upper portion of the switch (STOP position). The engine should
not start or run when the switch is in the STOP position.
Use the engine stop/run switch to turn the engine off under either
normal or emergency conditions.
Starter Button (2)
The starter button works only when the engine stop/run switch is
in the RUN position and the transmission is in neutral or the
clutch is disengaged (lever pulled in toward handlebar.) To engage
the engine starter motor, press the right side of the starter button.
For complete engine starting procedures, see Starting the Engine, page 65.
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1
2
1. Engine Stop/Run Switch
2. Starter Button
Right Handlebar Controls
INSTRUMENTS, FEATURES AND CONTROLS
Throttle Control Grip (3)
3
The throttle control grip controls the engine speed. To
increase engine speed, twist the throttle control grip toward
you; to decrease engine speed, twist the grip away from you.
When you release the grip, it returns to the idle speed
position.
Front Brake Lever (4)
The front brake lever is located on the right handlebar grip.
To apply the front brake, pull the lever toward the handlebar.
For braking procedures in various riding conditions, see
Braking, page 71.
4
3. Throttle Control Grip
4. Front Brake Lever
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INSTRUMENTS, FEATURES AND CONTROLS
Gear Shift Pedal (1)
The gear shift pedal is located on the left side of the motorcycle. To
shift to a lower gear, press down on the gear shift pedal. To shift to a
higher gear, lift up on the gear shift pedal.
1
For proper gear shifting procedure, see Shifting Gears, pages 67 and
68.
Rear Brake Pedal (2)
The rear brake pedal is on the right side of the motorcycle. To
engage the rear brake, press down on the rear brake pedal.
For braking procedures in various riding conditions, see Braking,
page 71.
2
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Fuel Cap
INSTRUMENTS, FEATURES AND CONTROLS
The fuel cap must be opened and closed with the ignition key.
For fueling procedure, see Fueling and Fill Height, page 64. If
tank was empty of fuel, prime the fuel pump. (See Fuel Pump
Priming procedure on page 64.)
1
To open:
S Lift key slot cover (1) on cap and insert key.
S Turn clockwise while pushing down lightly to release latch
and open the cap
To close:
S Turn key clockwise and press down on cap.
S Maintain downward pressure on cap and turn key counterclockwise.
S Remove key and close the key slot cover.
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INSTRUMENTS, FEATURES AND CONTROLS
Side Covers
Your motorcycle is equipped with two removable side covers.
Remove the left side cover to access the battery. Remove the
right side cover to access the fuses and the rear brake fluid
reservoir.
To remove either side cover, pull the lower corners of the side
cover out slightly until lower dart (A) is disengaged. Pull
evenly on upper left and right side to disengage the two top
darts (B). Remove cover from the motorcycle. Be sure rubber
grommets are in place before reversing the above procedure
to install the side covers.
Sidestand
The sidestand is located on the left side of the motorcycle.
WARNING
Correctly retract the sidestand before operating the motorcycle. An improperly retracted sidestand could
come into contact with the ground and cause loss of control.
To extend the sidestand, swing it out from the end until it is fully extended. Lean the motorcycle toward the
sidestand until the sidestand firmly supports the motorcycle.
To retract the sidestand, lean the motorcycle away from the sidestand until the motorcycle is fully upright. Swing
the sidestand back into its fully retracted position.
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PRE-OPERATION CHECK
To keep your VICTORY motorcycle in good operating condition, always perform the checks described in this
section before each ride. This is especially important before making a long trip or when removing the motorcycle
from storage. You must be familiar with the VICTORY motorcycle instruments and controls to make these checks.
You can find additional service information in the maintenance section of this manual, in the VICTORY Service
Manual or from an authorized VICTORY dealer.
During the pre-operation check you might use products that are potentially hazardous, such as oil or brake fluid.
When using any of these products, follow the instructions and warnings on the product packaging.
WARNING
Failure to perform these checks before operating the motorcycle may result in serious injury or damage.
Adjust components designed for normal wear adjustment, and repair or replace worn or damaged
components as needed.
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PRE-OPERATION CHECK
Electrical Equipment
To perform a pre-operation check on the electrical equipment, set the ignition switch to the ON position. Set the
ignition switch to the OFF position after completing the electrical equipment portion of the pre-operation check.
Indicator Lights
The low oil pressure indicator should illuminate until the engine is started. If the transmission is in neutral, the
neutral indicator should remain illuminated.
Headlight
Check the headlight to see that it is on. Set the headlight switch to the high beam position. Headlight brightness
should increase and the high beam indicator should illuminate.
Taillight / Brake Light
With the ignition switch in the ON position, the taillight and the license plate light should illuminate. Apply slight
pressure to the front brake lever; taillight brightness should increase. Apply slight pressure to the rear brake pedal;
taillight brightness should increase.
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Electrical Equipment
PRE-OPERATION CHECK
Turn Signals
Move the turn signal switch to the left. The front and rear left turn signals and the turn signal indicator light on the
panel should flash. Push the switch button IN to cancel the turn signal. The turn signals and turn signal indicator
should stop flashing. Repeat the procedure for the right turn signals.
Emergency Flashers
Slide the emergency flasher switch to the left. All four turn signals and the turn signal indicator light on the panel
should flash. Slide the switch to the right. The turn signals and turn signal indicator should stop flashing.
Horn
Press the horn button. The horn should sound loudly.
Engine Stop/Run Switch
Be sure the engine stop/run switch stops the engine, or prevents the engine from starting when set to the STOP
position.
NOTE: If you regularly use this switch to shut off the engine, you’re already checking its operation each time you use the motorcycle.
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PRE-OPERATION CHECK
Engine Oil Level
A dipstick attached to the oil fill cap registers the engine oil level.
We recommend the use of only VICTORY brand Semi-Synthetic
20W-40 Motor Oil or an equivalent oil designed for use with wet
clutches (such as those with a JASO MA rating).
1. With the transmission in neutral, start and run the engine for
several minutes.
2. Shut the engine off and wait for 3-5 minutes.
3. With the engine at normal operating temperature, straddle the
motorcycle on level ground and bring it to a vertical position.
Remove the oil fill cap/dipstick (1) and wipe it clean. Reinstall
the dipstick and turn the cap clockwise until it seats.
4. Remove the dipstick again and read the oil level.
5. If necessary, add or remove oil to bring the level into the area
on the dipstick above the ADD mark and below the FULL
mark. Repeat steps 1 and 2 each time you adjust the oil level.
1
2
3
1. Oil Fill Cap/Dipstick
2. ADD Mark
3. FULL Mark
WARNING
Do not operate the motorcycle with the oil level above the FULL mark or below the ADD mark.
Operating the engine with too much or too little oil can cause serious engine damage or engine seizure,
resulting in loss of control.
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Fuel Components
PRE-OPERATION CHECK
Fuel Level
1. Straddle the motorcycle on level ground and bring it to a vertical position.
2. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position and watch the fuel indicator light on the panel.
NOTE: The light will stay on if less than .8 gallons (3.08 liters) remains in the tank after starting the engine.
3. Check the fuel level.
4. Estimate your next fuel stop and plan accordingly to avoid running out of fuel.
Fuel Hose, Rail and Connections
Inspect the fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Inspect the hose connection at the fuel tank and at the fuel rail for
dampness or stains from leaking or dried fuel.
Evaporative Emission Control System (California models)
Visually inspect all evaporative emission control system hoses
and connections. Make sure all connections are tight. Inspect the
evaporative canister (1) to make sure it has not been damaged.
The canister is located on the left side of the motorcycle behind
the side stand.
1
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PRE-OPERATION CHECK
Tires
Tire Pressure
Normal riding warms the tires and increases the tire air pressure. For an accurate reading, check the tire pressure
before you ride. Adjust tire pressure as required for the total weight of your intended load. Refer to the tire pressure
table on page 119.
Tire Condition
Inspect the tire sidewalls, road contact surface, and tread base for cuts, punctures, and cracking. Replace damaged
tires immediately (see the VICTORY Service Manual or an authorized VICTORY dealer).
Tire Tread Depth
Raised areas at the base of the tread, known as wear bars, act as easily visible tread depth indicators. See page 120.
When the road contact surface has worn to the top of the wear bars, replace the tire.
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PRE-OPERATION CHECK
Brakes
Front Brake Lever Movement
Minimum Level
Squeeze the front brake lever toward the handlebar and release it. It
should move freely and smoothly and should return to its rest position
quickly when released. You should feel a firm resistance in the
lever within the first 3/4-inch (19 mm) of lever travel.
Lever reach (distance to the hand grip) is adjustable.
To adjust, pull and hold the lever away from the grip.
S To increase reach distance, turn the adjuster to align
a lower number to the indicator mark on the lever.
S To decrease reach distance, turn the adjuster to
align a higher number to the indicator mark on the
lever.
3/4 inch
(19 mm)
1
2
1. Lever Reach Adjuster
2. Indicator Mark
Front Brake Fluid Level
1. Position the motorcycle on level ground with the front wheel
straight forward. Do not use the side stand. Position the handlebars so that the brake fluid reservoir is level.
2. View the brake fluid through the sight glass. The fluid should be clear and at a level in or above the sight glass.
Add brake fluid if necessary (see page 112).
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PRE-OPERATION CHECK
Brakes
Rear Brake Pedal
Press and release the rear brake pedal. It should move freely and
smoothly and should return to its rest position quickly when
released. You should feel a firm resistance within the first 8 mm of
pedal travel. If the brake pedal travels too far before beginning to
engage the brake, see the VICTORY Service Manual, or contact an
authorized VICTORY dealer for service.
8 mm
Inspect and adjust brake pedal freeplay as outlined on page 114.
Rear Brake Fluid Level
1. To check the rear brake fluid level, remove right side cover.
Straddle the motorcycle and bring it to a vertical position.
2. View the brake fluid through the reservoir (1). The fluid
should be clear and at a level between minimum (MIN) and
maximum (MAX) marks on the side of the reservoir. Add
brake fluid if necessary (see page 116).
1
2
3
1. Rear brake fluid reservoir
2. MAX brake fluid level mark
3. MIN brake fluid level mark
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Brakes
PRE-OPERATION CHECK
Hoses and Connections
Inspect all brake hoses and connections for dampness or stains
from leaking or dried fluid. Tighten any leaking connections
and replace components as necessary. Refer to the Victory
Service Manual for torque values of fasteners or contact your
Victory dealer.
Brake Pads
Inspect front (1) and rear (2) brake pad thickness. Replace brake
pads when wear lines (3) are no longer visible, or when pad
thickness reaches 1.5 mm. See page 117.
1
2
3
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PRE-OPERATION CHECK
Throttle Control Grip and Cables
See your authorized VICTORY dealer for service if the throttle
fails to operate smoothly, if the grip does not return to the rest
position properly, or if throttle cable ends begin to fray.
1. Rotate the throttle control grip. It should rotate smoothly
from its rest position to its completely open position and back
again. It should return to its rest position quickly when
released.
2. Throttle freeplay is the amount of throttle control grip
movement from the rest position to the point of cable
resistance. Freeplay should be 2-4 mm. Adjust throttle
freeplay if necessary. See page 104.
3. Remove the right side access cover (1). Inspect throttle
cables (2) for frayed ends.
2-4mm
2
1
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Clutch
PRE-OPERATION CHECK
Mechanical Clutch
1. Squeeze the clutch lever toward the handlebar and release it. It should
move freely and smoothly and should return to its rest position quickly
when released.
2. Clutch lever freeplay is the amount of clutch lever movement from the
rest position to the point of cable resistance. Freeplay (gap) should be
.02-.06 inch (0.5-1.5 mm). Measure the gap between the clutch lever
and the lever housing.
3. Adjust clutch lever freeplay if necessary (see page 106).
NOTE: The starter interlock switch is dependent on the clutch lever freeplay being set
correctly to ensure activation of the clutch safety switch.
3
2
1. Clutch Lever
2. Lever Housing
3. Freeplay = .02-.06 inch (0.5-1.5 mm)
Hydraulic Clutch
Check the hydraulic clutch fluid level.
1. Position the motorcycle on level ground with the front wheel straight
forward. Do not use the side stand. Position the handlebars so that the
clutch fluid reservoir is level.
2. View the fluid level through the sight glass. The fluid should be clear
and at a level in or above the sight glass. Add clutch fluid if necessary
(see page 108).
1
Minimum Level
2
3
1
1. Clutch Lever
2. Lever Housing
3. Clutch Fluid Sight Glass
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PRE-OPERATION CHECK
Front Suspension
1. To check the front suspension, straddle the
motorcycle and bring it to a vertical position.
2. Apply the front brake and push down hard on the
handlebars several times. The front suspension
should operate smoothly and quietly.
3. Place the motorcycle on the sidestand and inspect the
front forks. Make sure there is no fork oil present on
the fork tube or around the fork seal.
2
Steering
Straddle the motorcycle and bring it to a vertical position.
Turn the handlebars from stop to stop. The action should
be smooth but not loose or interfered with by wires,
hoses or control cables.
1
1. Front Fork Tube
2. Fork Seal
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Rear Suspension
PRE-OPERATION CHECK
Proper rear suspension adjustment is essential for a safe and comfortable ride. Check the rear shock absorber
movement and preload to ensure that the motorcycle has the correct amount of suspension travel and ground
clearance (see page 94).
WARNING
Inadequate ground clearance could allow components to come into contact with the ground, causing loss
of control.
Drive Belt
The drive belt should fit tightly. See Drive Belt Tension beginning on page 86. The drive belt system must be cool,
clean, and dry in order to accurately measure belt tension (deflection). Do not measure the belt tension when the
belt or drive system is wet, or when it is hot (such as immediately after riding).
Replace the drive belt if it is cracked or has broken teeth or frayed edges (consult your VICTORY Service Manual or
an authorized VICTORY dealer).
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PRE-OPERATION CHECK
Sidestand
Straddle the motorcycle and bring it to a vertical position. Move the
sidestand (1) to its stored (up) position, then to its fully extended
(down) position and back again. It should move smoothly and
quietly. When the sidestand is in its stored position, the sidestand
return spring should hold the sidestand tightly against the
motorcycle.
Check the sidestand pivot bolt for looseness or wear. Tighten or
replace if loose or worn.
Check the condition of the sidestand rubber pad (2), and make sure
it’s firmly attached to the sidestand. Check the wear indicator (3) on
the leading edge of the sidestand rubber pad. Replace the pad if worn
beyond the WEAR LIMIT line on the pad.
Fasteners
Visually inspect the entire motorcycle chassis and engine for loose,
damaged or missing fasteners. Tighten loose fasteners to the proper
torque (see the specifications section of this manual or see the
VICTORY Service Manual). Immediately replace stripped, damaged
or broken fasteners with genuine VICTORY fasteners of equal size
and strength immediately.
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1
3
2
Leading Edge
Trailing Edge
Front of Motorcycle
1. Sidestand
2. Rubber Pad Wear
3. Wear Indicator
OPERATION
The operation section describes how to operate your VICTORY motorcycle for best performance and longevity.
Important areas covered include:
S Engine Break-in Period
S Fueling and Fill Height
S Starting the Engine
S Shifting Gears
S Accelerating
S Braking
S Stopping the Engine
S Parking
For safe operation and riding, see the safety section beginning on page 5.
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OPERATION
Engine Break-in Period
During the first 500 miles (800 kilometers), critical engine parts require special wear-in procedures so they seat and
mate properly. Read, understand and use the following rules for operating the motorcycle during the first 500 miles
(800 kilometers) to ensure your engine’s long-term performance and durability.
Notice
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Do not put unnecessary load on the engine during the first 500 miles (800 kilometers). Avoid prolonged full
throttle operation or any condition that creates excessive engine heat.
Engine Break-in Period
OPERATION
0-90 miles (0-145 kilometers)
S Do not operate the motorcycle for extended periods of time at throttle positions above 1/3 throttle. Vary the engine speed of the motorcycle. Do not operate the motorcycle for extended periods of time at any one set throttle
position.
90-300 miles (145-483 kilometers)
S Do not operate the motorcycle for extended periods of time at throttle positions above 1/2 throttle. Vary the engine speed of the motorcycle. Do not operate the motorcycle for extended periods of time at any one set throttle
position.
300-500 miles (483-800 kilometers)
S Do not operate the motorcycle for extended periods of time at throttle positions above 3/4 throttle.
At 500 miles (800 kilometers)
S Perform initial maintenance as described in the Maintenance section of the Owner’s Manual. This maintenance is
one of the most important services your motorcycle requires and should be performed by an authorized VICTORY dealer. Initial maintenance includes servicing all adjustments, tightening all fasteners, and changing engine
oil. Performing this maintenance at the required mileage point helps the engine maintain top performance for its
entire service life.
NOTE: If engine trouble should occur during the engine break-in period, consult the maintenance section of the Owner’s Manual,
the VICTORY Service Manual, or an authorized VICTORY dealer immediately.
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OPERATION
Engine Break-in Period
Fueling and Fill Height
Fuel the motorcycle with the sidestand down and on level ground. Use only the recommended fuel (see Fuel
Specifications on page 160). Fill the fuel tank to a level just below the bottom of the fuel filler insert.
WARNING
• Do not allow gasoline to come into contact with a hot engine or exhaust system. This could cause a fire.
Immediately wipe, or rinse with water, gasoline spilled on any part of the motorcycle or the
surrounding area.
• Do not fill the fuel tank above the fuel filler insert. Overfilling the fuel tank may cause fuel to overflow
when it expands.
• Fuel may leak from an improperly seated fuel cap. Be sure the fuel cap properly seated and locked
before starting the engine.
Notice
Fuel can damage painted surfaces and plastic parts. Wipe spilled fuel immediately from the motorcycle using
a clean, dry, soft cloth.
Priming the Fuel System
If the motorcycle has run completely out of fuel, prime the system before starting the engine: Turn the ignition
switch to the ON position. Toggle the engine stop/run switch from the STOP position to the RUN position. Allow
the fuel pump to run until it stops (about 3 seconds). Toggle the switch to the STOP position and wait 3 seconds to
allow the engine control module to reset. Repeat the RUN/STOP procedure 4-5 times, waiting 3 seconds between
each toggle.
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Starting the Engine
OPERATION
The VICTORY motorcycle has a starter interlock system. The engine can be started only when the transmission is
in neutral or when the transmission is in gear and the clutch is disengaged (clutch lever is pulled in).
Follow these steps to start the motorcycle:
1. Perform the Pre-Operation Check as outlined beginning on page 47. If you’re carrying cargo, inspect the cargo
restraints for tightness.
2. Insert the ignition key into the ignition switch and turn the switch to the ON position (see page 35).
3. Mount the motorcycle and bring it to an upright position. Engage the front brake and place the sidestand in the
stored (up) position. If the neutral indicator is not illuminated, shift the transmission to neutral (see Shifting
Gears, page 67).
4. Set the engine stop/run switch to the RUN position. You should hear the fuel pump run momentarily as it
pressurizes the fuel system.
NOTE: If the motorcycle was run completely out of fuel, prime the system as instructed on page 64.
(Continued on next page)
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OPERATION
Starting the Engine
5. Leaving the throttle closed, press and hold the starter button until the engine starts. If the engine does not start
within a few seconds after you press the starter button, release the button and wait several seconds. Then press
and hold the starter button again. Hold the starter button for as short a time as possible to minimize battery
drain, and do not push the starter button for more than 10 seconds at any one time.
NOTE: If either the check engine indicator or the low oil pressure indicator does not go out after the engine starts, stop the engine.
See either Check Engine Indicator, page 38, or Low Oil Pressure Indicator, page 39.
Notice
Do not rev the engine or put the transmission in gear immediately after starting the engine. Allow the engine
to idle for about one minute after a cold start, or 30 seconds after a warm start to allow the oil to reach all areas
requiring lubrication before the engine is put under load.
Tilt Sensor
Your motorcycle is equipped with a tilt sensor. The tilt sensor stops the engine if the motorcyle tips beyond 45
degrees to one side. If this occurs, the check engine light will also illuminate.
To restart the engine, cycle the ignition switch to the OFF position, wait 10 seconds, then restart the engine.
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Shifting Gears
WARNING
The clutch must be fully disengaged (clutch lever pulled completely in toward the handlebars) before you
attempt to shift gears. Forced shifting (shifting without the clutch disengaged) may damage the engine,
transmission and drive train, causing loss of control of the motorcycle.
The motorcycle is equipped with a six-speed transmission. The
sixth gear is overdrive.
TOE SHIFT PEDAL: Shift to a higher gear by lifting the front
of the pedal with your toe. To shift to a lower gear, depress the
pedal with your toe.
Neutral position is between first and second gear. The
transmission is in neutral when the motorcycle moves forward
or backward freely while the clutch is engaged (clutch lever
released). With the ignition switch set to the ON position, the
neutral indicator illuminates when the transmission is in
neutral.
3
4
5
O/D
2
N
1
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OPERATION
Shifting Gears
1. To engage first gear, start the engine (see Starting the Engine on page 65).
2. With the engine at idle speed, engage the front brake (squeeze the brake lever) and disengage the clutch
(squeeze the clutch lever).
3. Push the shift pedal down until you feel it stop in first gear.
4. Disengage the front brake (release the brake lever).
5. Simultaneously moving both the clutch lever and the throttle control grip with a smooth, gentle motion,
gradually engage the clutch (release the clutch lever) and open the throttle (roll the throttle control grip toward
you).
6. As the clutch begins to engage, the motorcycle begins to move forward.
7. To shift to the next higher gear, accelerate smoothly and easily to the recommended shift point (see
Recommended Shift Points on page 69).
8. With a quick motion, simultaneously close the throttle completely and disengage the clutch.
9. Raise the shift pedal with your toe, or depress it with your heel, until you feel it stop at the next gear.
10. Simultaneously moving both the clutch lever and the throttle with a smooth, gentle motion, gradually release
the clutch lever and open the throttle.
NOTE: Within the recommended speed ranges (see Recommended Shift Points on page 69), you can downshift (shift to a lower
gear) to slow the motorcycle or to increase the available power. You may want to downshift when climbing a hill or passing.
Downshifting also helps to decrease your speed when combined with closing the throttle.
11. To shift to a lower gear, simultaneously pull in the clutch lever and close the throttle. Shift into the next lower
gear by depressing the shift pedal with your toe. Simultaneously release the clutch lever and open the throttle.
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OPERATION
Shifting Gears
WARNING
• Downshifting at a speed in excess of the recommended downshift point may severely damage the
transmission or cause the rear wheel to lose traction. It could also result in engine damage from
running at excessive rpm. Reduce speed before downshifting and do not downshift at a speed above
that in the table of recommended shift points.
• Downshifting abruptly on wet, rough, loose or slippery surfaces can cause the motorcycle to skid.
When downshifting while passing over such surfaces, release the clutch lever very gradually.
• Downshifting in a curve may cause the rear wheel to lose traction. Downshift before entering a curve.
Recommended Shift Points
The following table shows the appropriate speed at which to shift up or down to each gear.
Upshift (Acceleration)
Gear Change
Upshift Speed
Downshift (Deceleration)
Gear Change
Downshift Speed
1st to 2nd
2nd to 3rd
3rd to 4th
4th to 5th
5th to O/D
18 mph (29 km/h)
30 mph (48 km/h)
40 mph (64 km/h)
50 mph (80 km/h)
60 mph (97 km/h)
O/D to 5th
5th to 4th
4th to 3rd
3rd to 2nd
2nd to 1st
50 mph (80 km/h)
35 mph (56 km/h)
25 mph (40 km/h)
15 mph (24 km/h)
10 mph (16 km/h)
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OPERATION
Accelerating
To accelerate, open the throttle (roll the throttle control grip toward you). For even acceleration, open the throttle
with a smooth, continuous motion. When you reach the recommended speed for upshifting, shift up one gear
according to the instructions in Shifting Gears, page 67. The more quickly you open the throttle, the more quickly
the motorcycle accelerates.
WARNING
• Abrupt acceleration can cause your body to shift suddenly toward the rear of the motorcycle.
• Accelerating abruptly on wet, rough, loose, or slippery surfaces may cause the rear wheel to lose
traction. When accelerating on such surfaces, whether you are at a stop or already in motion, open the
throttle gradually.
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Braking
OPERATION
To slow the motorcycle with the brakes, close the throttle and apply the front and rear brakes evenly. As the
motorcycle slows, either disengage the clutch or downshift each time your speed reaches a downshift point.
Applying slightly more front brake than rear brake generally gives you the best braking performance. Do not apply
the brakes so forcefully or quickly that either wheel stops rotating. Leave sufficient distance so you can apply the
brakes gradually if you need to stop.
WARNING
• Do not apply either brake so strongly that the wheel stops rotating. This may cause loss of control.
• Braking hard on wet, rough, loose, or slippery surfaces can cause the motorcycle to skid, and you
could lose control of the motorcycle. Apply the brakes lightly on such surfaces.
• Braking while in a curve can cause loss of control. Bring the motorcycle to the upright position before
applying the brakes, and avoid applying the brakes in a corner if at all possible.
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OPERATION
Stopping the Engine
Before stopping the engine, bring the motorcycle to a complete stop either in neutral or with the clutch disengaged.
Once the motorcycle is at a complete stop, if it is not already in neutral, shift into neutral. To stop the engine, set the
engine stop/run switch to the STOP position, turn the ignition switch to the OFF position, and remove the ignition
key.
NOTE: Idle air control (IAC) noise is a normal engine management calibration process that occurs each time the engine stop/run
switch is put into the STOP position or when the key is turned off.
WARNING
• Stopping the engine while the motorcycle is in motion and the transmission is engaged may damage the
engine and the transmission or cause the rear wheel to lose traction. In either case, you may lose
control.
• If the motorcycle is in motion and the engine stops on its own, guide the motorcycle to a safe location
off the road and away from traffic.
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Parking the Motorcycle
OPERATION
When parking the motorcycle, choose a flat, firm surface. Bring the motorcycle to a complete stop and, with the
transmission in neutral, stop the engine. Fully extend the sidestand, turn the handlebars to the left, and lean the
motorcycle to the left until the sidestand firmly supports the motorcycle. Take the key with you.
On a slope
If you must park on a slope, point the motorcycle toward the top of the slope. Put the transmission in gear and park
the motorcycle so that it is stable when it rests on the sidestand.
On soft surfaces
If you must park on a soft surface, use a sidestand plate under the foot of the sidestand to provide a firm surface.
The sidestand footrest must be strong enough and large enough to support the motorcycle’s weight without sinking
into the parking surface. Many motorcyclists carry a sidestand plate.
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OPERATION
Parking the Motorcycle
Notice
Asphalt pavement can become soft in hot weather. The sidestand can sink into soft asphalt until the motorcycle falls over. When parking on asphalt in hot weather, use a sidestand footrest under the foot of the sidestand to prevent the sidestand from sinking into the asphalt.
WARNING
A hot engine or hot exhaust pipes can be hazardous. The engine and exhaust pipes are hot for some time
after the engine is stopped. Touching the engine or exhaust pipes while hot can cause serious burns.
Allowing flammable materials to contact a hot engine or exhaust pipes may cause a fire. Park the
motorcycle where people will not touch the engine or exhaust pipes and where it is not near flammable
materials.
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MAINTENANCE
This section includes information for maintaining your VICTORY motorcycle. It includes recommended periodic
maintenance intervals, which outlines the regular service required to keep your motorcycle in the best operating
condition. Regular service increases motorcycle durability, safety, and dependability, and it provides greater riding
pleasure. Also refer to the safety-related maintenance information beginning on page 20.
Before you begin any maintenance procedure, read the instructions for the entire procedure in this section of the
Owner’s Manual. Choose a flat, firm surface for servicing the motorcycle. Make sure you have the time, tools, and
expertise to complete a procedure properly.
During maintenance you might use products that are potentially hazardous; such as oil or brake fluid. When using
any of these products, follow the instructions and warnings on the product packaging.
For information on major repairs, see the VICTORY Service Manual. Major repairs typically require the technical
skills and specially designed tools available from your authorized VICTORY dealer.
Your VICTORY dealer has the equipment and training required to properly perform emission system maintenance
and repairs.
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MAINTENANCE
Initial Maintenance
Perform the initial maintenance after you’ve ridden your new motorcycle 500 miles (800 kilometers). This
maintenance is one of the most important services your motorcycle requires and should be performed by an
authorized VICTORY dealer. Initial maintenance includes servicing all adjustments, tightening all fasteners, and
changing engine oil. Performing this maintenance at the required mileage point helps the engine maintain top
performance for its entire service life.
Periodic Maintenance Intervals
Use the following table to determine how often you should perform maintenance on various components. For
additional information on maintenance operations for each component listed in the table, refer to the instructions in
this section.
If you regularly ride your motorcycle at high or low speed for extended periods of time, or in dusty or other adverse
conditions, perform the required maintenance more frequently to help keep your motorcycle in safe operating
condition.
NOTE: Use the space provided at the back of this manual to record information about maintenance performed on your motorcycle.
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Periodic Maintenance Interval Table
500 (800)
2,500 (4,000)
5000 (8,000)
7,500 (12,000)
10,000 (16,000)
12.500 (20,000)
15,000 (24,000)
17,500 (28,000)
20,000 (32,000)
22,500 (36,000)
25,000 (40,000)
27,500 (44,000)
30,000 (48,000)
32,500 (52,000)
35,000 (56,000)
37,500 (60,000)
40,000 (64,000)
42,500 (68,000)
45,000 (72,000)
47.500 (76,000)
50,000 (80,000)
ODOMETER READING in MILES (KILOMETERS)
Air Filter***
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Battery
126
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112,115
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Brake Pads
117
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Clutch Fluid** (Hydraulic)
107
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Clutch Lever
105
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Control Cables
110
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Crankcase Ventilation
System
101
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Drive Belt
86
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Engine Oil*
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Engine Oil Filter*
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Component
(see operation codes
below)
Brake Fluid**
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Operation Codes:
I-Inspect (tighten, clean, adjust, correct or replace if necessary)
R-Replace/Rebuild
L-Lubricate with proper lubricant
P-Perform
*Replace at specified interval or annually. If driven in extreme conditions, engine oil and filter should be changed every 2,500 miles
(examples: frequent operation in stop-and-go traffic, short trips, dusty conditions, fully loaded, aggressive riding, high ambient temperatures).
**Replace at specified interval or every 2 years
***Change every 5,000 miles if operated regularly in dusty environments
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Periodic Maintenance Interval Table (continued)
50,000 (80,000)
47.500 (76,000)
45,000 (72,000)
42,500 (68,000)
40,000 (64,000)
37,500 (60,000)
35,000 (56,000)
32,500 (52,000)
30,000 (48,000)
27,500 (44,000)
25,000 (40,000)
22,500 (36,000)
20,000 (32,000)
17,500 (28,000)
15,000 (24,000)
12.500 (20,000)
10,000 (16,000)
7,500 (12,000)
5000 (8,000)
See
Page
2,500 (4,000)
Component
(see operation codes
below)
500 (800)
ODOMETER READING in MILES (KILOMETERS)
Engine Compression
124
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Evaporative Emission
Control System
(California Only)
101
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Exhaust System
124
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Fasteners
135
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Front Brake Lever
111
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Front Fork Oil**
99
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Front Forks/Front Axle
100
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Fuel Filter
102
Fuel System
101
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Gear Shift Pedal
118
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Headlight
132
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Operation Codes:
I-Inspect (tighten, clean, adjust, correct or replace if necessary)
L-Lubricate with proper lubricant
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R-Replace/Rebuild
*Replace at specified interval or annually
P-Perform
**Replace at specified interval or every 2 years
***Change every 5,000 miles if operated regularly in dusty environments
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Periodic Maintenance Interval Table (continued)
Rear Wheel Alignment
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Rear Shock Absorber
94
Rear Brake Pedal
114
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Road Test
135
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Sidestand
133
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Sidestand Rubber Pad
60
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Spark Plugs
122
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Steering Head Bearings
100
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Swing Arm and Rear Axle
98
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103,110
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Tires
119
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Wheel Spokes
121
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Throttle/Throttle Cables
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I-Inspect (tighten, clean, adjust, correct or replace if necessary)
L-Lubricate with proper lubricant
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50,000 (80,000)
47.500 (76,000)
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45,000 (72,000)
42,500 (68,000)
40,000 (64,000)
37,500 (60,000)
35,000 (56,000)
32,500 (52,000)
30,000 (48,000)
27,500 (44,000)
25,000 (40,000)
22,500 (36,000)
20,000 (32,000)
17,500 (28,000)
15,000 (24,000)
12.500 (20,000)
10,000 (16,000)
7,500 (12,000)
5000 (8,000)
See
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2,500 (4,000)
Component
(see operation codes
below)
500 (800)
ODOMETER READING in MILES (KILOMETERS)
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*Replace at specified interval or annually
P-Perform
**Replace at specified interval or every 2 years
***Change every 5,000 miles if operated regularly in dusty environments
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MAINTENANCE RECORD
MAINTENANCE PERFORMED
80
MILES / KM
NOTES
PERFORMED BY:
MAINTENANCE
MAINTENANCE RECORD
MAINTENANCE PERFORMED
MILES / KM
NOTES
PERFORMED BY:
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MAINTENANCE
Engine Oil
Change Engine Oil and Oil Filter
WARNING
A hot engine or hot exhaust pipes can be hazardous. The engine and exhaust pipes are hot for some time
after the engine is stopped. Touching the engine or exhaust pipes while hot can cause serious burns.
Allowing flammable materials to contact a hot engine or exhaust pipes may cause a fire. Park the
motorcycle where people will not touch the engine or exhaust pipes and where it is not near flammable
materials.
1. Start and run the engine until it reaches normal operating
temperature. Stop the engine.
2. Securely support the motorcycle on the sidestand.
3. Place a drain pan under the drain plug and oil filter.
4. Remove the drain plug and seal using the universal tool
(provided under the left side cover) or a good quality 6mm
hexagonal socket. Allow the oil to drain completely.
5. Use an oil filter wrench to slowly loosen the filter. Allow oil
in the filter to drain before removing the filter.
6. Reinstall the drain plug with a new seal.
Torque: 15 ft-lbs (20 Nm)
7. Clean any residue or debris from oil filter mounting plate and
threads.
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Engine Oil
MAINTENANCE
Change Engine Oil and Oil Filter
8. Make sure the new oil filter gasket is properly seated in the oil filter, and apply a thin film of clean engine oil to
the gasket. Screw the new filter on until the gasket contacts the filter mounting plate. Tighten the filter by hand
an additional 3/4 turn.
9. Fill the crankcase through the oil fill cap with about 8.75--9.0 pints (4.0--4.25 liters) of oil. We recommend the
use of only VICTORY Brand Semi-Synthetic 20W-40 Motor Oil or an equivalent oil designed for use with wet
clutches (such as those with a JASO MA rating).
10. Reinstall the oil fill cap and then start and run the engine until it reaches normal operating temperature.
Notice
After an oil change, the low oil pressure indicator remains illuminated longer than usual before going out. Revving the engine while the low oil pressure indicator is illuminated can damage the engine.
11. Stop the engine and make sure there are no leaks around the drain plug and oil filter. Check the oil level and
adjust if needed (see page 84).
NOTE: Recycle used oil and oil filter in accordance with local regulations.
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MAINTENANCE
Engine Oil
Engine Oil Level
1. With the transmission in neutral, start and run the engine for several
minutes.
2. Shut the engine off and wait for 3-5 minutes.
3. With the engine at normal operating temperature, straddle the
motorcycle on level ground and bring it to a vertical position. Remove
the oil fill cap and wipe the dipstick clean. Reinstall the dipstick and
turn the cap clockwise until it seats.
4. Remove the dipstick again and note the oil level.
5. If necessary, add or remove oil to bring the level into the area on the
dipstick, above the ADD mark and below the FULL mark (see page
50). Repeat steps 1-2 each time you adjust the oil level.
1
2
3
1. Oil Fill Cap/Dipstick
2. ADD Mark
3. FULL Mark
WARNING
Do not operate the motorcycle with the oil level above the FULL mark or below the ADD mark. Operating
the engine with too much or too little oil can cause serious engine damage or engine seizure, resulting in
loss of control of the motorcycle.
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Air Filter
MAINTENANCE
The standard VICTORY air filter element is a dry, treated paper design
and does not require the use of air filter oil.
NOTE: Inspect the air filter often if riding in unusually wet or dusty conditions.
1. Remove the air filter access cover and air filter element using
the universal tool provided under the left side cover (see page
135), or a #2 Phillips screwdriver.
2. To remove debris from the element, use low-pressure air and
blow from the rear forward. Replace the air filter element if it is
extremely dirty or contaminated, and at the service interval
recommended on page 77.
WARNING
2
1
1. Air Filter Access Cover
2. Air Filter Element
Wear face protection when using pressurized air.
3. Apply a small amount of lubricant to the edge of the air filter element frame and reinstall the element and
access cover. Do not over-tighten the access cover screws.
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Drive Belt
Drive Belt Condition
Replace the drive belt if it is cracked or has broken teeth or frayed edges. No matter its condition, the drive belt
should be replaced at periodic intervals (see the VICTORY Service Manual or an authorized VICTORY dealer). DO
NOT attempt to check belt tension if the belt has been exposed to rain or washing within a 24 hour period or if the
belt is hot from riding. Allow the belt to cool down to ambient temperature before measuring belt tension. To obtain
the maximum drive belt service life possible, Victory recommends the replacement of both sprockets as a set if the
drive belt system has over 5,000 miles (8,000 km) of service at the time of damage or failure.
Drive Belt Tension
This procedure involves using the belt tension gauge, part no. PV-43532,
which is designed specifically for measuring drive belt tension.
Before beginning this procedure:
S Make sure the drive belt is dry and at room temperature.
S Make sure the rear suspension is properly adjusted (see Adjust Rear
Shock Absorber, page 94).
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Belt Tension Gauge
Small O-Ring
Base
Plunger
MAINTENANCE
Drive Belt
Drive Belt Tension
Drive Belt Deflection (with 10 lbs. of force)
New drive systems (new belt & sprockets)
10mm +/-- 0.5mm
After 500 miles on drive system
12mm +/-- 0.5mm
The following data is provided for use with a Sonic Tension Meter. Follow the instructions provided with the meter.
Required Data
Span
Belt width
Belt mass constant
Required Data
658.3mm
28mm
Tension (new belt)
35.7 Hz +/-- 1
Tension (after 500 miles)
32.3 Hz +/-- 1
8.4
Drive Belt Wear Analysis
Internal tooth cracks (hairline):
OK to run, but monitor condition
External tooth cracks:
Replace belt
Missing teeth:
Replace belt
Chipping (not serious):
OK to run, but monitor condition
Fuzzy edge cord:
OK to run, but monitor condition
Hook wear:
Replace belt
Stone damage:
Replace belt if damage is on edge
Bevel wear (outboard edge only):
OK to run, but monitor condition
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Drive Belt
Drive Belt Tension
1. Place the transmission in Neutral and lift the rear wheel off the ground
with an appropriate motorcycle lift or a block of wood or steel placed
securely under the frame.
WARNING
Care should be taken to be sure the motorcycle will not tip or fall while elevated. Severe personal injury
or death may occur if the motorcycle tips or falls.
2. Position the small O-ring on the belt tension gauge directly over
the 10 lbs. mark on the plunger as shown.
3. Place a tape measure or rule next to the drive belt as shown.
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2
1. Drive Belt
2. Belt Tension Gauge
3. Rule
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MAINTENANCE
Drive Belt Tension
4. Place the base of the tension gauge bracket squarely against the
lower strand of the drive belt halfway between the front and rear
drive sprockets. Use the tape measure or ruler and record the
position of the base of the tension gauge bracket. This position
represents zero force.
5. Push the plunger upward until the small O-ring touches the
tension gauge body. Make sure the tension gauge is seated
squarely against the drive belt, and record the position of the base
of the tension gauge bracket. This position represents 10 lbs.
force.
6. Calculate the difference between the zero force position and the
10 lbs. force position you recorded. Refer to the chart on page 87
for belt specifications.
7. Belt deflection must be measured and adjusted with the belt at
the tightest spot. Measure deflection in 4 spots by rotating the
wheel 90 degrees in the forward direction between
measurements. Adjust tension as necessary (page 90).
Important Drive Belt Deflection
Information
S Measure / adjust belt deflection at tightest
spot
S Belt and sprockets must be clean, dry,
and at room temperature for accurate
deflection measurement
S Lowering kits affect belt deflection specifications. Consult an authorized Victory
dealer if a lowering kit is installed on your
motorcycle.
S When a new drive belt is installed, tension
must be adjusted after 500 miles to ensure maximum belt service life.
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MAINTENANCE
Drive Belt
Drive Belt Tension Adjustment
WARNING
Care should be taken to be sure the motorcycle will not tip or fall while elevated. Severe personal injury
or death may occur if the motorcycle tips or falls.
NOTE: Before adjusting drive belt tension, inspect wheel alignment. (See Align Rear Wheel, page 91).
1. Loosen the rear axle nut (1) on the left end of the rear axle. On screw-style
adjusters, loosen the lock nut (2) on both the left and right axle adjusters.
2. Turn the axle adjusters (3) clockwise (viewed from rear) an equal
amount if wheel is in alignment, or turn each adjuster as needed to align
the wheel and achieve proper tension. See Drive Belt Tension beginning
on page 86. Use an 8mm hex tool on screw-style adjusters.
3. When alignment and belt tension is correct, tighten the rear axle nut.
Tighten the adjuster lock nut (screw-style adjusters).
Torque: 65 ft-lbs (88 Nm)
4. Recheck drive belt tension and wheel alignment.
5. Pump rear brake pedal several times to reset brake pad distance.
6. Slowly rotate the rear wheel. If the wheel does not rotate smoothly, inspect
the wheel bearings, axle and brakes. Refer to the VICTORY Service
Manual or contact an authorized Victory dealer.
3
Screw-style adjuster
1
Nut-style adjuster
90
2
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3
MAINTENANCE
Rear Wheel
Alignment
WARNING
A skewed rear axle can damage the drive belt, causing belt failure and loss of control of the motorcycle.
1. Bring the motorcycle to a vertical position.
2. Place the transmission in Neutral and lift the rear wheel off the
ground with an appropriate motorcycle lift or a block of wood or
steel placed securely under the frame.
3. The axle adjusters or plates (1) are stamped with marks (2) that are
used as a reference to ensure proper wheel alignment. Inspect the
position of the alignment marks on each side in relation to the mark
stamped on swingarm (3). The marks should be in the same position
on both left and right sides of the wheel.
4. To adjust the rear wheel alignment, loosen the rear axle
nut about 1 1/2 turns.
2
1
3
3
1
2
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MAINTENANCE
Rear Wheel
Alignment
NOTE: Turn the axle adjusters about 1/16 of a turn at a time and monitor wheel
alignment as you proceed.
5. On screw style adjusters: Use a 17mm wrench to loosen lock
nut (4), then an 8mm hexagonal wrench to turn the axle adjuster
screws (5).
On nut style adjusters: Use a deep 14mm socket to turn the
adjuster nut (6).
6. On both styles: Turn the screw or nut IN (clockwise) to draw the
axle back, or OUT (counterclockwise) to allow the axle to move
forward.
NOTE: If adjuster screws or nuts are turned OUT (counterclockwise) push the
wheel and axle forward to be sure the end of adjuster screws or the nuts
are seated against the end of the swingarm before inspecting alignment
or belt tension.
7. Recheck rear wheel alignment after each adjustment. Readjust
if necessary until alignment is correct and drive belt tension is
correct. See Drive Belt Tension beginning on page 86.
8. When wheel is aligned and drive belt tension is correct, tighten
the adjuster lock nut (screw-style), then tighten the axle nut.
Torque: 65 ft-lbs (88 Nm)
4
5
Screw-style adjuster
6
Nut-style adjuster
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Rear Wheel
MAINTENANCE
Alignment
9.
10.
11.
12.
Recheck drive belt tension and alignment to be sure it is correct after tightening the axle.
If alignment is incorrect, repeat steps 4-8.
Pump rear brake pedal several times to reset brake pad distance.
Carefully lower the motorcycle and safely support it on the sidestand.
WARNING
Care should be taken to be sure the motorcycle will not tip or fall while elevated. Severe personal injury
or death may occur if the motorcycle tips or falls.
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MAINTENANCE
Rear Suspension
Inspect Rear Shock Absorber Pre-Load (Ride Height)
This procedure involves using the shock absorber preload
wrench PV-43507, a special spanner tool available from
your dealer. The tool is designed specifically for adjusting
shock spring preload on your motorcycle. Preload should
be set with accurate load conditions before riding to ensure
optimum handling, safety, and ride quality.
Have an assistant help you complete the following
procedure. Refer to illustration on page 95.
1. Set front and rear tire pressure to specification (page
119).
2. Load the motorcycle with all cargo you intend to carry.
Measure this distance.
With the motorcycle in the upright position, sit on the
See page 95.
operator’s seat with your riding gear on. If you plan on
carrying a passenger, have them sit on the passenger
seat with their riding gear on.
3. Compress the rear suspension a few times by pushing on the seat and slowly releasing. Make sure the
suspension moves freely without binding.
4. With as much of your weight on the seat as possible, have your assistant measure the distance from the floor to
the rearmost flat section of right side frame cradle.
5. Record the measurement and compare to specification.
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Rear Suspension
MAINTENANCE
InspectRear Shock Absorber Preload (Ride Height)
Gear
Passenger
Operator
Specification: HAMMER - 132mm (5 3/16″)
(Motorcycle in upright position)
Measure from floor to rearmost flat
section of right side frame cradle.
Frame Cradle
Floor
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MAINTENANCE
Rear Suspension
Adjust Rear Shock Absorber Preload (Ride Height)
To adjust the shock absorber spring pre-load:
1. Rest the motorcycle on the sidestand. Remove the right side
cover (page 46).
2. Remove the fuse box from right panel by lifting upward on
the tab at the rearward end while pulling the fuse box
rearward (page 130). Make sure that the rear brake fluid
reservoir cap is secured to prevent fluid loss (page 115).
3. Remove three 10mm bolts (1) holding the fuse box bracket
to chassis.
4. Remove the on-board diagnostics connector from the fuse
box bracket by squeezing the connector lock and pulling the
connector apart. Leave the terminated end attached to the
fuse box bracket.
5. Remove the wire harness dart from the fuse box bracket by
sliding the connector off the dart clip.
6. Carefully pull and rotate the fuse box bracket toward the front of the motorcycle.
(Continued on next page)
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MAINTENANCE
Rear Suspension
InspectRear Shock Absorber Preload (Ride Height)
7. The uppermost spanner nut on the shock is the locknut (1). The
spanner nut closest to the spring is the adjuster nut (2). Loosen the
locknut by turning it counterclockwise (as viewed from the top of
shock absorber) with the spanner wrench.
8. Spray a light lubricant on the adjuster nut where it contacts the
spring. DO NOT allow spray to contact the drive belt.
9. Adjust shock absorber preload by rotating adjuster nut clockwise (as
viewed from the top of shock absorber) to INCREASE the ride
height measurement (firm), and counterclockwise to DECREASE
the ride height measurement (softer). Recheck ride height
dimension after adjustment.
10. Tighten lock nut securely against adjuster nut when adjustment is
complete.
11. Reinstall fuse box bracket and securely tighten the 3 bolts that
secure panel to chassis.
12. Reinstall fuse box and right side cover.
1
3
2
4
1.
2.
3.
4.
Preload Adjustment Locknut
Preload Adjuster Nut
Increase Ride Height Measurement
Decrease Ride Height Measurement
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MAINTENANCE
Rear Suspension
WARNING
Care should be taken to be sure the motorcycle will not tip or fall while elevated. Severe personal injury
or death may occur if the motorcycle tips or falls.
Inspect Swing Arm and Rear Axle
1. Sit in the operator’s seat and slowly bounce the rear suspension a few times. Make sure the suspension moves
freely without binding.
2. Elevate the rear of the motorcycle until the rear wheel is off of the ground. Use an appropriate motorcycle lift or
a block of wood or steel placed securely under the frame.
3. Grasp the rear tire and attempt to move the rear wheel side-to-side.
NOTE: If there is movement at the rear axle, inspect the wheel bearings and rear axle (see the VICTORY Service Manual or an authorized VICTORY dealer). If there is movement at the front of the swing arm, inspect the swing arm pivot bushings / bearings
and pivot shaft nut torque (see the VICTORY Service Manual or an authorized VICTORY dealer).
4. With the transmission in neutral, slowly rotate the rear wheel. If the wheel does not rotate smoothly, inspect the
wheel bearings, rear axle, belt adjustment, and wheel alignment (see the VICTORY Service Manual or an
authorized VICTORY dealer).
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Front Suspension and Steering
MAINTENANCE
WARNING
Care should be taken to be sure the motorcycle will not tip or fall while elevated. Severe personal injury
or death may occur if the motorcycle tips or falls.
Front Forks
1. To check the front suspension, straddle the motorcycle and bring
it to a vertical position.
2. Apply the front brake and push down hard on the handlebars
several times. The front suspension should operate smoothly and
quietly.
3. Place the motorcycle on the sidestand and inspect the front forks.
Make sure there is no fork oil present on the fork tube (1) or
around the fork seal (2).
4. Clean the fork tubes as required to remove bugs, tar, or buildup
which may cause seal wear or leakage.
2
1
Replace Front Fork Oil
Front fork oil condition and level is associated with front suspension
performance and internal component wear. For fork oil replacement
procedures and special tools required, see the VICTORY Service
Manual or contact an authorized VICTORY dealer.
1. Front Fork Tube
2. Fork Seal
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MAINTENANCE
Front Suspension and Steering
WARNING
Care should be taken to be sure the motorcycle will not tip or fall while elevated. Severe personal injury
or death may occur if the motorcycle tips or falls.
Inspect Steering and Front Axle
1. Elevate the front of the motorcycle until the front wheel is off of the ground. Use an appropriate motorcycle lift
or a block of wood or steel placed securely under the frame.
2. Turn the handlebars from stop to stop. The action should be smooth but not loose or interfered with by wires,
hoses, or control cables.
3. Point the front wheel straight ahead. Grasp the front forks near the front axle and attempt to move the front
wheel front-to-back.
NOTE: If there is front-to-back movement at the steering head, the steering head bearings should be inspected, lubricated, and adjusted (see the VICTORY Service Manual or an authorized VICTORY dealer). The steering head bearings require periodic
lubrication even if there is no front-to-back movement at the steering head when checked.
4. Turn the handlebars all the way to the right or left. Grasp the front tire and attempt to move the front wheel
side-to-side.
NOTE: If there is movement at the front axle, inspect the wheel bearings and front axle (see the VICTORY Service Manual or an
authorized VICTORY dealer).
5. Slowly rotate the front wheel. If the wheel does not rotate smoothly, inspect the wheel bearings, front axle, and
brakes (see the VICTORY Service Manual or an authorized VICTORY dealer).
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Fuel System
MAINTENANCE
Fuel Hose, Rail, and Connections
Inspect the fuel hoses for cracks or damage. Inspect the hose connection at the fuel pump and at the fuel rail for
dampness or stains from leaking or dried fuel.
Crankcase Ventilation Hose and Connections
Remove the operators seat and fuel tank. Inspect the crankcase ventilation hose for cracks or damage. Inspect the
hose connection at the air cleaner and at the crankcase for dampness or stains from leaking.
Evaporative Emission Control System (California models only)
Visually inspect all evaporative emission control system hoses and connections. Make sure all connections are tight.
Also, inspect the evaporative canister to make sure it has not been damaged.
Fuel Tank Removal / Installation
Observe all fuel safety procedures when servicing the fuel system. See page 19. Be
prepared to place the fuel tank in a secure location with a drain pan positioned to
catch any fuel that may leak or drip from disconnected hoses or fittings.
1. Remove the operator’s seat.
2. Remove the fuel line access cover (1).
3. Remove the two front and one rear fuel tank mounting screws.
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MAINTENANCE
Fuel System
4. With the engine and exhaust cool, wrap a clean shop towel around the fuel line fitting (2) at the fuel rail.
Disconnect it from the fuel rail by squeezing both release buttons (3) simultaneously. Gently slide the fitting
from the fuel rail.
Notice
Fuel can damage painted surfaces and plastic parts. Wipe up spilled fuel immediately using a clean, dry, soft
cloth.
5. Lift the fuel tank and unplug the fuel pump wire harness at the rear
of the tank. At the rear left side of the tank, disconnect the tank vent
hose (California models) and the water drain hose.
6. Carefully remove the fuel tank. Be prepared to catch dripping fuel in
an appropriate container.
7. To reinstall the fuel tank, reverse the removal steps, routing fuel
supply hose to the right of breather hose.
8. Reinstall the fuel line fitting to the fuel rail by sliding the
quick-connect onto the rail connector until you hear it click.
9. Reinstall the fuel tank mounting screws.
Torque: 35 ft-lb. (47.5 Nm)
10. Reinstall the fuel line access cover. Reinstall the seat.
3
2
Fuel Filter Replacement
The fuel filters are attached to the electric fuel pump located inside the fuel tank. Fuel filter condition is associated
with engine performance and fuel economy. For fuel filter replacement procedures and special tools required, see
the VICTORY Service Manual or contact an authorized VICTORY dealer.
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MAINTENANCE
Throttle
Throttle Control Grip and Cable
1. Rotate the throttle control grip. It should rotate smoothly
from its rest position to its completely open position and back
again. It should return to its rest position quickly when
released.
2. Throttle freeplay is the amount of throttle control grip
movement from the rest position to the point of cable
resistance. Freeplay should be 2-4 mm. Adjust throttle
freeplay if necessary. See page 104.
3. Remove the right side access cover (1). Inspect throttle cables (2)
for frayed ends.
4. Contact your Victory dealer if throttle operation is not smooth, if
throttle grip does not return properly, or if cable ends are frayed.
2-4mm
2
1
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MAINTENANCE
Throttle
Adjust Throttle Freeplay
1. Hold the adjuster nuts (1) and loosen the lock nuts (2) on both
cables.
2. Turn the lock nuts away from the adjuster nuts as far as possible
on both cables.
3. Turn both adjuster nuts toward the lock nuts as far as possible for
maximum freeplay in both cables.
4. Turn the adjuster on the throttle opening (front) cable away
from the lock nut until throttle freeplay is 2-4 mm.
5. To adjust the closing cable (the one toward rear of
motorcycle), move the throttle grip back and forth constantly
1
2
and turn adjuster out slowly just until freeplay is removed.
Turn the adjuster back in one full turn.
6. Turn the lock nuts on both cables until they are seated against the adjuster nuts (not against the switch
housing). Hold the adjuster nut and tighten the lock nut securely (on both cables).
7. Check throttle control grip as described on page 103.
8. Start engine with transmission in neutral. Turn handlebars full left to full right. Idle RPM should not change
when bars are turned. RPM changes can be caused by a damaged cable, incorrect routing, or incorrect
adjustment.
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MAINTENANCE
Mechanical Clutch
Clutch Lever and Cable
1. Squeeze the clutch lever toward the handlebar and release it. It
should move freely and smoothly and should return to its rest
position quickly when released.
2. Clutch lever freeplay is the amount of clutch lever movement
from the rest position to the point of cable resistance. Freeplay
(gap) should be 0.5-1.5mm. Measure the gap between the
clutch lever and the lever housing. Adjust clutch lever
freeplay if necessary (see page 106).
NOTE: The starter interlock switch is dependent on the clutch lever freeplay being
set correctly to ensure activation of the clutch safety switch.
3
1
2
1. Clutch Lever
2. Lever Housing
3. Freeplay = 0.5-1.5mm
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MAINTENANCE
Mechanical Clutch
Adjust Clutch Cable Freeplay
1.
2.
3.
4.
Remove the right side cover.
Hold cable (1) and loosen the adjuster lock nut (2).
Turn cable adjuster (3) while holding cable.
Turn the cable adjuster in or out until the clutch lever
freeplay (4) is 0.5-1.5 mm.
5. Tighten the adjuster lock nut securely while holding
cable.
6. Reinstall right side cover.
7. Verify that the safety switch activates so the motorcycle
cannot be started in gear with clutch lever released.
1
2
3
NOTE: The starter interlock switch is dependent on the clutch lever freeplay
being set correctly to ensure activation of the clutch safety switch.
NEW IMAGE
4
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MAINTENANCE
Hydraulic Clutch
Hydraulic Clutch Fluid
Check the hydraulic clutch fluid level.
1. Position the motorcycle in an upright position on level ground.
Turn the handlebars until the clutch fluid reservoir is level.
2. View the fluid level through the sight glass. The fluid should be
clear and at a level in or above the sight glass.
3. Add clutch fluid if necessary (see page 108).
Minimum Level
2
3
1
1. Clutch Lever
2. Lever Housing
3. Clutch Fluid Sight Glass
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MAINTENANCE
Hydraulic Clutch
Add Hydraulic Clutch Fluid
1.
2.
3.
4.
Straddle the motorcycle and bring it to a vertical position. Turn the handlebars until the reservoir is horizontal.
Wipe the area around the reservoir cover with a clean cloth.
Wipe the clutch fluid container with a clean cloth.
Remove the reservoir cover and gasket.
WARNING
• Do not operate the clutch while the reservoir cover is removed. Fluid could overflow from the reservoir
and cause air to enter the fluid system. Air in the fluid system could cause the clutch to malfunction.
• Use DOT4 brake fluid in the hydraulic clutch reservoir. Use fluid only from a sealed, clean container.
Using the wrong fluid or allowing contaminants into the fluid system can damage the system seals,
resulting in a clutch malfunction.
5. Carefully add enough clutch fluid to bring the level just above the sight glass.
6. Reinstall the reservoir gasket and cover.
108
Clutch
Lubricate Clutch Lever
Mechanical Clutch
1. Remove right side cover. Loosen the adjuster lock nut (see page 106.)
2. Turn the cable adjuster all the way in to provide maximum lever freeplay.
3. Remove clutch lever pivot nut (1) and pivot screw (2). Disconnect the clutch
cable from the clutch lever.
4. Remove any old grease and dirt from the clutch lever and lever housing.
5. Lubricate the clutch lever and lever pivot screw with VICTORY Moly
Assembly Grease or Victory All Purpose grease.
6. Reconnect the clutch cable. Reinstall the lever, pivot screw and nut.
Hold pivot screw down and torque nut to 40 in-lbs (5 Nm).
7. Adjust clutch freeplay (page 106).
Hydraulic Clutch
1. Remove clutch lever pivot nut (1) and pivot screw (2).
2. Remove any old grease and dirt from the clutch lever and lever housing.
3. Lubricate the clutch lever and lever pivot screw with VICTORY Moly
Assembly Grease or Victory All Purpose grease.
4. Reinstall the lever, pivot screw and nut. Torque the pivot screw to 9 in-lbs
(1 Nm). Torque the nut to 52 in-lbs (6 Nm).
MAINTENANCE
2
AP
1
AP
1
2
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MAINTENANCE
Lubricate Control Cables
The following cables used on the motorcycle require periodic maintenance and inspection to ensure smooth
operation and maximum service life:
S Throttle Cables
S Mechanical Clutch Cable
NOTE: The control cable casings are lined with a low friction sleeve and are factory lubricated for reliable operation. Further internal
lubrication is not required and could be detrimental to cable performance. Only cable ends must be periodically lubricated
in accordance with the maintenance schedule.
1. Inspect cable for proper routing, smooth movement and for damage to the external casing. Inspect the exposed
cable wire for fraying, kinks or corrosion. Replace any damaged cables or cables that are sticky or sluggish to
return.
2. For throttle cables, disconnect cable at the throttle body and apply a light film of VICTORY All Purpose Grease
or equivalent to the barrel end.
3. For the mechanical clutch cable, disconnect cable at the clutch lever and at the primary cover and lubricate the
ball and barrel ends with VICTORY All Purpose Grease or equivalent.
4. Reconnect the cables and adjust freeplay as necessary.
Mechanical Clutch Cable Adjustment: See page 106.
Throttle Cable Adjustment: See page 103.
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MAINTENANCE
Brakes
Front Brake Lever Movement
Squeeze the front brake lever toward the handlebar and release it. It
should move freely and smoothly and should return to its rest position
quickly when released. You should feel a firm resistance in the lever
within the first 3/4-inch (19 mm) of lever travel.
If the brake lever travels too far before beginning to engage the brake,
see the VICTORY Service Manual, or contact an authorized VICTORY
dealer for service.
3/4 inch
(19 mm)
Front Brake Lever Lubrication
1. Remove right side mirror.
2. Remove brake lever pivot nut (10mm wrench or socket) and pin (4mm hexagonal wrench). Note plunger
direction of installation if removed. This is critical for proper brake function.
3. Remove any old grease and dirt from the brake lever and housing.
4. Lubricate the brake lever and lever pivot pin with VICTORY All Purpose Grease or equivalent.
5. Reinstall the brake lever and lever pivot pin.
Torque the pivot pin to 52 in-lbs (6 Nm).
6. Install the nut.
Torque to 52 in-lbs (6 Nm).
7. Check front brake lever movement (see above).
8. Install right side mirror and adjust.
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MAINTENANCE
Brakes
Front Brake Fluid Level
1. Position the motorcycle on level ground with the front wheel
straight forward. Do not use the side stand. Position the
handlebars so that the brake fluid reservoir is level.
2. View the brake fluid through the sight glass. The fluid should
be clear and at a level in or above the sight glass. Add brake
fluid if necessary.
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Minimum Level
MAINTENANCE
Brakes
Add Front Brake Fluid
WARNING
• Do not operate the front brake while its reservoir cover is removed. Fluid could overflow from the
reservoir and cause air to enter the fluid system. Air in the brake fluid system could cause the brakes
to malfunction.
• Use only DOT 4 brake fluid from a sealed, clean container. Using the wrong brake fluid, or allowing
contaminants into the brake fluid system, can damage the system seals, resulting in the brakes
malfunctioning.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Straddle the motorcycle and bring it to a vertical position. Turn the handlebars until the reservoir is horizontal.
Wipe the area around the reservoir cover with a clean cloth.
Wipe the brake fluid container with a clean cloth.
Remove the reservoir cover and gasket.
Notice
Brake fluid will damage painted surfaces and plastic parts. Always clean spilled brake fluid immediately with
plenty of water and a mild detergent.
5. Carefully add enough brake fluid to bring the level just above the sight glass.
6. Reinstall the reservoir gasket and cover.
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MAINTENANCE
Brakes
Adjust Rear Brake Pedal
The brake pedal should be adjusted so that in the relaxed position, with no force on the pedal, there is 2-5 mm of
freeplay (gap) between the brake pedal stop (A) and the foot peg mount (B).
1. Hold the clevis (1) to prevent it from bending, and loosen the brake linkage rod locknut (2).
2. Turn the linkage rod in or out as needed, then hold the clevis and tighten the locknut securely against the clevis.
3. Verify that brake pedal freeplay is 2-5 mm.
4. Verify that the rear wheel rotates freely through the full freeplay range of pedal without dragging or binding. If
drag is present with the pedal released, refer to the VICTORY Service Manual or contact an authorized Victory
dealer.
WARNING
Operating with improper brake adjustments can result in loss of control and serious injury or death.
2
A
1
B
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MAINTENANCE
Brakes
Rear Brake Fluid Level
1. To check the rear brake fluid level, remove right side
cover. Straddle the motorcycle and bring it to a vertical
position.
1
2. View the brake fluid through the reservoir. The fluid
should be clear and at a level between minimum (MIN)
and maximum (MAX) marks on the side of the
reservoir. Add brake fluid if necessary.
Add Rear Brake Fluid
WARNING
2
3
1. Rear brake fluid reservoir
2. MAX brake fluid level mark
3. MIN brake fluid level mark
• Do not operate the rear brake while its reservoir cover is removed. Fluid could overflow from the
reservoir and cause air to enter the fluid system. Air in the brake fluid system could cause the brakes
to malfunction.
• Use only DOT 4 brake fluid from a sealed, clean container. Using the wrong brake fluid, or allowing
contaminants into the brake fluid system, can damage the system resulting in brake malfunction.
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MAINTENANCE
Brakes
Add Rear Brake Fluid
1. Bring the motorcycle to a vertical position with an appropriate
motorcycle lift or a block of wood or steel placed securely under
the frame.
2. Remove the right side cover.
3. Wipe the area around the reservoir cover with a clean cloth.
4. Wipe the brake fluid container with a clean cloth.
5. Remove the reservoir cover and gasket.
Notice
Brake fluid will damage painted surfaces and plastic parts.
Always clean spilled brake fluid immediately with plenty of
water and a mild detergent.
1
3
1. Rear brake fluid reservoir
2. MAX brake fluid level mark
3. MIN brake fluid level mark
6. Carefully add enough brake fluid to bring the level between the minimum and maximum marks.
7. Reinstall the reservoir gasket and cover.
8. Reinstall the side cover.
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MAINTENANCE
Brakes
Brake Pads
Inspect front (1) and rear (2) brake pad thickness. Replace brake
pads when wear lines (3) are no longer visible, or when pad
thickness reaches 1.5 mm.
The shielded pad must be installed on the non-piston side of the
caliper. If the brake pads require replacement, see the VICTORY
Service Manual or an authorized VICTORY dealer for
assistance.
2
1
Brake Disc
3
Visually inspect the brake disc for nicks, scratches, cracks, or
other damage. Inspect the thickness of each brake disc in at least
four points around the disc. Minimum thickness is stamped on
the inner hub of the disc. If the front or rear disc has worn to the
minimum thickness at the thinnest point, or if the disc is
damaged, contact your VICTORY dealer for replacement.
Brake Hoses and Connections
Inspect all brake hoses and connections for dampness or stains from
leaking or dried fluid. Tighten any leaking connections and replace
components as necessary. Refer to the Victory Service Manual for
torque values of fasteners or contact your Victory dealer.
Replace pads if worn to
less than 1.5 mm
Disc Measuring Points
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MAINTENANCE
Gear Shift Pedal Adjustment
Use the following procedure to adjust gear shift pedal height.
1. Loosen the gear shift linkage rod locknuts.
2. Turn the linkage rod in or out as necessary.
3. Tighten the linkage rod locknuts.
4. Check the gear shift pedal height.
Notice
Do not remove and reposition the shift arm on the shift shaft to adjust gear shift pedal height. A 90_ ¦ 5_
angle between the shift arm and the linkage rod must be maintained to ensure correct shift linkage operation.
90°
1
2
1
1. Shift Linkage Rod Lock Nut
2. Shift Linkage Rod
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MAINTENANCE
Tires
Tire Pressure
Normal riding warms the tires and increases the tire air pressure. For an accurate reading, check the tire pressure
before you ride. Adjust tire pressure as required for the total weight of your intended load.
Tire Pressure Table
HAMMER
Up to 200 lbs (91 kg) load
200-465 lbs (91-211 kg) load
FRONT: 130/70R18 Dunlop Elite 3
36 psi (248 kpa)
38 psi (262 kpa)
REAR: 250/40R18 Dunlop Elite 3
38 psi (262 kpa)
41 psi (283 kpa)
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MAINTENANCE
Tires
Tire Condition
Inspect the tire sidewalls, road contact surface, and tread base for cuts, punctures, and cracking. Replace damaged
tires immediately (see your VICTORY Service Manual or an authorized VICTORY dealer).
Tread Depth
Raised areas at the base of the tread, known as wear bars; act as easily
visible tread depth indicators. When the road contact surface has worn
to the top of the wear bars, replace the tire.
1
For more precise measurement, use a depth gauge or an accurate ruler
to measure the depth of the center tire tread. Replace the tire if the
tread depth is less than 1/16 inch (1.6 mm).
1. Tread Depth Gauge (Typical)
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Wheels
MAINTENANCE
Inspect both wheels for cracks or damage. If you see wheel
damage or cracks, contact an authorized VICTORY dealer to
have the wheel(s) replaced.
WARNING
Do not operate the motorcycle if wheels are damaged or cracked.
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MAINTENANCE
Spark Plugs
The spark plugs must be removed from the engine to inspect them. Spark
plugs with bright white deposits, sooty black deposits, or with damaged
insulators or electrodes can indicate engine problems. If these conditions
exist, or if the condition of one plug is markedly different from the other,
see the VICTORY Service Manual or an authorized VICTORY dealer for
assistance.
1. Make sure the engine is at room temperature.
2. Disconnect the spark plug wire by pulling upward on the spark plug
boot.
3. To prevent any debris from entering the engine through the spark plug
hole, use pressurized air to blow clean the area around each spark plug
before removing it.
3
2
1
WARNING
Wear face protection when using pressurized air.
1. Insulator
2. Electrode Tip
3. Electrode Bridge
Type: NGK DCPR6E
Gap: .031-.035 inch (0.8-0.9mm)
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Spark Plugs
MAINTENANCE
4. Remove the spark plug from the cylinder head with a 5/8 inch spark
plug socket.
Both spark plugs should have the same light or medium tan color deposits
on the insulator around the electrode tip. The spark plug electrode tip and
bridge should have sharp, square edges.
If spark plugs are in good condition and are not due for replacement, you
can clean them with a non-metallic stiff bristle brush, set the gap and
reinstall them.
.031-.035 inch
(0.8-0.9 mm)
Replace spark plugs at the recommended intervals. Always replace spark
plugs in pairs.
5. Set the electrode gap with a spark plug gap tool.
Type: NGK DCPR6E
Gap: .031-.035 inch (0.8-0.9 mm)
6. Clean the mating surface on the cylinder head and install the spark plug with a spark plug socket.
Torque: 10.8-14.5 ft-lbs (14.6-19.7 Nm)
7. Reconnect both spark plug wires.
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MAINTENANCE
Engine Compression
An accurate periodic engine compression check documents engine wear and condition. For engine compression
check procedures and special tools required, see the VICTORY Service Manual or contact an authorized VICTORY
dealer.
Exhaust System
Check the exhaust system for stains from leaking exhaust gasses. Replace exhaust gaskets if necessary (see the
VICTORY Service Manual or an authorized VICTORY dealer). Check all exhaust system fasteners.
1. Tighten exhaust header flange nuts.
2
1
Torque: 12 ft-lbs (16 Nm)
2. Tighten muffler mounting screws.
Torque: 18 ft-lbs (24.5 Nm)
3. Tighten support bracket nut.
Torque: 35 ft-lbs (47.5 Nm)
4. Tighten muffler clamps.
Torque: 31 ft-lbs (42 Nm)
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2
3
4
4
1
MAINTENANCE
Seat Removal and Installation
The seat mounting screws are located under the three cowl grommets at the rear of the seat and are accessed from
the top after removing the seat cowl.
WARNING
Always make sure the seats are securely fastened before riding the motorcycle. A loose seat could cause a
sudden shift in riding position, causing loss of control.
Seat Removal
1. Remove the passenger seat cowl by pulling directly
upward on both sides of the cowl evenly (see arrows).
2. Remove the (3) socket head screws from each side of
the seat using a 5mm hexagonal wrench.
3. Lift the rear of the seat and pull rearward to disengage
the tab at the front of the seat.
4. Remove the seat.
Seat Installation
1
2
1. Remove Rear Cowl
2. Remove (3) screws.
3. Lift Rear of Seat, Pull
Rearward
1. Slide the tongue of the seat into the frame’s receiver at rear of fuel tank.
2. Align the screw holes at the rear of seat.
3. Ensure the front seat mount is engaged in the front receiver, then install the screws and tighten to 57 in. lbs. (6.8
Nm).
4. Reinstall passenger seat cowl.
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MAINTENANCE
Battery
WARNING
The battery contains sulfuric acid, which can cause severe burns. Do not allow sulfuric acid to contact
skin, eyes, or clothing.
Antidotes:
• External: Flush with water.
• Internal: Drink large quantities of water or milk. Follow with milk of magnesia, beaten eggs, or
vegetable oil. Call physician immediately.
• Eyes: Flush with water for 15 minutes and get prompt medical attention.
The motorcycle uses a permanently sealed, maintenance-free battery. Do not remove the battery cap strip for any
reason. Keep the battery connections clean and tight at all times.
NOTE: If your VICTORY motorcycle will not be used for a period of 6 weeks or longer, a maintenance charger should be connected
to the battery. A fused maintenance charger connection is provided beneath the left side cover. The connector is designed
for use with the VICTORY maintenance charger available at your authorized VICTORY dealer.
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Battery
MAINTENANCE
Battery Removal
1.
2.
3.
4.
Remove the seat (page 125) and left side cover.
Remove battery cover retaining nuts, and remove the cover.
Disconnect the negative ( - ) battery cables (black cables with ends exposed) first.
Disconnect the positive ( + ) cables (cable ends are covered with a red boot).
Caution
Disconnecting the positive cable first can produce an electric shock that could result in injury.
5. Slide the battery out.
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MAINTENANCE
Battery
Battery Charging
WARNING
The battery may contain explosive gases.
• Keep sparks, cigarettes, or any flame away from the battery.
• Shield eyes and protect skin and clothing when handling or working near the battery.
• Make sure ventilation is adequate when charging or using the battery in an enclosed space.
• During charging, if the battery gets very hot to the touch, stop charging and let the battery cool down
before continuing.
1. Clean oxidation from battery posts and cable connectors with a wire brush. Wash the posts and cable connectors
with a solution of 1 part baking soda to 16 parts water. Rinse with clean water and wipe dry. Apply a thin film
of dielectric grease to the posts and cable connectors.
2. Following the charger manufacturer’s instructions, use an accessory battery charger (listed below) or a charger
designed for use with 12-volt batteries. The charger should have a maximum charging rate of 1.8 amps. Charge
the battery for approximately 10 hours at a rate of 1.8 amps. If you use a taper or trickle charger, it will take
longer to charge the battery.
3. After charging the battery, use a voltmeter to check the condition of the battery. Allow battery to sit 1-2 hours
before checking the charge. The charge should be a minimum of 12.5 volts. Repeat the charging cycle if the
charge is less than the minimum. Replace the battery if it fails to reach a 12.5 volt charge after two complete
charging cycles.
Accessory Battery Charger
An accessory maintenance charger is available through your authorized Victory dealer.
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Battery
MAINTENANCE
Battery Installation
1. Before installing the battery, make sure it’s fully charged and clean.
2. Slide the battery into position in the battery tray with positive (+) terminal to rear of motorcycle.
Caution
Connecting the negative cable first can produce an electric shock that could result in injury.
Notice
3.
4.
5.
6.
Connecting the battery cables to the wrong terminals can severely damage the electrical system.
Connect the positive ( + ) battery cables, tighten securely and install the red boot.
Connect the negative ( - ) cables, tighten securely. Be sure cables have adequate side cover clearance.
Reinstall the battery cover.
Reinstall the left side cover.
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MAINTENANCE
Fuses
Notice
Use only recommended amperage fuses to avoid damage to the electrical system.
1. Remove the right side cover. Release the fuse box from the bracket by
lifting the tab (1) and sliding the fuse box rearward (see diagram below
right.)
2. Release the tabs on each side of the fuse box cover and remove the
cover.
3. Remove the damaged fuse from the fuse box and seat the new fuse
firmly in its place. A spare 15 amp fuse is located in the fuse box.
4. Reinstall the fuse box cover with the double cutout toward the front of
the motorcycle. Reinstall the fuse box to the bracket.
5. Reinstall the side cover.
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Fuse Application
Fuse Size
Engine / ECM
15 amp
Fuel Pump
10 amp
Headlight / Brake Light Lamps
20 amp
Taillight Lamp, Flashers, Indicator Lamp, Horn
15 amp
Ignition / Gauges
15 amp
Accessory Fuse (for emergency use)
(Bike will operate without fuse)
15 amp
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Headlight Beam Inspection
MAINTENANCE
The high beam should shine straight
25 ft. (7.6 m)
forward. The low beam will spread more
toward the right (U.S./Canada).
Center
Mark X
1. Before checking the headlight beam,
High Beam
verify that tire pressure (page 119) and
rear suspension ride height (page 95)
are at specification.
2. Position the motorcycle on a level
surface with the headlight approximately
25 ft. (7.6 m) from a wall.
3. Measure the distance from the floor to
the center of the headlight and make a mark
on the wall at the same height.
4. Sit on the motorcycle and bring it to the upright position. Turn the ignition switch to ON and put the headlights
on high beam.
5. Observe the headlight aim on the wall. The top of the beam should be slightly below the mark on the wall. Use
the procedure on page 132 to make headlight adjustments.
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MAINTENANCE
Headlight Beam Adjustment
1. To adjust the headlight beam vertically, hold the headlight firmly while
loosening the adjustment bolt (1). Adjust the headlight and hold it
firmly in position while tightening the bolt.
Torque: 35 ft-lbs (47.5 Nm)
2. To adjust the beam horizontally, loosen the nut (2). Adjust the headlight
and hold it in position while tightening the nut.
Torque: 28 ft-lbs (38 Nm)
3. Perform the headlight beam inspection (page 131) and readjust as needed.
Headlight Lamp Replacement
High intensity discharge lamps should be handled only by a trained
technician wearing the appropriate protective gear. See the VICTORY
Service Manual or an authorized VICTORY dealer.
1
2
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MAINTENANCE
Sidestand
Straddle the motorcycle and bring it to a vertical position. Move the sidestand to its stored (up) position, then to its
fully extended (down) position, and back again. It should move smoothly and quietly. When the sidestand is in its
stored position, the sidestand return spring should hold the sidestand tightly against the motorcycle.
If the sidestand is bent, it should be replaced immediately.
Notice
Do not try to straighten a bent sidestand. The sidestand
will be weakened, and may not be able to support the
motorcycle.
Inspect Sidestand Pad
Straddle the motorcycle and bring it to a vertical position. Move the
sidestand (1) to its stored (up) position, then to its fully extended
(down) position and back again. It should move smoothly and
quietly. When the sidestand is in its stored position, the sidestand
return spring should hold the sidestand tightly against the
motorcycle.
Check the condition of the sidestand rubber pad (2), and make sure
it’s firmly attached to the sidestand. Check the wear indicator (3) on
the leading edge of the sidestand rubber pad. Replace the pad if worn
beyond the WEAR LIMIT line on the pad.
1
3
2
Leading Edge
Trailing Edge
Front of Motorcycle
1. Sidestand
2. Rubber Pad Wear
3. Wear Indicator
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MAINTENANCE
Sidestand
Sidestand Lubrication
1. Bring the motorcycle to a vertical position with an appropriate motorcycle lift or a block of wood or steel
placed securely under the frame.
2. Move the sidestand to its stored (up) position.
WARNING
Wear face protection. The sidestand return spring is under tension and can injure your eyes and face
when released.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Hold the nut and remove the sidestand pivot bolt and sidestand return spring.
Wipe any old grease and dirt from the sidestand, frame, and pivot bolt.
Lubricate the sidestand, the pivot bolt, and the ends of spring with VICTORY All Purpose Grease or equivalent.
Reinstall the sidestand spring and place the sidestand on the mounting boss, with the stand in the stored (up)
position.
7. Install the pivot bolt and tighten to specified torque while holding the nut.
Torque: 35 ft-lbs (47 Nm)
8. Check to be sure the sidestand moves freely through its pivot range.
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Fasteners
MAINTENANCE
Visually inspect the entire motorcycle chassis and engine for loose, damaged, or missing fasteners. Tighten loose
fasteners to the proper torque (see the Specifications section of the Owner’s Manual, or the VICTORY Service
Manual). Replace stripped, damaged, or broken fasteners with genuine VICTORY fasteners of equal size and
strength immediately.
Road Test
Before returning the motorcycle to regular use, road test it in a safe environment. Pay special attention to the proper
fit and operation of all serviced components. Make any corrections or additional adjustments as necessary to ensure
safe and enjoyable vehicle performance.
WARNING
Improperly installed or adjusted components can make the motorcycle unstable or hard to handle.
Improperly installed electrical components can cause engine or electrical system failure. In either case,
damage or serious injury could result.
Universal Tool
The universal tool is located in a holder under the left side cover. The universal tool is a combination 6mm
hexagonal wrench with a Phillips screwdriver tip, and can be used to service the following items:
Oil Drain Plug
Air Filter
Headlight Bulb
Misc. Accessory Fasteners
Indicator Bulbs
Turn Signal Bulb
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CLEANING
This section explains how to properly clean the various parts of your VICTORY motorcycle to keep it in good
working order and appearance.
General Cleaning
Clean your motorcycle regularly to protect it from corrosion and to keep it looking new. As you clean your
motorcycle you perform a complete and thorough visual inspection that may reveal components in need of repair.
Clean the motorcycle if it is dusty or muddy, or if it has picked up foreign material such as road salt, insects, oil, tar,
or tree sap. If you ride in an area with salty or polluted air, wash your motorcycle frequently. Proper cleaning
requires washing and drying the motorcycle, and then applying wax, polish, and protectants to extend the service
life and appearance of various components.
During cleaning you might use products that are potentially hazardous, such as polishing compounds. When using
any of these products, follow the instructions and warnings on the product packaging.
Some foreign materials like insects, oil, tar, and tree sap can damage the motorcycle’s fit and finish, and you should
remove these materials as soon as possible. If normal washing does not remove these materials, you may need to
use a special cleaner. Choose a cleaner designed for use on the type of surface you need to clean.
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Washing and Drying the Motorcycle
CLEANING
Before washing the motorcycle, always allow the engine to cool for at least 30 minutes. Do not spray water on a hot
engine. Make sure the exhaust pipes have cooled. Cover each exhaust pipe opening with a plastic bag and attach the
bag to the pipe with a strong rubber band. To prevent contamination from water, check that the spark plugs, spark
plug wire caps, oil fill cap, and fuel caps are properly seated.
1. Park the motorcycle in the shade to prevent water spotting.
2. The engine cases are painted. If you choose to use a degreaser, follow the degreaser manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Rinse off as much dirt and mud as possible with water running at low pressure.
Notice
Don’t use high water pressure or high-pressure sprayers such as those found at car washes. Excessive water
pressure may allow water to seep in and deteriorate wheel bearings, brake caliper assemblies, brake master
cylinders, electrical connectors, steering head bearings, and transmission seals.
Notice
Electrical components may be damaged by contact with water. Do not spray or allow water to come into contact with electrical components or connectors.
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CLEANING
Washing and Drying the Motorcycle
4. Wash the entire motorcycle using a soft cloth or sponge soaked in a solution of mild detergent and warm water.
Use plenty of the water/detergent solution while washing, and apply minimal pressure. Excessive pressure may
cause debris to scratch the finish. Rinse the cloth or sponge frequently.
NOTE: Use as little water as possible when washing near the air cleaner or the exhaust pipe openings. An excessively wet air cleaner, or water in the exhaust pipes, may cause the engine to start and run poorly. Dry these components thoroughly before using
the motorcycle.
5. Clean the front fork tubes thoroughly to reduce fork seal wear and leakage.
6. If insects, oil, tar, tree sap, or other foreign material is difficult to remove by applying gentle pressure using the
warm water and mild detergent mixture, you may need to use a special cleaner. Choose a cleaner designed for
use on the type of surface you plan to clean.
7. Rinse the motorcycle with water running at low pressure.
8. Remove the rubber bands and plastic bags from the exhaust pipes, and wipe the motorcycle dry with a soft cloth
or chamois.
9. After washing the motorcycle, start the engine and let it idle for a few minutes. Make sure the brakes are
functioning properly before riding.
WARNING
Excessively wet brake pads or discs may diminish braking effectiveness. Dry these components
thoroughly before using the motorcycle.
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Waxing, Polishing and Applying Protectants
CLEANING
(Items Other Than Windshields and Leather Saddlebags)
After washing and drying the motorcycle, you can help extend the life and appearance of its components by waxing
painted surfaces, polishing chrome surfaces, and applying a protectant to exposed rubber, vinyl, and plastic parts.
Avoid cleaning-waxing compounds, as they may contain abrasives that may damage the finish of painted parts. For
chrome surfaces, use either a window-cleaning solution or a polish specifically designed for chrome. Follow
manufacturer’s instructions for proper application and use of wax, polish, or protectants.
After washing and drying the motorcycle, to help extend the life and appearance of its components:
S Wax painted surfaces. Avoid cleaning-waxing compounds, as they may contain abrasives that may damage the
finish of painted surfaces.
S Polish chrome surfaces. Use either a window-cleaning solution or a polish specifically designed for chrome.
S Apply a protectant to exposed rubber, vinyl, and plastic components.
WARNING
• Do not use a protectant on the seats, footpegs, or handgrips that leaves a slippery coating after it dries.
If these surfaces are slippery, you may have difficulty holding your position on the motorcycle while
riding, which may cause loss of control.
• Follow manufacturer’s instructions and safety precautions on wax, polish, and protectant labels to
prevent injury or damage.
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CLEANING
Windshield Care
If your motorcycle is equipped with an optional windshield:
Wash the windshield using a soft cloth or sponge soaked in a solution of mild detergent and warm water, applying
minimal pressure as you wash. Let the detergent do the cleaning, not the pressure you apply. Excessive washing
pressure may cause dirt, sand, or other foreign materials on the windshield to scratch it. Soak the cloth or sponge in
the detergent and water solution frequently to provide plenty of soapy water for washing, and keep the cloth or
sponge clean by rinsing it frequently.
S Minor scratches may be removed with a quality plastic polishing compound. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using plastic polishing compounds.
S Insects, oil, tar, and tree sap may also damage the motorcycle’s finish. If normal washing does not remove these
materials, you may need to use a special cleaner. Choose a cleaner designed for use on clear plastic and follow the
manufacturer’s instructions when using special cleaners.
Notice
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Do not use glass cleaners, water or soil repellents, or petroleum or alcohol based cleaners, as these products
can damage the windshield.
Leather Saddlebag Care
CLEANING
If your motorcycle is equipped with optional leather saddlebags:
Natural leather has “character.” Each piece used in the construction of these saddlebags is unique, and will settle
into its own distinct form over time and miles. Mature leather is one-of-a-kind, and if properly cared for, gets better
with age.
Caring for natural leather is similar to caring for your own skin. To prevent leather from becoming hard and dry,
occasionally apply a leather conditioner. A good quality leather conditioner replaces the natural oils lost by repeated
exposure to sun, wind and rain. Leather subject to drier climates will require more frequent conditioning.
To retain the beauty and character of your leather saddlebags, please follow these steps.
1. Vacuum or blow any loose dust or dirt from the saddlebag.
2. Use a good quality saddle soap and a sponge or soft cloth to clean the saddlebag. Always follow the
manufacturer’s directions. Rinse the saddlebag with a clean wet cloth or sponge.
3. Once the leather is dry, treat it with a good quality leather conditioner. Always follow the manufacturer’s
directions.
4. Allow the conditioner to dry, and wipe off any excess before using the saddlebag.
Repairing Painted Surface Damage
After cleaning the motorcycle, inspect it for damage to the painted surfaces. If you discover chips or scratches in the
paint, apply genuine VICTORY touch-up paint as soon as possible to prevent corrosion.
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STORAGE
If you will not operate the motorcycle for several months, such as during the winter, store the motorcycle to prevent
damage to the fuel system and the battery and to protect components from corrosion or deterioration. During storage
you might use products that are potentially hazardous; such as fuel stabilizer. When using any of these products,
follow the instructions and warnings on the product packaging.
This section includes instructions for preparing the motorcycle for storage, maintaining it during storage and
removing it from storage.
Storage Area Preparation
Choose a dry, well-ventilated storage location, inside a garage or other structure if possible. The location should
have a firm, flat surface and allow enough space for the motorcycle.
To best preserve tire condition:
S The storage area should have a relatively constant and moderate temperature.
S The motorcycle should not be near a radiator or other heat source, or any type of electric motor.
S The storage surface should be free of oil and gasoline.
Clean and Protect the Motorcycle
To prepare the motorcycle for storage, begin by cleaning it as outlined beginning on page 136. Wax painted surfaces
and polish chromed and other metal surfaces. Apply protectant to exposed rubber, vinyl, and plastic parts.
Notice
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Do not apply rubber protectant to the tire tread surfaces.
Fuel Stabilizer
STORAGE
1. Using a mixture of fuel and the recommended amount of VICTORY Premium Carbon Clean Plus or other
gasoline stabilizer, fill the fuel tank only to the top of the filler insert.
2. Ride the motorcycle or start and run the engine for 15 minutes in a well ventilated area to pass the stabilized
fuel through entire fuel-injection system.
Engine Component Protection
Change the engine oil (see page 82). You don’t need to replace the oil filter at this time, but you must replace the oil
filter when you remove the motorcycle from storage.
Notice
Carbon deposits, normally suspended in engine oil that is in service, settle on internal engine components
during storage. Settled carbon deposits can cause engine damage.
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STORAGE
Tire Inflation
Inflate the tires to normal pressure (see page 119).
Battery Care
1. Remove the battery (see page 127).
2. To clean oxidation from the battery posts and cable connectors, use a wire brush. Wash the posts and cable
connectors with a solution of 1 part baking soda to 16 parts water. Rinse with clean water and wipe dry. Apply a
thin film of dielectric grease (available from your VICTORY dealer) to the posts and cable connectors.
3. Clean the outside of the battery with a solution of mild detergent and warm water.
4. Store the battery in a dry location that maintains a temperature of 32_ to 90_F (0_ to 32_C).
5. While in storage, fully charge the battery once a month (see page 128).
Park and Cover the Motorcycle
Park the motorcycle in its storage location. Cover the motorcycle with a genuine VICTORY motorcycle cover, or a
cover made from a durable, breathable material designed for storage. Covering the motorcycle helps protect it from
dust and other airborne materials. The cover must be of a breathable material to prevent moisture from building up
on the motorcycle.
Maintenance During Storage
Check and maintain normal tire pressure (page 119) and battery voltage during storage.
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Removal from Storage
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
STORAGE
Remove the cover and unlock the front forks (if locked with accessory lock).
Check the tire pressure (page 119) and inflate the tires if necessary.
Reinstall the battery (see page 129).
Wash and dry the entire motorcycle (see page 137).
Prior to starting the engine, change the engine oil and filter (see page 82, beginning with step 4).
Notice
During storage, temperature and humidity changes can cause condensation to form in the crankcase and
mix with engine oil. Running the engine with oil that contains condensation can cause engine damage.
6. Wax, polish or apply protectant to the appropriate motorcycle components (see page 139).
7. Perform the pre-operation check as outlined on page 47.
8. Road test the motorcycle before returning it to regular use (see page 135).
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WARRANTIES
Motorcycle Noise Regulation
Tampering with noise control systems is prohibited. Federal law prohibits the following acts or causing thereof:
S The removal or rendering inoperative by any person other than for purposes of maintenance, repair, or replacement, of any device or element
of design incorporated into any new vehicle for the purpose of noise control prior to its sale or delivery to the ultimate purchaser or while it is
in use, or
S The use of the vehicle after such device or element of design has been removed or rendered inoperative by any person.
Among those acts presumed to constitute tampering are:
S Removal or puncturing of the muffler, baffles, header pipes or any other component which conducts exhaust gases.
S Removal or puncturing of any part of the intake system.
S Lack of proper maintenance.
S Replacing any moving part of the vehicle, or parts of the exhaust or intake system, with parts other than those specified by the manufacturer.
This product should be checked for repair or replacement if the motorcycle noise has increased significantly through use. Otherwise, the owner
may become subject to penalties under state and local ordinances.
Noise Emission Warranty
VICTORY Motorcycle Division warrants that this exhaust system, at the time of sale, meets all applicable U.S. EPA Federal noise standards.
This warranty extends to the first person who buys this exhaust system for purposes other than resale, and to all subsequent buyers. Warranty
claims should be directed to: an authorized VICTORY dealer or VICTORY Motorcycle Division, Polaris Sales Inc., P.O. Box 47700, Medina,
MN 55340-9960
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Emissions Control System Warranty
WARRANTIES
VICTORY Motorcycles, Polaris Sales Inc. - Emission Control System Warranty Statement
Your Warranty Rights and Obligations
The California Air Resources Board and VICTORY Motorcycle Division, Polaris Sales Inc. (hereinafter VICTORY) are pleased to explain the
emission control system warranty on your 2009 or later VICTORY motorcycle. In California, new motor vehicles must be designed, built and
equipped to meet the state’s stringent anti-smog standards. VICTORY must warrant the emission control system on your motorcycle for the
periods of time listed below provided there has been no abuse, neglect or improper maintenance of your motorcycle.
Your emission control system may include parts such as the fuel-injection system, the ignition system, catalytic converter and engine computer.
Also included may be hoses, belts, connectors and other emission-related assemblies.
Where a warrantable condition exists, VICTORY will repair your motorcycle at no cost to you, including diagnosis, parts and labor.
Manufacturer’s Warranty Coverage
Class III motorcycles (280 cc and larger): for a period of use of five (5) years or 30,000 kilometers (18,641 miles), whichever first occurs.
If an emission-related part on your motorcycle is defective, the part will be repaired or replaced by VICTORY. This is your emission control
system DEFECTS WARRANTY.
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WARRANTIES
Owner’s Warranty Responsibilities
As the motorcycle owner, you are responsible for the performance of the required maintenance listed in your owner’s manual. VICTORY
recommends that you retain all receipts covering maintenance on your motorcycle, but VICTORY cannot deny warranty solely for the lack of
receipts or for your failure to ensure the performance of all scheduled maintenance.
You are responsible for presenting your motorcycle to a VICTORY dealer as soon as a problem exists. The warranty repairs should be completed
in a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed 30 days.
As the motorcycle owner, you should be aware that VICTORY may deny your warranty coverage if your motorcycle or part has failed due to
abuse, neglect, improper maintenance or unapproved modifications.
If you have any questions regarding your warranty rights and responsibilities, you should contact VICTORY Motorcycle Division, Polaris Sales
Inc., P.O. Box 47700, Medina, Minnesota 55340-9960, or the California Air Resources Board, P.O. Box 8001, 9528 Telstar Avenue, El Monte,
CA 91734-8001.
VICTORY Motorcycle Division, Polaris Sales Inc. - Limited Warranty on Emission Control System
VICTORY Motorcycle Division, Polaris Sales Inc., (hereinafter VICTORY) warrants that each new 2009 and later VICTORY Motorcycle that
includes as standard equipment a headlight, taillight and stoplight, and is street legal:
A. is designed, built and equipped so as to conform at the time of initial retail purchases with all applicable regulations of the United States
Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Air Resources Board; and
B. is free from defects in material and workmanship which cause such motorcycle to fail to conform with applicable regulations of the United
States Environmental Protection Agency or the California Air Resources Board for a period of use, depending on the engine displacement, of
12,000 kilometers (7,456 miles), if the motorcycle’s engine displacement is less than 170 cubic centimeters; of 18,000 kilometers (11,185 miles),
if the motorcycle’s engine displacement is equal or greater than 170 cubic centimeters but less than 280 cubic centimeters; or of 30,000 kilometers
(18,641 miles), if the motorcycle’s engine displacement is 280 cubic centimeters or greater; or 5 (five) years from the date of initial retail delivery,
whichever occurs first.
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I. Coverage
WARRANTIES
Warranty defects shall be remedied during customary business hours at any authorized VICTORY motorcycle dealer located within the United
States of America in compliance with the Clean Air Act and applicable regulations of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and
the California Air Resources Board. Any part or parts replaced under this warranty shall become the property of VICTORY.
In the State of California only, emission related warranted parts are specifically defined by the state’s Emission Warranty Parts List. These
warranted parts are: carburetor and internal parts; intake manifold; fuel tank; fuel injection system; spark advance mechanism; crankcase
breather; air cutoff valves; fuel tank cap for evaporative emission controlled vehicles; oil filler cap; pressure control valve; fuel/vapor separator;
canister; igniters; breaker governors; ignition coils; ignition wires; ignition points; condensers, and spark plugs if failure occurs prior to the first
scheduled replacement; and hoses, clamps, fittings and tubing used directly in these parts. Since emission related parts may vary from model to
model, certain models may not contain all of these parts and certain models may contain functionally equivalent parts.
In the State of California only, Emission Control System emergency repairs, as provided for in the California Administrative Code, may be
performed by other than an authorized VICTORY dealer. An emergency situation occurs when an authorized VICTORY dealers is not
reasonably available, a part is not available within 30 days, or a repair is not complete within 30 days. Any replacement part can be used in an
emergency repair. VICTORY will reimburse the owner for expenses, including diagnosis, not to exceed VICTORY’s suggested retail price for all
warranted parts replaced and labor charges based on VICTORY’s recommended time allowance for the warranty repair and the geographically
appropriate hourly labor rate. The owner may be required to keep receipts and failed parts in order to receive compensation.
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WARRANTIES
II. Limitations
This Emission Control System warranty shall not cover any of the following:
A.
Repair or replacement required as a result of:
(1) accident
(2) misuse
(3) repairs improperly performed or replacements improperly installed
(4) use of replacement parts or accessories not conforming to VICTORY specifications which adversely affect performance and/or
(5) use in competitive racing or related events.
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B.
Inspections, replacement of parts, and other services and adjustments necessary for required maintenance
C.
Any motorcycle on which the odometer mileage has been changed so that actual mileage cannot be readily determined.
III. Limited Liability
WARRANTIES
A. The liability of VICTORY under this Emission Control System Warranty is limited solely to the remedying of defects in material or
workmanship by an authorized VICTORY motorcycle dealer at its place of business during customary business hours. This warranty does
not cover inconvenience or loss of use of the motorcycle or transportation of the motorcycle to or from the VICTORY dealer. VICTORY
SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY OTHER EXPENSES, LOSS OR DAMAGE, WHETHER DIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE VICTORY MOTORCYCLE FOR ANY PURPOSE. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF ANY
INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
B. NO EXPRESS EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM WARRANTY IS GIVEN BY VICTORY EXCEPT AS SPECIFICALLY SET
FORTH HEREIN. ANY EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM WARRANTY IMPLIED BY LAW, INCLUDING ANY WARRANTY OF
MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, IS LIMITED TO THE EXPRESS EMISSION CONTROL
SYSTEM WARRANTY TERMS STATED IN THIS WARRANTY. THE FOREGOING STATEMENTS OF WARRANTY ARE EXCLUSIVE AND IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER REMEDIES. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN
IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
C.
No dealer is authorized to modify this VICTORY Limited Emission Control System Warranty.
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WARRANTIES
IV. Legal Rights
THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY
FROM STATE TO STATE.
V. This Warranty Is In Addition To The VICTORY Limited Motorcycle Warranty.
VI. Additional Information.
Any replacement part that is equivalent in performance and durability may be used in the performance of any maintenance or repairs. However, VICTORY is not liable for these parts. The owner is responsible for the performance of all required maintenance. Such maintenance
may be performed at a service establishment or by any individual. The warranty period begins on the date the motorcycle is delivered to an
ultimate purchaser.
VICTORY Motorcycle Division, Polaris Sales Inc.
P.O. Box 47700
Medina, MN 55340-9960
ATTN: Warranty Department
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VICTORY Motorcycle Warranty Policy
WARRANTIES
Limited Warranty
VICTORY Motorcycle Division, Polaris Sales Inc., P.O. Box 47700, Medina, Minnesota 55340-9960, gives a ONE YEAR LIMITED
WARRANTY on all components of the VICTORY Motorcycle against defects in material or workmanship. This warranty covers the parts and
labor charges for repair or replacement of defective parts which are covered by this warranty. This warranty begins on the date of purchase. This
warranty is transferrable to another consumer during the warranty period through a VICTORY Motorcycle dealer.
Registration
At the time of sale, the Warranty Registration Form must be completed by your dealer and submitted to VICTORY Motorcycle Division, Polaris
Sales Inc. within ten days. Upon receipt of this registration, VICTORY Motorcycle Division, Polaris Sales Inc. will record the registration for
warranty. No verification of registration will be sent to the purchaser as the copy of the Warranty Registration Form will be the warranty
entitlement. If you have not signed the original registration and received the “customer copy”, please contact your dealer immediately. NO
WARRANTY COVERAGE WILL BE ALLOWED UNLESS YOUR VICTORY MOTORCYCLE IS REGISTERED WITH VICTORY
MOTORCYCLES DIVISION OF POLARIS SALES INC.
Initial dealer preparation and set-up of your VICTORY Motorcycle is very important in ensuring trouble-free operation. Purchasing a motorcycle
in the crate or without proper dealer set-up will void your warranty coverage.
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WARRANTIES
Warranty Coverage And Exclusions:
Limitations Of Warranties And Remedies
The warranty excludes any failures that are not caused by a defect in material or workmanship. This warranty does not cover accidental damage,
normal wear and tear, abuse or improper handling. This warranty also does not cover any VICTORY Motorcycle that has been altered
structurally, modified, neglected, improperly maintained, used for racing, or used for purposes other than for which it was manufactured, or for
any damages which occur during trailer transit or as a result of unauthorized service or the use of unauthorized parts. In addition, this warranty
does not cover physical damage to paint or finish, stress cracks, tearing or puncturing of upholstery material, corrosion, or defects in parts,
components or VICTORY Motorcycle due to fire, explosions or any other cause beyond VICTORY Motorcycle Division, Polaris Sales Inc.
control.
This warranty does not cover the use of unauthorized lubricants, chemicals, or fuels that are not compatible with the VICTORY Motorcycle.
The exclusive remedy for breach of this warranty shall be, at VICTORY Motorcycle Division, Polaris Sales Inc. exclusive option, repair or
replacement of any defective materials, or components or products. THE REMEDIES SET FORTH IN THIS WARRANTY ARE THE ONLY
REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO ANY PERSON FOR BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY. VICTORY MOTORCYCLES DIVISION OF
POLARIS SALES INC. SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY TO ANY PERSON FOR INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL
DAMAGES OF ANY DESCRIPTION, WHETHER ARISING OUT OF EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OR ANY OTHER
CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, OR OTHER TORT OR OTHERWISE. Some states do not permit the exclusion or limitation of incidental or
consequential damages or implied warranties, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you if inconsistent with controlling state
law.
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WARRANTIES
ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE) ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE ABOVE ONE YEAR WARRANTY PERIOD.
VICTORY MOTORCYCLES DIVISION OF POLARIS SALES INC. FURTHER DISCLAIMS ALL EXPRESS WARRANTIES NOT
STATED IN THIS WARRANTY OTHER THAN EMISSIONS AND EXCISE WARRANTIES. Some states do not allow limitations on how
long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you if inconsistent with controlling state law.
How To Obtain Warranty Service
If your VICTORY Motorcycle requires warranty service, you must take it to a VICTORY Motorcycle Servicing Dealer. When requesting
warranty service you must present your copy of the Warranty Registration form to the dealer. (THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION TO AND
FROM THE DEALER IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY). VICTORY Motorcycles division of Polaris Sales Inc. suggests that you use your
original selling dealer; however, you may use any VICTORY Motorcycle Servicing Dealer to perform warranty service.
Please work with your dealer to resolve any warranty issues. Should your dealer require any additional assistance they will contact the
appropriate person at VICTORY Motorcycles division of Polaris Sales Inc.
This warranty also gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
If any of the above terms are void because of state or federal law, all other warranty terms will remain in effect.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Model Year 2009
HAMMER
Dimensions
Overall Length
92.7 in (235.5 cm)
Overall Width
38.75 in. (98.4cm)
Overall Height
47.25 in (120.0 cm)
Seat Height
26.35 in (67.0 cm)
Wheelbase
65.7 in (166.9 cm)
Ground Clearance
Rake/Trail
5.8 in (14.8 cm)
32.9° / 5.57 in. (14.2 cm)
Weight
Dry Weight
669 lbs (303 kg)
Wet Weight
698 lbs (317 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
1173 lbs (532 kg)
Capacities
Engine Oil
5 Qt (4.75 L)
Approximately 9 pt. (4.25 L) at oil change
Fuel
4.5 US Gal (17 L)
Fuel Reserve
.8 U.S. Gal (3 L)
NOTE: Dimensions and specifications may vary with features, options and accessories.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Model Year 2009
HAMMER
Engine
Engine Type
Freedom® 106 / 6 V--Twin
Configuration
4 Stroke, 50_ Transverse V-Twin
Displacement
Cooling System / Oiling System
Compression Ratio
Valve Train
Bore and Stroke
Fuel System / Throttle Body Bore
106 cu in (1731 cc)
Air & Oil / Wet Sump
9.4:2
SOHC - 4 Valves Per Cylinder With Hydraulic Lifters
& Hydraulic Cam Chain Adjusters
101 x 108 mm
Electronic Fuel Injection / 45 mm
Exhaust System
Dual-Large Bore Slash-Cut with Common Volume
Spark Plug / Gap
NGK DCPR6E / .031-.035 inch (0.8-0.9 mm)
Chassis
Front Suspension Type / Travel
43mm Inverted Telescopic Fork
5.1 in (13 cm)
Rear Suspension Type/Travel
Single, Monotube Gas,
Preload Adjustable / 3.9 in (10 cm)
Swingarm
Forged and Cast Aluminum
With Rising Rate Linkage
Front Brakes
Dual 300 x 5 mm Floating Rotor
4 Piston Calipers
Rear Brakes
Single 300 x 5 mm Floating Rotor
2 Piston Caliper
NOTE: Dimensions and specifications may vary with features, options and accessories.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Model Year 2009
HAMMER
Drive System
Final Drive Type
Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt
Transmission Type
6 speed Overdrive - Constant Mesh
Primary Drive
Gear Drive With Torque Compensator
Primary Reduction Ratio
1.5:1
Gear Shift Pattern
Internal Gear Ratios
1 Down, 5 Up
1st
3.15:1
2nd
2.03:1
3rd
1.53:1
4th
1.24:1
5th
6th (Overdrive)
Final Drive Ratio
Clutch Type
1:1
.84:1
2.12:1
Wet Multi-Plate; Diaphragm Spring
NOTE: Dimensions and specifications may vary with features, options and accessories.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Model Year 2009
HAMMER
Wheels and Tires
Front Wheel Type/Size
Rear Wheel Type Size
Cast 18 x 3.5 or Billet 18 x 3.0
Cast or Billet 18 x 8.5
Front Tire Type/Size
Dunlop Elite 3 / 130/70R18
Rear Tire Type/Size
Dunlop Elite 3 / 250/40R18
Electrical
Alternator
Battery
38 Amp Max Output
12 Volts 18 Amp Hour
Lights and Fuses
Fuses
Bulbs
Engine / ECM
15 amp
Fuel Pump
10 amp
Headlight / Brake Light Lamps
20 amp
Tail Light Lamps / Flashers / Indicator Lamps / Horn
15 amp
Ignition / Gauges
15 amp
Accessory
15 amp
Headlight (International)
Taillight
Turn Signal
Indicator
High H11 / Low H11
Non-Serviceable LED
R10W
2.3 Watt Wedge Base
NOTE: Dimensions and specifications may vary with features, options and accessories.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Fuel Specifications
Use only unleaded gasoline, 92 pump octane minimum.
DO NOT USE E85 GASOLINE OR GASOLINE CONTAINING METHANOL.
Using E85 gasoline or gasoline/methanol blends can result in poor starting and driveability, and may damage
critical fuel system components.
Gasoline containing up to 15% Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) can be used.
Gasoline containing up to 10% Ethanol can be used.
Gasoline that has been Reformulated or Oxygenated can be used.
Engine Oil Specifications
Polaris recommends the use of VICTORY Brand Synthetic Blend 20W-40 Motor Oil or an equivalent oil designed
for use with wet clutches (such as those with a JASO MA rating).
Service Manual Available
See your dealer to purchase a Victory Service Manual for your motorcycle.
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Record important numbers below.
IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS
Vehicle Identification Number: ________________________________________
(Located on right side of steering head, see page 33)
Engine Identification Number: ________________________________________
(Located on crankcase to right of oil filter, see page 34)
Ignition Key Number:________________________________________________
(Stamped on shaft of key, see page 34)
Model Number:_____________________________________________________
(Located on left side of steering head, see page 34)
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INDEX
A
B
C
Accelerating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Accessory, Battery Charger . . . . . . . . 128
Accessory Selection and Installation . . 18
Adjustment
Clutch Lever Freeplay . . . . . . . 106
Drive Belt Tension . . . . . . . . . 90
Gear Shift Pedal Height . . . . . 118
Headlight Beam . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Rear Brake Pedal . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Shock Absorber Preload . . . . . 94
Spark Plug Gap . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
Throttle Freeplay . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Air Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Axle, Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Axle, Rear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126-129
Battery Charger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Battery Charging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Battery Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Battery Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Brake Disc Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Brake Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115-116
Brake Fluid Level . . . . . . 53-54, 112, 115
Brake Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Brake Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Brake Lever Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . 111
Brake Lever Movement . . . . . . . 53, 111
Brake Pads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55, 117
Brake Pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Brake Pedal Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . 114
Brake Pedal Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53-55, 111-117
Braking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Break-in Period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62-66
Carrying a Passenger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Carrying Cargo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Check Engine Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136-141
Clutch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57, 109
Clutch Fluid Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Clutch Freeplay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Clutch Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Clutch Lever and Cable . . . . . . . . . . . 105
Clutch Lever Lubrication . . . . . . . . . 109
Clutch, Hydraulic . . . . . . . . . . . . 107-108
Clutch, Mechanical . . . . . . . . . . 105- 106
Component Identification . . . . . . . . 30-34
Components, Handlebar . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Components, Left Side . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Components, Right Side . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Compression, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
Control Cable Lubrication . . . . . . . . 110
Crankcase Ventilation Hose . . . . . . . . 101
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INDEX
D
F
G
Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Drive Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59, 86-90
Drive Belt Condition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Drive Belt Tension . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86-90
Fasteners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60, 135
Fork Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Forks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Front Axle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Front Brake Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Front Brake Lever Movement . . . . . . . 53
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Fuel Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Fuel Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Fuel Filter Replacement . . . . . . . . . . 102
Fuel Hose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Fuel Hose, Rail and Connections 51, 101
Fuel Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Fuel Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Fuel Stabilizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Fuel System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101-102
Fuel System Priming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Fuel Tank Removal/Installation . . . . 101
Fueling and Fill Height . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Gear Shift Pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44, 118
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
(GVWR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-14
GVWR Loading Example . . . . . . . . . . 14
E
Electrical Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . 48-49
Emergency Flasher Switch . . . . . . . . . 40
Emergency Flashers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Emissions Control System Warranty . 147
Engine Break-in Period . . . . . . . . . . 62-66
Engine Compression . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
Engine Identification Number . . . . . . . 34
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82-84
Engine Oil Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50, 84
Engine Oil Specifications . . . . . . . . . 160
Engine Stop/Run Switch . . . . . . . . . 42-49
Evaporative Emission Control System
(California models) . . . . . . . . . . 101
Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Exhaust System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
H
Handlebar Components . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Handlebar Controls, Left . . . . . . . . . 40-41
Handlebar Controls, Right . . . . . . . 42-43
Hazardous Materials, Handling . . . . . . 75
Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Headlight Beam Adjustment . . . . . . . 132
Headlight Lamp Replacement . . . . . . 132
Headlight High Beam Indicator . . . . . 38
Headlight High/Low Beam Switch . . . 40
Headlight Beam Inspection . . . . . . . . 131
Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Horn Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Hoses and Connections, Brakes . . . . . 55
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INDEX
I
Identification Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . 161
Ignition Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Ignition Key Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Ignition Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Indicator Lamp, Overdrive . . . . . . . . . 37
Indicator Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38, 48
Initial Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
K
Key Number, Ignition . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
L
Left Side View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Low Fuel Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Low Oil Pressure Indicator . . . . . . . . . 39
M
Maintenance Interval Table . . . . . . . 77-79
Maintenance Record . . . . . . . . . . . . 80-81
Maintenance, Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Modifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
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N
Neutral Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
NHTSA, Contacting . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Noise Emission Warranty . . . . . . . . .
Noise Regulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
R
38
28
146
146
O
Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82-84
Oil Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82-83
Oil Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82-83
Oil Filter Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82-83
Oil Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50, 83-84
Oil Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Overdrive Indicator Lamp . . . . . . . . . . 37
Rear Shock Absorber
Ride Height Adjustment . . . . . 96
Ride Height Measurement . . . . 95, 97
Rear Suspension, Shock Preload . . . . . 94
Recommended Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Recommended Shift Points . . . . . . . . . 69
Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Removal from Storage . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Repairing Painted Surface Damage . . 141
Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . 28
Ride Height
Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Right Side View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Road Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
P
S
Park Position (P) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Parking the Motorcycle . . . . . . . 16, 73-74
Periodic Maintenance Intervals . . . . . . 76
Priming the Fuel System . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Protective Apparel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Saddlebag Care, Leather . . . . . . . . . . 141
Saddlebags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Safe Riding Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-12
Safety/Vehicle Information Labels . 22-27
Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
INDEX
S
T
U
Seat Removal/Installation . . . . . . . . . 125
Service Manual Part Number . . . . . . 160
Shift Points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Shifting Gears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67-69
Shock Absorber
Ride Height Adjustment . . . . . 96
Ride Height Measurement . . . . 95, 97
Spring Preload (Ride Height) . 94
Side Covers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Sidestand . . . . . . . . . . . . 46, 60, 133-134
Sidestand Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Sidestand Pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
Spark Plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122-123
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156-160
Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Starter Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Starting the Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65-66
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58, 99-100
Stop/Run Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42, 49
Stopping the Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142-145
Suspension, Front . . . . . . . . . . 58, 99-100
Suspension, Rear . . . . . . . . . . . . 59, 95-98
Swing Arm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Symbols and Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Taillight/Brake Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Test Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Throttle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103-104
Throttle Control Cable . . . . . . . . 56, 103
Throttle Control Grip . . . . . . 43, 56, 103
Throttle Freeplay Adjustment . . . . . . 104
Tilt Sensor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Tire Condition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52, 120
Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52, 119
Tire Pressure Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Tire Tread Depth . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52, 120
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52, 119-120
Tool, Universal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Transporting the Motorcycle . . . . . . . . 17
Trip Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Turn Signal Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Turn Signal Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Universal Tool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
V
Vehicle Identification Number . . . . . . 33
Victory Motorcycle Warranty Policy . 153
VIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
W
Warranty, Owner’s Responsibilities . . 148
Warranty Coverage and Exclusions . . 154
Warranty Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Washing the Motorcycle . . . . . . . 137-138
Waxing/Polishing/Protectants . . . . . . 139
Wheel Alignment, Rear . . . . . . . . . . 91-93
Wheel, Rear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91-93
Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
Windshield Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
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