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2004 Victory Vegas - 5VPGB16D843- Commack, NY: August 6th, 2012
While maintaining highway speed (55 mph) and with a full tank of gas (4. 5 gallons) the fuel tank suddenly emptied its entire contents from underneath the fuel tank resulting in my left leg being covered with gasoline and the motorcycle skidded due to fuel covering rear tire leading to loss of traction ,almost resulting in a crash. My motorcycle mechanic who has over 40 years experience as a certified motorcycle mechanic is unable to pinpoint the exact cause of the leaking fuel tank. My mechanic states that the fuel tank still leaks fuel and it needs to be replaced in order to avoid a crash or fire.


2012 Victory Cross Country - 5VPTW36N9C3- Shannon, GA: July 20th, 2012
While driving on a country road the clutch cable failed. Where i was rolling and in no traffic, it was not a problem to get to a safe location and stop. Had this happened at a busy intersection the bike could have lurched uncontrollably into oncoming traffic. The inability to disengage the clutch is very serious on a motorcycle, much more so than on a car. ## vin passed ## victory cross country tour 2012 ##


2011 Victory Cross Country - 5VPBB36N4B3- Staten Island, NY: June 26th, 2012
While driving at highway speed, my right side saddle bag became separated from my motorcycle. There are two quick release pins that came off causing the saddle bag to fall off. This could be a danger to the motorcycle rider as a distraction and is a danger to any motor vehicle traveling behind the motorcycle. This problem has since happened again. After researching this issue with the victory owners group, i have found that this is a common occurrence amongst victory owners. Contact to the company and the dealership have been ignored... *jb


2004 Victory Touring Cruiser - 5VPTB16L943- Lake Havasu City, AZ: June 21st, 2012
Was down shifting coming up to a red light and when i pulled the clutch lever the clutch cable broke at the lever. *tt


2011 Victory Vision - 5VPSW36NXB3- Nancy, KY: June 8th, 2012
Bought a 2011 victory vision motorcycle from day one it has a strong raw gas smell. The dealer says that there is nothing wrong that is just the it is. I think that it's a safety issue. *js


2008 Victory Vision - 5VPSD36D683- Suffolk, VA: June 7th, 2012
In may 2011, i was contemplated riding my motorcycle after sitting for the winter (nov through may). As i checked the bike, i noticed that the brake pedal for the rear brakes had no pressure. I realized my motorcycle had no rear brakes. I called the dealer and was advised to bring the bike in and they would check it, and as a result, they had to bleed the brakes. Afterwards, i didn't incur any problems with the bike for the remainder of the summer. During the winter months, again the bike was not used. Last month, (may 2012) i took my bike for a ride, again, i experienced problem with the rear brakes. I called the victory dealer again and advised them of the same problem. Once again, i was told to bring the bike in and they would bleed the brakes. The technician checked the brakes and then advised me that the master cylinder is bad. The bike has 11,300 miles. There is no leak coming from the brakes or brake lines. I feel that the braking system on these bikes are flawed, and hope that your agency can look into this matter before someone is injured. I implore you to investigate this matter after finding similar problems (during my research) with the master cylinder. I believe there is a defect with the master cylinder part and i would like to be contacted. *js


2009 Victory Vision Tour - 5VPSD36D893- North Royalton, OH: May 2nd, 2012
The contact owns 2009 victory vision premium tour motorcycle. The contact was driving 60 to 65 mph when a bolt in the rear end detached after driving over a pot hole. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that the rear drive belt pulley and front pulley, along with struts, needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified. The motoccycle was repaired. The failure mileage was 46,000 and the current mileage was 46,200. Updated 06/04/12 *bf


2010 Victory Hammer - 5VPBB26D4A3- Tallahassee, FL: January 30th, 2012
I rode the bike 3-4 times (~ 120 mi. ) after having work done at on 4/29/2010. The second week of august 2011, i turned on the key to start the bike and a small amount of gas poured from under the gas tank. I removed the tank, checked the hose connection, could not see anything wrong and replaced the tank. Turned on the key again and again gas poured from under the tank. Then i removed the tank again and found the nipple from the fuel pump broken off in the hose. The fuel pump nipple is not visible unless the hose is removed. The fuel pump cycles once when the ignition is turned on. The gas tank fits snugly, it is unwieldy (especially when full) and it is easy to bump the hose/nipple against the frame or other components when removing and reinstalling the tank. Apparently, the nipple was cracked during the work at then gradually enlarged due to road/engine vibrations. My tank removals and reinstallations probably finally completed the crack. I explained these events to and was told they also had to replace a fuel pump because of the inadequate nipple (it broke completely while in their garage). So i purchased a replacement fuel pump: it had a substantially larger nipple and hose and the fuel pump/nipple plastic material composition was different. So, polaris recognizes the inadequacy of the fuel pump nipple and has redesigned it to be safer. If the engine had been hot/running when the gas started leaking, i could have been burned severely; if riding, i could have crashed. Many, if not most, motorcycle owners make modifications and/or add accessories to their motorcycles themselves. The fragile fuel pump nipple is dangerous. Please have it recalled. Information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6) *tt


2011 Victory Vision - 5VPSW36N5B3- Edmond, OK: October 17th, 2011
The contact owns a 2011 victory vision motorcycle. The contact stated that the vehicle was not handling properly after depressing the brakes. The contact attempted to turn but the vehicle did not respond, almost causing a crash. The dealer diagnosed that the 2-piece front fender was fractured. The manufacturer assisted the contact with the defect and the vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The failure and current mileage was 23,000.


2007 Victory Vegas - 5VPXB26L273- Mantca, CA: September 26th, 2011
The contact owns a 2007 vegas jackpot motorcycle. The contact stated that the rear brake pads and rotors had to be replaced three times within a three year period. Most recently, the rotors fractured and the rotors and pads were replaced. The dealer advised that the failure was contributed to normal wear and tear. The failure mileage was 3,000 and the current mileage was 8,000. Updated 10/21/11 *bf the dealer informed informed the consumer the exhaust neeeded to be replaced. 10/26/11


2008 Victory Vision Tour - 5VPSD36D383- Spring Grove, IL: August 30th, 2011
I have a 2008 victory vision. Something is causing a strong gas smell as you drive. I have heard it is either a bad tank neck or bad gas cap. I think victory should do a recall and fix this. I have read online that they only address as a case by case i. E. If you complain or not.


2011 Victory Cross Country - 5VPCA36N7B3- Reno, NV: August 29th, 2011
2011 victory kingpin 8-ball model motorcycle has chronic random premature cancellation of turn signals. Occurs dozens of times daily. Sometimes one blink, three or five then shuts down. New computer and flasher was replaced. Better than it was, but still occurs below 50 miles per hour which is dangerous to have signals shut off randomly like this. Half-way into a intersection turn the flasher can shut off.


2011 Victory Cross Country - 5VPGA36E6B3- Warners Bay, 00: July 13th, 2011
Motorcycle is a 2011 victory vegas made by polaris. Could not write correct model in the appropriate section! *whist coasting on motorcycle, gear would drop down into lower gear unexpectedly thus momentarily locking up rear wheel. Was not abusing motorcycle. This has happened several times before and after service and they were(the company) notified of issue. Also dropped out of gear entering roundabout and was forced to run wide due to nil traction and transmission just rattling away! (not in any gear) very scary and dangerous to myself and public. Company said they will replace clutch however my many years of experience tell myself it is the transmission and i also told them it is gear problem not clutch! This is a new designed transmission for this year and problems are surfacing abroad as well as here although mine appears to be a worse case scenario. Bike will also jump out of gear from first into neutral when about to leave intersections causing traffic at rear to have more chances of rear ending me! Motorcycle is at my garage still waiting for clutch even though it is a transmission issue. Brand new motorcycle with 1100miles on it.


2011 Victory Cross Country - 5VPBB36N8B3- Sacramento, CA: July 11th, 2011
I was driving my new motorcycle on the freeway when i was pulled over by a family who informed me that my factory installed saddlebag on the right side of my motorcycle had fallen off the bike around 5 miles back on the freeway. We turned around and found the bag on the road straddling the slow/middle lanes damaged. The bag fall off created a high danger for motorists driving to avoid it and also was dangerous for us to recover as we had to enter traffic to retrieve it. Further, as the stickers states on my motorcycle, it is unsafe to drive the motorcycle without the bag on. You complaint form only allows me to report a complaint on a victory cross country, however, my motorcycle is a different model, a victory cross roads. *tt


2011 Victory Cross Country - 5VPDB36N3B3- Morris, CT: May 26th, 2011
The contact owns a 2011 victory cross country motorcycle. The contact stated while driving 65 mph the two pins that hold the saddle bag were loose causing the saddle bag to fall. The dealer who sold him the saddle bag gave him pins to reconnect the saddle bag. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 4,000.


2008 Victory Vision - 5VPSD36D483- Omaha, NE: May 24th, 2011
After the bike sat for the winter, i found i had no rear brakes. The dealer bled the brakes and they worked fine for about 6 weeks and then went out again; they bled them again. When i rode the other day i noticed the rear brake pedal is going down again. I hate to think what would happen at 70 mph if someone pulled out in front of me and i had to stop quickly.


2008 Victory Vision - 5VPSD36DX83- Palm Bay, FL: May 24th, 2011
The contact owns a 2008 victory vision. The contact stated that the rear brakes failed on numerous occasions. The air flow was entering through the brake line and causing the brakes to fail. The dealer was contacted who bled the brakes system and replaced the master cylinder to repair the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 56,205.


2005 Victory Vegas - 5VPGB16D353- Arizona, AZ: March 29th, 2011
While preparing to stop i pulled in the clutch lever and the clutch cable severed at the clutch lever. I let the bike stall out and got it off the road. With 10,000 original miles on the bike, this was the 2nd. Time i have experienced this same failure of the clutch cable at the same location (lever). The first time was with less than 5,000 miles. Both times now the dealer has told me the only thing they can do is replace the cable. I have talked with 3 different victory dealers in my area and each one of them is aware of the problem, all of them told me that victory/polaris would not do anything about it... They were all kind enough to offer an up-sale to an hydrallic clutch system there by eliminating the problems with the cable. I was told by one authorized dealers mechanic that he has replaced more than 50 clutch cables on victory's, many of them twice! I have also been told that periodic lubrication of the cable at the point of contact with the clutch lever would help with the the longivity of the cable. I will say that my maintenance records are up to date and complete. And after losing the first cable, i made sure that this area was always clean and well lubricated only to find out through conversations with several mechanics that the clutch lever itself could be the suspect. Why and when will victory/polaris take care of this obvious problem. I have experienced this failure twice now with no incident other than to my wallet. I feel as if my luck is running out!


2009 Victory Vision - 5VPSD36D093- Elkmound, WI: August 30th, 2010
The contact owns a 2009 victory vision. The contact stated that the motorcycle did not accelerate. The contact stated that the acceleration would come and go and the rpms would not decrease less than 1500. The dealer was unable to detect the what caused the failure. The failure mileage was 15 and the current mileage was 3091. Updated 12/01/10. *lj the consumer stated the motorcycle did not slow down below 1500 rpm. Updated 12/09/10


2005 Victory Vegas - 5VPGB16D653- Bath, PA: June 24th, 2010
The contact owns a 2005 victory vegas motorcycle. While entering a gas station at 10 mph, the clutch cable fractured and the contact was unable to switch gears. The contact used the brakes to stall the vehicle and had it towed to the dealer. The dealer advised that the clutch cable would need to be replaced at the contact's expense. The contact stated he had experienced the failure once before. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. The failure and current mileages were 14,500.