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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by JerryH, Feb 6, 2013.
Victory Vision - Dalton Highway -
That Guzzi is gorgeous. But most people would say that it, the Sportster, and the FXDXT ARE feet forward bikes. If the pegs are not way back behind you, most everybody will call it a "feet forward" bike. I have to have at least a 90 degree bend in my knees, and some bend in my elbows. My Goldwing has a seating position similar to that Guzzi, and I find it plenty comfortable. It's just to big for Solo touring. I don't need 6 cylinders, 1500cc, and that huge fairing, and the 35 mpg that goes with it, not to mention tires only last about 10,000 miles. I have 160,000 miles on Vulcan 750s, and would buy another if they still made them. Something about that bike just fits me perfectly, plus I like the power and handling. I am seriously considering the Honda CTX. I searched through all the new midsize Japanese cruisers, and the ones I like best are the Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer, and the Suzuki C50 SE, which could easily be converted into a tourer. Both these bikes have tubeless tires, something I consider extremely important for long trips.
For the haters...
In over 35 years and well over half a million miles of riding, I can honestly say that my VV is the most comfortable and practical long distance bike I have ever ridden. And before the VVV, I rode a BMW1200GSA, and before that a BMW1150GSA, and did over 50K on both of them.
Cruisers with bags are very good bikes.
PS: And to all the 'Adventurers' peeing in the thread....
That's outside your damn flat.
Not. Epic. Enuf.
Dear God, that is absolutely HIDEOUS!!!!!
Bike's looking good though.
PS: Its a loft!
I have never heard of a PVVFW until now.
A loft. Geez.
I much prefer my feet to be below or behind my hips, so my legs are useful for shifting my weight and controlling the bike and for absorbing large bumps/pits if needed. I feel more in control of the bike that way, and more comfortable. So for me, even mid-controls are a compromise at best, and anything forward of that doesn't work for me. The footboard arrangement can be OK if you really embrace the "comfy chair" attitude of travel, and you're there for the scenery and not intent on the riding experience being about your connection to the bike.
My wife and I rented a Road King in Maui a couple years ago, and that fit the bill perfectly. Relaxed, slow roads, and all about sensing Maui. Comfy secure passenger accommodations where she didn't have to worry much about hanging on and could spend her attention taking pictures of things we saw as we went. That's a great bike for its intended purpose.
I have ridden several cruiser type bikes from time to time. They're just not for me.
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I really like those early Victorys, and wish they hadn't abandoned them so quickly. The V92C and V92SC were my favorite Victorys. I notice your Sport Cruiser has an aftermarket exhaust on it. I remember the huge pipe that originally came on them. Some of the magazine guys loved it, some hated it. Some photos of the original Victorys. http://www.autopictu.com/15944-victory-v92sc.html
I consider the Vulcan 750 to be a sport cruiser of sorts. It is lightweight and easy to throw around, has an amazing amount of power for a 750 v-twin, both bottom end and top end. At higher speeds the engine feels more like an inline four. I have done a lot of mountain riding on it, and simply cannot find any fault with it. It is not a crotch rocket, but handles very well, certainly well enough for me, and it is comfortable. Unlike most cruisers out there, it is a 1985 design, and I think it is more practical than a lot of newer models that put style first.
But there are still plenty of great cruisers out there of all sizes that will comfortably take you and a whole bunch of stuff pretty much anywhere you want to go.
Yaaaaaa, this is the stuff !
Wooooooooo hoooooooo !! Y'all are doing something now !
A few more of these and you'll have the starbucks posers cryin !
Loved my old SC a lot. Love the newer Victory's even more......a far more sophisticated ride & experience.
I did sell one Goldwing, a 1985 1200LTD, and bought a Zuma 125, and a 1995 Goldwing 1500SE. The 1200 was falling apart.
Nice to see so many Vics
I think the only type of cruiser that isn't suited for touring without significant mods is a muscle cruiser. But even those can be outfited with gear t make them tour just fine.
Outside of that, it's just a fitment issue. Some can ONLY ride in a cruiser like position, some can't stand it. It just depends on the person.
I test rode a Cross something, looked like the bike above but with a faring. After my SC with the D&D pipe (now replaced with Vic Carbon fibre) , it seemed way too civilised. Victory could make the SC 2.0 based on the Judge or a short wheelbase Core bike, but they won't
2001 Victory SC
2012 Suzuki DL650
I rode this Hammer with it's 250mm rear tire all over the SW and to Glacier National in Montana twice. Surely there are better bikes for the duty but it can be done.
You rode a Cross Country. Mine pictured is a Crossroads. I've ridden a Judge multiple times and it does a good impression of the old SC. More civilized, certainly, but still rather raw. Needs more clearance just like the SC.
That's where he lives?
They need to clean the rust off that upper section. Looks terrible when I drive by.