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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by daryle105, Feb 1, 2010.
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Excellent wok Rollin
Do you just sleep on the bike....while moving?
On a serious note, have you ever owned Harley's or the metric counter-parts? Curious to hear your opinion between them and a Victory.
you might note it's THEY'RE... not Their. also, in spite of the Seinfeld
phrase added, the gay comment we could do without.
and by the way, i don't own a Victory-- but i'd damn sure LIKE to!!
yesterday on the highway i saw a big silver & black Cross Country.
Other bikes - Yes, a little of everything. My last two bikes before I bought a Victory were Ducati's.
I bought my first Victory because I wanted to try something different.
I have never had a breakdown on any of my Victory road trips so I do trust the bike. I think my next bike will also be a Victory.
Sunday, I saw one rolling around Skiatook Lake (North of Tulsa) and had the same thought.
Me too, saw a Cross Country in Death Valley NP over the weekend....I thought it was impresive looking.
That the rider was gay? :eek1
A Victory is perfect then. I have a Victory Vision, I take the "turn speed signs" tack and additional 20 mph on and that's the speed I can take the corner 2 up, fully loaded, music blasting, cruse set, with my hands off the bars...
No joke, the Vision is the best handling touring bike I have ever ridden.
I can then swap to my Super Tenere and ride circles around the Vision.
True story, another Vision rider and I were blasting around Mt St. Helen's, came up on some sport bike riders, they waved us passed, tried to hang but couldn't. I know rider skill has a lot to do with it, but unless you are on a fat tire bike, most Victorys handle like fighter jets... Almost, any way, they don't normally leave the ground.
A little Victory History -
The first Victory - http://www.victorymotorcycles.com/en-us/2012/Experience/Pages/Top15No1.aspx
The V92C - http://www.victorymotorcycles.com/en-us/2012/Experience/Pages/Top15No2.aspx
The 106 - http://www.victorymotorcycles.com/en-us/2012/Experience/Pages/15-years-106-engine-history.aspx
The 6-Speed trans - (Great story!!! ) - http://www.victorymotorcycles.com/en-us/2012/Experience/Pages/Top15No7.aspx
The Vision - http://www.victorymotorcycles.com/en-us/2012/Experience/Pages/15-years-vision-history.aspx
2012 - http://www.victorymotorcycles.com/en-us/2012/Experience/Pages/2012YearEnd.aspx
I wish Victory would make something smaller, maybe comparable to a Harley Sportster. Something aimed more at first time riders, and blue collar types like me that cannot afford $20,000 bikes. The Sportster would be great if it were not so cramped. I don't see how it would cost much to make the frame just a little bigger, to make it more suitable for larger riders. The price difference between a Sportster and a big twin is huge. I cannot afford a new big twin either.
I've never even sat on one, but from everything I've heard, the VRod is a great bike if not judged as a Harley. Harley types don't tend to like it because it is not traditional (what Harley is all about) and most Japanese riders won't buy it because it has the Harley name. It just might be one of the best deals out there, especially used, if it is judged as a motorcycle rather than a brand name.
And I could certainly ride a Harley without dressing like a pirate. In fact I refuse to dress like a pirate no matter what I'm riding. I have my own identity, I don't need to borrow one.
Why buy new? Victory has proven itself to be well made, I would not hesitate to pickup a mid 2000's Kingpin or Vegas. They are big bikes but easy enough to handle.
I just had my first breakdown on my Cross Roads. I'm pretty sure I knocked one of the starter clutches out of it yesterday. I guess it's my fault for wanting to go ride when it was a little cold out.
It's under warranty, so i'm not sweating it too much. Just have to round up a truck and trailer to get it to the shop.
You ride the hell out of the Victory's. I'm impressed.
I've really tried with mine. It handles great for a big bike. Once I got a better seat, I can ride it all day. I'm not crazy about the shifting still.
This will be most likely the only Victory I buy, but most of that is because i'm just not feeling the whole bagger/cruiser thing.
UT scenic highway 12 that connects those to parks is one of the most spectacular roads in the country.
My route was I-70 to 24 to 12 to 89 to 9. One of my favorites road trips.
Highway 128 from I-70 to Moab is also an amazing ride.
What he said. Victorys are waaay undervalued used, and the Vegas and Kingpin are reliable, easily maintained, good handling cruisers.
I found a couple of 2005 Victory Vegas style bikes on Craigslist for $6500, but they are more for show and boulevard cruising. They would need passenger seats, a passenger backrest/luggage rack, and saddlebags for touring. You would also need to be able to use a tank bag. So many cruisers use tank mounted instruments with huge dash panels these days, making that impossible. I can't tell if these bikes do or not. I also found a couple of '99s that would make great touring cruisers, but they still had a few bugs, and Victory does not make parts for them anymore.
A lot of miss information.
Shoot for anything with a freedom motor. The freedom motor has all the early bugs fixed, which where all in the transmission. If you look hard enough you can find a 2003 - 2005 TC with a freedom motor, bags, ect in the mid $4K range.
As for the rest of the Vic lineup, none of the bikes have tank mounted instruments. The only victory that won't accept a tank bag is the Vision.
I think you already have your mind made up on a HD, you just don't seem to be up to speed on many of the other makers.
As far as the the boulevard cruising comment, after I was divorced I replaced the passenger seat with a luggage rack on my 05 Kingpin, and rode that thing all over the west. Shore days for me where 500 miles. That's a hell of a long boulevard.
My 2010 Hammer 8-ball, ready for summer. Memphis Shades Batwing with Spoiler shield, deflectors, and Hardstreet Sixer bags.
I'm digging the look and the bags man! Nice bike fore sure