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Old 02-16-2013, 10:46 PM   #751
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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.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:17 AM   #752
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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.
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.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:27 AM   #753
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This is the list of rides I have done on a Victory. No problem touring on a Victory -

2006 My first IBA ride (2004 Vegas)
SS1000 1,094 miles in 21 hours and 30 minutes. Day one Milwaukee, WI to Georgetown, CO.
Ride continued with stops at Mt. Evens, Moab, UT, Capitol Reef N.P., Bryce Canyon N.P., Zion N.P. and Las Vegas.
Full trip - 11 days 4,252 miles.

2007 The 1500 mile day and the ride to Tijuana - (2004 Vegas)
BBG1500 1,516 miles in 22 hours and 37 minutes. Day one.
Ride continued with stops in Utah, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Border Fields State Park, CA, Tijuana, Sequoia N.P., Yosemite N.P. crossed Hwy. 50 to the Badlands and then to Spirit Lake, IA for the Victory Rally.
Full trip - 16 days 5,741 miles.

2008 48 States in less than 10 Days (2004 Vegas). The first Victory to complete this ride.
48-10 8,199 miles in 9 days 14 hours and 22 minutes.
Full trip - 11 days 8,758 miles.

2009 Group ride to HELL , MI and Back - (2006 Kingpin)
Lake Michigan 1000 1,040 miles in 20 hours and 38 minutes.

2010 49 States in less than 10 Days (2006 Kingpin). The first Victory to complete this ride.
First person to ride a Victory in all 50 States
49-10 8,818 miles in 9 days, 17 hours and 16 minutes.
SS5000 - 5000 miles in less than 5 days. Done during the 49-10.
Full trip -16 days - 11,907 miles.

2011 BBG1500 SS2000Gold SS1000 (2010 Vision 8-Ball). SS2000 Gold - The first Victory to complete this ride.
With stops in Utah, Million Dollar Highway in CO, Durango, CO, Pikes Peak and Rollinsville, CO.
BBG1500 1,521 miles in 23 hours and 54 minutes. Done during the SS2000 Gold.
SS2000 Gold 2,047 miles in 34 hours and 16 minutes.
SS1000 1,080 miles in 18 hours and 56 minutes. The ride home.
Full trip - 6 days 3,870 miles.

2012 SS1000 Ultimate Coast to Coast (2010 Vision 8-Ball). The first Victory to complete this ride.
SS1000 1,034 miles - Completed on the way to Florida..
Ultimate Coast to Coast Key West, FL to Prudhoe Bay, AK - 5,613 miles in 7 days, 10 hours and 10 minutes.
Full trip 16 days 11,197 miles.

UT scenic highway 12 that connects those to parks is one of the most spectacular roads in the country.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:15 AM   #754
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UT scenic highway 12 that connects those to parks is one of the most spectacular roads in the country.
I agree!!
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.

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Old 02-17-2013, 08:37 AM   #755
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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.
What he said. Victorys are waaay undervalued used, and the Vegas and Kingpin are reliable, easily maintained, good handling cruisers.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:11 PM   #756
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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.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:10 AM   #757
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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.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:15 AM   #758
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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.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:40 PM   #759
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My 2010 Hammer 8-ball, ready for summer. Memphis Shades Batwing with Spoiler shield, deflectors, and Hardstreet Sixer bags.






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Old 03-13-2013, 05:52 PM   #760
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I'm digging the look and the bags man! Nice bike fore sure
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:09 PM   #761
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Very nice! That's probably the best looking Victory I've seen.
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:15 AM   #762
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Thanks guys.

I got a small bit of guff for doing that to a Hammer on one of the Victory forums, but I said "F.U."

When I first bought it I can see why most people only buy them for bar hoppin'. With these mods and the Progressive shock it's totally comfortable anywhere, even going across state lines.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:42 AM   #763
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I'm not a cruiser guy, but I'd ride that. Very clean, very functional. I really love the way the Victory V-twin looks -- SO much cleaner than the HD mill in my eyes. Also diggin' the USD forks up front.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:25 AM   #764
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My 2010 Hammer 8-ball, ready for summer. Memphis Shades Batwing with Spoiler shield, deflectors, and Hardstreet Sixer bags.






That looks awesome! How's the batwing work? A buddy of mine has a Cross Roads and wants that shield butt can't find anyone who uses it.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:48 AM   #765
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That looks awesome! How's the batwing work? A buddy of mine has a Cross Roads and wants that shield butt can't find anyone who uses it.
The Batwing with the Spoiler shield is the best for air flow IMO. I've tried regular shields, and that same batwing with a standard shield and all of them had either a bunch of buffering (standard shield) or some buffering (normal Batwing shield). The spoiler moved the air "beam" above my head a good 4". I'm actually going to get the 9" spoiler this year cause I want a dead calm ride like on my ST1300. The deflectors redirect wind off my chest. When it's warm it's nice. When it gets cold it'll suck the heat right out of you, hence the winter use of them.
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