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Old 02-13-2013, 02:19 PM   #76
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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.
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:15 PM   #77
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Loved my old SC a lot. Love the newer Victory's even more......a far more sophisticated ride & experience.



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

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Old 02-13-2013, 04:47 PM   #78
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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 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.



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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

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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.
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:13 PM   #79
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Awesome!!!







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.
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:15 PM   #80
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That's outside your damn flat.

Not. Epic. Enuf.
That's where he lives?

They need to clean the rust off that upper section. Looks terrible when I drive by.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:41 PM   #81
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Top of Mt. Washington (ScarySharkFace's KLR - not riding together, just happen to meet there).
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:25 PM   #82
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That Royal Star sure looks a lot more comfortable than the KLR. Several years ago, a crew from Motorcycle Cruiser magazine rode to Alaska on 3 cruisers, a Honda Valkyrie Interstate, a Yamaha Royal Star Venture, and a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic. They had very few problems, I'm pretty sure all the bikes got dropped at least once. But I have seen plenty of KLRs on their sides. I also remember something about their having to cut the windshields down.

While the quality of the newer Victorys has definitely improved over the originals, and they are more refined, I do prefer the styling of the originals more. They were very simple, basic looking bikes. The new Victorys are a bit overstyled for me, but that pretty much applies to all other cruisers as well. You can't even buy a regular Sportster any more, they are all lowered, for the sake of styling. But, no matter what they look like, my opinion is that cruisers are still the best choice for long distance riding.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:13 PM   #83
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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.
Cool beans. I also have a Hammer, a 2007, I did a 400 mile trip on it bone stock, no shield, nothing modded. It did suprisingly well, I wasn't sore one bit the next day, other than my bum. Victory's are great highway bikes, I was actually thinking of outfitting my hammer with a setup like yours and using it for touring as opposed to buying an adv bike, since I'm not looking to go off road. Hammers are just such beatiful bikes... all victories are, for that matter!
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:38 PM   #84
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It's to bad Victory doesn't make a smaller bike, like the Harley Sportster. I think they are missing out on a big chunk of the market by not offering an entry level bike that first time buyers can afford. I'm sure they do market research, and maybe they came to a different conclusion.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:26 PM   #85
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... But, no matter what they look like, my opinion is that cruisers are still the best choice for long distance riding.
They are for you and some other people. They aren't for me and some other people. It will vary from person to person. It's completely pointless to try to argue that they are the best overall, when it's only the case for some people. Whatever bike you want most to do it on is the best for you, and that's true whether it's a cruiser or a sport-tourer or a big tourer or a naked bike or an adventure bike or a scooter or whatever gets a person out on the road.

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Old 02-14-2013, 06:44 PM   #86
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True, that's why I put "my opinion" in there. I like them because they are comfortable (for me) and can haul a lot of stuff. Many riders who gravitate toward more sport oriented bikes find them boring. I like to just kick back, relax, and watch the scenery roll by without putting to much effort into it. I often ride under the speed limit if there is very little traffic. I have done 2 SS1000s, but did not really enjoy them, other than the sense of accomplishment, just something I had to do. I like to take my time on long distance rides.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:32 AM   #87
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:58 PM   #88
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Laugh Best Cruiser

I'm taking the chance of being battered for this, but here goes. I have an '03 BMW CLC with 79k miles on it. My longest
trip was from Daytona to Lima, OH for a rally. The seat has been resculpted, crash bars added and thats about it. Whatever suits your style and need is the bike for you. Some say this is underpowered, awkward at low speed, and ugly. Well, it can do about 103, depending on wind, you get used to the servo-assist brakes with ABS and I love the
electronic cruise control. My only limitations are my own. I've grown fond of the bike and don't mind the little things. I
have had no final drive problems or any major repairs. Back tire lasts 18k miles, front about 24k miles. I have replaced the battery once. My wife feels good on the back and tends to fall asleep if I don;t watch her.
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:32 PM   #89
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I love all the variations of the BMW R1200C. I can't afford one in decent condition, and can't afford the parts. I would have probably bought one back when they were still available new had I been able to afford it. I thought they were a breath of fresh air in a world of "me too" v-twins, while still being very much a cruiser. I do like Harleys, but cannot afford one of them either, other than a Sportster, and I am to big for a Sportster on long rides. A cruiser is a cruiser, it does not have to have a fore and aft v-twin. Triumph and Moto Guzzi also make nice cruisers.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:40 PM   #90
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Looking to add a 2006 Vulcan Nomad 1600 to the garage in the near future. It will compliment the fz1 good i think.

it will used for commuting and do some leisure ride .

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