I’m a new rider who picked up my first bike in October 2016, a bright yellow 2006 Victory Hammer. Originally my reasoning for the hammer was price and styling. I liked the look of it and loved the price. Against the judgement of all my friends who got me started riding we bought the Victory. I figured it was a base and could always sell it for what I paid.
Most of the time when we ride I’m with friends who are mainly on Harleys. They always joke with me about the Vic and I take it. No big deal they are all having fun, plus I’m the new guy that doesn’t know much about bikes (Right????).
Fast forward six months and STILL enjoy the Hammer, but the wife was uncomfortable on the back for longer trips. We put on the touring seat, backrest, installed a quick release Memphis shade batwing. All helped but not enough for the wife to keep her comfortable. So here we go again. “Buy the H-D Street Glide.”, “Get an Ultra Classic.”, “Did you look at the Road King?” BLAH BLAH BLAH.
We looked at all the Harley and Indian line ups and nothing appealed to us. So here we go again, proud owners of a brand new 2015 CC with 3 miles on it right off the showroom floor. Just had to blow off the dust and off we go! By the way I get to keep the Hammer also.
This is the part where I need to say how lucky I am to have such an amazing wife!!!!
Funny thing.... I have quietly noticed when we ride to a biker’s destination I’m looked down upon not riding a H-D, but if we go somewhere that just the non-riding general public I get the most complements out of our group. Ironically it does matter which of the Vic’s we take out.
Come 20 years from now even if I must resort to fixing my Vic’s with a little “Cuban engineering” I don’t care. Hell in 20 years maybe I can download parts off this forum and 3D print them at home.