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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Like most of you, it is not uncommon for perfect strangers to come up to me and compliment my bike ('15 High Ball). It happens so often that if I go a day or two without compliments, I start to get a little paranoid....

In any event, some compliments are "different" and I got two notable compliments over the last week.

I pulled my bike into my office parking lot. As I am getting off, an old, OLD pensioner-type struggles over to my office from the elderly-housing building where he apparently resides. I waited for him to get to me, figuring I was in for some lengthy discussion involving free legal advice. Nope. He gave me the advice: "Nice bike. Your tag is expired; get it renewed or the police will get you!" And then he turned around and headed back to the ol'folks home.... And he was right on both accounts. The bike is nice; and the tag was expired. Which I found a bit ironic given my chosen profession of defending cities and their police officers in civil liability cases.

Got the tag renewed the next day.

And then I am eating lunch at the Waffle House (if you do not know what a Waffle House is, you have not lived...) with my child-bride, and a nicely-dressed older guy walks up to me and says: "That Victory...Its a CLASSIC!!!! Don't sell it, and don't ride it much. One day it will be worth a lot of money." And then he walked out.

Well, it was apparent he was not a "biker;" most likely some sort of investment banker from the looks of him. But he knows a fine motorcycle when he sees it, and knows Polaris pulled the rug out from under us. He knew that much. But what he did not know is that I have no intention of selling the High Ball, nor do I really care whether its value goes up or down. I bought it to ride, and ride it is what I will do. And when I go to heaven or hell, I will let someone else worry about its value!

I suspect you all have similar stories to tell, and I thought I would share mine.

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"Nice bike. Who makes it?"
"Victory."
"Victory? Is that like a Harley?"
"Victory is it's own brand, made by Polaris."
"No, I mean like Chevy, Ford, etc. Who makes it?"
"Victory, by Polaris."
"I don't understand."

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'Since when did Honda release a victory?'

Got that once at a bike night of all places....just looked at him and shook my head and said 'Wanna give another shot at that'?
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Wanna know how long I think my XR will last? It will outlast me and I have a survivor title on it with a good friend who is 25 years younger than me as that survivor. He currently rides an older Honda Shadow, but he says he can wait a very long time to become the next owner of my bike. Now that's a real good friend!

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Don't belittle people because of their age or how they're dressed Who know you might not make it

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Most people around here would go out of their way to avoid talking to me. However where ever my bike is parked you can bet I'm watching it like a hawk. Just seeing the differences in the random people that come up and check out the bike when they think no one is looking is amazing.

Business men in their suits, kids riding by on their bicycles, people stoping to take pictures of the bike, even seen a pair of little old lady's giving the bike a good once over.

So far my favorite is the little kids that go absolutely bonkers when they see the bike. I love the way they run around the bike looking at it in amazement or disbelief from every angle they can. Generally it ends with the parent picking them up and carting them away as they point at it.

Years from now they are going to be the ones out there hunting to find these bikes tucked away in someone's basement, storage lot, or barn.
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We were eating at Cracker Barrell last Sunday and I am wearing my Dragon Fly shirt. On the back is embroidered a motorcycle. These are great shirts by the way. I have several in various designs.

So, one of the managers comes by (I think a lesser manager as he was sweeping up and just policing the floor in general) and says great shirt, then asks if I have a bike. I tell him yes, I ride and he then says that must be a Harley on your shirt. I just told him, no, it's just a generic bike and I didn't have a Harley. Then he launches into how he has one and my shirt should be a Harley and I just let it be. I could tell from listening to the guy that he doesn't ride much. Didn't look the part either. Upper thirty something, middle management type in a not too glamerous industry. I got a real sense that his bike gave him credibility and a sense of pride. But not the kind of pride of ownership most bikers experience, but just some sort of bragging rights.

I just don't get these guys. It just rubs me completely wrong to see some dweeb buying a bike as a sort of trophy. Ride the damn thing or sell it to someone who will.

Complements, I get more than enough for my CCT. It's nice, but I really don't care so much. I do like it when they catch me at the end of the twisties and just sort of breathe heavy and look at me and the bike with that, "What the hell is that thing?" look.

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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.

Forever Victory!!!!

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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.

Forever Victory!!!!
Congratulations on your new CC! When do we get to see pictures or did I miss them? LOL
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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.

Forever Victory!!!!
I love that part with 3D-printing idea. Sure, they can "print" nearly everything now, then in next years-to-come, it's likely we will not need to worry for how long will Polaris carry on with the production of spares for our bikes. Download, print, install... here we go again!
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