Victory accessories: a rant.
I love my XR, and I think Victory bikes are pretty awesome in general. But every time I shop for Victory accessories--stuff no one else makes--I tend to get a bit frustrated.
There are certain things I like to have on a bike just for my comfort. One of those is a crash bar. I went ahead and ponied up $300 for the tubular crash bar (thought the forged bar looked like a bit much for the XR). I thought that was a bit expensive, but there were no aftermarket alternatives, so what can I do?
Lately, I've really wanted to get bag bars. I'm not especially gracefull when I'm maneuvering the bike around under my power rather than its own, so it's only a matter of time before I lose the wrestling mach and the XR puts the three-count on me, most likely in my own driveway. But everywhere I look, those bars sell for retail. $359. No exceptions. I even check eBay once a week and nary a used pair to be had (plenty of singles, usually damaged).
how does it work out that after almost 5 years of production for the Cross bikes that there's still practically no aftermarket outside of exhaust and a few other bits, and the Vic accessories are still so expensive? I don't have a long list of wants for the bike: the bag bars, pipes, and maybe a tach. But that's over a grand right there.
I dunno, maybe I'm still used to the large selection of cheap aftermarket that was available for my Vulcan, but I'm really having a tough time getting on board with spending money on this stuff, even things I feel are really important to have, like the bag bars.
Anyway, I have very little else to do atm other than shop bike parts and complain, so thanks for listening. On the upside, we should be able to return to ID (and my bike) next week!