Hi, guys. This is my first post here. Been doing some lurking for a short time. I have finally decided jump in. I've been riding for about 42 years now, starting to think seriously about getting a new scoot, and going to meet the Victory demo team the day after tomorrow to try a couple. In particular, I'm looking for some info/advice from Victory experienced riders.
I'm short (I no longer find it necessary to try to be politically correct. At my age, I accepted it a long time ago. I'm short.) 5'5" to be exact. Every motorcycle I've ridden in my life was designed for someone about 5 inches taller than me. Making a motorcycle fit me has always been a problem. Because of today's trendy styles (forward foot controls and longer reach to the handlebars), there are not a lot of choices out there for me. What I have found on most bikes today is that the seat usually needs an inch or two padding to move me forward, the handlebars need to be moved rearward maybe 3 or 4 inches, and the foot controls are simply going to be reach for me.
My riding habits are as follows: If I have to make a short or quick run to the store, I jump on the bike to do it (Even if I have to take my spider net or bungee chords to bring it back.) The vast majority of my riding is around the state (CT) just for pleasure (between 75-200 miles). One a year I'll make a 500/600 mile trip, and once every 2 to 3 years I'll head to some family member's (TN, FL, TX, CO, IL) for a visit. (Is it obvious to anyone now that I LOVE to ride and do it every chance I get?) Oh, also, I am a very aggressive rider. I recently returned from the Tail of the Dragon where I removed a fair amount of chrome from my floorboards.
My question for you guys is this: Is Victory really an option for me, meaning, does Victory have a model that possesses the capability to be modified to fit me and satisfy the needs of my riding habits? I guess that's best described as a smaller than usual bagger, but not anywhere near like a Vision. I'm thinking of trying the Cross Country.
I'd appreciate any comments. Thanks.