corporate knows HDs are inferior - Page 4 - Victory Forums - Victory Motorcycle Forum
» Insurance
» Sponsors
» Our Partners
»ATV Reviews
»Motorcycle Games
Go Back   Victory Forums - Victory Motorcycle Forum > Victory Motorcycles > Victory General Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-16-2012, 05:03 PM   #31
half_crazy
Lifetime Premium
 
half_crazy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Southern Maryland
Posts: 2,875
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 4 inch pistons View Post
The V Rod is an example of what they can do
It's a good example of what Porche can do....
__________________
2006 Kingpin
110 Cubic Inches -- S&S stroker crank/Lloydz Big Bore, 11:1 Wiseco pistons, massaged stock
heads, Lloydz VM-1-HP cams, S&S valve springs & retainers, Torque Tubes intake, stock throttle
bodies, RPW Thor pipe, Lloydz ECU, PC-III, Rivera Pro clutch spring, 31 tooth pulley w/Buell belt.
half_crazy is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-16-2012, 06:34 PM   #32
OkieHoss
Lifetime Premium
 
OkieHoss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: NE Oklahoma
Posts: 615
Default

I saw a vrod at the dealer the other day with apes on it...It was like lookin at a train wreck..I had to keep looking but wanted to look away...it was wierd to say the least....
__________________
2013 black XCT.
OkieHoss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 08:12 PM   #33
bsbabcock
Senior Member
 
bsbabcock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Asheville, NC
Posts: 1,070
Garage
Default Re: corporate knows HDs are inferior

My first bike was my second ebay purchase. 90 heritage. That little 80" evo was rock solid quiet and strong. The primary just couldn't hold its mud. Otherwise I'd probably still have it. But certainly the twin cam 04 fatboy I had was no comparison. A clunky noisy mess that handled terribly. It also had a bad seal right after purchase. Nice H-D quality. I've owned my last Harley unless I either built an open primary Evo or bought an S&S equipped custom. I doubt either. I was dead set on a Raider until I was pleasantly shocked by this high-ball. The plasticky raider fenders just are plain gross.

Just for giggles a pic of my old girl. She was so much a better bike than the 04:



Sent from my SCH-I535 using Motorcycle.com Free App
__________________
2013 Hard-Ball - Lloydz VM1-DR cams, air filter, timing wheel, PCV, properly tuned at KMC
Master, Biltmore Lodge #446, AF&AM

Last edited by bsbabcock; 01-28-2013 at 08:19 PM.
bsbabcock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 10:48 PM   #34
40XC
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 290
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by PhilC64 View Post
If HD put the V-Rod engine in their cruisers, I'd be riding one now.
No guarantee I'd be riding one but I'd definitely be more willing to put it in with the choice offerings. When they were re-designing the frames of the touring models in '09 and went to the hydro-forming it would have been a good opportunity to add 2 or 3 inches and give them a bit more room also but they missed that mark at the time.

Last edited by 40XC; 01-28-2013 at 11:04 PM.
40XC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 10:54 PM   #35
40XC
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 290
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by half_crazy View Post
Most of HD's loyal customer base will never embrace the V-Rod engine. The lure of the big twins has always been the torque. The V-Rod makes no torque and really doesn't do much until after 4500 rpm. The traditional HD owner will hate that motor. Great motor for a sport-tourer, crappy motor for a dresser.

The V-Rod is a cruiser, isn't it?
I little tweaking with the bore and stroke of that motor and some other minor changes and it could be made to be a very capable touring motor with torque.
40XC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 11:15 PM   #36
40XC
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 290
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by NGArider View Post
Their #1 objective is to make their customers happy and they stand behind their product.

The CEO of Starbucks was once asked by an interviewer about something or another about "the coffee business". He shook his head and told the journalist "but we are not in the coffee business. We are in the people business".

The point was that for Starbucks selling coffee is only a means to get people into their stores - supposedly to connect with other people. (Not sure I buy that - but that was his point).

.
Following that logic it sounds like Corporate Vic could learn a thing or two from Starbucks also. You often see posts on these forums where Victory loses sight of that customer connection also with warranty issues.
40XC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 11:38 PM   #37
40XC
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 290
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by saddlebag View Post
Even with a perfect engineer it could never happen. There is variability in everything. When engineers design something for the gov't, they often are required to do a reliability estimate based on reliability estimates of the parts its made from. These are statistical calculations, there in no absolute fail however.
Don't forget that what the engineers design, want and recommend isn't always what the bean counters authorize for profitablity at the production level. It's not always the engineers to blame for the end outcome.
40XC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2013, 09:04 PM   #38
bsbabcock
Senior Member
 
bsbabcock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Asheville, NC
Posts: 1,070
Garage
Default Re: corporate knows HDs are inferior

Let's hope Polaris keeps this in mind.. I'll pay for top notch gears and bearings at the trade off of a terminal plug hanging off my left controls.. Though I have to admit I was like "ok what the heck! Is this connector really necessary hanging right off the hand control?!?!" Hehe.. the things you notice after knowing every inch of a fairly clean Harley setup.

Sent from my SCH-I535 using Motorcycle.com Free App
__________________
2013 Hard-Ball - Lloydz VM1-DR cams, air filter, timing wheel, PCV, properly tuned at KMC
Master, Biltmore Lodge #446, AF&AM
bsbabcock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2013, 02:34 AM   #39
KingFrog
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 106
Default

I was led here via Harley. My V satr is getting boring so i was looking to get a commuter. or maybe a Dyna Wide then i read this. Much of what you guys are saying is reflected in this article.

http://www.jamesrussellpublishing.bi...buyharley.html

Really scared me off the BT twin cam. I am not a wrencher. I am used to trouble free bullet proof metrics. The guy is over the top but a Google search of his claims led me to various HD forums where they proved to be true. however he praised the XL1200...So I went to the local HD dealership and test rode a 1200 sporty. and a Dyna... to compare with my V Star 1300. The visceral feeling was there. the Sportster was raw compared to my bike. but ok. Then I saw a used 09 King Pin ($10K 9900 miles) and decided to try that.......W O W was all I could think of. The bike fit me like a glove. (5"8" 155" ) This must be what a 1900 Raider must feel like. raw power yet so much more "refined" and tighter feeling than the HD.

Which led me here to research the brand . Because now a Victory King Pin is in the mix......
KingFrog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2013, 06:36 AM   #40
4 inch pistons
Premium Member
 
4 inch pistons's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: eastern nc
Posts: 722
Default

Harleys never claimed to be maintainence free. The tentioner issues are well known in the community. I have owned 5 Harleys and they are not even close to the Vic in design, but then again keeping up with modern technology is not what they shoot for. I, too had a boring-- but fast Honda VTX. It had its issues with the grounding problems. Honda chooses to paint their frames and then bolts the ground wire to it. The tires would not pass inspection at 3800 miles. They come at one pressure from the factory and that is according to the max PSI for the wheels, but the suggested PSI for the tires are completely different, so the consumer is a loser either way. Cars require the timing belt be changed frequently or else their engine will explode.

If it has moving parts, it will give you a problem at some point. Most buy motorcycles for the fun and not the economy. Great mileage is a benefit, but not the reason most people ride. All fun comes at a price.
__________________
"The Road Goes on Forever and the Party Never Ends"-Robert Earl Keen

Last edited by 4 inch pistons; 01-30-2013 at 06:39 AM.
4 inch pistons is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:43 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.
Motorcycle News, Videos and Reviews
Honda Grom Forum Harley Davidson Forum Honda 600RR Kawasaki Forum Yamaha R6 Forum Yamaha FZ-09 Forum
1199 Panigale Forum Roadglide Forum Honda CBR1000 Forum Vulcan Forum Yamaha R1 Forum Yamaha R3 Forum
Ducati Monster Forum Harley Forums Honda CBR250R Forum ZX10R Forum Star Raider Forum Yamaha Viking Forum
Suzuki GSXR Forum V-Rod Forums Honda Shadow Forum Kawasaki Motorcycle Forum Star Warrior Forum KTM Duke 390 Forum
SV650 Forum BMW S1000RR Forum Honda Fury Forum Kawasaki Versys Forum Drag Racing Forum Ducati 899 Panigale Forum
Suzuki V-Strom BMW K1600 Triumph Forum Victory Forums Sportbikes BMW NineT Forum
Volusia Forum BMW F800 Forum Triumph 675 Forum MV Agusta Forum HD Street Forum Suzuki GW250 Forum
Yamaha Motorcycles Victory Gunner Forum Honda Vultus Forum HD LiveWire Forum