My 1st Bike....Not a Victory - Victory Forums - Victory Motorcycle Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-19-2013, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Surprise, AZ
Posts: 6
Cool My 1st Bike....Not a Victory

I took my first step towards buying my first Victory this past weekend by buying my 1st bike. 2004 Yahama V Star 650. It is plenty big, a little under powered, sounds like an 1100, and is a joy to ride. I've put about 200 miles on it from Saturday thru today and I can't wait to enjoy the open road. My next bike, about 8 months-1 year down the road will hopefully be a Victory Crossroads. I have no idea why I waited so long to start riding. 34 years old, Living in Arizona (Phoenix) from Chicago. I can only ride about 320 days of the year out here....can't wait.
AZ Jim is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-19-2013, 05:21 PM
Lifetime Premium
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 16

I applaud you for not starting on a 1600. Welcome to the riding world. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I went from a Honda Shadow ACE 750 to my 2008 Vegas Low. I'll never look back.
DaveAFVet is offline  
post #3 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-19-2013, 05:31 PM
Senior Member
Azdave's Avatar
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Scottsdale
Posts: 1,331

I too came from Chicago and decided its "Motorcycle time" and bought a Harley Vrod. Never felt like it was me so I sold it and bought a Victory Jackpot. AZ. is definitely the place to ride but be careful the snowbirds are brutal to share the road with. Glad you got a bike.

Blame it on me
2014 HD Street Glide
2013 Vision Sunset Red
2006 Jackpot sold
2006 Vrod Screaming Eagle (sold)
1972 Kawasaki 1000
Azdave is offline  
post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-19-2013, 05:37 PM
joshn's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posts: 96
Default My 1st Bike....Not a Victory

My first was a 2009 Vstar 950 it only made it 10 months before I got my 2013 Vegas. Good luck and ride safe.

Sent from Free App

2013 Vegas 8 Ball, 6k HID, Hacker Ripper Pipes and FMS
joshn is offline  
post #5 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-19-2013, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Surprise, AZ
Posts: 6

AzDave, are you going to Bike Week? I'm looking forward to checking it out.
AZ Jim is offline  
post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-19-2013, 06:21 PM
Senior Member
Goatlocker95's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maryland
Posts: 851

My first bike was a Vulcan 750. Great starter bike and I even miss it sometimes because it was also a great commuter bike.

Some people allow themselves to be pushed into a bigger bike than they want, or worse, can handle. Many end up riding a lot less than they would if not giving up riding all together. Some even after a bad accident.

At least you started riding in your life before I did in mine. I got a learners permit when I was 16 but didn't start riding until I was 42

2014 Indian Chieftain
Goatlocker95 is offline  
post #7 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-19-2013, 07:19 PM
Senior Member
ndabunka's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 1,858

Congrats on joining the fray. I also started late @ 49 but I started with the Ness Cross Country you see in my signature so don't be afraid to step up to the larger bike when you are ready. I have had absolutely ZERO problems riding and/or handling this big girl but a large part of that comfort is rooted in the abilities of this bike. I am also a defensive driver who has never been in any accidents even though I use to drive insanely fast when he was younger (155MPH on the interstate outrunning Mustang's in my prior toy, SCCA racing in my 280z, etc). That defensive mentality has helped me a LOT when riding the bike. A bike is a LOT of fun to drive aggressively but you have to know WHEN to do that and when to NOT drive aggressively. Mountains on highly visible corners...go at it! Driving to the mall through ready to dodge that 16 year old who is distracted texting

It's not just any victory.... It's MY Victory!

2011 Victory Ness Cross Country #120
Ness Thunderheaders
Ness Knurled Highway Pegs/KwelMetal Brackets
Ness Radius laydown license
Chrome CAM Tension Covers
Red Engine Bolts
Madstad System
DIY Garage Door Opener
Victory Chrome Saddle Bag Lid Rails
Küryakyn Upper Fork Shrouds
Küryakyn Lower Fork Covers
Power Commander V Tuner
Power Commander AT-300
Hertz HCX 165s Speakers
JL Audio HX280/4 Bridged 140w

Last edited by ndabunka; 02-19-2013 at 07:21 PM.
ndabunka is offline  
post #8 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-19-2013, 07:25 PM
Senior Member
ammo_umb's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Utah
Posts: 2,699

Damn you guys are making me feel old, my 1st bike was a 74 Honda CB360!

Don't let people knock you for having a starter bike. A lot of people start with big new bikes a a large number of them find out the hard way that riding in traffic or having a couple close calls freaks them out too much. These poor guys end parking their bikes until they have enough paid off so they can sell them.


2008 V-Star 1100 Custom Bobber project

2011 Crimson XR with Forged Highway Bars / Hard Bags / Passenger Backrest, Ness parts including Smooth Layback Plate Frame/Mount / Rad 3 Mirror / deep cut grips / drivers floorboards /shifter peg / brake peg / passenger pegs. Witchdoctor black rack, Lloydz filter / timing wheel / VFC III, 7Jurock windshield, Drag Specialties seat.
ammo_umb is offline  
post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-19-2013, 07:36 PM
Lifetime Premium
OkieHoss's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: NE Oklahoma
Posts: 918

I hear ya my first was a honda CB200 man the years go by..

2013 black XCT.
OkieHoss is offline  
post #10 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-19-2013, 07:58 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: nc
Posts: 156
Default Mine was a 2002 800 vulcan

Tried to sell it for a friend and decided to buy it. That was 3 years ago at 49 years old.
Look what I got now. Love it! Enjoy your ride and the best to ya!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg moe.jpg (73.5 KB, 17 views)

heddonbaits is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Victory Forums - Victory Motorcycle Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

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
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome