Has anyone installed the factory suspension kit to raise their Gunner one inch over stock? If so, has it made a noticeable improvement in cornering clearance?
Not a Victory owner but I am thinking about pulling the trigger on a new Gunner and only concern is clearance (I am coming off a Moto Guzzi). Also looking at a Harley Fat Bob which seems to have better cornering clearance in stock form compared to the Gunner.
The inch longer shock that is standard vs low does make a difference.
If youre coming from a GUZZI where the first things to scrape are the rocker covers then youll be dissapionted in anything else in the cruiser category I reckon.
All jokes aside mate have you ridden both the Harley and a Victory yet? ...you probably should ride both.
A man of GUZZI tastes will probably gravitate more to Victory if hes Kool Aid free.
Next step on your gunner is to ride it for a few thousand, run it in, learn its limits cos it has them for sure.
My Vegas is basically the same platform and I came from a GPZ900R Kwaka that would also touch down if ridden very hard, not often but occasionally scrape.
The inch longer shock will help, but, once youve broke it in and learned how to get it around corners smoothly, and wore out those silly scrapers and half the ends of your pegs.
Then splash the cash on a Progressive brand shock, set up the sag and rebound to suit. If you carry a passenger set it up with them on it too, itll be a bit harder solo but still good.
Then youll have the best ride possible (youll change the fork oil to full synthethic shortly after cos the rear will demand a better front.)
Add some better tyres you have confidence in and youre ready to ride rings around Harleys.
By then youll have the hot up breathing bug bit.
Decent exhaust(aftermarket) Torquetubes, spark advance, fast action throttle, maybe hotter cams.
Mate youll be in motorcycle heaven