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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-04-2012, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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I did, I miss the brotherhood but I don't miss the wrenching that went with it. $900 first oil change, then a $260 Front tire then it blew out at 74 mph and I was in ICU for 3 weeks and out of work for 2 months. I'm all set.

I SOLD all my HD wear and accessories and completed ALL the XC in addons in 1/3 the time and money.

My last was a 2008 Electra Glide Classic and she was beautiful, but My 2011 Cross Country is devastating with all the glory and none of the heartache!! But I'm still checking the Tire PSI ALL the time LOL!!

thanks Humbucker for getting me on this idea
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Yeah. I know what you mean about still liking HD but getting tired of working on them all the time. Just don't have to do that nearly as much with the Vic's.

Easier and cheaper to bump up the hp/tq too.

There's a certain camaraderie that HD riders have though. A shared sacrifice. Not wanting to ride alone for fear of breaking down somewhere with no one to help.

There's also a certain, not easy to describe feeling of riding something raw and primitive that pulls at the soul down deep. Certainly different than a Vic or any other brand except maybe the custom builds and Indian's.

I've got a Sporty with a blown rocker box gasket I need to address but I'm having a hard time getting to it with all the projects I have on the two Vic's. Just today I finished changing the seals and fluid in both forks. The first one took me 3 weeks because I needed to get all my tools together; including the ones I didn't have. But the second one took about 20 minutes and then about another 40 minutes to get everything back on the bike; including the fork lowers and windshield.

Definitely needed it though. Well one seal blew, so it had to be done, but I didn't realize how badly it needed it. Feels much better now on the front end.
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Former Deuce owner, Had my HD for 9 trouble free years. I still like the Harleys but when I discovered the XC I knew it was the bike for me.

From the buttery smooth ride to the price difference I liked the XC way more than any of the street glides I looked at. the One thing I miss more than anything though is that deep throaty rumble from the tailpipes, I'm still waiting to find the right pipes to make me a happier Vic owner.

My complaints of HD are the way they charge top dollar on garbage, chinese made products(chrome/accessories), with the Bar and Shield Logo. Oh and when I looked into trading in my decked out Deuce they offered $6k compared to 10k at the Vic dealer.

Overall though I think HD makes a fine product and I've known many many harley owners and hav'nt heard any complaints about poor quality or troublesome bikes.

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Me too! Had a sporty in 95, 72 flh ,2 softails, a dyna and a electraglide classic. I love my Vic. Had a 05 Hammer and regretted selling it from day one. Glad to be back!!!
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I think what was the biggest push, was those videos from Arizona Victory on youtube of the differences of the Victory Motor and charging & oil systems superiority. They did a great job on them ,and when they started talking about the dealer pricing FOE-GIT-ABOWDIT. . Then true love came when I got to sit on it and feel the nimbleness and stance.

Yeah I remember you'd roll in to the dealer and check out the next sweetest piece of chrome with skulls on it and pay the $60-$125 take it away in a HD plastic bag to get home and open it up and see the "made in China" sticker on it , you'd scrape it off as quick as possible so no one else sees it.

I read someplace that the new HD on average has 73% parts on it made from outside the US.
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Just came off a 2009 CVO Ultra and had a 2007 Road Glide before that. Where on earth did you find a dealer to charge you $900 for an oil change?!

In myfindings, I paid no more for preventative maintenance on my Harleys than I did on my Honda VTX. I put 23,000 miles on the Road Glide and 32,000 on the Ultra and never had any major repair done. Just oil changes, tires and spark plugs. The Ultra really let me down this spring though. I had a turn signal lamp burn out, so I decided to trade it in on my 2012 Cross Country.

Seriously though, my Harleys were great bikes and I loved every mile on them. But, I am looking forward to loving many miles on my XC too

And yes, check your tire pressures daily and for when I am on long road trips, I put my TPMS system on my bikes so I have an advanced warning of pressure related issues. I would highly recommend them as another tool for safer riding;
http://www.doranmfg.com/motorcycle-t...ng-systems.htm


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I did, I miss the brotherhood but I don't miss the wrenching that went with it. $900 first oil change, then a $260 Front tire then it blew out at 74 mph and I was in ICU for 3 weeks and out of work for 2 months. I'm all set.

I SOLD all my HD wear and accessories and completed ALL the XC in addons in 1/3 the time and money.

My last was a 2008 Electra Glide Classic and she was beautiful, but My 2011 Cross Country is devastating with all the glory and none of the heartache!! But I'm still checking the Tire PSI ALL the time LOL!!

thanks Humbucker for getting me on this idea
I have been finding out Harley riders are more tolerant to my XC and have had some praises from Harley riders (even my die hard Harley is the only bike friend) about the bike. guessing that it is because Vic is made here good old USA? Anyway I came from Jap bikes that required little or no maintance other than routine oil changes tires etc. I was within inches of buying a Harley but rode the XC and went that way instead. I would much rather be riding than wrenching.. a couple of my Harley friends I think don't mind in fact one guy knows everything there is to know about the Harley motor and wiring... self taught and about half on the side of the road...
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After watching/waiting Victory since 1998, bought a CCT this year, BUT.. did not dump the HD I've had since '86. It will now be my project "Sunday" bike. Could not part with it after so many years of loyal service, even if it (or a new HD) could not match a Victory. Looked hard at HD's before buying my CCT and made the right choice!
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Bridgeport Harley, now defunct and closed!! Shows what that gets you.

I like those tire pressure systems and actually bought one but I'm concerned about throwing that extra weight on the rim and what it might do to the valve stem. I'll keep it in the drawer and stay old school till I get back in my groove 100%
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Bridgeport Harley, now defunct and closed!! Shows what that gets you.

I like those tire pressure systems and actually bought one but I'm concerned about throwing that extra weight on the rim and what it might do to the valve stem. I'll keep it in the drawer and stay old school till I get back in my groove 100%
They don't effect your tire balance any. I use them only on my road trips fro an advanced warning if the tire pressures start dropping. Never had the bike react to them. I do not use them all the time for fear of me dropping my habit of checking my tires weekly


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