want some perspective buyer feedback
I joined the forum a couple years ago but the planets never aligned and I never was able to make the jump to the Victory brigade. Now things are looking a bit better and this week an opportunity to get the bike I was originally drooling for has come up. My test ride on a Cross Roads Classic a couple years ago gave me the bug and it's never left.
So here's what I hope you can help me with - I have owned a number of bikes over the years and my current bike is a V Star 1300. It's a great bike but like with many things over time you find a few things you'd like to change. That is the sort of things I'm looking to the Victory community to help me understand.
What are the most common things that Cross Roads riders want to replace? On the V Star, handle bars, fork springs and seats were at the top of the list.
Any quirks that drive you nuts? V Star riders have all got fed up with the "thunk" in the front end going over speed bumps & potholes. The 5 speed gear box is one of my personal peeves - 1st is too low, 2nd too high and 5th isn't much of an overdrive.
Last but not least, how about service? I'm a do ti myself guy for most things and want to keep it that way. Are Victories reasonable to take care of at home? Any particular regular maintenance things that are a pain?
So that's the sort of things I'm looking for. I have had 30K of great riding on my V Star and besides doing a few things to make the bike mine, it's just gas, oil & tires - no service calls. That's what I'd hope for in my next bike. So is this the one?