Cross Country Tour fever!
I'm a long-time GoldWing rider (had three of them since 84). Great bike--loved all three of them. About six months ago I got Harley fever. Time for a new bike, anyway (you know how that goes!). Rented a Street Glide for the weekend and had more fun on that bike than I've had on all three of my Wings put together.
So, after a few rides, was very close to buying a Harley Road Glide Ultra. In the course of firming up my decision, the XCT 2012 surfaced. It took my breath away. I've never considered a Victory before--but this bike really got my attention.
I still haven't ridden one but will this weekend. The dealer passed the "friendly" test today--talked to a couple of very nice guys (GM and an engaged sales guy) and pretty quickly had a warm and fuzzy dealer feeling (which, by the way, I also had with the H-D dealer).
Only one thing sorta jammed me up a little. The GM, as nearly a parting comment, said, "Oh yeah, it's really important to buy the Stage 1 kit. You won't be happy without it." Now, I'm an old guy. I'm not gonna try to wheelie from stoplight to stoplight. I just want a reliable, comfortable bike that cruises comfortably at 75mph or so and will let me pass a big truck without much fuss.
The GM gave me the advice without qualifying what's important to me. Yeah, I'd like a nice V-Twin sound, but I don't need to jar anyone's fillings out. Yeah, I'd like to get to 60 or so merging onto a highway without the bike panting.
What gives? Do I need that Stage 1?