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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-12-2012, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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I just returned from a 1800 mile 6 day ride with a group of friends. Most of the group were riding Harley's so we stopeed at some Harley dealerships and the guys bought shirts and had coffee or soda.
So I pestered the guys and we went to a Victory dealership. The dealer was a very small shop, it shared the building with an import auto dealership and the salesman (a young kid that did not look like he ever rode a motorcycle) did not know much about the Victory's. We asked if they had something to drink and he pointed to the drinking fountain. I then asked if he had any dealer T-Shirts for sale he said no just the generic Victory stuff.
I think one of the biggest things that I miss about being a Harley owner are the dealerships. I sure hope the dealerships get better the longer and more established the Victory brand is around.
We covered 3 states and we never saw another Victory.
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Yeah Harley has the marketing down! Lots of businesses could learn from that. But not having the most common bike on the road is one thing I really like. Its nice to be different.

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The difference between a motorcycle company with over 100 years vs. one with just over 10. The big thing you mentioned was the salesman not knowing anything about what he is selling. It is a problem that is all too common, even in the metric arena (never stopped in and asked about too many Harleys). I guess that why it's a good thing that the Victory is such a bullet proof bike (except for getting nails in your tires ).

As far as not seeing another Victory on the road, you could always trade it in on a Harley so you could be unique...just like everybody else

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It does seem like alot of their dealers are smaller or shared with other things. If you are going to work at a bike dealer you should know your product these bike's pretty much sell themselves. Just spend 25 mins and watch the Vic vs Harley video's on youtube. I know it was something I encountered before I bought my Victory.

I know one the reasons I didn't buy a harley is because I didn't want to see three of my same bike parked at the local hangout or a Chihuahua wearing a shirt with my motorcycle brand on it.

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One of the aspects that I hated about owning and riding a Harley, was that most of the ride plans were to travel from dealer to dealer and buy a shirt. I much prefer to take the byways and end up where I end up... without making a store closing deadline and miss the trip because of it. I prefer the scenic pull-outs, or the museums, or the local points of interest over the generic same ol' HD store.

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Goat nailed it - HD has been playing the game for almost 10 times as long as Victory so it's pretty obvious that there are going to be more dealers, more bikes, and more knowledge from the dealers.

HD also has the edge because their models really haven't changed much over the years other than being tweeked into "new" models. The number of years in buisness and the number of models throughout those years has pretty much turned the list of HD models into alphabet soup. Could you imagine trying to list all the models out loud? You could spent hours saying F this and F that...

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I kind of agree with the O.P. .... I miss some of the comrade that comes with being on a Harley, heck a week ago I was ready to sell my bike, and go back. Then, I stepped back and thought through it, and fixed my problems, and rode 600 miles in 32 hours, and remembered why I bought this machine. But yeah, the whole "being a part of something bigger than yourself", was pretty cool.

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Around here, that's common for ALL metric dealers. No single make gets much play, the dealers support three or four manufacturers. The Idaho Falls dealership that sells Victories has the best support for 'em in the state, even has some nice branded stuff, but even they don't hold a candle to a Harley dealership. Places are like toy stores for your bike.

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I just returned from a 1800 mile 6 day ride with a group of friends. Most of the group were riding Harley's so we stopeed at some Harley dealerships and the guys bought shirts and had coffee or soda
Although it's GREAT that you get to take advantage of that coffee and soda shop - let's remember why it's there......
.....it's to help the Harley owners pass the time while they wait for their bike in the shop (same as a car dealer)

I hang out with Harley guys and enjoy the coffee and soda when they want to stop at their dealerships.... They all enjoy the coffee, water, soda - etc when we stop at my dealerships of choice.

The "Fellowship of Riding" is NOT bike specific - it's fellowship specific.

I've never been turned away from a beverage, snack - etc from any dealership regardless of what I was riding.


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Harley works at making it a "lifestyle" you join. They as the manufacturer put all the resources into making it a comfortable atmosphere and and place you can also go to hang out.

Victory riders make it their own lifestyle and while it would be nice to have Dealers where you could hang out and get free drinks and shoot pool, completely different marketing and dealer ownership rules.

Personally I drop in at my dealer to shoot the bull and bring THEM drinks, whether beer or sodas, no difference to me.

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