First Vic I saw in person was a used 00SC. I was at the dealer with a friend of mine, and told him that I thought it was the ugliest cruiser I had ever seen. Ironically.......I bought that same bike less then a year later. A little work, and it was beautiful
I got a Vegas as a loaner when I bought a Yamaha Warrior from a dealer back in PA. Beautiful black bike that I took to a bike night the first night I had it. Was a lot of fun, this was in 2004, the fuel injection on it was terrible at low speeds but I have kept coming back until I ended up owning one.
My best friend showed up on a brand new 1999 model. I don't remember the model but I think it was the smaller one at the time. I took for a ride and it felt a little top heavy to me at the time. I didn't give it much thought after that because he heard about all the transmission trouble they were having with them and can you believe it? Somebody up and stole it. I think he got a Dyna after that.
I also will never forget my first sighting. I was at a Polaris dealer by my house, saw an 07 Jackpot and about Shit my pants in amazement! I had never seen a bike so beautiful. Couldn't afford it at the time, so i bought a Vegas 8 ball. Still the only bike I've ever ridden (on my second 8 ball now). Love it!
My bike- 2012 Vegas 8-ball **Ness RadIII mirrors **Avon spike grips and pegs **De-badged **Spiked tank bolts **Tinted turn signals
Fiance's bike- 2008 Vegas
First models that came out was really crude looking. I really did not think Victory would make it. Then it is like a ugly duck changing as it gets older, Size of motors and more models. Then the wild futuristic Vision. Now they lured me in with the cruisers. Engine size, paint scheme, different model choices, warranty, and price get me hooked.
I was on the Honda Shadow forum where one of the members had a black Cross Country in his sig pick. I remember seeing the engine in stark contrast to the black bike and thinking what is that? With curiousity peaked, I was a Victory owner a few months later.
I was driving north on Memorial drive in Tulsa. I was at the stop light at 61st street. A Purple & white Victory that I later learned was a Hammer pulled up beside me. I knew right then that was the Brand for me.