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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-15-2009, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Hello guys, I'm seriously considering a new Victory in the near future. I'm curious about others that made the jump from HD to Victory, which is what I'm considering. I love the HD's but just can't seem to find a dealer that doesn't think they crap ice cream and if you dson't like it ....tough. Well after 20+ years, I've about had it with them. I want to know how you guys like these victorys. I'm getting older and I just want to ride! I typically put 15 - 17k miles a year on my bikes. I'd ride all the time if I didn't live in New England. How is this new 106 engine and 6 speed? Any problems? How is the dealer network and how are you treated at the dealers after the sale? I love the new XC and am ready to give up one of my e-glides to get one. Thanks in advance,
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buy what you want / like all have plus / minus my take after yrs on various brands, ive owned a harley knuckle head, Would like to have it today but not as a daily ride, 68 sporster 900cc , nice lookin good enough ride, super hard statrin, my triumph bonnie 650 stock would blow the doors off it, my last ride before buying the vegas was my fxrs owned her for 17 yrs. rode super, handled super, [ for a heavy bike] but I got tird of wrenching on her, hd ever in my future, nooo way. read all you can i believe you will find the vic super reliable, engine buletproof, do they break , of course. hope this helps

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Greeting from MA!
I too am new to Victory. I came from riding a VTX 1800 (still have it). Don't know where in RI you are, but if you can take a ride to MOM'South in Foxboro, MA. Very friendly and customer oriented. No high pressure. Offered test rides. I dealt directly with the owner Joel.
I originally had a deposit on a Cross Country at HK Powersports in Hooksett, NH. They kept giving me a song and dance when I'd ask when the bike would be coming in. They told me that the bikes were being shipped to southern states first because our riding season was over. Went to MOM's, test rode the owners XC. Asked when they might be getting more that weren't already bought in. They said they had 5 on a truck - three were available. Put a deposit on one, and was riding it the following weekend. They accepted my $500 coupon too. Was so impressed that we went back the following weekend and bought a 09 Ness Jackpot for my wife. They gave me a great deal on that (almost $6K off plus $1K cash back from Vic). Love both the new bikes.
The 106 has good power (more than HD, but a little less than the X) The 6 speed is nice. The ride is very comfortable. From what I've read, the engine/tranny are very reliable.
I'm glad I made the move!

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The BEST advice is hop on down to your local Victory Dealership and test ride the models you are interested in.

Victory encourages test rides because they know THAT is what sells the bikes. You don't have to wait for special events to test ride the Vic bikes.
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Thanks to all that replied. I would still like to hear from guys with high milage on their victory motorcycles and what they think of them.
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When you say high milage...I can only think of 2 people. One is Sidney (Fiswitch) rides a Kingpin and Jonny (Lonestar) ride a TC I think. They both are pushing the 130,000 plus miles on their Victory's, but don't think they are freaquent readers here. I myself only have about 40K on mine and have not had any issues with mine other then my ass falling asleep while on long rides and going through brake pads too often. Many tend to change out the stock seats and upgrade the pads to EBC's and others.

As far as the dealer network....a few dealers have closed their doors...maybe due to economy.....but I still see some new dealers popping up all the time. I don't have one bad thing to say about my dealer (www.TMPSW.com )....they have been super supportive of our riding club as well...they even went as far as sponsoring our riding club website.

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Thank you Neomtz. I'm even glad to hear that your 40k miles have been good ones.
Thanks again,
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I personally know a rider that has over 130,000 miles on her 05 Kingpin that she bought NEW in 06. Normal oil changes and services, tires and she broke ONE drive belt at 60,000 miles. They are rated at 30,000.

There is another rider with well over 200,000 on his 99.

These bikes are pretty much bullet proof and if you decide to go with the Lloydz engine packages 104CI up to 116CI they are still just as bullet proof.
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I've got 32K fairly tough miles on my '06 Jackpot including 20 passes on the 1/4 mile, not to mention countless rolling burnouts and wheelies, and it has NEVER seen the dealer since new. I'm ready for my 5th rear tire (Metzlers, of course). When you want to trick out your new Vics check us out at www.CycleOpsUSA.com.
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This is hilarious.

First off, to Longrider... Victory's are nice. When you make the jump to a victory, dont forget you birth certificate... becuase as soon as you sign for it you will lose your soul. Study the detail, amount of plastic and craftsmen ship, if you dont care about that, get a Victory, it will fit you perfect.

diamondrmp - "hop on down to your local Victory Dealership" Where is that? Need a plane ticket? If you dont live by one I would doubt there is one within 50 miles. But parts are interchangeable with snowmobiles so the supply chain is getting better.

To all, You can test ride any harley any time. You walk in, show then your license, put on a helmet and go. That simple.

I will agree, some (small amount) of the salesforce thinks they are kings. I have dealt with the same two salespeople since I started riding and that is really all I talk to there.

In closing, Longrider, drop your nuts at the front door of your polaris motorcycle dealer, walk in, get on and join the "Victory Community"
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