Want to step up to a Victory
I have been one of the biggest supporters of American products if there ever was one. The arguments I have posted on other boards bordered on fanaticism and I was banned one more than one occasion for my strong ideals.
Then, after allowing a woman to use my credit to buy a Japanese cruiser, I ended up with the cruiser after she wanted to give it to her son. (Who would slam on his brakes and gas at the same time on a rental car to smell the brakes catch fire, no, sorry, not with a bike in my name!)
That bike is a Yamaha V Star 1100 that has survived so much abuse, a Harley-Davidson at 2x the price would literally fall apart. I live in a harsh desert climate and I do not baby my machines, but I do use top quality fluids and preform regular maintenance.
This V Star 1100 has hit 95MPH on dry lake beds, caught enough air on dirt roads to have the rear wheel kick out, made a lot of "smaller" jumps, been in the sand, mud, snow, ice, and once slid out in the mud @55MPH, where it hit a burm. I picked it up, started it, and was on my way.
This motorcycle is an unbelievable piece of machinery. I realized that most American brands (Cars, and another motorcycle brand) are riding on their reputation, and are perfectly JUSTIFIED in producing CRAP (Because people buy it for the name only!) that brings me SHAME as an AMERICAN. We could do so much better, this country has the best of everything. Yet, the Japanese do it 3 times better for 1/2 the price. I am sick of it!!
I stopped by a Victory dealer today. I am impressed! Hydraulic lifters, hydraulic cam chain tensioner, almost zero maintenance. And I hear the reliability is excellent. Plus, some of their 1600cc models weigh LESS than my 1100cc Japanese bike, which is nice in the dirt.
I don't know what I am trying to say here.
I don't like the belt drive, because of the dirt and dust where I live. The shaft drive of the V Star is bullet proof and requires precious little maintenance. I fully understand that I am using these street bikes for a purpose for which they were not designed, but I make it work.
Anyway.. I guess I am trying to say, how many of you have your motorcycles in your homes on dirt roads?
What is the reliability history like of the early Victory motorcycles?