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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-19-2010, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Default If you could do it over, would you buy another Victory

I have recently discovered Victory and think that the bikes are better looking and more advanced than Harley. However and with that said, if you could do it all over, would you still purchase that Victory? Is there any down sides to owning a Victory that you did not realize before you purchased yours?

Lastly, how much did you pay for yours or how much can I expect the dealer to discount?
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Hell Yes! . I Love this machine. I bought a preowned Vegas
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I love telling how I came to Victory ownership. I was planning on buying a Harley and doing major modifications to it.

The night before I was going to go purchase a Harley, I saw a motorcycle commercial featuring a sweet looking wide tire bike riding through a warehouse. The commercial said it was a Victory. I never heard of Victory. I know that the bike in the commercial aside from the color (Sunset Red with Flames) was pretty damn close to my idea of the modifications I was going to do to the HD.

I went to the Victory website and read about this company and their bikes and then did a dealer locate.

My first time walking into a Victory dealership I saw the 8ball and man did I want that all black bike. The only problem is that I wanted the fat tire bike I saw in the commercial. I also knew I would do a lot of highway riding and wanted the 6 speed.

Then I started visiting Victory forums and lurking, reading and using the SEARCH feature a LOT!! LOL

I figured it would be easier and probably less expensive to buy the Black Jackpot and either powder coat the parts black or trade for black parts instead of converting the 8ball to a wide tire. Plus the conversion would void part of the warranty I planned on purchasing.

Needless to say I purchased a 06 Black Jackpot and modified it to my liking.

If I had purchased the HD and modified it to look and have a larger engine to match the HP and TQ of my bike I would have spent at least 10k more than what I spent on Porti.


The downside to Victory ownership is the dealer network by far. Dealers are spotty. In some areas you have to drive 100+ miles to your nearest dealer. The other bad part is mechanics. Unfortunately a lot of mechanics don't know their way around Victory bikes. I'm sure Kevin can testify to getting bikes that weren't correctly tuned or serviced from other dealerships.

The upside though is we have THE top Victory Mechanic in the US here to help you out. I've been associated with KevinX for 4 years now and he truly cares about Victory the riders and their bikes and he is a Victory rider and owner.

If I could do it over again. YES, I would buy another Victory EXCEPT I would save thousands and buy used instead of new.

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I have a 2007 Victory Jackpot ( red ). I bought is used last month for a shade under $14k, it has about $2.5k of bling/mods already installed and I'll add as my desire and finances rise. I bought it for its looks and my want of cruising. I also own a KTM Super Duke, so I get my high speed jollies from that.... and yes I'd buy another one.
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This is my second victory in 4 years and I'm already liking the looks of the new cross country...So yes I would buy another victory way before a harley. I rented a Harley out west a few months back and drove it around for a few days and I can honestly say that it did not hold a candle to my victory. This is in terms of power and just general overall ride quality. That's my only comment when someone asks me why I don't buy Harley's..."Go test drive a victory you wouldn't buy a harley after either"
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Started 6 years ago with a Victory Sport Cruiser, Then went to a Touruing Cruiser. Now I own a KingPin, A Classic Cruiser, and a V92C. Hell I keep doing it over again. BTW My SC was sold with 45K miles on the odo, My TC with 60K on the odo. Both are still locally owned, and the TC now has 110K
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Kevin you have a PM.
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I bought my 2005 Hammer NEW it was the last one my local dealer had. I was going to get a Fatboy at first but after researching the cost of a fat tire kit, 100+ cubic inch motor ect the cost of the Fatboy would of been well over 30k.. After owning the bike for 5 years now I would not buy another brand other then Victory!! I should have a new Cross Country in the garage by the end of the year much better bike for me and the Mrs to enjoy.

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I own an '07 vegas 8 ball and it's pretty damn near my dream bike with only about $2500 in upgrades to get it there. I'd be pretty hard pressed to say I would buy another brand other than victory moving forward. I'm still a young fella so I'm not quite there yet but my next bike WILL be a vision. Probably one of my biggest complaints about victory in general is their lack of aftermarket parts and apparel (relative too our buddy's at HD). I really think Victory is missing the boat in their marketing department. You can look at that as a positive and negative I guess..... It's nice to take a ride and not see a hundred bikes look just like yours!!!
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my son and myself took a ride up past san francisco me on my harley and he was to rent a harley duce as this was what he wanted to buy, when we went to pick up the duce it did not have a windshield on it , since we were going to put 1400 plus miles on the bikes he decided to rent the vegas instead , it had a windshield, needless to say after the trip and the extra $$ to put the fat tire on it he bought the vegas, that was in 03, an 04 model , i personally fell in love with the vegas at the 03 international motorcycle show in long beach, ca. but since i had the harley, low miles, paid for , i was not motivated to make the move, however after all the pain in the ass work i had to perform just to replace the final drive belt i was pissed, if you buy a harley and change it you will get very clear, on what i am talking about, a 5 hour job, the vic i can change out in 45 minutes, harley got it right with the sporsters, but not the big twins , go figure, then the final straw was when i had to replace the cylinder & pistons at 34,000 miles i only use synthetic oil and change oil & filter around 2000 miles , so i sold the OLD technology and bought the vic, would i do it again hell yes,.... only sooner!

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