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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-10-2010, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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I am a current owner of a Virago 1100 and Sportster Low 1200. I am looking at Victory as my next bike. I am 5'3" and small build. I have a local dealership that offers test rides. They have mentioned the Vegas 8 ball as one option. The bikes are a lot longer wheelbase than what I own. Even though they weigh considerably more the center of gravity feels decent at least upon standing the bike upright. I am curious and will try them out as an option.

I am looking for feedback and thoughts on the various models that may be suitable for an experienced rider of my size and within a reasonable budget like the 8 ball.

I will answer any questions that help you to help me out. I know bottom line is in how it feels but I appreciate any feedback.

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As you said. The proof will be in the ride for you. The 2010 and up Vegas's are all based on the "Low" model so if you want to shop around you may find a higher optioned Vegas then an 8Ball. We just sold a NEW 08 Low premium with billet, and chrome for $12K out the door.

The center of gravity on the Vegas models is a good distance further down then a Sportster, and overall balance if far superior
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I,too, came from a sportster, and can tell you that, although theKP is much bigger, it is much better balanced and handles easily. Go for a test ride and see how it suits you after 15 minutes. You'll be surprised how quickly you feel comfy.

Look for a low model to help with the legs.

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I just moved from a Sporty 1200 Low to a Vic Cross Roads. Obviously, that's not the bike you're looking at, but I'd imagine there's some similarities. At 5'6" tall, I'm also "vertically challenged."

On my Sporty, I had a Mustang Vintage Solo seat, which put me lower and more forward than the stock H-D seat. The seat height between that and the Cross Roads is very similar, maybe even the same height. The stock Cross Roads seat is wider up front, but you probably won't have that issue on the Vegas.

Like KevinX mentioned, the center of gravity on the Sportster is really high. I was surprised how much lower the Cross Roads rode, and, in spite of being significantly longer and heavier, handles far better at any speed. Only exception: parking lot speed, naturally.

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You also have the option of lowering any of the non-baggers with our simple to install lowering links which will drop you down 1-1/4"s, getting your feet that much flatter on the pavement.

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Hi...2010 Vegas is based on the "Low" model...that is it sits at 25.2 inches above the turf....very easy sitting height for those "vertically challenged" I just purchased a new 2010 for $12,800....My GF is of shorter statue and she sits comfortably on it with both feet on the ground...also by sitting this low the center of gravity is very low so the bike feels quite light.....Good luck........Paul
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My wife (5'5" and 115#) rode a 1200 Sporty for years. One day last year she told me she was tired of fighting with such a top heavy bike each time she slowed or was in a parking lot situation. I thought her riding days were numbered.

I suggested a different bike and maybe not a HD. We looked at everything that might fit, including the Victory line-up. She tried so many bikes. She finally decided upon a V Star 1100 Classic. She really loves the "big" size feel it has on the road and even more so the extremely low centre of gravity the bike enjoys. No need to lower the suspension, just hop on and ride. She loves the V Twin motor and the smoothness of the transmission, motor and suspension. All in all a real upgrade from her HD.

I also looked for a bike for her from a firm in Miami called ROAR Motorcycles for Women. These folks specialize in bikes being custom fitted for women. They have a great website and were extremely helpful when I contacted them by phone. If we could not have found exactly what my wife wanted locally I was planning on flying us both down south for a few days to get a bike for her. Check out their website at:

Hope you find what works for you!

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