Just so everyone knows, I have taken many test rides of the Victory bikes and have made my decision to purchase one for my retirement gift when I retire from the Army this year. The reason i asked the question is because I have never ridden a HD and when I found the page that lets you find a bike based on your ridding style, I thought I would see if the bikes they picked for me had any Victory competitors. I didn't realize that because I haven't had the chance to ride a HD that the motorcycle know it all would try and make me sound like an idiot. I thought that the purpose of the forum was to obtain and share knowledge about the bikes so a person could make a better decision. It appears that this is not what some of you use this forum for. Just so you know, you only remind everyone that you are still a HD snob just like the HD riders you talk about. I guess it true that a leopard can't change its spots. Very disappointed and confused.
Well for a Soldier close to retirement, someone has some pretty thin skin! Now that YOU ADDED the rest of this I for one understand your question better. Based off your first post you got what you got from me...
No one is busting your chops. I gave you my honest opinion. Victory is a better motorcycle bar none! That is coming from a former HD rider. You asked about style, Victory does not compete with HD's style. The bikes are 180 in almost every way. They are however in some of the same classification like Bagger, muscle bike, bar hopper. What I said about the deluxe is true, Victory does not have a bike that has that old time look, nor should they! It is not part of their history. Victory on the other hand has the future vs the past. Harley tried new things like the Vrod and Rocker but the core HD customer (45 - 65 year old males) flamed them for it. It is hard for HD to get out of that mold when your customer base wants you to stay in it. Nothing wrong with that but I am not brand loyal. I love to RIDE, I love motorcycles. This is why I can tell you allot about all bikes. The same way my dad can tell you about every muscle car from the 60's. He was not brand loyal either....
As far as you calling me an HD Snob, check out my signature. I still ride a Busa, YES THAT IS A METRIC BIKE, RICE ROCKET, THAT NO HD SNOB WOULD BE FOUND DEAD ON!
Relax and re-read as many times as you need to figure this out.... I answered your question to the best of my ability not knowing you or your riding style! I have no idea what the hell you were looking for I guess! And my joke about the t shirts... well shit it was a joke. As far as Blackey, all he was doing was telling you to go out and ride. That said, good luck cuz most HD stealerships are not going to let you!
If you think that we are brash here then go hang out on the HD forum.... They will tell you to pack sand if you were even thinking about another bike other than an HD!!! I for one think that HD has some good bikes like the Dyna Wide Glide and V Rod. I thought the Deluxe was for me and I was sadly wrong.