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post #1 of 82 (permalink) Old 02-22-2011, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
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Let me begin by saying that I buy the things I buy to satisfy ME, and no one else. I'm not here to impress you, I'm here to enjoy my life.

But at some point, I am expecting to hear the old "Yeah, but it's still no Harley" crap. Just because it's an American V-Twin cruiser, the only comparison to be drawn is naturally Harley-Davidson, and I get that, but some Harley owners can be really insane about their blinding love of the brand.

I was down to 2 bikes in the end, a V-Rod Muscle and the Hammer S. For me personally, the Hammer was the best fit, but that's no slight on the Muscle in any way. I loved the Muscle, rode it and enjoyed it, but enjoyed the feel of the Hammer more, that's all. I'll probably still buy one at some point, but in all honesty, it's the only Harley that appeals to me. Sure the quality, fit and finish of a Harley is terrific, but aside from the V-Rod, they are sickly and underpowered. It's almost like a ruse... you hear that big bad motor and ASSUME it's a powerhouse when a Dyna or Softail blows by... but come to find out, they are anemic. Only took one short ride to find out.

So what do YOU say when someone tries to talk down about your Victory "just because" it's not a Harley?

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Lets run them and see who wins?!?

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How much did all that chrome cost you. lol

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All you have to say is, "That's right, it isn't." Leave it at that. They'll either get it or they won't. But you will, and that's all that matters.

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I have a Harley Ultra, Victory XC, and a Goldwing.
I really like all 3 but for different reasons. I am not brand loyal.
A good friend of mine who is a die-hard HD rider asked me: how do you do it, you are not HD loyal but always happy no matter what ya ride. I want to be like that but I can't.

I get it a lot from my HD riding friends.
I just tell em I like things different

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Lets run them and see who wins?!?

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How much did all that chrome cost you. lol

Love it! I'll keep that one tucked away for a rainy day...

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I've come out of a place to find a guy (or guys) admiring my XR and will admit that although they currently have a Harley, they really like what Victory has to offer. I tell them to go take a test ride to learn just how much better the Victorys are and you'll end up riding one, like me. They'll respond saying things like; I couldn't get a Victory, my buddies would laugh at me. Then I'll reply; So you'll ride a second rate bike due to peer pressure - I thought you left high school habits behind. Then they get a bit hang dog. Being in my mid 70s, I find that I can get away with being very direct. Like your grand dad does - or did.

Like some others, I have no brand loyalty, I get what works for me at the time. Brand loyalty is a form of blindness. My XR is what's keeping me up on two wheels at my stage of life, even tho I've disliked cruisers for decades. But the X bikes are cool baggers that can carve and I love to work the twisties big time.

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My reply has always been, " You're right, it's better". Then if they want to continue the conversation I proceed to tell them how. I have been riding my Warrior with an HD crowd for years and they have gotten tired of hearing and seeing how it is better.

Note: I came out of a restaurant one time to find a buddy of mine had put rice on the seat of my Warrior. The next time we stopped on a ride together I put pork rinds on his seat. All in good fun.

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just smile and offer to help the next time they gotta get the bike on a trailer.

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