I've owned 39 motorcycles in 45 years of riding, but never yet a Victory. I am really attracted to the simplicity and styling of the Vegas 8-Ball, but have a few questions before I sell my current ride (highly customized Honda VTX 1800 Retro)
to get one, so I thought I'd ask current actual owners:
- Victory even after 14 years has a very small market share. I keep hearing that there are very few dealerships, so pricing tends to be less competitive for bikes, parts, and service. True or not?
- I've heard that finding a Victory dealer when you need one when touring can be hard. True or not? Do non-Victory dealers readily, and competently, work on Victorys?
- I've heard that many Victory parts are often backordered for long periods of time, and so bikes stay unrideable for weeks or months. True or not?
- Every model of any brand of motorcycles has its weaknesses. For example, on my 2002 VTX 1800 Retro, the original fuel pressure regulator is known to be failure prone, so you replace it BEFORE it sfails and fills the enigne crankcase with fuel. What are the common weaknesses on a Vegas 8 Ball? For example, I've heard that the transmissions are not only clunky but sometimes actually break. True?
- Every model of any brand of motorcycle has its idiosyncrasies. For example, on the VTX 1800, the factory air-fuel ratio between 1800 and 2300 rpm is "off" (maybe for emissions compliance?), and requires correction via a Power Commander to eliminate a resultant "shaking" when cruising in that rpm range. What are the idiosyncrasies on a Vegas 8 Ball?
- I rode a Vegas 8 Ball yesterday, and it struck me as remarkably light and nimble (part of that due to my current ride being so big and heavy I'm sure). The 8 Ball sort of reminded me of a 1970 Norton 750 Roadster I owned back in the day - that too was a very nimble and small bike, and STILL one of my favorites of all the bikes I've owned. Is the Vegas 8 Ball physically (not engine displacement) the same overall size as other Victory cruiser (not touring or bagger) models like the Hammer, Jackpot, etc., or is it physically smaller?
- I like the fact that the 8 Ball has hydraulic lifters, so no valve adjustments needed, and no engine coolant changes needed either. What engine maintenance is required beyond oil and filter changes, air filters, and spark plugs?
- My local dealership in Austin, Texas has NO new OR used 8 Balls, and is playing games on the value of my potential trade. Does anyone know of a FAIR dealership in central Texas, that keeps inventory of used 8 Balls?