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As some of you know and most don't, I joined the forum to learn as much as I could about Vic. Well yesterday I was finally able to test ride one as well as the others I am interested in. I am wanting to upgrade to a bagger so I took a Cross Country Touring for a spin. I gotta tell you the bike handled well and felt fine under me. It had lots of room and was comfortable for the most part. I'm vertically challenged and the shift and brake levers needed to be adjusted back to the shortest setting.even with the adjustment it still had me a little too stretched out. The other thing that surprised me is that the bike felt as though there was nothing under me. A 800+ pound bike felt lighter than the Dyna I currently own. This was a windy day and I was being blown around as much as I get on my bike.
I left there and went to the HD dealer and rode a couple of their bikes.
I would like to thank all of you for helping me learn what I have on this forum. Some I can use in all aspects of riding and others may help fellow riders. As impressed as I was with Vic it just wasn't enough to sway me to buy one. I would like to continue to hang around and learn even more and maybe throw my half cent in once in awhile. Who knows maybe I can help somebody on here. Again thanks for all the help you gave me.




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As some of you know and most don't, I joined the forum to learn as much as I could about Vic. Well yesterday I was finally able to test ride one as well as the others I am interested in. I am wanting to upgrade to a bagger so I took a Cross Country Touring for a spin. I gotta tell you the bike handled well and felt fine under me. It had lots of room and was comfortable for the most part. I'm vertically challenged and the shift and brake levers needed to be adjusted back to the shortest setting.even with the adjustment it still had me a little too stretched out. The other thing that surprised me is that the bike felt as though there was nothing under me. A 800+ pound bike felt lighter than the Dyna I currently own. This was a windy day and I was being blown around as much as I get on my bike.
Interesting. I came from top heavy sport touring bikes and I've ridden through heavy winds on the Vic and the bike feels completely planted. Yeah the wind blew *ME* all over, but the bike shrugged it off. On the STs I'd have been swerving all over in the same gusts.


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As impressed as I was with Vic it just wasn't enough to sway me to buy one.
Well, you're one tough sell. I've owned/ridden numerous brands over decades and never had any interest in croozers whatsoever. I tried a Warrior recently because a friend had one and liked it, and it was nice for a cruiser and had it's perks, but it required a lot of work to make useful. I hopped on a Kingpin demo bike and I was sold by about the second turn.




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The winds were pushing the bike around. The 2 Hd's I rode in the same winds were pretty stable. Like I said the Vic impressed me but not enough to make me buy. I considered everything in my decision. Including the amount of dealers out there. I know find a Indy. The problem with that is when on the road it takes time to find them, where as a dealer is so much easier to find. I also considered the mechanical problems. Vic has some problems as does HD and every man made product out there. After 2 years with my Dyna and not having any problems I am gambling on the next being the same. I would be taking the same gamble with any other bike.


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The winds were pushing the bike around.
You say you rode the Cross Country. That could be a problem with that bike, I dunno, I've never ridden one of those in extremely windy conditions. I can guarantee it is not a problem with a Cross Roads though.

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Including the amount of dealers out there. I know find a Indy. The problem with that is when on the road it takes time to find them, where as a dealer is so much easier to find.
No need to find an independent. A Victory is metric. If you need a tire or anything else done with metric tools, there are a zillion Jap/Euro dealers that can pop and swap.

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I also considered the mechanical problems. Vic has some problems as does HD and every man made product out there. After 2 years with my Dyna and not having any problems I am gambling on the next being the same. I would be taking the same gamble with any other bike.
Harleys seem to have a handful of problems that occur with the regularity of prostate cancer in old men. Vics don't have such problems. Sure some have problems with their bikes, but no ubiquitous problems like stators, or crank wobble, or chain tensioners, or puking radiators crop up with the consistency they do on Harley models.

All that said, I love the 2014 Road King. I'm sure I could pour a decent piece of cash into resolving the quality problems by adding better parts from the start, but I can't see it being a good investment at this point given how good my current Vic is. And it's paid fer




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Crash - Sounds like you like the "cramped bikes so you may want to take a look at the new Indians. Their cockpit is similar to the HD but they have newer technology in their engine and suspension that are about 15 years newer than Hd's tech




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I wouldn't say I like cramped bikes. I've been on a Heritage before and that's too cramped. My Dyna can be a little cramped when I have a passenger but by myself is fine. The cross country would need to have the pedals moved another inch or so to make it optimum for my liking.
I was able to ride the 14 RK and didn't like the riding position. Felt like I was being forced to sit upright too much. Out of the three I rode yesterday( Vic included) the street glide was the one that felt just right. We all know how that is. I've heard it said we don't pick the bike, the bike pics us. That's pretty much what happened. I wasn't a mile away from the dealer and knew it was the one.

Here's another little tid bit for you guys. Hopefully you can explain this too me. The 106 in the Vic didn't seem to have the power that the 103 or even the 96 has. The Vic also had the stage one done to it. I know the weight difference between the Vic and supeglide would account for some of that but the stock 103 in a heavier bike felt more powerful. Maybe I was imagining this but I got on all of them pretty good a few times and that's just how it felt. Any ideas.
As far as the Indian goes...... For one I don't care for the looks of them and for 2 I'm not sure what dealer here in Nebraska has them. The one I was at turned them down due to the demands from the MoCo. I was told they needed to have a separate building and cost to get the franchise was up there.


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If you like the Street Glide, go for it. I liked my Road Glide but I did not like the repeated warranty visits. I found the Vision felt a bit unwieldy at first and it looked a mile long to me when I sat on it, even after 2 years on a Road Glide, but that was just the initial impression. These days you can't get me off my Vision.

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The Street Glide is a Nice Ride and if that's what you like go for it .. But if think Harleys 96 or even 103 is more powerful is definitely in your mind .. My 09 Ultra was a Full Bore Stage II High Flow AC, Rineharts 2:1 Pipes and SE 259E Cams, Tuned with a Dynojet Power Vision, and the Vic had more HP and Torque Bone Stock ..

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I loved my road glide, or so I thought until I rode my HighBall, my only regret is not getting a victory sooner, would off tons of money, time, and miles back an forth to the dealer


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The X bikes are large with lots of room which is great for tall guys like me but I can see where it may feel to large for really short riders. I really wanted to pick up an HD before I got my XR but they all felt really cramped for my 34" inseam. If HD ever decides to do something new and make a bigger framed bike with a totally redesigned engine then I may have to look their way again. Right now when I sit on a HD touring bike I feel like I am sitting on a heavy Honda Rebel after riding my XR it is so cramped feeling.

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