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How many of you were previous Harley owners and why did you make the switch to Victory?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-27-2013, 02:01 PM
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Why did you switch? After test riding the Vic and HD I and, learning what I could about the Vic I decided not to switch.

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I had a Vrod. I have always gone against the grain. So Vic and me sort if gel

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I had a 2007 FXDSE, got screwed in the financing, 4 years later I came into a little money, tried to decide if making the FXDSE comefortable and paying it off would be better than trading up. Decided to trade up to a, 2011 FLTRX (that was paid for), and as it goes, what goes up will definitely go down. With that being said, last year we had a financial hardship, with the bike the being the only thing we owned outright it had to go. I had been bike shopping since the day I listed mine on ebay, knowing that one day I would have another (Harley), but I found the HighBall, and it really ate at me not being able to have another bike, so after a little haggling at the dealership, and a lot at home, I got the payments for this one down to an affordable level, and it came home with me.

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I had a Street Glide, and my partner Debbie was never comfortable on it. She was a good sport and would go on short rides on occasion, but she was usually in pain by the time we got home. She has arthritis in her back, knees, and ankles. So one day when we were driving around I asked her if she wanted to stop by the Victory store and she said yes. She sat on a CCT and was very comfortable. Much more room, a tour pack instead of a sissy bar, and the placement of the floorboards worked better for her. Plus, I had more room as well. So I bought a CCT and now she asks me to go riding and is grinning when we get home.

I've been fighting buffeting for 2 years on the Street Glide, and have none on the CCT. So now that I have the Victory for touring, I'm trading my Street Glide for a Road King, which is what I had before. Now I'm a happy camper and Debbie is a happy camper. Life is good.

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I had hankered after a Harley since my teens but study, family and life in general meant that I was never able to afford one when the inclination was strongest. I have always enjoyed interesting and alternative bikes and after doing the research into Victory I realised that they had re-worked the big v-twin and, without the baggage of history, had got it right. I guess I have finally grown up !

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Had 4 or 5 HD's over a period of years. Never a problem, just wanted something different for a change. If I buy something other than a Victory in the future it'll likely be for the same reason. That Moto Guzzi Calif 1400 Tourer looks really sweet

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I had owned some 20+ bikes in my life, but never got around to a Harley. The V92SC with the Pre-Freedom motor, mid-controls and over built front end won me over. I'm now on my 5th Vic!
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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-27-2013, 05:59 PM
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Had well over a dozen Harleys over the years and was looking at another one when I stumbled across Victory demo rides. The rest is in their marketing, I rode it and I bought it.

Good thing too. My 2012 Harley that I ride for work has 20k on it and close to $3k in repairs, brakes and a rear tire in that time. Of course its like new thanks to the new wheel bearings, new shifter, third regulator, 7th light / passing bulb, third flasher, 2nd set of exhaust clamps.....the list goes on.

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Not just HD, but I have owned a boatload of Hondas----big and small, yammas, and 5 or 6 Harley's of every category (softail, touring, Sportster) why you ask did I switch??? Because ----after I did the research and after I tried to stop staring at the Kingpin, there is no better bike I have sat my fat butt upon. Pardon my simplicity

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