Okay...just did a back to back comparo of a 2013 Judge (in black with Victory Performance straights fitted)
Scored the ride as part of Victory Australia's "Weekend Escape " promo,
a Vic, a tank of Premium, and a $200 voucher for Best Western Hotel.
Can't go wrong there!
Picked Judge up 9am Sat morning and was back home at 11am throwing toothbrush, socks, n' undies in a backpack for the girl to wear, it was stinking hot weather (hottest summer on record) still donned my leather jacket regardless.
There was a 1% club Poker Run kicking off at midday and my plan was we ride with them till the southernmost stop then head west when they head back north...turned out a good plan.
the Black Victory Judge certainly drew some attention on the run, and for me after 2500 miles over the past month on my 2010 Vegas climbing onto the Judge was an almost traditional riding position that inspired hard riding, the bike had 513 kilometers on it when I picked it up and I mentioned that where I planned going that weekend would put it past its first service, they said itd be ok so off I went.
Dont use 6th gear under 100ks (60mph) was the instructions.
Obviously...I know not to lug an engine thats being run in, thought they wouldve done the first service before giving me the bike tho.
Impressions...felt very stable on the road the fat 16" wheel and harder springing inspiring solid confidence, clutch lever lighter than my Vegas, pipes sounded rorty once past 2500 or backing off, but nowhere near as rorty as my short slash pipes.
My seating position felt ok, somewhat reminiscent of my old XS650,
My passenger had her doubts about the rear accomodation though and her doubts proved real, tho she loved the bike and is a bit of a massochist at heart (she'd have to be to hang around with me
Im sure the better padded touring seat wouldve been better, and we did cover a fair bit of ground over two days, almost 600 miles and over some very rough sections of road, and some beautiful sections too I must say, the road out from Lismore thru Casino, Drake and then the section Drake to Tenterfield just magic corners, stayed overnight in Tenterfield using our voucher at the Best Western there
the Henry Parkes Hotel, a very nice establishment with biker friendly management, nice clean room ,with spa, and parking for the bike at the front door.
The Vegas was a joy to ride tho it did scrape the pegs quite a bit on tighter corners, the riding position inspires confidence and no bumps or undulations could throw us off course.
Must admit I couldnt feel the extra 6 cubes over my 100 cube ride, and actually jumping straight onto mine on our return Sunday arvo, my bike felt like it had a bit more grunt. (Illusion from the loud pipes)..maybe..but I think not)...motor still felt strong and got better the more I rode it, had just under 1500 ks on when I handed it back this morning....Would I buy it? well yes and no...not at the expense of my Vegas and certainly as a second bike, not that I can afford to do that.
Getting back on my Vegas the softer springing the laid back riding position and the grunt and sound was welcoming.
I'd had this Judge test ride booked a few weeks before I actually bought my Vegas but as I was initially attracted to a Judge in the first place when the ride offer came through I gladly accepted it.
It cemented my decision to buy the Vegas, maybe Im getting old but the comfort factor and the fact my female friend loves the touring rear seat on my Vegas was overwhelming
Running a tape measure under both bikes back at my workshop showed both to have 5" ground clearance measured to the frame rail, tho strangely the JUDGE scraped a lot more over my favourite 23 km windy road than the Vegas and my point to point time on the judge was 12 mins versus 16 mins on my Vegas but it was getting darkish and the threat of kangaroos had me riding much more sedate.
I feel in daylight I could match the Judges time, and not riding stupid.
Fitted he touring backrest to my Vegas this arvo, that combined with the touring pillion seat and pegs, along with the saddlebags Ive successfully rigged up makes the Vegas an even better touring proposition...By the way I fitted the Victory accessory tachometer as per the instructions and its working well...all the spare plugs were inside the headlight shell so it wasnt a drama...
Got me wondering tho?...what are the other 'spare' connections in there going nowhere...what else could I fit just by plugging in and mounting??
It was great ride/adventure weekend, thanks to Victory Australias fantastic offer, some fantastic roads, a willing partner who copped some horrendous bumps here and there, I really did try to miss em where possible but our roads are goat tracks in places.
Way past my bedtime here so will sign out........oh just one thing the LO OIL came on the dash around 1000 ks mark after refueling , upon checking and hey had to borrow a shifter to undo the dipstick! it was so tight!....showed down to first mark, added 20 fl ounces of JASO MA to bring it up to level............anyone else find oil consumption on a fresh motor??? could be normal,...dealers said oil is a consumable.
Well they do stock one quart bottles at the dealership as well as 5 quart ones...makes you wonder hey?
still showed low on dash after topping up so maybe a dealer reset after first service?