What Jim G bought after all was said and done . . .
Many of you know that I recently sold my highly customized VTX 1800 Retro because I was ready for a new project.
I was thinking I’d get a Victory, because I have never owned one and am intrigued by both The Vegas 8 Ball (very simple black bike with greta lines), and the 2007 Vegas Jackpot and Jackpot Arlen Ness versions. I cam very, very close to buying a 2007 Jackpot in the fabulous yellow /purple / etc paint scheme – a really nice bike, and only 5900 miles on it.
I had some reservations, related to the local dealership, not the bike. I was getting pretty consistent feedback from multiple sources about the local Victory dealership not stocking commonly needed parts and accessories, and while my personal experience with the dealer's service department had been fine (I bought tires and a few small repairs there for my Honda VTX 1800R), I really did not like the sales department.
Then my wife intervened.
She pointed out that when I visited a motorcycle shop, it was usually a Harley shop, and that I always had a great time everytime I visited Cowboy Harley-Davidson, our nearest local HD dealership in Austin. She pointed out that while the cost of entry to a Harley is a bit high, the ongoing costs are pretty reasonable, and the quality of parts, motorclothes, and services is consistently great, and she is correct. She said I was ultimately going to end up there again (I had owned a 1200 Sportster about 3 to 4 years ago), so I may as well skip the stops along the way and just do it!
I pointed out that while I could buy the Victory for cash, and it was in excellent shape, used Harleys hold their value well enough that I’d need to finance a portion of the cost, and frankly if I were to do that, I’d rather buy a new one and start with zero miles, a full 2 year warranty, and know the bike has never been abused or neglected. To my surprise, she not only agreed, but INSISTED that I buy a new Harley! (Yes, I am blessed with the World’s greatest wife).
Then, she insisted we visit Cowboy Harley on Saturday, which we did, and our salesman there showed us a 2014 HD “Breakout”, which the shop had already, on spec, started to customize a bit. He walked us into the shop, where “Brian”, the best tech in the shop, was in the process of changing over from the stock wheels to the outrageous HD chrome “Turbine” wheels. Both my wife and I fell immediately for the wheels, and also for the paint on this particular bike. It is Harley’s new “Hard Candy Chrome Flake” and it is simply fabulous (photos don’t do it justice).
We thought about it over the weekend, and on Monday, we returned to the dealership and bought and bought and rode home that Breakout with the Turbine wheels, and included in the deal the later installation of an adjustable lowering kit for the rear, a D&D 2 into 1 exhaust, HD performance intake, HD Super Tuner, and a detailed dyno tune. According to D&D’s published dyno chart, the above combination will increase the power of the 103 engine by a little over 20%.
For those not familiar with new Harleys, they are so “choked” by the factory on both intake and exhaust to achieve the noise emissions levels that experienced HD buyers do at least the basics of freeing up both the exhaust and intake. When I did this on my Sporster 1200, I got an immediate 18% gain at the rear wheels on the dyno, and it looks like on the Breakout the gain will be a bit over 20%, with the torque gains being very fat along along the rpm curve, not concentrated at the top.
On Thursday, the last of the required accessory add-on arrived, and I dropped the bike off at Cowboy last evening. It will be ready probably Monday! The service manager promised me it will be “transformed” by the power mods!
Here are some photos:
In addition to the bike itself, the nicest part is that my wife, who has not usually wanted to come long on rides, is really looking forward to being a passenger on the Breakout, and bought herself a nice new leather jacket!
I think this is going to be a great experience . . .