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What were you looking for? You wanted a bagger. You want to tour. You like to poke around and cruise back roads. You like to go fast and tweak it so you can smoke the metrics and Hardleys. You wanted something to keep shiny and cute when you go bar hopping. Always wanted a Vic. Got tired of posing and decided to get a real bike. Found a great deal and grabbed it. IT just spoke to you. A buddy got one or a buddy wanted to get rid of his. You donít have a freakin clue!

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What were you looking for? You wanted a bagger. You want to tour. You like to poke around and cruise back roads. You like to go fast and tweak it so you can smoke the metrics and Hardleys. You wanted something to keep shiny and cute when you go bar hopping. Always wanted a Vic. Got tired of posing and decided to get a real bike. Found a great deal and grabbed it. IT just spoke to you. A buddy got one or a buddy wanted to get rid of his. You donít have a freakin clue!

You know! We all got our reasonsÖ
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I wanted a bunch of storage and it had to be comfortable. I use it as a commuter bike (as long as it's not raining) and a lot of weekend riding. Replaced my GL1800 GoldWing which I had for 10 years.



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I bought the Gunner to poke around local roads, Any longer rides I take the Tri-Glide... Any one who thinks they can smoke a metric will be disappointed.. I've had a few of them over the years, T1000, 929,Valk, And a Bussa.. The Sv 650 I had would smoke my Gunner..
My days of ridding like a fighter pilot are over..

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My previous bike was a '09 Vulcan 900. Before than I had a '85 Vulcan 700. I'm not a Kawi loyalist (obviously), but they were the right price at the right time. The 700 was poorly maintained, unpredictable, and unreliable. The 900 I bought brand new to solve those issues, which it did beautifully. I was also fairly capable as a 2-up scoot for overnight trips after I added leather saddlebags and a sissybar and luggage rack.

But I lusted after a hard bagger. I shopped all the major entries: the Vulcan Vaquero, Star Roadliner, and the HD Road King before choosing the Cross Roads. The Vulcan drew me strongly because of its styling and excellent price point, but I was turned off by chronic complaints of heat and ECU issues all across the VN1700 line. I also didn't like the side-loader saddlebags. The Roadliner had a very small gas tank compared to its competition, and I sadly couldn't find many examples to look at. I understand they are fantastic bikes tho. The Road King was a front runner because I just think they're great looking bikes, but the price kept me hesitant. But then I started lining all 4 candidates up, and kept coming back to the Victory. Bang for buck went to the Kawi, hands down but reliability disqualified it. The XR just had more of EVERYTHING. And it was also beautiful. I had to have one. And I have not a single regret.

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I bought the Gunner to poke around local roads, Any longer rides I take the Tri-Glide... Any one who thinks they can smoke a metric will be disappointed.. I've had a few of them over the years, T1000, 929,Valk, And a Bussa.. The Sv 650 I had would smoke my Gunner..
My days of ridding like a fighter pilot are over..
I think the OP was referring to metric V-twin cruisers. Even the most powerful of those entries would be handily walloped by a Duc 929 or a Busa. Apples and oranges. I would be curious to see how a Vic would hang with 1st-gen Valkyrie tho. I imagine the Rune could lay out a whoopin with the 1800cc motor, but what about the base Valk with the 1600?

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My reasoning was similar to Luciferiad. Needed more power and better braking for 2-up riding with some storage. Looked at the same bikes and I too liked the Road King but the price was not there. Liked the Stratoliner as well but I like to be different so got the XR and it was the cheapest to boot.

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I spent quite a bit of time looking into each cruiser available at the time. Price, reliability, and the opinions of people who owned bikes I was interested in came into play. I then decided that I didn't want to ride a Jap job or anything else that wasn't "American" made. This obviously left me with only two choices. I have owned HD but to be honest with you, I don't care for the snobbish attitude some HD riders display. I was still on the fence and then two things happened. 1. I found an article on Roadkill and his record setting Vic.
2. I went into the dealership and looked at the Vegas 8ball. The woman showing me around looked at me and just started laughing. She shook her head and ask me when I was going to pick it up. Two days later I rode away on her. ( The 8ball )
I have found myself wishing I had some storage for rain gear and the like but in the end I couldn't be happier.



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Me too and then had a meanstreak. I'm alias daboo311 in the vulcan forums. I sold it and bought vtx1800 sold it after a month and here I am. You will need to help keep me in line.

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I have found myself wishing I had some storage for rain gear and the like but in the end I couldn't be happier.
Thousands of guys buy for the clean look and end up making them into baggers. Now, if I'm traveling, I'm using bags otherwise, just cruisin!

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I have a CC; love the sporty-ness of it but I also like music and bags. I love telling my HD buds, no, I don't care if its 90 degrees out, I'm not carrying your leather "billboard" jacket for you... all the money you spent on those patches ya could'a bought a pair of decent bags!.
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This is just me but this is what I wanted and now I have it muahahaha "evil grin"

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