Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: College Station, TX
I don't know your body type/size. I am 6'2, 270 (not fat). I had to put the 2" pull back bars on mine to make it comfortable. I also changed seats. The stock bars or seat just didn't fit me. What I like most about the Vic is that you can ride with your feet in SO MANY positions, from stretched out, to almost jockey style. If you are wanting to stay with a twin then IMHO the Vic is a much better engine/trans combo and gains in that statement with ease of maintenance (one oil, one filter). Although like stated, I was very impressed with the HD engine/trans except for one thing and that may just be me. When I would come to stop it felt like it had a warped rotor...lol, but as I looked down I realized the bounce stop was in time with engine shake. I think you will like the "ride in" feel versus the "ride on" feel of the vic versus HD. But coming from an HD you may not notice as much as I did going to the HD.
Be mindful of the seat of the pants feel when you ride the Vic. It has good power and moves to speed very easy, but the seat of the pants is lacking and feels as if you aren't going anywhere. But again, that may have just been my impression as I came from a GL1800 Wing where any gear at any time was the right gear and seat of the pants was certainly not an issue....lol
Now if you are not overtly concerned with staying on a twin then let me point you in the direction of the GL1800. If you want smooth power, awsome reliability and ease of ownership there is no better for eating up miles. But that is a completely different bike.
You just need to go ride a Vic and see what you think. I rode the Ultra and although very impressed I will easily stay with the Vic primarily becasue the Ultra just didn't fit me. I am going to ride the Indian Roadmaster and see how it feels (will write that up once I ride it) and I came from a Gl1800 (have written my thoughts and comparisons on it and the XCT already). Keep us infomred as to what you determine even if it means you don't get a Vic. I know for one I enjoy hearing why people DON'T like something as much as I enjoy hearing why the DO.
And thank you for your service.
Command Master Chief, USCG (NOW RETIRED)