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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-27-2013, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, my name is Bill and I'm an...(sorry, wrong meeting)...

New rider, 63, and decided that since I no longer have hair, the wind won't be an issue.

I am taking up riding, looked at what was available, and fell in love with a few of the bikes in the Victory line. I am 5'11" and average weight, arm and foot length. My issue, though, is that I will be living in Belize. Most of my rides will be for fun, and not much longer than 15 miles or so for errands and on the way to some beach bar. I will use the bike to go from town to town, with a max of 85 miles, most likely. It's not a big country.....

I would like to get it moded up before I leave, and have been looking at what most of you do to yours. Please give any suggestions that will increase power and torque, but not at the expense of HP.

All of the main roads (less than 30)in Belize are paved, and they all have issues, but I will be sticking to those for the most part on my runs. There are also a lot of good hardpan sand and dirt roads, which will get use as well. I will be riding by myself, and will not use this for overnighting or long cruises.

I would like to get a new or demo Vic to cut down on potential problems down the road, but realize that the warranty will not transfer out of country, as there are no Vic dealers. I am a pretty good shade-tree mechanic, and parts would be available to be shipped out of either Houston or Miami.

The biggest question that I have is: What is the right bike? I like classic, old-school lines. With not great roads, should I be looking for something with wide tires? Do I need to worry about scraping the frame? I would prefer to get a cruiser and buy a quick-release windscreen and bags, as this will be for fun, not for travel with clothing, etc. Love the looks of the Pin (quite a few left over from the last year with no miles), Boardwalk and the XR Classic. Looking for suggestions.

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Bill

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Boardwalk and XR are all very good choices and not hard to find new. KP was discontinued and replaced by the Boardwalk so finding a new KP or a used Boardwalk may take time.

Either way you're probably never going to have to do anything but change oil and swap a battery with as few miles as you're going to accumulate annually.

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Bill,
At the risk of getting pelted by a dozen or so forum members, I strongly suggest you consider a brand that has dealer representation in Belize. You may be good with tools, but there will come a time when you will need what only a dealer has to offer. Having said that, I have never been back to mine except for the first service and that was over 12,000 miles ago. Yes, Victorys are extremely reliable, but so are Hondas and some others. Speaking of Honda, their new NC700s would be a nice island bike. Or maybe they still sell the NT700V (aka Deauville) in Belize - that has a shaft drive, a lot better for those unpaved roads. Bikes with belt drive aren't a good choice if you intend to ride on dirt or gravel roads.
I (and many others on this forum) hope that you have taken a rider training course. If not, its extremely important that you do so before buying a bike. There's far more to operating a bike (and surviving) than you can ever imagine.
I hope yours wasn't one of the houses involved in that landslide.
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Give us a break what models do you like?

Bald heads get sun burn really good

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You got that right VJ. Melanomas aren't any fun.

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It sounds like a vegas or boardwalk would fit the bill perfectly. A crossroads too if you want something for better 2 up or just like the bagger look. On the vegas and the bordwalk, the first thing I might do is change the rear shock to one that has more suspension travel for a smoother ride. The bikes should be nice and agile otherwise.

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Bill,
At the risk of getting pelted by a dozen or so forum members, I strongly suggest you consider a brand that has dealer representation in Belize. You may be good with tools, but there will come a time when you will need what only a dealer has to offer. Having said that, I have never been back to mine except for the first service and that was over 12,000 miles ago. Yes, Victorys are extremely reliable, but so are Hondas and some others. Speaking of Honda, their new NC700s would be a nice island bike. Or maybe they still sell the NT700V (aka Deauville) in Belize - that has a shaft drive, a lot better for those unpaved roads. Bikes with belt drive aren't a good choice if you intend to ride on dirt or gravel roads.
I (and many others on this forum) hope that you have taken a rider training course. If not, its extremely important that you do so before buying a bike. There's far more to operating a bike (and surviving) than you can ever imagine.
I hope yours wasn't one of the houses involved in that landslide.
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The landslides were on the Orcas Islands; my place is on Bainbridge Island, about 25 nm from Seattle in the Puget Sound. I only WISH that we had a landslide; its the only way that my house has more value than what the real estate market dictates any more!

The rub to any bike for Belize is that there are no dealers for ANY bike! There is a Kawa dealer for ATV's only. He doesn't service bikes and carries no parts, as I have already checked.

Yes, I do wear hats on the noggin, and have my motorcycle license now.

Actually, as roads go, the hardpan roads have fewer potholes than the main roads! The biggest issue with the asphalt roads is with splits in the road.

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Im kinda with RICZ on this one...a belt drive bike is not the best choice for riding on hardpan and dirt roads... Id be looking for a shaft-driven bike if that was what my roads looked like...

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The landslides were on the Orcas Islands; my place is on Bainbridge Island, about 25 nm from Seattle in the Puget Sound. I only WISH that we had a landslide; its the only way that my house has more value than what the real estate market dictates any more!

The rub to any bike for Belize is that there are no dealers for ANY bike! There is a Kawa dealer for ATV's only. He doesn't service bikes and carries no parts, as I have already checked.

Yes, I do wear hats on the noggin, and have my motorcycle license now.

Actually, as roads go, the hardpan roads have fewer potholes than the main roads! The biggest issue with the asphalt roads is with splits in the road.

No dealers in Belize, sounds like a good business opportunity......sell cheap pre owned japanese motorcycles to the Belizians
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No dealers in Belize, sounds like a good business opportunity......sell cheap pre owned japanese motorcycles to the Belizians
The import duties in Belize are astronomical for things such as this; I'm bringing in all my toys as "business equipment". I have 2 businesses there, and due to the number of employees I have, I am duty-free and tax-free for 15 years. But it does not apply to resale items in Belize; my businesses are based in Belize but can not sell to Belizeans or I lose the duty-free distinction. Great thought, though!

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