Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Placencia, Belize & Bainbridge Island, WA
Newb with unique criteria
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.
Last edited by Reelman; 03-28-2013 at 01:03 AM.