Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
Good afternoon and happy Friday. I currently have a 2011 (purchased new in 2012) Kawasaki Vulcan 900. The first owner that I purchased it from wanted a Harley so he made it look and sound like a Harley. It has served me well; however, I would like a true Touring bike to ride. I had a great fourteen day ride out West last year on her, but would enjoy the comforts of a bigger bike. I am 5'10" with a 230 pound solid frame and need your advice. Indians are too expensive for me and everyone seems to have a Harley; however, they are no longer making Victory motorcycles. Do I invest in a bike whose company no longer manufactures them? Yes, I know I can buy parts, but are Victory Cross Country and/or Vision motorcycles reliable? Yeah, I know Harley's stand for F.O.R.D. or B.O.A.T., but at least they have dealerships everywhere in case I breakdown on the road. I do have a great mechanic here in Chicago, but it is when I am away from the Windy City that concerns me. I'm sure that Indian dealers will fix any Victory motorcycle. Yet, are Victory Cross Country and/or Visions reliable?
Second, since there are limited places that I can go to test drive the Cross Country and Vision, are the main difference similar to the Harley Electric Glide and Road Glide in regards to where the fairing is mounted? Do both come with the moveable windshield? Does that contraption freeze or often break?
I really like the look of both, but reliability, safety and comfort is the most important. Thank you in advance.