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1st post here, looking at the Victory lineup...

I am a motorcycle fan, not aligned with a particular brand. With that said, I have leaned toward Harley and Kawasaki- two polar opposites but both excellent (IMHO) machines with a lot of history...

I am researching and hope to get some good info here. Leaning toward the Vision line and will post up some questions there but would be curious what thoughts you have on how Victory had treated their customers over the years and the reliability of these machines...

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1st post here, looking at the Victory lineup...

I am a motorcycle fan, not aligned with a particular brand. With that said, I have leaned toward Harley and Kawasaki- two polar opposites but both excellent (IMHO) machines with a lot of history...

I am researching and hope to get some good info here. Leaning toward the Vision line and will post up some questions there but would be curious what thoughts you have on how Victory had treated their customers over the years and the reliability of these machines...

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Victory is a Good Bike, Reliablity so far has been great but new to the machine myself .. Ask some with 3 years and at least 30,000 miles can give you a better answer .. As far as Company treating their customers have heard complaints, but can't verify until that happens to me ..

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Excellent question...

My daily-rider is a 2009 Kawasaki Concours 14. Love that bike more today than when I picked her up new in 2009... I traded a 2005 HD Electra Glide Ultra Classic for the Connie. I parted ways with the Ultra because it was a comfy barge- underpowered and sleepy.

I am selling a 2004 HD Fatboy (tomorrow in fact) which is technically the wife's bike- that is never ridden. With considering the sale, my wife mentioned she missed the Ultra and liked a touring bike- thus started the search.

I recall seeing my 1st Vision in a dealership in early 2009. I was impressed but thought it was something from the skunk-works of Spacely Sprockets; not really warmed up to it.

I have been looking at a new Electra Glide Ultra Limited, the Road Glide Ultra (not a big fan), and the new Goldwing. Went and took a new Ultra Limited for a ride and was very unimpressed with the 103 motor. As for the 'Wing, I can't help but wonder who's brother-in-law at Honda owns a button factory- holy gadget freak Batman!

So this takes me back to the Vision. I stopped by a local dealership to look at the Cross Country Tour and while it was a nice bike, I think I fell in lust with the look, setup and feel of the Vision. Not sure if I need a personalized plate that says "NCC-1701" but I gotta say I was really impressed seeing one in person.

Back to the original question. I want a comfortable touring rig that handles nicely (no, I am not expecting it to match my Concours), that has some nutz and something that is reliable. Throw in looks and I am set- I like the Ultra Limited for classic looks that I love. I like the Vision because I won't pass myself on the road every 10 minutes when the weather is warm.

I like to ride- period. I drank the Cool-Aid for a little bit for image but at the end of the day, I really like to ride....

What the hell have I gotten myself into...


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My daily-rider is a 2009 Kawasaki Concours 14. Love that bike more today than when I picked her up new in 2009... I traded a 2005 HD Electra Glide Ultra Classic for the Connie. I parted ways with the Ultra because it was a comfy barge- underpowered and sleepy.
I see. I own an FJR in addition to my Vic.

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I have been looking at a new Electra Glide Ultra Limited, the Road Glide Ultra (not a big fan), and the new Goldwing. Went and took a new Ultra Limited for a ride and was very unimpressed with the 103 motor.
Our Vic bikes are a little peppier than the Harley, but if you're expecting Concours, this ain't your machine.

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Back to the original question. I want a comfortable touring rig that handles nicely (no, I am not expecting it to match my Concours), that has some nutz and something that is reliable.
Well now you're back in business. The Vics handle unfrigginbelievably nicely. And I say that as a lifetime sport/sport-touring guy. Mine is as reliable as an anvil and just a touch more difficult to maintain. IMO, Visions are gorgeous ta boot.

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Its amusing when Harley owners (present or past) start looking into Vics, as among their first questions are ones about reliability and here's what I have to say about that....
When the dealer and I were filling out the papers for my XR back in 2010, he asked if I wanted the extended warranty, which was offered at a great price. I told him that since I'm new to Victory, I did a lot of research and peeping in the forums to see what owners were complaining about and found nothing, nada, zip was going wrong with their bikes. He said, that's right, all we see these in the shop for are accessories and regular maintenance. Three years and I have had no probs. Oil changes are 1/3 the effort of a Harley's...just one drain plug, can you believe it?!?
I have disliked cruisers for over 6 decades - its like Victory interviewed guys like me and said, OK Mr. Cruiser Hater, what would it take to get you into one of ours and they did it in spades, resolving all my cruiser complaints.

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My thing is I got sick of riding a land-yacht with the EGlide. I was REALLY hoping they had some serious power updates with the new motor but I have a hard spot with spending $26k for a bike then spending another $4k for it to have oomph enough to get out of its own way. I know a TON of folks that will shout GOLDWING but I have never been a fan. I respect what they are, they just aren't something I like nor do I care for the riding position.

I need to take one for a spin...

The dealership told me they are running a promo right now... Buy the bike and ride it for 30-60 days (up to 500 miles). Don't like it, full refund.

Not sure the details of if it is legit, bit bot exactly sure how the hell I could say no to that?!

Either they are nuts and really hurting to move some bikes or they are pretty damn sure of their products...


Taking the "War Department" over on Wednesday- we'll see...


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Easy on the noob- Not sure how exactly to take that?!



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You're gonna ride one, soooo you're gonna buy one. Welcome to the Vic family Allen.

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