I just took my 2013 Victory Judge from Sydney to Phillip Island and back to see the MotoGP, a six day ride about 3000 km.
Although for two days at the Island we did not ride, just watched the races and drank plenty of beer etc.
In fact we drank plenty of beer every evening, as you know motorcycle touring can be thirsty work.
I have the factory quick release saddle bags on my Judge and bought a Street Ex shield (for $200, good value) for the ride.
I went with five mates, riding a Guzzi a Ducati and three BMWs including a K1600.
We went from Sydney to Gundagai then inland to Tumut and Corryong, then day two to Bright then over the mountains at Mt Hotham, fair bit of snow around but lucky for me good sunny weather, and then to Omeo, Sale and then the Island. Back pretty much the same way but at Corryong we then went over the Alpine Way to Thredbo and from Thredbo to Cooma and then from Cooma to Nowra, including about 50 km of dirt road,then to Nowra.
Now that was a pretty good ride.
I can say on the straight that I was the fastest accelerating bike, I had it up to 180 kays on private road but did not take it over that.
Throughout the twisties, there were many, I was not the fastest, but I was pretty much always in sight so to speak.
The Judge has foot pegs not floorboards but it is relatively low.
I scraped the exhaust a lot scraped away the hero bolts from under the pegs but had a lot of fun doing so.
And it is sort of a safety feature when you scrape because it scrapes relatively early and reminds you not to go really mental.
OK the Judge is not the touring bike you are looking at but remember it has the same engine.
At the Island you know there were about 10,000 bikes, I had a lot of attention and interest from other bikers.
For one part of the ride we ran into an outlaw motorbike group about 50 Harley's all riding in their "colours", most with illegal exhausts, I rode with them for about 50 km in their midst, ha ha they were all looking at me - who is this new guy? But I was faster than most of them if I wanted to be, that was pretty good fun if I am honest.
So mate they are good bikes they are fun and I was not sore at all after the trip, I had a saw wrist but no sore back or shoulders, very comfortable enjoyable ride. I am 55 years old and I almost felt like a kid again, they are good bikes for the soul.
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