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Good morning and thank you for your input on these forums. I, like many others, read a lot of material online before we (my wife and me) made a decision and purchase. We shopped around and sat on a number of bikes, test riding a few of them. I think we have a pretty decent selection of motorcycles in San Deigo County, and we visited most dealers.

For our beginner bike, we wanted something comfortable. Comfort is both what feels good now and what you are used to. Comfort also is part of feeling of ones ability to handle the vehicle. Comfort on price, including maintenance and insurance was important too, but we did not even consider price until we narrowed down our choices.

We are used to heated seats, ABS, wind protection, adjustable seats (in relation to floorboards), stereo sound with iPhone integration, smooth handling, and quiet transportation. After talking with a salesperson while my wife sat on the back of the XCT (or is it CCT) for about 20 minutes, I asked her about comfort and she said, “I could fall asleep back here.” That sums up her comfort (the most important kind). My comfort didn’t come until I test rode a few bikes including small Hondas, a couple of Harleys, and then the XCT. Then, when we were pretty sure we wanted the XCT, we test rode it with my wife on too (getting a motorcycle was her idea).

So, as far as I am concerned, Victory does make a beginner bike. It is something you can adapt to easily. We chose the XCT because the was the learning curve was the smallest for us. It is also a beginner bike because it came in basic black. Maybe when I get more experience I can upgrade to flat paint, flames, or for the truly initiated, skulls. But for now, I am a beginner and the gloss black bike with heated seats, grip warmers, adjustable foot placement, iPhone compatibility, adjustable wind deflection, and enough cargo space to make a trip to COSTCO seems to be just right for us. Do I still count as a beginner if I had a Honda XL80 back in 1986? If not, disregard and convince Victory to make a Beginner Bike. Thanks again for your help.
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Good morning and thank you for your input on these forums. I, like many others, read a lot of material online before we (my wife and me) made a decision and purchase. We shopped around and sat on a number of bikes, test riding a few of them. I think we have a pretty decent selection of motorcycles in San Deigo County, and we visited most dealers.

For our beginner bike, we wanted something comfortable. Comfort is both what feels good now and what you are used to. Comfort also is part of feeling of ones ability to handle the vehicle. Comfort on price, including maintenance and insurance was important too, but we did not even consider price until we narrowed down our choices.

We are used to heated seats, ABS, wind protection, adjustable seats (in relation to floorboards), stereo sound with iPhone integration, smooth handling, and quiet transportation. After talking with a salesperson while my wife sat on the back of the XCT (or is it CCT) for about 20 minutes, I asked her about comfort and she said, “I could fall asleep back here.” That sums up her comfort (the most important kind). My comfort didn’t come until I test rode a few bikes including small Hondas, a couple of Harleys, and then the XCT. Then, when we were pretty sure we wanted the XCT, we test rode it with my wife on too (getting a motorcycle was her idea).

So, as far as I am concerned, Victory does make a beginner bike. It is something you can adapt to easily. We chose the XCT because the was the learning curve was the smallest for us. It is also a beginner bike because it came in basic black. Maybe when I get more experience I can upgrade to flat paint, flames, or for the truly initiated, skulls. But for now, I am a beginner and the gloss black bike with heated seats, grip warmers, adjustable foot placement, iPhone compatibility, adjustable wind deflection, and enough cargo space to make a trip to COSTCO seems to be just right for us. Do I still count as a beginner if I had a Honda XL80 back in 1986? If not, disregard and convince Victory to make a Beginner Bike. Thanks again for your help.
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That's the way to do it lol
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Good choice. Also, these bike have to over protection. If your bike falls over (or you drop it) you're likely to have no damage!

I tested it out. LOL

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[QUOTE=Grimloktt;606266]Good choice. Also, these bike have to over protection. If your bike falls over (or you drop it) you're likely to have no damage!

I tested it out. LOL

Well that's a lot better than any cars we have owned. I am sure they would be damaged if any of them fell over. Thanks.
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As a beginner, I would advise ride a bunch in all kinds of conditions WITHOUT a rider for awhile. Get used to that big bike.

Then, pack it full of stuff. Then ride some more.

Then ride w/a rider.

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Awesome! Congrats on the xct.

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Glad your happy with your XCT and welcome! I plan on getting one myself to add to my stable, I have seven bikes but my V92C is my favorite! That's a big jump from your earlier bike, I would recommend taking a Rider course at your earliest opportunity. Even an old dog like me who's been riding for forty + years can always learn new tricks for staying safe so I take one at least bi-annually.

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I too started out with a big bike and I had no experience on motorcycles. I took a class to get my motorcycle endorsement and then 14 months later found a Yamaha Venture. I was 200 miles from home and had never ridden a bike other than in the parking lot of the training course. But the training held true and I made it home and was riding with my wife that same afternoon.

They say to get a smaller bike and get comfortable and I am sure that is good advise but I couldn't afford to buy bike after bike so I got the touring bike that Mo and I would be comfortable with. We now have a CCT and love it.
San Diego county should offer some great riding as well as great roads out and beyond.
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