With a little nudge from a friend, I got the bug to cruise. As a guy quickly approaching retirement age, file this under, "It's never too late to start!" Right?
I've 'dirtbiked'; Barstow-to-Vegas-like stuff and tight, nasty, technical northwest trails all my life..... but I've have never been on a cruiser (unless you count test rides 30+ years ago when I worked for Beaverton Honda as a mechanic. Man have bikes changed since the days of the XS1100 and the Honda Intercepter!
So today, wifee & I went to do some butt-tests. No time for test rides just yet. As all you aged folks know, the knees are shot. The hips are shot. The hands are shot.
So finding a ride that doesn't knot up my 6'2" plus frame is first and foremost. 2nd (and actually more important cuz without her buy-in I'm back to dumping $$$ into my cummins) is to find something she likes and is comfortable passenger-ing.
Wandering story winding down: Put my butt on every new Indian & Victory they had (plus a couple jap bikes) and the conclusion is.....
Victory for the win!!! and its gonna be either a Vision or XC Tour.
The only thing I need to sort out to break the tie is this: 1) Wifee is a short lil thing. The XC looks like it has height-adjustable pass boards whereas the Vision does not. They seemed to be just a bit of a reach for her (without boots on tho)
The Vision on the other hand has that really nice tailbone supporting wrap-around seat whereas the XCT (both having that super nice wraparound backrest worked into the luggage carrier) has more of a flat rear butt pad....
She likes the Vision a bit more. I'm torn because they are both sweet bikes! Different styles obviously, but damn nice the both of them
Test-rides are required next!
and finally to find the best deal. Worst time of the year to buy a bike!!!
Side note: I was not impressed with the salesdudes at either dealer. Motoplex guy seemed distracted and Mt Vernon kid tho friendly was a lil short on knowledge. It's all good tho!