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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-30-2014, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all,
This is my first time posting on here but have been lurking for a while.
I'm 46 and have been riding since I was 7.
Started off with a Honda 50ZR then a Honda XR80 and a Honda 110 street bike.
Then I got a Suzuki RM 125 and used to have to push it to a curb to start it because I was way too short to touch the ground. Both feet did sit flat on the foot pegs once I got it going though.

In my 20's I had a Suzuki DR 650 and then I finally graduated to an old Harley shovel head that I developed a love hate relationship with.
I loved sitting on it-- hated that it was always broke down.
I'm not trying to bash Harley and I know that's not everyone's experience -- but it was mine.

My situation is this -- I have about $8k to spend on a bike.
I actually like some of the older Victory's, but am concerned about reliability. Mostly all the transmission troubles I've read about.
I'd like to hear from some of those owners of an older Victory.
Would you get a newer bike with the 100 or 106 and newer tranny-- or buy an older v92 and pocket the change?

I'm mostly concerned about reliability since this will be my main ride in the summer months.
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Victory fixed the trans troubles in like 2001 or so. After that, no trans trouble. The 92" motor is stout and lasts long. What kind of riding are you planning on doing?

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Thanks for the fast reply Ghost_Rider, especially on a Friday evening.

Mostly cruising on Texas back roads but want to take some long distance trips with it.

I mostly just do the speed limit -- or ride with traffic -- and don't really get on it very hard these days.

Hearing about the shortage of Victory dealers and the tranny problems with the older bikes is what makes me leery.

So the tranny problem was eliminated after 2001?
I was under the impression that most of the older Victory's could have a potential tranny failure?

With some of these newer bikes going 100k + what is considered "low mileage" on these newer bikes?
I see LOTS bikes for sell that have 15-25k ... Dirt cheap.
Is that now considered "low mileage?"

Thanks again to all that take time to respond!
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Yeah I think 2002 and after are good. My 2003 has 32k and no trans problems. I have also seen a lot of bikes with 20k+ for sale pretty cheap. I've also seen quite a few bikes with the 100 in it that fit your budget.

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Right on!
That just gave me a whole lot more bikes to choose from.
Thanks Ghost Rider!

I actually like the looks of the V92 a lot more than some of the newer Victories, (but I'd still own a newer Vic) and there are quite a few really nice ones on the market right now.

All my buddies that ride have Harley's, and try to steer me in that direction-- and are always telling me about all of the horror stories of the older Victorys.
But I've spent too much money with Harley (to be without a running bike) so I'm not very enthusiastic about giving any more cash to them.
I'm also not wanting to rush into another "bike from hell" though.
I'm getting old -- I just wanna put gas & oil in her & ride.

Besides checking that the frame/forks are straight -- scratch marks from being dropped/wrecked -- fluids -- tires -- general inspection etc. -- are there any "Victory specific" problems that I need to look for in a post '01 V92?

Again, Thanks for your time.
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I don't know how the market is in Texas, but my wife's bike is a '08 and we got it for $8500...it had 2,000 miles on the odo. Around the same time We saw a '09 Kingpin with 6k going for about $9000, but it was rigged out with all the touring accouterments. Had I made the choice, I'd have got the KP, but as you can see, that's not what went home with us.

The Kingpin's as capable a tourer as it is a boulevard cruiser, tho my wife has followed me all around the Pacific Northwest on her Vegas already. Hell...you really can't go wrong. Get the one that pokes your monkey!

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Right on!
That just gave me a whole lot more bikes to choose from.
Thanks Ghost Rider!

I actually like the looks of the V92 a lot more than some of the newer Victories, (but I'd still own a newer Vic) and there are quite a few really nice ones on the market right now.


Besides checking that the frame/forks are straight -- scratch marks from being dropped/wrecked -- fluids -- tires -- general inspection etc. -- are there any "Victory specific" problems that I need to look for in a post '01 V92?

Again, Thanks for your time.
I am biased towards the v92 lol but other than a general inspection, I can't think of any specific problems to look for. I would do my best to get a test ride, if the bike has been sitting for awhile some quirky things can happen. The older v92s have problems with the odo resetting if the battery dies. I think it's the ones that have a yellow neutral light. I could be wrong on that. Anything 2002 or 2003 and newer you're good.

Just found this. A bit of a drive though. https://www.victoryforums.com/showthread.php?t=79641

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Man that's a sweet ride Luciferiad, and so is your wife's Vegas!
A Cross-Roads is really what I want, but it's out of my price range.
I'm hoping to start taking extended trips out West on a bike so I'm wanting something with some storage capacity, like a bagger.

The sensible old man in me tells me I should probably look for a Kingpin with bags on it -- but the dumba$$ kid in me has a raging hard on for that fat back tire on the Hammer & the Vegas.

How do you think a Vegas would do as a touring bike with a windshield/bags?

Or do I just need to bite the bullet and drop the $ on a Kingpin vs trying to outfit a Vegas like a touring bike?

Damn I'll miss that big fat rear tire though. ;-)
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Wow, Thanks Ghost Rider! That's very much what I'm looking for.

I should have stated that I have a cummins diesel 4wd for sale right now, and as soon as I get the cash from that sale, I plan on buying a bike. It's an old hot rod & should sell pretty quick. I don't mind renting a car and driving anywhere in the lower 48 to get a bike like that.

Do the same worries about rust issues apply to bikes from areas that use salt during the winter? I sure not that many people are riding in the snow/salt, but....
Is it less of an issue with bikes?

Btw -- am I replying properly to each poster in this thread? I don't see ya'lls posts in my replies.
What am I doing wrong?

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I can't say for sure about the rust, I would think it wouldn't be as much of an issue unless it was someone's only means of transportation. If you were to buy that bike or one from up north I would look it over really good.

To see a previous post in your reply, hit the black "quote" button, then you can type your reply under it. Is that what you were asking?

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