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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 06-10-2014, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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I'm looking to purchase my first victory, and I thought I'd come here for some friendly advice. I'm looking for the best victory model to ride 2-up with the lady, on day trips on the weekend. Nothing long-distance or overnight, so I'm mostly just looking at cruisers. We usually ride 100-200 miles, casual riding.

A local dealership recommended the gunner since it's closer to my budget at $13k. But I'd like things like a windshield, floor boards for the rider and passenger, saddlebags, etc.

I was also looking at used kingpins since they often come built-out with the riding accessories I like.

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Day trips on the weekend begs the question of storage needs. I think the best riding bike for 2 up that Victory makes is the Vision. I may be a bit prejudiced since I ride one. With a 13k budget you should be able to find a very nice used 2008 or 2009 that would be a great bike for short, as in less than 2 days, bike.

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ive only owned my cross country for 3 months,( harley baggers for 30+ yrs) but i would think it would work nicely for ya...not sure why a gunner is what he told you, if you are riding with a woman... you need her storage requirements met, so unless you want to go full touring (vision) or serious touring in cold weather (cross country tour) i think the cross country has all you need and more. of course, like oldman, im predjudiced...
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A used Kingpin and Cross roads are your best options for under 13k. If you need minimal storage a kingpin might be the funner and cheaper bike. You'll probably want to get a nice custom seat for max comfor for either bike. All the others in the cruiser line can do some 2 up, but they are a bigger compromise on comfort.

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A used Kingpin and Cross roads are your best options for under 13k. If you need minimal storage a kingpin might be the funner and cheaper bike. You'll probably want to get a nice custom seat for max comfor for either bike. All the others in the cruiser line can do some 2 up, but they are a bigger compromise on comfort.
Many find the stock Cross Roads seat comfortable for both rider and passenger. After owning a bike for a while, you'll know if the seat is OK or needs modding.
In my high 70s now and our long distance two-up days are behind us, but not regional rides. So the Cross Roads with the Lock & Ride backrest & rack is perfect for us. Its an all around bike; great for in town errands and long multi day rides. Nothing not to like, except maybe the horn. But that was an easy fix.
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Is it possible for you to test-ride a few different bikes with the misses ??

you say the misses will be joining a lot?? try to test drive a Vision?? man I borrowed that thing from my friend and it is fricking cool driving light... and co-pilot must me happier then &^%#$# chipmunk....

my jackpot is a "single" rider.... most of my passengers are below 50 Kg Asians and even they get a sore bum, from the bike i mean

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thats a good call, find a demo truck schedule and ride a few... they havent changed all that much and you would get a good idea. xc, xct and vision are heavy touring bikes 760-850 lbs that might be too heavy for you, but if you can buy used low miles, anything in the line is in your price range. if new, not so much...
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ill second the cross roads, they can be found used for a reasonable price and as money allows you can modify as you want. I just did a 2155miles in 7 days on mine. I did go to the fairing for the radio, but the windshield would have worked just as well for riding all day. I love what I have done with my blank slate.
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How comfortable could you be???

This is my friend Vision, having a Victory Rest after riding to the next island, and back the next day....

Comfy right??

PS he is approximately 160 Cm tall, so short people also can ride big bikes
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Given your criteria, I'd guess it'd be hard to go past a Boardwalk.

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