Welcome. What type of bike are you leaning towards? Victory- while not perfect- builds a high quality, very reliable bike. Most owners do not experience any serious problems.
Mine did- the voltage regulator went out on it, but Victory and the dealer stepped up and fixed it PROMPTLY- so although I was pretty pissed when it happened- they took good care of it.
Performance- a stock Vic will smoke a comparable Harley, and often a Harley with some performance upgrades, too. It doesn't take a lot of money or effort to put 100-115 ponies AND torque to the rear wheel.
Modern design & components throughout. Suspension, chassis, powertrain..
Ease of basic maintenance- 1 fluid- oil- every 5 k.
Easy access to most adjustments and major maintenance- example: belt changes are super easy by comparison.
Hit or miss dealer network. Not as many, and a few of them just effing suck, too. I'm sure the Harely stores are the same- but the sheer numbers hide them better. Victory doesn't seem to be super invested in dealer development at times. Victory is typically one of many brands they sell, and the dealers' focus will gravitate to their better sellers. Wait times for accessories can be a joke. Parts usually have to be ordered, but remember my story from above. They WILL move their ASSES when needed.
Noisy tranny. My gear changes have gotten noisier and less smooth with time- not better. It's a normal trait of the brand. What can you say? It's a lot better than they were prior to a redesign that occurred in 2011 I think..
Clutch cables- you'll read a lot about busted cables with no apparent signs of wear. This SEEMS to be tied to the older bikes. I beleive the issue was corrected.
I have read about HD's paintwork being superior quality. That's probably fair. The baggers have lots of choice, but starting with 2015 the cruisers have an appalling lack of color.
Summary: Victory is a RIDER's machine. Built to be ridden hard and put up wet. Fire that bitch up and go. It turns heads everywhere you go, and almost everyone will nod their approval.
2014 Judge(Havasu Red) PC-V - ATS(+4) - RPW Boom Sticks - HOHVM1-DR cams - Torque Tubes (dyno sheet) 1/4 turn throttle - OPT7 LED headlight kit - OEM bags, backrest, and W/S