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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-22-2014, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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I have heard a lot of people talking about how each marque differs in performance, but I have a question for anyone who has experience riding with, instead of against, other brands of motorcycle.

I am just curious at this point, because I am still in the educated buyer phase. Been riding HDs for almost 16 years, so any deviation from that will be a huge change. I also ride with other people, who ride a lot of different types of bikes, but as of yet, no one on a Vic, or an Indian.

Are they that different, or are they pretty close when doing pack riding, and formation type stuff?

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Not understanding the question. Sorry I'm a little slow.
It is a machine. It does what the loose nut holding the handlebars tells it to.
If you like it, get it. If not, well,you took a look.
If you are asking if it will keep up, yes, with most bikes. If you ride with sport bikes or some of the better sport touring, it depends on the loose nut holding their handlebars.

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I must be lost too. Are you saying if all the same brand bikes will follow each other like a pack of wolves? If you throw another brand into the mix you will upset the balance of nature and the road will open up and swallow you whole? Ride what you want if they won't ride with you because of your steed then you need new friends.

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I think the previous posters got it covered,
what a strange question.
Pack riding then mines up near the front if I want it to be..
Its a different animal to my previous string of XS650's, CB750/4's, bol'dor 900's,
And the GPZ900r that I sold to help fund my Vegas.
A few recent rides with groups have been frustrating with people that brake constantly as opposed to thinking ahead and using engine braking, and its apparent a lot of them are great in a straight line but nervous on corners, add to that having a HD. Chop straight across by bow unnanounced when peg scrapung up a windy road in a big group and nearly taking me out.
I find the safest place to be is up the front.
Or I ride alone as Im not really a pack animal.
Victory outshines most with a good rider on board.

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There are gears in the primary no chain so its nosier.
Bags hold way more then any harley. The air shock adjust for what weight you have.
You only have one oil that lubes every thing and no mess changing oil. Very easy job.
You have to lube the clutch perch where the cable end is about once a month more if you wash it a lot.
The bike is very sound and a great runner. 90% of the time you can beat any stock harley.
All cross models and vision run on radial tires so you get a smoother ride. You have to buy a good tire gauge and check tires once a month to get long life out of them.
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Have your dealer give you a tour of the service area see how long the tech have been serviceing Vic's.
If your buy new and after you come up with price tell him you want the first 500 mile check up for free that will save you a couple hundred buck.
I have owned 35 different harleys and Vic is good that have a very pour choice in tee shirts

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I know what you mean about packs sometimes not behaving as they should. The prblem with pack riding is that sometimes when motorcycles have different power bands they perform differently; shift points and acceleration and all. I've never had the pleasure of doing side by side with a Vic or an Indian. I was hoping someone might have experience with that.

Done research, and been to the dealer yesterday, but couldn't ride due to weather. Still doing homework, and also waiting for the 15s to come out to see what's new. Ideally, I can keep the Harley and add a Vic to the stable. But, a lot depends on finances. I have to pay off a couple of bills, then I should have the bread. Hoping by the end of this year. We'll see how it goes.

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Stretch, you're gonna find that Vics get a lot of respect from all circles,that is, if they know what it is. I ride with H-D groups, cruiser groups and touring bike groups. Note that I don't call them packs or gangs. If they deserve that title, I avoid them. There are certain rules and protocols to group riding and any experienced group leader will have a safety chat prior to a ride. Ride what works for you and don't pay any mind to what you think others think. That's silly.

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BMWs and HDs tend to ride in packs but that's usually a choice and not a rule. Ride with whomever you wish to ride with - if you get shunned find new riding buddies.

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Done research, and been to the dealer yesterday, but couldn't ride due to weather. Still doing homework, and also waiting for the 15s to come out to see what's new. Ideally, I can keep the Harley and add a Vic to the stable. But, a lot depends on finances. I have to pay off a couple of bills, then I should have the bread. Hoping by the end of this year. We'll see how it goes.
If you step up to the plate and buy a Victory, you won't be riding your Harley much. The Victory's ride is far more comfortable,far more powerful and far more agile in the corners.
I kept my Road King for a while and sold it after the purchase of the XCT. Getting back on the Road King was like climbing on a little toy bike.
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I ride with only HD guys... My experience is the problem with the 96" and 103" not keeping up. 4 of my buddies have 120's and 2 with the 110's they have no issues keeping up and passing my Vic.


Ride it like you stole it... Or just stay home.
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