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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-30-2009, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Victory Motorcyle vs Crotch Rocket?

So I've been riding rockets(Yamaha R6) most of my life. I've grow up with dirt bikes and cruisers as well. I just turned 28 and its time to buy my dream bike. My wife is pushing me to get a cruiser instead of a new Yamaha R1. She thinks rockets are more dangerous than cruisers. Not to mention more comfortable for her to sit on back.

Here is my problem I'm used to unlimited power and speed of a rocket. I have agreed to at lease test drive a few cruisers to keep an open mind. Last weekend my buddy let me drive his Honda VTX 1300. I almost fell asleep. I gave it full wrist and was not impressed at all. I had it up to 85mph and it felt like I was beating it just to get there. I'm not some kid looking to get laid from his bike. I don't ever ride like and idiot in public. I do enjoy my bike on back roads in safe conditions. I want a bike that looks good and has plenty of power to play when I'm alone. Also comfortable for me and the wife if we just wanna crusie.

So in your opinion will a Victory satisfy my speed and power needs? I have not ridden one just yet but hear good things and love the looks of the Vegas and Hammer. Has anyone else crossed over from a rocket to a cruiser and been satisfied, or do you miss the power of the rocket? Any opinions welcome.

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I've been riding sport bikes for over 20 years and recently have had a few cruisers(Mean Streak, Boulevard and now a Vegas). I currently own a 04 Hayabusa and have had it for 3 years. Seeing as your used to sport bikes just about any cruisers is going to feel slow, at least they do to me. But I can say that my Vegas is by far the quickest V-twin I've ever ridden and it's really loud so that makes it seem even faster. The only down side to an R1(I used to own one) I could see is the 2-up riding. There is no way a passenger is going to be comfortable on that for very long. If you like breaking into triple digit speeds regularly or riding the twisties hard you will miss the sportbike. Here is a pic of my Vegas

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Andy,
I'm similar in age at 33 and owned a CBR600RR for a few years. I traded it in on a Vegas 8-Ball. Although I miss the speed of my sport bike, the cruiser is the way to go. If you are doing any sort of distance riding your body will thank you. There are all kinds of nice cruisers out the but as far as I'm concerned, Victory is the way to go.
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I am a new rider and I wasn't really sure which way to go w/ a sports bike or a cruiser and i test drove several different ones. However when I rode a Victory it was the best bike that i rode. No offense to the others sport or cruiser bikes but it was the one for me. I bought a 2009 Victory Vegas 8 ball. By the way ABI where did you or how did you get that rear fender?
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hi if you wont comfort and speed and the clasic bike look check out the kingpin it has it all and your wifes ass will love it with a tour pack or sissie on it i cont get out of the shop with out here. now i have a v-92 bobber and she cant ride on it THATS MY TIME.
GOOD LUCK ON ANY BIKE YOU BUY BUT TEST A VIC YOU WONT BE SORRY.
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I am a new rider and I wasn't really sure which way to go w/ a sports bike or a cruiser and i test drove several different ones. However when I rode a Victory it was the best bike that i rode. No offense to the others sport or cruiser bikes but it was the one for me. I bought a 2009 Victory Vegas 8 ball. By the way ABI where did you or how did you get that rear fender?
I made it out a 1980 Suzuki rear fender. I've done two different bikes with them now. They have a great round shape and fit 180-200 tires very well.

05 Suzuki C50

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Did you fabricate the brackets or did buy them and I'm guessing you tapped the holes in the rear swing arm because I looked at the swing arm and it doesn't have any holes for a modification like yours.
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Did you fabricate the brackets or did buy them and I'm guessing you tapped the holes in the rear swing arm because I looked at the swing arm and it doesn't have any holes for a modification like yours.

Yes I fabbed the braces out of 2" X .25" bar and drilled/tapped holes in the swingarm. The swingarm is over .75" thick on the top so there is pleanty of aluminum to tap. I also drilled/tapped the front mounting holes. I also lengthened the fender by about 4" to bring it back on the tire a little further and welded on the rear mounting tabs.
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abi what model suzuki? and is that a 200 tire?
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abi what model suzuki? and is that a 200 tire?
I'm not sure what model but I know I've found them on a 1979 and 1980 and they are chrome. I got them out of the local m/c salvage yard.

Yes, it's a 200 Avon Venom
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