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Greetings from Bagram AF Afghanistan. I am coming to the end of my deployment in September and have, just today moved off of my starter bike of 3 years (gave it to my brother) a 2008 Yamaha Vstar 650 Classic and bought a 2011 Vicroty Cross Country.

From the moment I got here a year ago, I knew my Vstar was going to be replaced with something nicer. I spent months reading reviews, forums and consumer reports of the Yamaha FJR, Kawasaki Concours 14, Kawasaki Vaquero and Suzuki M109r. I had all but settled on the FJR or C14. I was home on vacation in March/April and went shopping, sitting on bikes and checking them out, etc. I went to a Kawasaki dealer to look at the Vaquero who also is a Victory dealer and immediately fell in lust with the XC. My wife and I went ot Las Vegas for a few days and I rented an 09 XC for a day and rode for 8 hours minus lunch, water, fuel and smoke stops, so about 7 hours total. My longest single ride by far in my 3 years of riding. In that 7 hours I put 450 miles on the XC of mixed city and highway riding. I fell from lust and into love with this bike. I had ridden a few of my friends bikes and they were nicer than my Vstar but nothing compared to this bike. It was mine and I had to have it. With my Vstar I would ride for 4 hours and be sore that night and at least the next day. It was like a paint shaker at 70+. That night I wasn't sore just tired (OMG the clutch is heavy) and not sore the next day or the next at all. I just had to have it.

Yesterday I was looking at cycletrader and saw the bike I wanted in CT. I sent a request for the out the door price. $15649 was the reply. Done deal. I even got them to agree to hold the bike for me in storage until I return in September. No problem the owner said to me and agreed to take the cash payment in 3 installments before I took possession.

So fellow Victory riders. I am now one of you and I now can't wait for the next 80 days to go by REALLY fast!!!! I will post pics after I pick her up in September.

Cheers
Tony from Bagram.
 

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Welcome aboard Tony.

Are you buying this bike from a Vic dealer or private party?

If you are buying from a private party I would suggest you get some kind of insurance on your money.

You will be sending this person 3 payments and they could just skip with the money and bike.

I am a very cautious person when purchasing big ticket items from private parties.

Another thing to do is have the local Vic dealer store the bike for you then that way the bike will be there when you return.


Thank you for your service!!!cheers
 

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Welcome aboard Tony.
Thanks :) I have been lurking for a few months.

Are you buying this bike from a Vic dealer or private party?
Dealer. My wife is handling the transaction on my behalf. Sorry, I missed that part. The bike is 0 miles new, full warranty, etc.

I am an Information Security professional and have dealt with Internet sales and purchasing since ~1994, I take all of the appropriate precautions. I am glad to see others do as well. Thank you for pointing that out as others might not be so cautious.

Thank you for your service!!!
While I am no longer in the military, I am a 9 year Air Force veteran of Gulf War 1 and am now serving as a civilian in support of our fantastic troops over here. You are welcome and I will be happy to pass along your sentiments to the guys with the boots and the weapons on the ground. cheers
 

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Congrats and welcome! You might as well get them to put a taller shield on before you pick it up if you aren't already on it. The buffeting is the single largest complaint heard about the XC. There are many options for the lowers and Cee Bailey is coming out with a set for inside the crash bars that look promising.

One of the best things about the X bikes, IMHO, is its ability to feel like a bike a good 200 lbs lighter than it is. The only time I feel the real weight of the bike is when I move it around while on the side of it.

Thank you for your service in and on the behalf of the troops fighting the good fight over there. I hope to see you all home sooner than later.
 

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Congrats and welcome! You might as well get them to put a taller shield on before you pick it up if you aren't already on it. The buffeting is the single largest complaint heard about the XC. There are many options for the lowers and Cee Bailey is coming out with a set for inside the crash bars that look promising.
I didn't mind the buffeting (it was much better than my Vstar) so I am gonna ride it for a couple months and then if I feel the need put on a CB over the winter with the lowers (which I already know I will want). :)

One of the best things about the X bikes, IMHO, is its ability to feel like a bike a good 200 lbs lighter than it is. The only time I feel the real weight of the bike is when I move it around while on the side of it.
I noticed that when I rode in Las Vegas, she rides like a much lighter bike..... Except when moving her around the hard way (manually). :cool:

Thank you for your service in and on the behalf of the troops fighting the good fight over there. I hope to see you all home sooner than later.
You are welcome and I hope we are all out of here and Iraq SOON. cheers

Now it is time to start planning for the Iron Butt smaller rides. I figure if I could knock out 450 on that bike in 8 then a 1K or 3K shouldn't be TOO tough. At least not if I have a few months under my belt.
 

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Congrats! BTW I'm not sure about how the fine print reads but since you are a Vet and are buying new you most likely qualify for the Military incentative Victory is offering. If you haven't done so already I strongly suggest going to the Victory webite and downloading a coupon to for your wife to take to the dealer ASAP. If you qualify you get $1000 in dealership cash to squander on accessories. Since you're coming from Yamaha and most likely didn't drape yourself with branded clothes you can use that cash to buy parts instead of a wardrobe.

Thank you and your Mil counterparts for your service! Get home soon / safely!

Brian
USAF Ret, IYAAYAS!
 

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Congrats! BTW I'm not sure about how the fine print reads but since you are a Vet and are buying new you most likely qualify for the Military incentative Victory is offering. If you haven't done so already I strongly suggest going to the Victory webite and downloading a coupon to for your wife to take to the dealer ASAP. If you qualify you get $1000 in dealership cash to squander on accessories. Since you're coming from Yamaha and most likely didn't drape yourself with branded clothes you can use that cash to buy parts instead of a wardrobe.

Thank you and your Mil counterparts for your service! Get home soon / safely!

Brian
USAF Ret, IYAAYAS!
Brian, Thanks, I did read it wrong and Polaris was no help a couple of months ago when I contacted them about that. It is taken care of and I added the iPod adapter and a cover to the kit and will see what else I want over the next couple months. :)
 
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