Hi everyone, I joined to look at some pics and get to know more about Victory's. I also wanted you to know I was impressed with the Jackpot I rode today. Seriously thinking about making that one my new bike.
Good to see you back and to see that you let the Victory bug bite you! If you get a chance please take a little time to explain what prompted the change from RG to XCT. It would be nice to see this type of review from a very recent HD owner turned Vic owner.
sold my 09 rg to my neighbor and bought a new triumph storm. engine was bad ass and i rode triumphs many, many years ago and loved th nostalga. however, it was not made for long distance riding + i thought i looked too big on it. took it in for some minor service @ only 5 months old and saw a new cross roads le. wifey told me i had to buy it and, you know, after 35+ years of wedded bliss i do what she tells me. i'm like you in the fact I never considered my self a harley rider but a rider that got caught up in the hd culture. don't get me wrong, they are all great people which love to ride. just too much money for what you get imho....ride safeThank you. For several months I have been researching a replacement for my Road Glide. I was planning on another Harley. I also thought about having my Road Glide painted another color and adding more comfort type accessories. A few weeks ago I had a day off and stopped at the Victory dealer. I looked around and sat on a few bikes. I wasn't serious about buying anything but told the salesman what I had to trade in. He made me a offer that worked for me. I went on a test ride with the Cross Country. I thought it was a much better bike than my Harley in every catigory except the Harley sound. I didn't buy it that day. I researched the resale value of Victory bikes. The resale value doesn't seem to be anywhere near Harley. I was still looking at buying another Harley but that test ride was stuck in my head. It seemed to me that the Victory Cross Country Tour was a complete package. My experience with Harley is that things need to be changed to make it comfortable for me. The Victory fit as is. I also like the reviews I read about maintenance. I am a mechanic and after work the last thing I want to do is work on my own stuff. My Harley wasn't a bad bike but it had enough things that needed attention beyond the normal which influenced my choice. I hope my Victory will be bullet proof and time will tell. I also felt the Harley experience is more about culture and I think the Victory is more of a riders bike. I never thought of myself as a Harley guy but just a guy who rode a Harley. Now I'm a guy who rides a Victory. I miss the Harley sound but the Victory makes its own sound and it's growing on me.
When I picked up my bike I asked about bringing it in to them for the first change, their reply was, "well, if you really feel the need to give us money....." As for the warranty, they said that as long as I buy the oil change kit and keep the receipts to show the dates purchased, I would not have a problem with any warranty claims.I went for a little ride tonight. The odometer rolled over the 500 mark. I bought the $57.00 oil change kit from the dealer.Should I give the dealer the first oil change like they recommend? I am a 25 year ase master mechanic and think I can handle the first service?? I will go through the check sheet in the owners manual. Does any one think that will void my warranty?