Possibly, but I don't own a car, so having a second motorcycle would be nice. Although from what I can tell, Victorys tend not to need much in the way of maintenance. I had a chance to visit a dealer today and sit on some bikes. I have to say that they look even better in person than on the internet. And they feel lighter than my current bike due to the low center of mass even though they're much heavier. I was afraid to arrange a test drive as I don't think my bank account could withstand me buying one right now. :cryingIf you get a Victory, your Ninja will collect dust. Use it for trading stock.
I'm sorry about the cancer. My mother's presently going through chemo herself. She'll be fine, but since they missed a few cells last time, they're being extremely thorough this time.After a second bout with cancer treatment, my weaker body was finding my Venture Royale too intimidating and I needed a lower seat and CofG. Just then, Victory popped up with the Cross bikes and want to simplify, I bought a XR and so glad I did. All you said is true: heavy, but doesn't feel it and handles great. I'm liking those huge bags too. I have schlepped many things that other bikes can't.
That's one of the benefits of not being weighed down by decades of previous design decisions. I hope they'll take advantage of it and push the bikes in a more modern and possibly slightly futuristic direction for their aesthetics. The bikes themselves look pretty good as is, but with Indian and Harley both doing the more retro look, a fresher approach is quite refreshing.Frankly, I'm an active 80 year old and I do all my own work on my XR, including wheel removal. I can't speak for the framed bikes, but the Cross bikes are very easy to work on - I have yet to find a fastener that's hard to get to. And I never owned a bike where you don't have to remove the mufflers to take off the rear wheel, like you can on the Cross bikes.
Its like the designers were told: You make it like you are the one that has to ride it and work on it.
That's something to consider. I think one of the nice things about the baggers over the touring bikes here is that you've got the area behind the passenger seat free to do with as you like. In some ways, I think that having the ability to put a luggage rack there is more useful than the extra box.You can fit a week's groceries in the bags of an XR. Or lots of beer.
That would make a ton of sense, when I look at the new additions to the line, they seem to mostly be going that route. The Octane in particular represents a direction that I'd like to see them explore more thoroughly. Same goes for their Empulse, really nice looking bike.The future of Victory, according to the brass there, is to evolve into a performance bike, possibly leaning toward a cruiser silhouette. With the advent of Indian, there now exists showroom conflict, so Victory has to pull away from the heavy cruiser mold. When this will happen, no one outside the boardroom knows yet, but we have already seen new product with evidence to support that.
My M109 must have had the same horn Victory uses. I added a Stebel air horn in the head light bucket. I always get a good laugh when the tech does the state inspection and checks my horn expecting a little "meep meep" :grinPrecisely! My bike now sports a pair of Ford car horns courtesy of Mags. Thank you Sir. Now my horns get attention.