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Hi. I've been riding since I got my license (MSF course completion) back in March of '18. I've probably done around 7500 miles now. My first bike was a 2005 Suzuki Boulevard M50. I rode that little thing all over the place and fell in love!

I purchased my 2007 Vegas Victory 8-ball a little over a week ago and I've yet to take it on a long distance ride but I am looking forward to it. I would like to spend some money on upgrading the bike first. I already have a Lloydz VFC (still think it needs to be tuned), aftermarket pipes (I think Cobra, they're not branded), but that's it. I am really looking at the Lloydz Torque Tubes but (damn!) they're expensive. The bike would look so much better with that airbox ripped out though.

Anyways, I'm 31, live alone with my dog in a suburb of Kansas City. I work in the IT field as a Systems Admin. I enjoy riding the most - not sure what I'm going to do come winter - and dabble in photography. My dream is to ride my bike up to and through Yellowstone, but alas, there isn't much space on the Vegas. I think I can get away with it if I put the passenger seat/sissy bar back on my bike and use it to hold stuff as well as purchase a new backpack.

So... that's a little about me. I'm looking forward to learning more about my bike and Victory's in general on this forum. The VictoryMotorcycles subreddit isn't very active, so hopefully this is!

Cheers! :ride:
 

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There are plenty of riders here to answer any questions you may have. Most are older than you and have been riding for many years. The can do Yellow Stone on your Vegas. You just have to learn what you really need. I generally only take and extra pair of pants and a few shirts, etc. You always need to take leathers, rain suit. Always be prepared for any kind of weather. You can always find a laundry mat to was your clothes. If your camping. You get back packing gear. You will learn over the years. Like one time my wife and I decided to leave a day early for a trip. Two up on a Suzuki Intruder 1400 cc. We had motel reservation for the following day. So we camped for one night. We were going to the mountains in New Mexico and we where loaded. Taking the gear to camp really loaded us down. But we would mail that stuff back home the day after the camp out. Well here are the mistakes we made on that trip. We did not take heavy enough sleeping gear to camp around 6500 feet elevation in the mountains. Froze our butts off that night. We did not take heavy enough gear to ride down that mountain at 4:00 o'clock in the morning to find a warm place to thaw out. It was a cold 25 miles to town. We got up and left because we had a damned bear messing around our camp. So lesson learned. The one good aspect of getting up and backing up camp at 4 in the morning was. How big the stars where on that clear cold mountain morning at that elevation.
 

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Man, that sounds like a heck of a trip. Thanks for the advice and for sharing your story! I would have overlooked bringing heavy sleeping gear for the mountain elevation as well.

Oh, I bet the stars were awe inspiring. I saw them heading back to the main road from Grand Canyon one time, pulled the car over and turned off the headlights late at night, and it was one of the greatest viewing experiences I've ever had. I think it's something a lot of people don't realize exists out there.

Sounds like you have a lot of experience riding. That's awesome.
 
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