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47 years old, divorced male, live in Duluth MN. Got rid of my 1400 Suzuki Intruder, and now looking seriously at the Victory High ball. Or maybe the Kingpin.

I really love the styling, and like being different than the "rest" of the guys all riding HD's.

Don't know much about these Vic bikes yet, but I'm trying to soak in all the info I can before purchasing the bike. Wondering what owners of these bikes think of them, and is there any issues I should be aware of before buying one?
 

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Travis...he is from the land of snow and hockey..ha ha..you can't get any more hockey in the US..then MN...don't yah know?
Blakk..go for scoot that originating in your state brother...unless your a packer fan...well then buy a cheese bike..ha ha
First hand I think the power train is almost unbreakable. And secondly...don't fear breaking from the rest of society...its much cooler on our side...just how we like it.
 

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Welcome from the twin city area......:)
 

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Welcome Bro. Good choice on looking at Victory; you'll find a lot of good info here and mostly good folks.
 

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Welcome to the forum.
IMO the biggest thing you need to know is that the Victory bikes are far more reliable than the other major american bike manufacturer. I have owned both an Electra Glide Ultra from 2010 and a Road Glide Ultra from 2011. I decided that I could not afford to own either one past the warranty period because I was using that 2 year warranty almost every month on both bikes. I now have over 16 months on my Vision and have had all of 1 claim on the warranty, a bad starter clutch. I felt good enough about my present bike that I just got done paying about $800 for performance upgrades with an expired warranty on the bike. Yes, it has been that much more reliable. The after market performance upgrade gave me over a 10% improvement in performance without impacting reliability.
 

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Welcome to the Victory Motorcycle Forum! I visit Duluth a lot either visiting my son who lives there, on the way up to the BWCA, for the Northshore Inline Marathon, or my 2013 ride around Lake Superior on my Kingpin Tour.

I've ridden a 2008 Kingpin Tour for 4 years and 21000 miles. Bought it new for $9995 and sold it two weeks ago for $7950. It's a great ride with lots of power and if you have the Tour, you can pack all your camping gear in the trunk and have one saddlebag for each rider's clothing. I had done a "Victory Truck Test Ride" and had a $1000 coupon to use for accessories. The highway bars with the soft lower covers was great for cooler weather. I have now moved on to Victory's luxury touring model, the Vision. With the full fairing, adjustable windshield, heated grips, and heated seats, I think nothing of hopping on at 32 degrees. A definite season extender for the Northland. I bought my 2008 Vision used with low miles (12K) for $9200. Go on test rides, take a bike out from the Victory dealer in Duluth. From 2008 up, they introduced closed loop fuel injection which reduces maintenance. Know of 2004's that have gone 100,000 miles. Have fun shopping. Use Craigslist and cycletrader.com.
 

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KPRider, another change is the 2011 and later transmission. It extends oil changes from 2500 miles to 5000 miles. To me the reduced maintenance is a worthwhile thing to have.
 

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This is exactly what I was looking for when I joined this site. Thanks everyone for the welcome. I have just come from the Victory dealership here in Duluth a little bit ago, and I'm more sure than ever I'll be getting one of these before long.
 

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This is exactly what I was looking for when I joined this site. Thanks everyone for the welcome. I have just come from the Victory dealership here in Duluth a little bit ago, and I'm more sure than ever I'll be getting one of these before long.
All those new shiny bikes are sure pretty. Love the lines on Victory's. Hard to swallow the MSRP on new bikes though (Take advantage of year end rebates, military discount $1K, or test ride coupon). The Highball never got my attention because I'm not into having my arms fly in the breeze. Like the luggage capacity on the Cross bikes, but don't like the low speed weight shift of the fairings or the buffeting issue. Coming from a Kingpin, the Cross Roads was a favorite of mine though. Some of the 2010's on the market catch my attention. One in Sioux Falls priced at $10,500. Rode a Judge this summer. It didn't impress me over versatility of my Kingpin Tour (I like to have some storage space.) My favorite thing about Victory is that they encouage you to ride one. All I ever seemed to do in other shops is look at the bikes and wonder what they ride like. Huge difference. Once you roll the throttle on a Victory and run it through the gears, you're hooked!
 

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KingPin Rider, I get where you are going but "ride one and you'll own one" is not just advertising hype. It is reality. Unless they encourage you to take one out for a test ride how can they make their sales?
If you just sit on bikes in the showroom many other bikes will appeal to you. You need to get out on one and experience it for yourself. Other manufacturers make garage queens and the experience there has nothing to do with riding.
 

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KPRider, another change is the 2011 and later transmission. It extends oil changes from 2500 miles to 5000 miles. To me the reduced maintenance is a worthwhile thing to have.
I extend my 2010 out to 5000 miles with no detrimental effects using Penrite 10-50...got 27,000 miles on the Vegas now and shifting gears has got better with age and miles and decent oil.
 
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