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Hi all,
I am considering to buy a Victory Vegas Low and would appreciate any input about my choice.
As I am mid 50s, male and haven't really ridden much in the past 30yrs I am not so sure where to start but do like the look of a Vegas Low.
I simply want to ride a little rural type of roads on the weekends and enjoy the fresh air.
Am I on the right track considering a Vegas Low ?

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Harry
 

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Can't go wrong with a Victory but I can tell you I got a Jackpot which I really liked and still do but it really wasn't the right bike for me at this point in my life.

The best thing you can do is go to one of the demo rides that go around the country. We get them a couple times a year here. Try out each bike while trying to keep an open mind about all of them. Let the bike talk to you. The one you feel most comfortable with is most likely the right one for you.

Now whether the bike is in your budget or color or a host of other things is different.

When I bought the Jackpot I really wanted one of the Cross bikes and probably would have been fine with the Cross Roads but the JP was a new 09 marked way down and looked so good; I figured it would be just fine. At the next demo ride, after I had my JP for a few months, I rode the XC and XR again and knew the XC was the right one for me. It "felt" like it was made for me personally but still needing a couple minor changes. I haven't lost that feeling yet and don't think I will.

I wish you luck in finding the right one for you during the first go around. :)
 

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Harry

BBob is right that you should find a demo tour-- just look the schedule up on the web- we had one here last month and it was GREAT,I got to ride all the bikes as many times as I wanted- several of us rode most of the day.

Of all the bikes I rode I liked the Vegas best(they are all Vegas Low models now they just don't call them low as in previous years). Then the vision and then the hammer- the only one I didn't ride was the KP- in hind sight should have tried that one but I just hate them fenders.The Vegas was comfortable and an easy ride for me.

I own a JP and its OK for tooling around town or riding a couple of hours- but no storage space at all. I feel its the best looking bike out there and performs well also which were important for me. If I was going shopping or going to make a 5 hour ride to Atlanta or Mobile then I would have bought the Vision-- I did not like either of the X bikes.

Its all a matter of personal preference and practicality-- what are you going to use it for.

If you end up buying a bike- I can tell you that an exhaust upgrade coupled with a S&S intake/reprogram does wonders for it.
 

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hmmmmm...over 50 and a recent return to 2 wheels...sounds like me 2y back....for me, i don;t have sport bike skills/reflexes/experience and i like the long rolls...and so a bagger with a shield...i also discovered that i like twins....i started with honda and now the xc....because the xc seems made for me...so far at 6k on the xc, absolutely no regrets...
 

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Take the Fuel It Demo!

Harry! I hate to be repetitive, but what the gentlemen have posted above is 100% the right approach. Find the demo tour, and ride all the bikes. Even if they're not in your budget, ride 'em all. Knowledge is power. ;)

Here's the schedule: http://www.polarisindustries.com/en-us/Victory-Motorcycles/Demo-Rides/Pages/EventSchedule.aspx

By the way, don't rush to get a bike until you know it's the right one for you. Kinda like marriage. Take your time, court the bikes, flirt with them, and find out which one is made for you.
 

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I'm in total agreement with the demo rides BUT there is no reason to wait for the Fuel It tour to hit your city. Victory and the dealers allow and encourage test rides. As long as you have your motorcycle endorsement on your license your good to go.
 

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Hi everybody who took the trouble to comment for me. This is my first time in a forum ( of any kind).

Great idea to try as many as I can get a seat on, I am actually off to the local Victory shop tomorrow. ( By the way I am from Melbourne Australia and we have a Victory showroom in the city here, first one in Australia.

I went to a Motorcycle Expo last weekend and viewed various Victory models and also compared these to several HD models but quite frankly if I am going to buy anything it will be Victory as they simply seem to be years ahead of HD.

I like the look of a Vegas and they still call some of them Low here which suits me as I am about 5'10". The Vegas just looks the part and as my wife has no interest in coming with me I don't need Pillion seat or pegs.

As I live on the edge of rural area there are some nice long winding roads to cruise on and I am sure they will suit me.

Not having been on a bike for many years ( but I still have a license) I thought attending some refresher course at Riding School might just help me somewhat. Dirt bikes I am ok on but my road bike / cruiser experiences are very limited.
One frustrating part is the price ! You guys seem to be in the $12-14k range and in Australia they are all in the mid $20k and higher range ! Probably not lot I can do about that though as there are some tough hurdles I gather to get over to buy in the USA and import into Australia. Perhaps I might need to start with a good second hand model to keep the price justifable.

Anyway I am off the Victory shop tomorrow ( Saturday here) to start seriously looking.

Thanks again for your positive comments.

Regards

Harry ( Melbourne Australia )
 

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Hard to believe you cant buy a bike here and get it shipped over there with all the tariffs ( if any) and add ons for less than 10 grand. Mid 20's over there compared to mid teens here. I would buy local for a few K-- but when your are talking major Jack like that?? Its always better to buy local-you get better service and thats got to be worth a bit itself

I tried to buy at a few dealerships here in my area but over $5500($7500 total) cheaper @ another dealer I had no choice.
 

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One frustrating part is the price ! You guys seem to be in the $12-14k range and in Australia they are all in the mid $20k and higher range ! Probably not lot I can do about that though as there are some tough hurdles I gather to get over to buy in the USA and import into Australia. Perhaps I might need to start with a good second hand model to keep the price justifable.
I wonder why they're so much more expensive. Where did you get the pricing info?

A good way might be a brand new 2009 or 2010 model - you still get full warranty, plus some heavy discount to clear that model. At least in the U.S. it works that way - maybe in Australia they charge more for previous year models. :cool:
 

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Hi Cervelo,

Yep the prices are a bit hard to swallow. Even something like a 2007 Vegas will still bring early 20s from a private sale !

Victory and HD seem to hold their pricing well ( too well ) over here.

What's suprising is the AUD is so strong compared to US$ but our buy prices for either Victory or HD have not reduced !

By the way , changing the pipes to Straight Shot Gun ( V&H ) types is really my desire as they look and sound cool.

Off shopping ( well atleast looking/ trying ) tomorrow.

Cheers

Harry ( Melbourne )
 

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HI Crossroad,

I recieved the pricing at the Bike Expo from the Victory Stand. I expect there would be some more haggling to be done as I become more serious.

The Vegas Low they offered was 2009/10 model runout and was down too A$22,990 on the road compared to A$27 or A$28k list price.

Even with a good discount we are still about 70% higher than USA. I guess its shipping etc and supply and demand. BTY a HD Fatboy 2011 is about A$32,000 on the road here.

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Harry
 

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The air box to the S&S was a big deal also.

If you get the bike-- ride it stock for a while then when you do the change out you will see a HUGE difference
 

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Cerveol,

Good idea. Either on a Victory or HD I just love the straight ( and noisy ) pipes.

Over here anything other than stanard Pipes are illegal but everyone seems to do it!
They just keep the stock ones and refit them for a fews days if they are picked by the local feds.

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HI Crossroad,

I recieved the pricing at the Bike Expo from the Victory Stand. I expect there would be some more haggling to be done as I become more serious.

The Vegas Low they offered was 2009/10 model runout and was down too A$22,990 on the road compared to A$27 or A$28k list price.

Even with a good discount we are still about 70% higher than USA. I guess its shipping etc and supply and demand. BTY a HD Fatboy 2011 is about A$32,000 on the road here.

Cheers

Harry
I see a business opportunity here!
 
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