I can't tell you why you should buy a Victory, but I can tell you why I did. First, both are very nice bikes. I see Crossroads has supplied the engine propaganda video. Here are some reasons I purchased a Victory. THEY ARE TRYING HARDER than HD. I looked really hard at an HD Ultra Classic. I just bought a new 2013 CCT for $18,999 plus free 3 year warranty and $500 in free accessories (Victory promotions). That price is out the door (excluding tax, tags & title) and included a $1,000 police rebate from ma Vic. They are always running promotions for military, police and EMS. The dealer price was $19,999.
Its about personal preference, everyone can say this bikes better than that one etc etc, but at the end its up to you, I have friends who wouldn't touch a Harley and go on about how they are the best bikes without ever trying a Victory, Honda or a Triumph etc etc.
that conversation was frickin hilarious lol...would like to say though that Victory Motorcycles are actually built here in Iowa...Spirit Lake to be exact not MNPrior to buying my Victory I went into Harley to check them out and talked to a sales rep. This is how the conversation went:
Me: I'm looking at buying a couple year old (07 to 09) Victory or Harley but am very curious as to which bike is going to be more reliable.
Rep: If you want reliability then definitely go with Harley. When you go on long trips there are more dealers so if you break down you'll always find help right around the corner.
Me: Okay, what if I wanted a bike that wasn't going to break down?
Rep: Well with Harley you'll also get the respect that comes with it. No Victory riders stop to help each other when they break down but if you break down with a Harley there isn't a HOG member out there that won't stop to help.
Me (a little puzzled by the answers at this point but moving on): When you say respect I can't help but ask why being that Victory is made right here in MN?
Rep: Yeah but Harley has been around for over 100 years and with that comes 100 years of research and development. I'm sorry but I'll take 100 years of R and D over Victory's 10 years any day.
Me: Come on, that's a terrible argument. Dodge, Chevy and Ford had way more R and D on Honda in the car market but come the late 80's Honda kicked their ass with new technology. Not to mention the Shovelhead of the late 60's was possibly the worst motor ever made and it wasn't until the 80's that Harley really made a decent motor.
Rep: Yeah but the evolution was the best selling V-twin ever produced and Harley has only improved on it since then. It took them 100 years of practice to get it perfect but they are there. Victory still has 90 years to go.
Me: So you're trying to tell me that Polaris Industries only has 10 years of practice making motors? I swear the four wheeler I had growing up was a 1985 Polaris Trailboss. That would put them at having at least 25 years of experience making motors but I'm pretty sure it's closer to 55 years.
Rep: Yeah I mean they are okay bikes. If my wife decided she wanted a bike I'd probably get her a Victory. That's because she wouldn't ride that much though and I don't think I'd want to spend the money on a Harley. She's also a lot smaller than me and the Victory's are lighter.
Me: Well thank you for your time. I'm going to keep looking
I left the store absolutely amazed. His entire sales pitch on reliability was that the Harley's are going to break down but can be fixed. He never mentioned any true warranty numbers to show Harley's are actually more reliable or even as reliable as the Victory's. Then at the end of the conversation he literally told me that Victory makes a lighter bike that is more affordable to own. When I went into the store I was a little biased because I used to sell Victory bikes. However after leaving I bought a 07 Victory Vegas. Not sure if that helps you in your decision at all but if you want to have an entertaining afternoon go to a Harley dealer and ask the hard questions.
I especially agree with buying a 94.. It'd probably run better also. Gimme a little 80 cube one cam evo over a TC any day.Harley has...
...no room for your feet (teeny-tiny footboards)
...no power (compared to Victory HD's are almost anemic)
...no modernism (buy a 1994 as it will look the same)
...no suspension (2-inches of travel vs. Victory's 4-inch)
...no reliability (see videos above for why the Vics are more reliable)