welcome!! this is pretty accurate from what ive read. im on my second, first was an 07 vegas 8 ball, I know have a 2010 cross roads. im very happy with my victorys. look at multiple dealers, you want to make sure you deal with one that has been a dealer for a while.Welcome Barry- Definitely want to get out there and ride one. I'm not sure if time is running out (due to the coming winter).
Anyway- be ready to be blown away. These are some of the most powerful & finest handling machines you can buy- and that's right out the crate. If you are so inclined- you can crank up the ponies and the grunt to levels WAY out of reach for a fraction of the money. They have their quirks too, but very VERY few people have significant problems.
A couple highlights--
XC right side saddlebag latch is defective- engineers failed to align it correctly with catch. Causes premature wear- easy to correct.
Broken clutch cables- this is NO LONGER ACCURATE. It was a problem on older bikes- was fixed a few years ago. (Clutch cables used to break like spaghetti.)
Vision front fender- apparently the rear section was loosening/ getting jammed into the steering.. I'm not sure about the numbers on this one..
Noisy/ hard shifting- Yep. Guilty. Victory transmissions are BULLETPROOF- but they can sound like a blacksmith shop.
Victory just doesn't have their own badass infotainment system. And they probably never will with Indian in the picture.
Harley offers more paint choices- and does a better job applying it too. My opinion.
Forget hanging out and hoping for some revelation. Go to your local dealer and definitely arrive riding your bike. It will give them the confidence to turn you loose on a Victory. Be careful because if you ride one you will own one but try to ride anything that might appeal to you. I arrived at a local dealer riding my 2011 Road Glide Ultra and the sales person put me on a test ride for both a Vision and a Cross Country Tour. It took me another visit to get my wife to buy in on the change but after that first test ride I was ready to switch.I am a harley owner looking for a newer bike. Thinking street glide, but am very impressed with Victory. I am here to read and gather info since scooters are a big price tag. Thanks in advance for all your information. I ride a 1999 Heritage Softail.
I wouldn't go that far..my Mother's husband has a CVO Street Glide. Had paint issues from the get go. He just brought it in for service. They were going to wash it for him, well...the paint pealed right off the lowers. So paint quality, meh...maybe not.Harley offers more paint choices- and does a better job applying it too. My opinion.
Paint on my 2010 Vegas is greatI wouldn't go that far..my Mother's husband has a CVO Street Glide. Had paint issues from the get go. He just brought it in for service. They were going to wash it for him, well...the paint pealed right off the lowers. So paint quality, meh...maybe not.