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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.
 

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What kind of info do you want? I am on my second Vic... First was a Highball I bought it cause it was a bad ass looking machine right off the showroom floor. I had it for 2 absolutely problem free years and had many mods done to it. My second bike is the 2014 Victory Cross Country. When I first started shopping for a bagger I wanted a 15 Roadglide. Prior to the Roadglides landing here in Calgary I rode a 13 Cross Country with 21" wheel, mini apes, PCV, intake, lowered 1", and exhaust. It blew me away... I have ridden quite a few HD baggers and nothing rode like the big Vic. The sheer comfort of the cross country combined with the loads of power had me sold. It was amazing enough that it totally overcame the shitty fit and finish of the Vic bagger. If you want instant gratification go buy a Streetglide for 25g then put 5g into the motor to be able to hang with the XC. If your a patient type of fella and enjoy shopping for parts buy the Vic Magnum for 22g then spend $3500 making it into 125 +/- hp, big wheel, low, bad ass bagger built in the USA! Ride one you'll own one guaranteed.
 

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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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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How is the sound with upgraded pipes? Can you just put pipes & ride or does it have to be tuned in at the dealer for extra charge?
 

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You can get good sounding pipes and just ride... I just did it. Look up thrush mod for Victory Cross Country on YouTube. You don't have to do the mod yourself for $400 you can have them shipped to your door and they are easy to install.
 

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Harley offers more paint choices- and does a better job applying it too. My opinion.
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.
 

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If you are accustomed to that soup to nuts dealer experience move along nothing to see here. You buy a Vic, the smart money is on not expecting much satisfaction after the sale. It does happen that people report good experiences with their dealers, but then people report good dealings with their congressmen too.Just saying.

The good news is statistically you won't need much from the dealer. Pretty damned bulletproof.

Tee shirts? Not so much.

Plastic. Plenty.

Resale? It is to laugh.

Power? Ample out of the box and a bunch more waiting for some bolt ons. The Freedom motor is among the easiest to massage. The unfortunate part is that there are only a few products that are available to open the barn door on those ponies.

Suspension and handling? When they talk about "Ride one, you'll buy one" this is why. Whatever else Vic and Polaris drop the ball on, they nailed it in the joy of riding department.

But that's just me. YMMV.
 

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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

What he said. I guess you need to know,,,,,,,,,Ride One, in fact ride all of them you can throw a leg over.
They actually are a little different, and actually have different tunes between the steel frames and the Vision-X bikes. They don't potato-potato. Ride the thing, it is a Vic, so grip it and rip it, if it comes unmade it was broke anyway. LOL The power feels very different on the Vic vs HD as well. The 14 non water I rode was pretty impressive, as well as all the trinkets they have added, but there are things in the motor that just cause me some reserve.
http://www.victoryforums.com/showthread.php?t=106073

A recent thread, good luck, and welcome to the mayhem.

Happy shopping
 

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I used to have a 2002 GoldWing 1800, and before that a 1987 Suzuki Cavalcade (think 'Suzuki GoldWing'). I was seriously looking at the Ultra Classic. I am 6'2", 360lbs.

Main selling point to me on the Vic was the comfort. It felt like this bike was built for me. I can stretch out, I raised the handlebars a bit, and is very natural for me. The Ultra felt 'cramped' (a lot of folks say this, and I know what they mean now). My foot kept getting trapped or caught by the heel-toe shifter because I have 13's.

Different. Many folks buy a Harley because their friends have a Harley, they see the marketing engine's work, want to buy USA and don't know about Vic, etc. Many see Harleys as a "me too"*bike. We humans like to belong to something. Harley trumpets individuality, which is hard to do if everyone owns a Harley.

The Harley's engine likes lower RPMs better than the Vic; Victorys are happier in the higher rev range (2000+).

Some folks have less than stellar experiences at Victory dealers. Not all dealers are created equal. Many dealerships are not as glitzy as a Harley dealer, and many are multi-line dealers (Honda, Kawasaki, yamaha, etc). My dear is a Vic-only dealer (except other Polaris products).

Victory engines are quite noisy. I chalk that up to the overhead cam design and quiet exhaust (on my Cross Country Tour).

Transmissions are very clunky; a solid 'thunk' when shifting from N to 1, and until you get used to it, 2-6.

The Tour has more storage than the Ultra.

The Ultra shakes quite a bit at a stop light, but smooths right out when you take off.
The Vic doesn't have much in the way of vibrations, but can get slightly buzzy at higher RPMs. I added small handlebar weights and that seemed to help a little.

After weighing the pros and cons, I decided the Vic was for me. It just fits me. I decided that personal fit and comfort was paramount.

After a few minor mods (fuel controller, Lloydz ATS, extra lights, Ultimate Seat), I am convinced I made the correct choice. I even rode the new Indians a couple weeks ago, and I still feel I have the right machine for me.

Check it out. Look at everything. No machine is perfect. If you can live with the shortcomings, you will be happy.
 

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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.
Paint on my 2010 Vegas is great:)
 
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