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Today I watched all 3 utube VictoryvsHarley videos. I'm impressed with this engine.

I like that a lot of thought went into the design. I have wanted a bike for longevity and the engine build in this video is one everyone should watch. Going on my 3rd week owning it.

I've never owned an air/oil cooled bike and I'm intrigued! I just changed the oil and made a complete mess in my garage because I underestimated how much oil would drain. :D

It's a 2004 Vegas but I just keep getting excited about it. I ride it and don't want to get off. It's almost 10pm and want to ride it now.

I had a VTX1800 that had everything. Great bike! It could have run forever. The lighter Vegas with better mpg has been a fun bike to ride. Looks easy to maintain as well. I do hope that Victory will continue to be successful and watch what we say.
 

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Dill, I went on a 200+ mile ride today with friends and got a tad over 50 mpg, in spite of the fact I couldn't use 6th gear but a few times. Can't put 'er in 6th until going over 60 mph. The roads we traveled were posted at 55 mph and the group's leader stuck to that. :(
 

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Dill, I went on a 200+ mile ride today with friends and got a tad over 50 mpg, in spite of the fact I couldn't use 6th gear but a few times. Can't put 'er in 6th until going over 60 mph. The roads we traveled were posted at 55 mph and the group's leader stuck to that. :(
The mileage you are getting is impressive. I do look for a 6th on mine. I see now why they put them on newer bikes.
 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGkFPUeNUqc

I learned a great deal about harley engines that I didn't know. I do understand why they have not changed much. You start changing one thing and then you'll need to change something else and next thing you have is a metric engine.

I was shocked at the number of seals Harley's have compared to the 6 on Vics.

Educational for anyone that rides.
 

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For decades, I have maintained that there are motorcyclists and then there are motorcycle owners. I appreciate that you are endeavoring to become the former. Knowledge is power...and torque too!
 

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Like "bikers" vs. motorcycle enthusiasts...
 

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I watched this series of videos 3 times. Very informative! After the 3rd time I said "I am getting a Victory". I've never regretted getting my Kingpin from day 1. I personally think Victory's technology is leaps and bounds ahead of HD.



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I did the same thing, watched the videos multiple times and thought to myself this was a no brainer. Sold my HD's and bout one XCT, never regret that decision.

The funny thing is my best friend rides a HD Night Train and he say Victory is what HD would be if they started up in the '90's. Which really doesn't make much sense, you would think that HD would be a little more proactive but I guess they don have to because of all the lemmings out there coveting there neighbor.

Then he went on to say that a Victory is the generic version of a HD. Well if better power plant, cheaper price, more storage and technology makes it generic then I will continue to by generic the rest of my life.
 

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Go to a harley dealer and take a ride on one. You'll be surprised how quiet the motor is. They have a ECM that Vic can't come close to the bike 96% time never pops or backfires no mater what exhaust they put on.
There belts are narrow then ours and they don't chirp
They have special spark plugs made for them so the never knock.
There is a rubber pad in the rear wheel to cut down on vibration.
There tool kit is top quality and they use real paper in the manuals with better photos and better explanation.
I like my vision but would live to have harley quieter power train.
Go take one for a ride before you say there no good
 

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ECM maybe BUT a belt, plugs, rubber pad, small tool kit, and better photos are really not the things that sway me to spend 20k+ on a bike.

My last HD (Dyna Street Bob) had 2k on it when the stator went out and the motor shelled out. Thank GOD it was under warranty because they had to replace the whole thing.

So the transmission I a bit louder, because it really is. For me it's about reliability and maintainability. I like to ride not spend my valuable time in the shop or cleaning my show piece.

BUT I do really like the HD's new infotainment system.
 

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I've seen all six of those videos, it doesn't matter to the Harley die hards, they will still only buy Harleys. My xr sportster spent more time in the shop than on the road. I ride my motorcycle so it's Vicotories for me so I can ride and enjoy my bike. If your looking for a garage queen get a Harley.
 

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vic's for sure

i watched all the arizona victory vids, very informative for sure!!! very pleased with my 13 hammer even with the tranny as is. i don't mind engine noises unless something breaks. i don't drive anything thats stock quiet!!
 

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I've come very close to buying a sportster. I wouldn't mind owning a HD but I'm at a point in life where I need more bang for my buck.

The vid proves to me that after 3 years and 5 bikes, this is the one I need to hang on to at least until my kids are done with college and wife is done spending on our stupid house. :rolleyes:

The Rotella T 6, Seafoam, and premium gas helped considerably with the engine noise.

I'm now checking what my mpg will be since just now adding all this stuff.

This bike is running really well and much quieter. I have a metz tire and new plugs coming.

I live to ride not show off my ride or spend a gazillion on upgrades.

The weather this summer has been fairly mild and believe the winter will be the same so like past years, I'll be riding.

I've seen some cool harleys but just can't afford them. Mine is good looking and it's gonna have to last.
 

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sportster not sporty

traded my 06 sportster on 13 preowned hammer, most sportsters are top heavy with poor brakes + suspension. the engine is best of hardly's offerings. you can barley corner on the lower but nice lookin models. test one but not at the dealers as they take you on an escorted "panzie" ride on easy smooth roads, the hammer is heavier but feels lighter + excels everywhere. may want to try a scout for a good priced new bike
 

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traded my 06 sportster on 13 preowned hammer,
I've owned... now 5 bikes in 3+ years. All metrics! All for right around $4500 and all right around 2004. This Vegas has all the stuff that I wanted and from my extensive research, I did not need to purchase a HD to finish my search for a bike that would give me exactly what I was looking for.

Now that I've discovered the right bike, Polaris is in the process of redefining Victory. :rolleyes:
 

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Now that I've discovered the right bike, Polaris is in the process of redefining Victory. :rolleyes:
In the world of wheels, nothing is static. The first five cars I owned are all now defunct names; Plymouth, Studebaker, Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Hudson. Bike models not only change, they disappear as well. Just like entertainers you grew up with pass from the scene, so will your Victory. My XR is now a dinosaur, but that doesn't bother me--it still is the perfect ride for me at this time. And trust me, your preferences and needs will change over time.cheers
 

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In the world of wheels, nothing is static. The first five cars I owned are all now defunct names; Plymouth, Studebaker, Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Hudson. Bike models not only change, they disappear as well. Just like entertainers you grew up with pass from the scene, so will your Victory. My XR is now a dinosaur, but that doesn't bother me--it still is the perfect ride for me at this time. And trust me, your preferences and needs will change over time.cheers
I've owned a 65 Chev Belair, 70 GTO, 79 Chevette, and many more.

My previous bike, Kawai mean streak was discontinued. No surprise!

I'm going to try very hard to make this bike last.
 
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