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Anybody got a Victory and how are they? How is their engine? Are they runners and problem free.
Or are they just a passing fancy?

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Actually, Victories have been around for a number of years. I don't have one and I've never ridden one, but I have looked them over and I liked what I saw. As I understand it, they are put together in the U.S., or at least that was what I was told. They probably have a website.

The ones I looked at were priced far below Harleys and even a bit lower than some of the Japanese brands. I guess one of the things to be wary of would be that small outfits sometimes don't make it and they fall by the wayside. Where would that leave one with respect to parts, etc.
 

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Polaris bought the rights to the name and started manufacturing them again in 1999. Yep, they're American and I've rode two examples...they are powerful fullsize motorcycles using modern 4 valve overhead cam engines. I don't know if they were as rock solid as Harleys going down the road, and one even wobbled. I did try these at high speed 90 or so. I don't know if they are cheaper than Harleys since the price tags could get over 20k easily, however I have found a guy that has some leftover new ones for a 1/3 off, and so I'm very tempted....and you know how temptation can be :).

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I have looked at them up close at bike rallies and they are beautiful. I say go for it. I am sure you will enjoy it.

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They are an up and coming motorcycle company. Good to see another american brand.

I looked at the vegas jackpot (new) pretty hard before I bought my harley (used). It's a nice bike with a more powerful stock motor than the t/c 88 or 96. I really liked the 250 rear tire and the styling of this bike. I had a few issues, though.

The dealer wouldn't budge off of msrp. (The bike was a new model and getting good press). The dealer network is sporadic at best. I would make sure my local dealer had a good mechanic. The availability of aftermarket parts is sparce. They have a good motor (100ci), but the best uprgrade is to 106 with a pricey s&s kit. If you just want to putt, no problem, you will probably be good to go. If you want to tour cross country, I would research the dealer network. Getting the bike serviced will be pricey, as they have a captive market. If you are a do it yourselfer, no issues.

These bikes can be had for a huge discount in the secondary market with a few thousand miles and a couple model years old. If I wanted one I would look around hard, one of the biggest gripes about the brand is the resale. There is a glut of harleys on the market right now too because of the t/c 96 upgrade, lots of guy are ditching the 88. Good values out there as the 95 inch kit is the way to go on the t/c 88.

Victory has a very loyal following amongst the owners. Not a bad way to go. Check out thevmc.com for more research.
 

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Something to consider is that dealers are pretty scarce. The resale on a Harley is better. Victory (like Indian) may not be around long. I've been riding for 37 years and I'd buy a Harley or a Jap bike if I were you.
 

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Something to consider is that dealers are pretty scarce. The resale on a Harley is better. Victory (like Indian) may not be around long. I've been riding for 37 years and I'd buy a Harley or a Jap bike if I were you.
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Harleys are usually a sure bet, I particularly like the twin cam fat boys but with a wheel change. And I also like speed numbing sport bikes like the Buells and the sport Triumphs....would like a couple of those too.
But when it comes to motorcylces I sometimes think I want to break out of the pack and ride something unique, different or new. You know what I mean? Of course, I reckon that is kind of my nature.....but at this point a grounding in dollar sense is also a factor. Harley dealers can be difficult and expensive as well.

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I would be wary of buying a kingpin, they can't seem to give them away. Might be a nice bike, but the resale is bad. If I were in your shoes and had the money (and was going with victory), I would look for used vegas or 8 ball. Nice style. Good prices.

Around here I have seen 01-02 lowriders between 10.5k and 11.3k advertised price. Fatboys and heritage usually get more. If you want a fatboy with different wheels, look at heritage and deluxe (I have a deluxe). They are all FL front ends.

I have been disappointed in triumph offerings, I keep hoping they will come out with a 1200cc+ motor in the bonneville america or speedmaster frame. That would be a nice bike. Allways liked the speed triple, but I think I would get in big trouble if I had one.

Motorcycle trader has alot of bogus price listings, check ebay to see what they go for. This has been the best indicator of price I have seen. If you have an account, you can click on the completed listings check box on the left and look at the completed transactions (in green). As always many think their bike is worth a mint, reality is that prices on used bikes have been dropping heavily in the last 3 years.

I have reciepts for my bike showing the previous owner (who bought it new, 05 deluxe) spent 24k. I picked it up 14 months ago with 12k miles (motor upgraded at 8k) for 14k. Just goes to show you if you look hard enough, you will find a deal. I bought mine in the same town I lived in. I had 8 months factory warranty when I bought it.

Good Luck
 
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