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Old 12-21-2006, 03:33 PM   #11
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Default Re: Victory Garners 5 Stars From JD Power Study Results.

My ZX-6R has 28000 miles on it. I have had no problems at all. Sorry but your initial problems sound more than minor for a new bike. Maybe my expectations are higher than yours.
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Old 12-21-2006, 03:40 PM   #12
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Well I'll give a partial congrats to Victory. The one I rode was nicely finished. The giant rear tire made it handle like crap. I suppose when you're only making a few thousand units per year quality control is much easier. Still, kudos to them.



Now category 1: Product: This score is based on customer satisfaction with the motorcycleÂ’s five product/performance sub-measures: comfort and convenience; ****pit and controls; looks and styling; engine and transmission; and ride and handling.



Kawasaki finishes dead last with only 2 gold thingies.



Initial quality also seems to be a mixed bag. I bought a 1996 H-D Low Rider. I had zero problems. None. Nada. 35,000 miles, never visited the dealer.



2003 E-glide was a different story. First, I had the cd player replaced because it kept skipping. That's an initial quality problem not a lot of motorcycles have. Also, oil was seeping out of the O-ring where the speedo connected to the to of the transmission. The hose inside the fuel tank coming from the fuel pump had a small hole rubbed in it from poor routing/vibration. The main circuit breaker had to be replaced including the connectors.



All of these items cost me $0 out of pocket. So some initial problems yet satisfaction with H-D for fixing everything for free even after warranty was expired.



Ducati purchased used so no initial problems and bike has been trouble free other than slave cylinder after 23,000 miles.



MV Agusta was third bike. No problems in 3000 miles.



The interesting and most misleading is Cost of Ownership. H-D and Buell need very little maintenance but C of A includes cost of accessories!



Cost of Ownership : This score is based on how customers rate various aspects of the cost of owning their motorcycle, including the initial price of motorcycle; cost of insurance; maintenance and repair costs, including parts; and cost of accessories (i.e., pipes, saddle bags, etc.).



Accessories are voluntary! Not a surprise that the most highly accessorized bikes (H-D, Ducati, BMW) scored the lowest in this category.



Good god I have to agree with the Prophylactic on sales. H-D,BMW, and Ducati customers know what they want. Sales on the floor of a Big Four dealer are competitive and brutal (been there done that). Half the time the buyers can barely qualify for the loan and for the most part they just want to buy the fastest, cheapest motorcycle they can afford.



Service: It follows the old adage: You think Harleys are expensive to ride, try dropping a Honda. The two-year redesigns cost the Big Four buyer plenty when it breaks.



So, this survey is mostly crap but it worked out well for Victory so I'm sure we'll be seeing JD referenced in V ads soon.



Dang that was tiring! I'm going back to witty one-liners.
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Old 12-21-2006, 03:50 PM   #13
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Did they ever move the oil pickup to the rear of the sump, and add a bit of baffling so you don't blow the engine every time you wheelie?
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Old 12-21-2006, 04:30 PM   #14
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Neat. Real world experience.



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Old 12-21-2006, 04:38 PM   #15
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Poor Victory. They get some press and it takes 8 minutes for you to take attention from them and get into a Buell/harley bashing session. LOL Dont you have something good or bad to say about Victory without mentioning Harley /Buell?
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Old 12-21-2006, 04:42 PM   #16
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I like the Victory build quality, but none of their models move me. I'm eagerly awaiting their new touring bike slated for 2008........maybe the Victory that finally shivers my timbers.
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Old 12-21-2006, 04:43 PM   #17
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No I haven't but I've put quite a few miles on a R1150RT, R1200RT, K1200GT, R1200R, and F650.
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Old 12-21-2006, 04:44 PM   #18
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Excellent post. Good use of facts/data.
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Old 12-21-2006, 04:47 PM   #19
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Be thankful for old vine zinfandel or I might have written more before getting bored.
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Old 12-21-2006, 05:17 PM   #20
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Well, with the handle "sv1000rider", you were pretty much locked in.



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