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Old 10-21-2002, 05:05 PM   #1
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Nice review, and a good scoop. It would have been nicer if there were more photos to show the bike from all angles as it appears to be a beautiful design. VWW
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Old 10-21-2002, 05:29 PM   #2
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According to another magazine, Arlen Ness had a big hand in the design of this bike. One of the features of the bike mentioned in his interview was the ridge down the center. Even the seat/tank was his company's design. How was his name not mentioned in the article. I also noticed that you didn't mention anything about the performance of this bike other than the lean angle. Can it hold its own against other cruisers?
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Old 10-21-2002, 06:11 PM   #3
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I also read that Ness was involved. Good to see. Victory has serious problems in the ugly department.



This bike marks the beginning of a break from that trend. It is a lean nice looking machine.
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Old 10-21-2002, 06:12 PM   #4
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The decision not to name the Ness's specifically was mine. I felt that if you're going to start naming names, then the names of everybody involved with the design should also be included.



As for performance, no other cruiser was available for a direct comparison. We should be getting a long term tester within the next few months. More specific testing can be had then.
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Old 10-21-2002, 08:03 PM   #5
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nice bike, just not my style.. now if they start making it with bags, windshield and a cd player, then I might think about it. BTW, how does the Victory line do on resale?
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Old 10-22-2002, 01:44 AM   #6
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I'd consider buying a Victory... but only if they hire Egli to design a cafe model...
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Old 10-22-2002, 02:03 AM   #7
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This bike is beautiful. Damnit! Just when I thought I had it narrowed down...
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Old 10-22-2002, 02:27 AM   #8
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Wow. Polaris/Victory really are putting their industrial engineers to work! This bike is great and I can't wait to see how it functions in the real world. I have high expectations given the high quality control of manufacturing process. What other bikes are in the works? Are they interested in making any V-twin sports tourers or ultralight singles a la Borile? If they produce my flavor of motorcycles I could easily forget about all imports and buy American. I really am impressed with their focus on quality control and I expect anything manufactured by this company to be trouble free for a very long time. Great work Calvin and Kudos to Polaris/Victory for getting into the motorcycle business. I wish them continued success.
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Old 10-22-2002, 02:50 AM   #9
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Victory really seems to have a commitment to making a go at the motorcycle business. I'm certain they havent had much profit or success so far, but it doesn't seem to be phasing them. This bike certainly looks like their best so far. I think much of their problem is name recognition. I know they have a few commercials and the Kyle Petty ride, but they have to stuff these things in the public mind to get sales going. Having a nice bike with few knowing about it probably is their biggest challenge. I can't even remember the last mag that tested one of these.
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Old 10-22-2002, 02:53 AM   #10
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Looks nice. I'm sure Victory knows that the rules have changed regarding cruiser horsepower.... It matters now. I hope they gave the it enough b@lls to run with the new pack of power cruisers.
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