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Old 10-30-2006, 10:01 AM   #1
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$19K?! heh, no thanks.
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Old 10-30-2006, 10:07 AM   #2
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Saving your money for the MV AGUSTA F4 1000S? - Fz
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Old 10-30-2006, 10:08 AM   #3
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Great write up Pete and very nice photos Fonzie. I am not a cruiser fan but I must say I do like the looks of the entire Victory line. I don't know if it is the the Arlen Ness thing or what but Victory bikes look stylish and clean.. If I was going to buy a cruiser, the Hammer S would be something I would look at. Victory bikes have a modern yet classic look i.e. it doesn't look dated or like any Metric cruiser. Victory has done a great job...Wonder if they will ever build a Buell like bike. Sounds like the Victory tranny is much better than HD.
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Old 10-30-2006, 10:23 AM   #4
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Glad to hear this... I'm not a cruiser guy but I really want to see Victory prosper as a viable American alternative to HD.



Now MO, it's your job to stick the new bars on the old Hammer and tell us if that's really what fixed it
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Old 10-30-2006, 10:26 AM   #5
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EXCITING!!
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Old 10-30-2006, 10:33 AM   #6
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Well it's an odd way to try to gain market-share at 20 grand.



You've got a brand with very little cache and you price it several thousand dollars above your major competitor?



That being said, I wish Victory the best. I just think it's going to be hard to come up with models that look or feel functionally different because that tall, OHC motor is so hard to style around.



I'll bet if Polaris could go back to the drawing board, they would have gone the pushrod route like Yamaha.
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Old 10-30-2006, 10:34 AM   #7
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I'm guessing you didn't start digging in the sofa cushions for loose change to start saving for a down payment?
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Old 10-30-2006, 10:38 AM   #8
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$2,000 for black paint and a different bend on the handlebars? Why not just buy the standard and replace the bars?



I echo the call to test out the change on the standard model if it's not too hard to do. Not that I'd be buying the bike anyway, just curious.
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Old 10-30-2006, 10:41 AM   #9
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Gotta agree with you, KPaul. The price is steep, but for a cruiser of this caliber - it actually seems fairly priced. I'd definitely buy this over a Softail or a Dyna Super Glide. Victory's blacked out motor looks really nice in this model and I like the painted parts and color schemes as well. The H-D factory "customs" paint jobs just do absolutely nothing for me - but for 20K, you really get a great cruiser...



Sure - it's heavy and it doesn't have the power and nimbleness of today's sportbikes, but it's a CRUISER.



Good job, Victory!

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Old 10-30-2006, 11:07 AM   #10
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Because Victory uses a wider angle 50 degrees this allows the cylinders to be longer (strokewise) and fit within the same space i.e. x * cos (Z deg/2) = y

where x is the length of the cylinder and y= height in the frame and Z is the angle.. i.e 50 for victory 45 degrees for HD. e.g. given a cylinder length (strokewise) of 24.5 inches it will have same height in the frame of the HD with a cyliner length of 24 inches..



i.e I think your OHC comment maybe a touch of the mark...
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