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Old 09-18-2009, 09:43 AM   #1
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Default Making the switch to Victory?

Just getting back into motorcycle game. Had been a dedicated Harley guy, but have been hearing a lot about the Victory Vision. Started doing some digging and came across this image of Sonny Barger on a Victory Vision. Says he's now a Victory Vision guy.

So what are your thoughts on this? Is Victory the real deal? Are Harley's more an image than an actual good ride? Is Sonny on to something or just on something?
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Old 09-18-2009, 10:05 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!

Victory seems to be 'for real', since Polaris has sunk some serious coin into the venture. Although I've seen very few on the road, apparently somebody is buying them.

Check the 'Search' function. There are several threads about the Victory line.

Hopefully sooner than later there will be a comparo of the new 'Vision twins' and the latest RoadGlide and StreetGlide.

Oh, and don't get too upset at the 'attachment' feature. It doesn't work on a regular basis.
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Old 09-18-2009, 10:57 AM   #3
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Victory is the real deal. Harleys are more about image, but they are also actual good rides.

For me, personally, I always buy the bike I want based on its specs and my actual experience with it simply because I can't afford to own more than a couple at a time and I tend to keep them for a long while. So I don't have time to own a bike that impresses others but not me.

When I first sat on a Victory, what impressed me most about it was how well-balanced it was. But I don't own one because I don't have enough coin (not complaining, mind you, I love the two bikes I do own).
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:07 AM   #4
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Well if there's a picture of Sonny Barger on a Vision, it's clear they are trying to acquire some of that "image."

I've ridden several Victorys and they are good bikes. They cost just as much as Harleys though.

Buy what you like.
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:19 AM   #5
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Victorys are fine. But Harleys are and always will be the real deal. Victory is a copy of Harley like all the metrics. Nothing wrong with that.
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Old 09-18-2009, 12:07 PM   #6
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I have to agree with Zawa, Vics are nice, but only HD can be "the Real Deal." If Indian, the real Indian, had stuck around they could be the Real Dealette.

Having said that.... I really like Victorys. There's a really good dealer in town; they're at all the events and gatherings. The newer Victorys I've seen appear to be very high quality, the designs are good, the paint jobs are terrific, and the engine is a very manly lump. I'd buy one if I wanted a 2ond cruiser after my Low Rider.
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Old 09-18-2009, 12:10 PM   #7
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No shotgun pipes please. We're British.
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Old 09-18-2009, 01:13 PM   #8
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Old 09-18-2009, 01:18 PM   #9
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Ive been by the Arlen Ness Victory superstore but never had an urge to go in. Though checking out the Vic's at the IMS every year they have excellent fit and finish, more so than HD IMO.
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Old 09-18-2009, 01:37 PM   #10
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They're good bikes, I see a few of them on the road here. Don't know if I'd ever trade my HD for one but I think they're nice enough and seem to be built to last. Can't say I care much what Sonny Barger rides though, last I read he was going on about how great his ST1100 was. I guess it adds weight to the brand though like Buzz says
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