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Old 02-09-2011, 11:33 AM   #1
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Question Victory or Harley?

Hello all, new to the forum. It's been about 10 years since I've ridden, and I am ready to start up again, this time with a nice cruiser. I'm having a lot of trouble deciding between a HD Fat Boy Lo, or a Victory Kingpin.

I like the looks of the Victory much better, except for the satin chrome finish on the engine of the Fat Boy Lo. I've heard the Victory is a much easier bike to ride, but that the FBL's counter balanced engine is much smoother.

One advantage with the HD is that it has a huge variety of custom parts, while I don't find a whole lot out there for the Victory.

It's really hard to know which way to go to drop a lot of money. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 02-09-2011, 12:21 PM   #2
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Used Victory's tend to be a lot cheaper than used Harley's.

And, if you should ever need one, there are a hell of a lot more HD Dealerships than Victory Dealerships.

I've never heard anything really negative about the Victory bikes (styling not included), but then nothing really outstanding, either.
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Old 02-09-2011, 12:29 PM   #3
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Thanks Pushrod. I'm looking to buy new, and there is a Victory and Harley dealership near me, so no issues there.

I've heard the Victory is a much more comfortable ride (with an after market seat), and I am looking for something that I can enjoy long rides up the coast on.
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Old 02-09-2011, 01:57 PM   #4
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I'd say they're so close in every respect, just pick the one that barks the loudest at you. Vic has a great reputation, HD is...HD. You can't go wrong with either one. Newer Vics, the old ones aren't as good.
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Old 02-09-2011, 04:05 PM   #5
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If you want to ride long distances, I'd stay away from Low anything unless you're really short.

I'm partial to H-D but you can't go wrong with either one.
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Typically, Victory bikes are cheaper to insure. My ex bro-in-law owns an 8ball. Pretty nice ride. I like the suspension better than the softtail suspension. Just a personal observation.
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Old 02-09-2011, 04:15 PM   #7
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If you want to ride long distances, I'd stay away from Low anything unless you're really short.
Why would you stay away from "Lo"s? I'm average height, 5'10". I sat on the Lo and it really felt comfortable. Low center of balance is nice, too, i would think.

Good to know on the insurance part. Everything counts. Still hard to pick, guess it'll come down to a test ride when it warms up.
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Why would you stay away from "Lo"s? I'm average height, 5'10". I sat on the Lo and it really felt comfortable. Low center of balance is nice, too, i would think.

Good to know on the insurance part. Everything counts. Still hard to pick, guess it'll come down to a test ride when it warms up.
Lo means you have less suspension (thats how they lowered them), so if your doing longer hauls your tailbone and back will hate you.
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Why would you stay away from "Lo"s? I'm average height, 5'10". I sat on the Lo and it really felt comfortable. Low center of balance is nice, too, i would think.

Good to know on the insurance part. Everything counts. Still hard to pick, guess it'll come down to a test ride when it warms up.
When you have a seat at 29 in or under you should fit on ANY cruiser. Don't worry about that. Balance and cg will be nearly the same.
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:47 PM   #10
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Go with the one you like looking at the most. When you wake up and walk out to the garage in the early morning, you should be able to open the door and appreciate the fine beaut' that is your new ride.

For me, with the exception of the Road Glide, Victory has my $$.
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