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Cool Any Victory Riders Out There? (Not Vision Related)

Greetings All,

Been doing some 'window shopping' for a cruiser. (LT isn't going ANYWHERE) Got kind of interested in a Victory 'Hammer'. Went down to the local Polaris dealer and spoke to the sales guy, even got to throw a leg over an '06. No ride, just a tryon for size. Interesting to say the least. Have only seen photos before tonight. Motorcycle was stunning in person. As cruisers go, seems to have some fairly decent (dare I say this in a cruise post) performance features. Wet clutch, 6 speed, upside down forks, etc. No decision tonight and no real hurry either. Any of you have a Victory unit in your stable & care to share your experience? At any rate, I got a snazzy brochure from the dealer. Thanks and keep the rubber side down.

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I'm not an owner myself (their styling just doesn't do it for me), but my coworker/riding buddy's best friend is their head of engineering. They've done their homework and seem to be really well built from what I've seen.

As for the styling, well it doesn't float my boat, but beauty's always in the eye of the beholder.

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I have an '04 TC, touring cruiser, and it has been bullet proof. I just change the oil and ride. As cruisers go it is the only one I would own at this time. The engine is thoroughly modern with 4 valves per cylinder and overhead cams. The unit is unitized with the transmission in the same cases and no primary chains etc.

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Greetings All,

Been doing some 'window shopping' for a cruiser. (LT isn't going ANYWHERE) Got kind of interested in a Victory 'Hammer'. Went down to the local Polaris dealer and spoke to the sales guy, even got to throw a leg over an '06. No ride, just a tryon for size. Interesting to say the least. Have only seen photos before tonight. Motorcycle was stunning in person. As cruisers go, seems to have some fairly decent (dare I say this in a cruise post) performance features. Wet clutch, 6 speed, upside down forks, etc. No decision tonight and no real hurry either. Any of you have a Victory unit in your stable & care to share your experience? At any rate, I got a snazzy brochure from the dealer. Thanks and keep the rubber side down.

Bruce
I have an 04 Victory Kingpin and I have nothing but good things to say about their product. The bike is absolutely bullet-proof which is something you will hear from many Victory riders. Your wont ever be sorry if you buy one. The biggest weakness they have is the dealer network which is a work in progress.

Plan on having to remove the tank to clean the throttle bodies every 8 - 10k to maintain peak performance. The rear brake pads tend to wear out prematurely at around 5k - just replace them with EBC's and you need to make sure the clutch cable is lubed. Other than that - you just need to change the oil and enjoy the ride

BTW - The Vision will be a success. These guys know what they are doing.

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BTW - The Vision will be a success. These guys know what they are doing.
based on....what?



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Early reviews of those who have riden the bike who claim its handling and performance charactersitics are very impressive AND the brief but impressive track record of the company. Other than the issues they had with some of the early transmissions they have been first rate.

It will be reasonably priced in the low $20's which seems about right.

The styling of the Vision is not for everyone - folks seem to love it or hate it but it will draw from LT/GW riders as well as HD riders.
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Thanks to everyone who posted a reply. Pretty much backs up my gut feeling IRT Victory motorcycles. Ride safe.

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Give the Triumph Rocket III a look. I was in the same boat and was looking for a Vic to add to the stable and ended up with the Rocket. I picked it up this past Sunday and manged to get 475 miles on it as of today...would have had much more mileage had it not been for work and the "hunny-do" list. My 500 mile break in service is scheduled for Tuesday so I guess the LT will get some seat time this week after all.
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owned an early vc92. company would not stand behind it. a friend had a four wheeler. company would not stand behind it. also heard the same thing about a polaris boat.
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Thanks Omurphy, sounds like a bummer. Hope you've had better luck with your current scoot.

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Don't have any direct experience. But, I tend to err on the side of caution. From all the things I have heard about support, warranty, reliability, I would stay away from them.

Plenty of Vs out there. I think 20K is a bit high for a cruiser. I would check out the Stars myself.

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Don't have any direct experience. But, I tend to err on the side of caution. From all the things I have heard about support, warranty, reliability, I would stay away from them.

Plenty of Vs out there. I think 20K is a bit high for a cruiser. I would check out the Stars myself.

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I own a 2004 custom Kingpin ...


105 hp 120ftlbs of 151 mph on the Dyno bulletproof goodness. (Figures with my latest custom intake and a couple other tweeks) And holy schmolly does she rocket to 151 fast and could do more if not for the rev limiter.





Early bikes had some issues .... later models have proven to be absolutely bullet proof even when "tweeked" considerably.
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04' TCD, love it, wife rides it when we go places together...simple machines. Cant wait to test the Vision.

pssssst, love my L/T also...shhh

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Petre, that is a really nice looking bike man!
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