Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Floral City, FL, USA
Re: New Victory
I looked at it and rode it at Daytona, there were things about it that were nice, the fairing does a good job of keeping the wind off and the one I rode had the lower wind wings, when they were closed (turned out) the engine heat was VERY noticeable. Open them and they deflected enough wind to take that away.
The controls, especially the radio/stereo controls look cheap and added on and are difficult to work if moving, if you are wearing gloves it really is bad.
On the positive the motor delivers good power for a V-Twin and it's delivery is much smoother than my Harley I ran it down to 1300 or so in 6th gear and it would cruise along fine not bucking or laboring, I did not try to accelerate from that RPM in 6th cause well not even I put them in that much strain. The rider/handlebar relationship is good and the seat was comfortable although I was only on it for a half hour or so, the floorboard position is very much like a Harley as is the shifter and brake pedal, other than the radio controls everything else was pretty good. The luggage on this bike is TERRIBLE the saddlebags are small even though they look huge! The trunk is oddly shaped but large enough to get helmets as well as some gloves in. With so much planning and forethought to a different bike with a totally different appearance having overlooked the luggage the way they did is almost inexcusable.
My overall impression from the ride was good, I would purchase one but not a new one and especially at the prices they are demanding now but given a little time that will change. The drawback to owning one of these for me would be that it would require me to tow a trailer when taking trips there is just not enough luggage room with the goofy saddlebags to go for more than a weekend with a passenger/wife but I sometimes do tow a trailer now so I guess that would not be such an inconvenience.
If you have a chance take one for a ride I think you will find it to be OK but for me it certainly does not mimick the appearance of the LT nor would I consider replacing my LT with one, however there is the Harley!
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