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Old 05-29-2011, 07:16 PM   #1
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Victory or HD?? Decision decision

Hi Fellow Riders!!
So I have decieded to venture onto the crusier scene and I would like some honest opinions about the brands mentioned in the tittle....HD or Victory
Basically I have narrowed it down to 2 bike the Victory Highball or the HD Blackline. This are 2 very different bikes and I like em both.
I really like the way the new HD sounds and looks but I am not sure of an HD engine realibility, maintenance.....I have read many comments where its been said that its the same old power plant under a new tank
I like the Victory Highball for it unique styling and it looks very different than anything out there.....but I dont see many victory's on the road neither do I know any victory owners.....the Price on the victory is set very competatively for the power and looks it offers
Basically the price and looks of the victory are just great....but the V-twin just lacks the the raw sound and precense of a HD but it def dosen't help that the highball is priced almost 3grand less than the HD....
So my main question I would like to hear from HD and Victory owners as to what they like/dislike of their bike...also all helpfull comments are wellcome. Basically I will have to make the last call soon Also if folks here would vote too if given the option which moto brand they would choose!!

DECISIONS DECISIONS!!
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:55 PM   #2
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I owned a Victory Vegas Low and loved the bike itself, but hated owning a cruiser. There is simply nothing exciting to me about riding slow in corners, having worse brakes, less acceleration, ect. I have only test ridden a couple HD's, but the Victory spanks it in every category in my experience. The V-Rod is in a different category though, its much closer if not better in handling and speed compared to the Victory's. I don't ever see myself owning another cruiser, unless its a Goldwing. If I get that old to ride a cruiser, I'll just stop riding. Go get a ST1300 or comparable sport tourer.

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Old 05-29-2011, 08:04 PM   #3
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Between the two from what I have heard from people that have owned them both, the victory wins. Reliability was always mentioned. Good luck in your decision.
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These day both are very reliable....But the victory wins the power war as far as crusiers are concerned...v-rod for the hd....parts wise goes to the hd...lots of extras..and you can find hd dealers everywhere......victory is limited.....i`ve ridden both a lot of miles...hd will carry you farther more comfortable...victory will get you there quicker....its a tough choice. just gotta pick what you like.....You`ll like either over time!............happy shopping
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def man it is a tough choice!! the HD is def more confortable and def more HD delearship around....the one thing that irked me was I had to drive 40 miles just to look at one compared to 5 miles for HD.
But the Price def goes to Victory and the sound goes to HD....they are both imp atleast to me!!
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Im partial to Victory's......my dad has had three of them, and has about 30k miles on his Vision with no issues. I myself am hoping to pick up a Jackpot here in the next month or two....
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I gotta say Victory also. You can get the sound you want for a whole lot less than the $3k difference.
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Old 05-29-2011, 09:57 PM   #8
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I never did any comparing, I wanted a Harley so I bought one and I love it, if you want the best power and comfort there are lots of great cruisers from the Japanese makers, but I say find the bike that speaks to you and you won't regret it, good luck on you're decision
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Between Victory and HD I vote Vicotry, you get a lot more bike for your money. Victory makes a great bike, with a decent selection of after market parts, and I think they look great, handle well and have pretty good pickup for a cruiser. I also like the fact they are American made. Very reliable bikes too, and with the backing of Polaris they are not likely to go away anytime soon.
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lol the ducati Diavel is a beast in it self....but I dont like the looks much even tho there is nothing out there on the street that looks anything like the Diavel....but I am pretty set on a cruiser.....
Actually I am a bit surprised at the response Victory has received........
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Motorcyclist magazine just had a good write up on the highball.
They had positive things to say, but the apehangers are a little too high for their tastes.
IMO, with Harley you'll be paying a premium price for nostalgia and heritage of the brand, not for new technology or high quality craftmanship.
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^^^ yep I read the article as well and as much as I love the flatback paint scheme and the added power i think its the ape hangers that I am not too convinced on....Also I was able to test ride a blackline and i must say it felt really good I sat on the highball and got a feel for it but was not able to take it out on a ride....So comfort factor is def on the plates....but I must say the highball is def a class above and the bike is def distinctive
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I wouldn't buy a Victory simply for the fact that your resale is !!
If you're looking to buy a cruiser don't buy something that "sounds like, looks like, and is really just like...something else". Buy the original...that everyone else has (for over 100 years) tried to imitate. Buy HD.

As for reliability...there are a lot more HDs out there to have problems than there are Victorys. So...of course you're going to hear more "problems" with HD. It's a matter of numbers. Any new HD today will be just as reliable as a new Victory. Start modifying them both...and they BOTH have reduced reliability.

Go with HD...and be happy you did, or go with Victory and spend the next X-number of years explaining why you didn't buy a Harley.
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IMO, with Harley you'll be paying a premium price for nostalgia and heritage of the brand, not for new technology or high quality craftmanship.
This might have been true 8-10 years ago, but today's HDs are very well engineered and have all the modern technology advancements of any competing brand.
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In todays world of cruisers , you can just about pick any bike you like & get quality.
Wether American or Metric , the prcie you willing to pay is the biggest difference to me.
As riders we have a wide array of bikes to choose from now .
Back in the 60"s - 70's , it was a bit different than now then when I first started riding.
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In todays world of cruisers , you can just about pick any bike you like & get quality.
Very good piont. I didn't even speak to cruisers because the OP only mentioned Vict vs. HD, but you are absolutely correct. IMO...the Yamaha Road Star line-up has some of the nicest cruisers on the market. I've ridden a couple Road Stars and a Ride Smart Warrior. VERY sweet bikes. I'd consider them before I'd consider a Victory.
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Hi Fellow Riders!!
So I have decieded to venture onto the crusier scene and I would like some honest opinions about the brands mentioned in the tittle....HD or Victory
Basically I have narrowed it down to 2 bike the Victory Highball or the HD Blackline. This are 2 very different bikes and I like em both.
I really like the way the new HD sounds and looks but I am not sure of an HD engine realibility, maintenance.....I have read many comments where its been said that its the same old power plant under a new tank
I like the Victory Highball for it unique styling and it looks very different than anything out there.....but I dont see many victory's on the road neither do I know any victory owners.....the Price on the victory is set very competatively for the power and looks it offers
Basically the price and looks of the victory are just great....but the V-twin just lacks the the raw sound and precense of a HD but it def dosen't help that the highball is priced almost 3grand less than the HD....
So my main question I would like to hear from HD and Victory owners as to what they like/dislike of their bike...also all helpfull comments are wellcome. Basically I will have to make the last call soon Also if folks here would vote too if given the option which moto brand they would choose!!

DECISIONS DECISIONS!!
Both have their advantages.

If you're looking for reliability to make up your mind for you, forget it. They're both about equal.

If you're looking for resale to make the decision, forget that too. The days of getting sticker price for your 5 year old HD are LONG past.

Comfort? That's purely subjective. Besides, seats and bars always suck from the factory.

Looks? Also subjective.

Technological superiority? Nope - they're both about the same there too.

Between those two, personally I'd go with the Victory for two reasons:
1)The Blackline is a total "parts bin" bike. Its basically a stripped down Softail with some accessories thrown on it - and frankly it looks like a Yamaha V-Star 1100 Custom.
2) The Vic is cheaper, not just in sticker price but out the door price. Percentage-wise it wont be any worse than the HD come resale time.

Go with the one YOU like best and just ride the snot out of it.
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Both have their advantages.

If you're looking for reliability to make up your mind for you, forget it. They're both about equal.

If you're looking for resale to make the decision, forget that too. The days of getting sticker price for your 5 year old HD are LONG past.

Comfort? That's purely subjective. Besides, seats and bars always suck from the factory.

Looks? Also subjective.

Technological superiority? Nope - they're both about the same there too.

Between those two, personally I'd go with the Victory for two reasons:
1)The Blackline is a total "parts bin" bike. Its basically a stripped down Softail with some accessories thrown on it - and frankly it looks like a Yamaha V-Star 1100 Custom.
2) The Vic is cheaper, not just in sticker price but out the door price. Percentage-wise it wont be any worse than the HD come resale time.

Go with the one YOU like best and just ride the snot out of it.

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I own two vics, 01 92C model with 60K miles (other than consumables I've only replaced the stator). Also have an 09 Vision Tour Premium with 30K miles which has been flawless with the exception of a leaking fork seal (covered by warranty) after last years Big Bend run. I rode the Vision on a 6 day, 10 state run to Tennessee and the tail of the dragon last week and the old red bike jammed in the twisties as well as ate up the 2800 miles in comfort.
As has been stated previously, you have ride them both and make your own decision.
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