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Old 06-23-2008, 09:19 PM   #1
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im wanting to get a cruiser to ride on long trips. a couple firefighters i work with go on rides to different states...etc anyways wanted to know if anyone knew anything about the victory 8ball, if its a good bike or not. or if anyone has any suggestions. was thinking harley, but talking to people, some say they break down alot, have alot of problems....etc but any help would be appreciated. have no idea on this. thanks
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Old 06-23-2008, 09:32 PM   #2
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from my experiences with talking to harley owners, they only break down when people try to modify them themselves with custom/not-harley parts. I've never owned a harley so that's just my .2
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Old 06-23-2008, 09:34 PM   #3
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M109 ftw.
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Old 06-23-2008, 09:48 PM   #4
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they are the low end victory, but that being said the best looking victory i ever saw was the black 8ball with all the chrome and emblems taken off and flat blacked the rest of the bike and wrapped the exhaust.. looked sick!
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Old 06-24-2008, 03:42 AM   #5
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Newer Harleys (last few years) aren't known for breaking down unless modified by a moron, which happens often. If they are maintained well, which is expensive unless you do it yourself, they last forever. Just look at how many are still on the road. My nightster is so sanitary that it's like having an electric bike, no leaks or burnt-out bulbs, everything just works well, all the time.
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M109 ftw.
quoted for truth. imo, victories are . they are metric, but not japanese. dont let the salesman lie to you and say they are made in USA, even some of the emblems say that. it might be assembled in USA, but all the money goes to canada.

if you want a bike made in USA, get a harley and get a set of tools. if you want a GOOD bike. get a suzuki.
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:06 AM   #7
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quoted for truth. imo, victories are . they are metric, but not japanese. dont let the salesman lie to you and say they are made in USA, even some of the emblems say that. it might be assembled in USA, but all the money goes to canada.

if you want a bike made in USA, get a harley and get a set of tools. if you want a GOOD bike. get a suzuki.
im gonna call bs on this...

and victory bikes are definately twice the quality of harleys. imo the only decent harley is the vrod, but its severely overpriced.

check out any sportrider/motorcycle enthusiast mag, they all rate the victories over the harleys. they ride better, make more power, and are far more reliable.
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Newer Harleys (last few years) aren't known for breaking down unless modified by a moron, which happens often. If they are maintained well, which is expensive unless you do it yourself, they last forever. Just look at how many are still on the road. My nightster is so sanitary that it's like having an electric bike, no leaks or burnt-out bulbs, everything just works well, all the time.
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I own a 07 Sportster. No problems at all.
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:21 AM   #9
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yeah rojerlockless, the 8 ball black is the one i like look wise. it is sick. i dont know what to do though. so many choices.
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:35 AM   #10
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i haven't heard of the victory's having problems, and i've ridden with guys with upwards of 60k miles on their victory.

no personal experience though.
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Old 07-30-2008, 03:30 PM   #11
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You are mentioning the 8Ball, but that is not the model of the bike. You are either talking about the Victory Vegas or Kingpin with the 8Ball package on it. 8Ball is a package you can get on either of those two models. Victory has talked about offering them on their other models as well seeing as there has been a high demand for them on the two models they offer it on.
Either way, Victory does make a great bike. As does Harley. I personally have a Suzuki VL800 that I love. No problems what-so-ever. Only paid $4000 for it used. Bought it at the beginning of this year. It is an '03 and had only 12k miles on it. It looks, sounds and rides just like a Harely. I get guys who have ridden Harleys for 20 years say that they thought I was on a Harley until they saw the one Suzuki emblem on it.
There are tons of great metric cruisers out there and you can get great deals on them. The only downside I have found is that not too many places work on metrics. Most of the dealerships (Yamaha, Suzuki, etc...) in the area can work on them but know more about street bikes than cruisers. And the cruiser shops in the area tend to only work on Harleys.
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Harley, Victory, Yamaha all make good cruisers.
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