I like the 8 ball, looks like the kind of cruiser I'd buy if I was in that market, the Suzuki dealer down the road from me carries Victory, so I check them out from time to time. Didn't see the red leather parachute pants though.... musta' been sold out.
An 80 degree riding day in October?.... this morning the windshield on my van and car was frosted, good thing I rode the bike or I'd have have to dug out my ice scraper
I like the newer Victorys also. I wish them success because the more American competition for Harley, the better. Harley is still selling us the engine upgrades right now instead of bolting 'em on from the beginning.
I just read that the Victory line makes up only about 5% of Polaris' total sales so they've got a long way to go. I've seen very few of them on the road here.
Those are very nice looking bikes. I think both are a little pricey though. I have decided to get a cruiser to park alongside my ZX 11 and was seriously considering a Mean Streak or a Road Warrior. Of course, both of those, especially a used one, can be had for half the price of the Hammer.
But, I am still going to check them out when I get home. By the way, those Jawas are pretty popular here on the streets of Baghdad!
That 12,999 price for the 8-Ball moves Victory down in a more reasonable price range. When you consider the cost of adding Brembos to a basic HD Superglide (which costs 11,995) the Victories are now in line with the "real thing". I'd been intersted in Voctories all along, but the 15K+ price tags were daunting for a startup company. With metric cruiser prices nearing the same range Victory just might sell a whole passel more bikes.
I just wish Victory didn't have those overtall cylinders.
Still, if I were in the market for a big V-twin the Victory would be right in consideration with the Superglide, Mean Streak and Warrior.
And Victory doesn't sport the Warrior's blooie pipe.
I wonder if I could hook a snowmobile drive train up to a Victory. Then I might, just might, be able to snowmobile up to my cabin without the aggravation of my POS Polaris snowmobile. Snowmobile conversion kits might increase Polaris' market share. Someone used to sell kits for Triumph Mountain Cubs back in the 60's. Why not start again?
Who knows. It might start a new trend. Motorcycle/snowmobile convertibles.
The thought of the barhoppers cruising Yellowstone in winter with apehangers and EZ-Leakers(tm) is a bit disturbing though. Does anyone sell insulated armchaps?
The tall jugs are due to the overhead cams which is why the early versions were so disjointed looking.
I think Victory's biggest problem is that they don't have an entry level bike. 13-grand ain't entry level. A lot of people have Softail tastes on a Sportster budget. You can get in the H-D kingdom for a mere 6-grand if you have to.
Lexus tarted up a Camry and put it on the lot with the LS400 when it came out. Honda will start you on a Rebel and sell you a Rune later on.
I'm afraid they'll be nibbling at the edges until they can come up with something below $10,000.
Perhaps the low percentage of Polaris sales that Victory comprises is as much a function of the size of Polaris as a company as to the relative small volume of bikes they sell?
I like the way Polaris is incrementally improving the Victory marque. First they came out with a functional if somewhat bland product that proved they could make a reliable motorcycle. Then they took a chance and released a highly stylized product, the Vegas. They've improved the engine along the way. Now they are getting as much as they can out of the Vegas design before (hopefully) doing their "next big thing". While they jumped into a hot cruiser market, it was a still a major risk to get into motorcycles. I think they've done a good job of taking just the right amount of risk at the right time. I hope they continue the trend.