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2009 Victory Models Review - Vegas Jackpot, Hammer, Hammer Sport

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Pete, that's a great article with an equally great video; edits be damned!

It looks like one the guys is wiping a tear there with the CHP...maybe just a bug in his eye?

If I recall correctly, when the Vision came out R-Lan Ness was the one saying "it wasn't me." Guess he came around and decided to do the bling thing on them. Cha-ching!
 

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Great suff Pete, dig those motors in the Victory. The sound too. But how come I don't see any victory bikes anywhere? Not even at Newcomb's Ranch, where you see everything?

Well it's off to El Mirage in the Handi Van for SCTA fun. Hairball Racing's '75 Monza with the 305 cu.in. blown alcohol 1300 hp motor might break the 250 mph mark today, with the new motor (dry sump).

See, I might be half-dead but most of the important parts still work.
 

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M.O. sets the bar for future road tests!... if you don't get at least one ticket ya' may as well stay home..

Too bad Victory don't have an Automatic Suspension Selector between cruise mode and zippin' around mode, then thsy could call it "The A.S.S Hammer"...get it?? Ass Hammer.. because it sounds like a fart?....

Well I thought it was funny ......
 

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Good Question

"But how come I don't see any victory bikes anywhere? Not even at Newcomb's Ranch, where you see everything?"

I dunno. Good question. They're no more expensive than any other of the kabillion customs out here, and much more reliable at that. My guess is market penetration. They have or had around 300 dealers, but my suspicion is that Victory is more of a regional thing; mostly in the midwest. My last memory of seeing a customer-owned Vic was at a riding school at Horse Thief Mile. One was from Truckee and the other from Vegas; both ridden TO Willow. Impressive IMO...
 

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My guess is market penetration. They have or had around 300 dealers, but my suspicion is that Victory is more of a regional thing; mostly in the midwest.
Victory of South Florida is run by a terrific couple. The owner is one of the nicest guys in the biz around here. He and his wife are at every event; they frequently bring new bikes to show off at the Sunday morning gathering out at Everglades Park, etc. They've kept away from the "stealership" attitude, and everybody I've talked to who bought bikes there tells me they're treated like "Friends and Family." As opposed to Rick Case Honda, where motorcycles are sold in the thousands by salesholes with a 3 month job rotation.

Pompano Beach, Florida, VIctory, motorcycle, dealer, used, parts, accessories, apparel
 

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M.O. sets the bar for future road tests!... if you don't get at least one ticket ya' may as well stay home..

Too bad Victory don't have an Automatic Suspension Selector between cruise mode and zippin' around mode, then thsy could call it "The A.S.S Hammer"...get it?? Ass Hammer.. because it sounds like a fart?....

Well I thought it was funny ......
Any more jokes like that and my boot will become your A.S.S. Hammer.
 

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"But how come I don't see any victory bikes anywhere? Not even at Newcomb's Ranch, where you see everything?"

I dunno. Good question. They're no more expensive than any other of the kabillion customs out here, and much more reliable at that. My guess is market penetration. They have or had around 300 dealers, but my suspicion is that Victory is more of a regional thing; mostly in the midwest. My last memory of seeing a customer-owned Vic was at a riding school at Horse Thief Mile. One was from Truckee and the other from Vegas; both ridden TO Willow. Impressive IMO...
They seem to be gaining real strength east of the Mississippi. Starting to see alot around Pennsylvania. Volume was picking up nicely a few years back because we had one of the best dealers in the country just down the road. Alas, the owner fell ill and died and that kind of stopped the growth. A new dealer has opened up a couple years now and things are really picking up.

There's just so damn many Harley's around here, the market really is saturated with HDs. I think people are just looking for that one possible alternative that is American. Right now, the only alternative is Victory.
 

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I'm taking back all the rotten things I said about the Vision. The former (I learned yesterday he sold his dealership a few months ago) owner of the Victory shop in town had a silver Vision at the Sunday am bike gathering in Everglades Park. I really began to like it! The styling is starting to look "right" to me, but what really got me was the quality of the bike. Looking it over carefully, I found the fit and finish easily matched HD's, if not better. The back end with the top case is still troubling, but the view from any other angle was awesome. I don't expect to be in that market segment for another decade or so, but if I were, I would be lining up a test ride.
 

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I'm taking back all the rotten things I said about the Vision. The former (I learned yesterday he sold his dealership a few months ago) owner of the Victory shop in town had a silver Vision at the Sunday am bike gathering in Everglades Park. I really began to like it! The styling is starting to look "right" to me, but what really got me was the quality of the bike. Looking it over carefully, I found the fit and finish easily matched HD's, if not better. The back end with the top case is still troubling, but the view from any other angle was awesome. I don't expect to be in that market segment for another decade or so, but if I were, I would be lining up a test ride.
That's what I've been saying all along, if you actually look at the bike from different angles it's pretty cool looking, and they're built like a brick sh*thouse
 

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I'm taking back all the rotten things I said about the Vision. The former (I learned yesterday he sold his dealership a few months ago) owner of the Victory shop in town had a silver Vision at the Sunday am bike gathering in Everglades Park. I really began to like it! The styling is starting to look "right" to me, but what really got me was the quality of the bike. Looking it over carefully, I found the fit and finish easily matched HD's, if not better. The back end with the top case is still troubling, but the view from any other angle was awesome. I don't expect to be in that market segment for another decade or so, but if I were, I would be lining up a test ride.
Note to self: when visiting Everglades Park be sure to check the drinking water for LSD.
 

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Penetration problems

Market penetration problems in the States? Sure but how about Northern Europe? I hear they are planning to start a dealership in Germany second half of 2009. Talk about explosive market growth. Oh yeah so they already sell in Iceland (pop. 100,000 bozos). So really only thing I need is to pull a kayak out of my ass and paddle the North Sea some 10,000 miles.

- cruiz-euro
 
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