Larry's right... his Victory, with its $1500 seat is very comfortable to
ride. It's quick. It's "ok" looking. (There's always something about the
look of their motor I don't like).
It is very comfortable to ride, but despite being more than 100lbs lighter
than my old Superglide, the front end of the Victory feels like you're
steering a hay wagon. I don't think it handles well at all. (Your mileage
Having said that, I don't own an old shovelhead because of comfort. I don't
own an old shovelhead to go on long rides. While I think the idea of a long,
over the road long distance cruise is nice, reality is I have little time
for that. Most often, my rides are an hour or less. Unfortunately, my wife
doesn't really care for motorcycle rides. Half the fun of owning one is
riding with your bitch hangin' off the back.
I own a Harley for the same reason I own Healeys. Tradition. Heritage.
Legacy. Old school.
From: Larry Daniels [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, October 22, 2006 11:06 PM
To: email@example.com; 'Mike Rambour'; Wm. Severin Thompson
Subject: Re: I know, it's only rock and roll....(BUT)!!!!!! -- Now Bikes
There are only two reasons I would sell my Victory. One is because I no
longer wish to ride and the other is because Victory doesn't make a luxo
cruiser like the HD Ultra Classic.
Although my bike is pretty well set up with damn near every factory option
you can put on it (and some others that I had custom made), the HD Ultra
Classic would be my next choice for a bike. My preference and no
degradation for those who look for other qualities in what they ride.
Now, if Victory made an equivalent bike to the Ultra Classic, I would
probably buy it.
What Flounder is not telling you is that when he and I traded bikes one time
he looked at me after only a few hundred yards and yelled to me with a huge
smile on his face, "I could ride this all day". This was shortly after his
post about the terrible short ride he took on his HD from WI to IL. Uh,
Geez -- the Victory is another (more) American built V-twin that is faster,
handles better, is more reliable, more comfortable, and is cheaper. What am
I missing here?
Give me my Victory, an Ultra Classic, or nothing.