This now seems like a good place to ask... What's it like owning a Vic? Spares and accessories easy to come by? Mynearest dealer (P&H in Crawley) is one of those multi-franchise places, anyone had experience of them? Admittedly Simon, the Victory rep there seemed like a reasonable bloke and also an ex-Harley man, I'll have to nip back and have another chat once my 'classic' (old and knackered) S*z*ki is back together.
Owninga Victory is great......
With regards to Victory parts & spares in general Victory UK are tremendous. The service is great and some of the independent dealers are absolutely priceless. Victory UK have helped me out on a number of occasions and they are a great bunch of people.
I have also imported third party parts from the states and never had a problem.
Idid getmy bike from P&H. They have just lost the guy in the workshop that owned and specialised in Victories, (he moved to another company).
In general, I have found P&H pretty average, (just another multi-franchise place).
Simon is good but services is a bit hit & miss, I had a warranty part on order with them for a long, long time, after many phone calls, when I called in to rip into them, it suddenly appeared on the shelf.They have told me things that have contradicted Vic UK and other dealercomments (suspension & clutch etc.) but generally no real problems, just no real heart in it. I would consider buying from them again but will now take their technical advice with a pinch of salt.
Depending on your location, I think that we may be getting a new dealer in Kent and possibly even central London but you could try these as they have a great reputation.
Thunder Road, Birmingham http://www.thunderroad.com/
Blade, Swindon http://www.bladegroup.co.uk/victory/
Freedom Motorcycles, Cambridgehttp://www.victory-vtwins.com/
I hope this helps a little,