I never had a 'forever' bike either until I bought my glorious gloss pearl white 2012 CCT new in March of 2013. I knew very early on that if the CCT was the last new bike I'd ever have, I'd be fine with that. Ten years later, I still feel the exact same way about the mighty CCT.+1
I can't help but wonder how much is invested....
Or, "spent". Not really an investment. That's what we tell the wives.
I'm certain it's a great bike. I've never had a "forever" bike. I'm always thinking about the next one....so $ becomes an issue.
My Xroads will always be one of my very best motorcycles I have owned.
My Indian FTR is way up there, but for different reasons. Brute HP.
The Hard-Ball is simply more of the same. I bit lighter on its feet without the weight of the fairing and the trunk. It feels amazing on the road. When I replace the clutch and the belt on the CCT, plus perform some other 100K mile maintenance, I won't be under pressure to get it done in one day. Either Victory is, or soon will be, able to go coast to coast without notice and without worry. I can't go coast to coast without notice, but I always want my bikes to be in that condition.
How much did all this cost with the Hard-Ball? A whole lot less than what other beautiful, but much less adorned, Victory bikes are put up for sale for by their sellers. I believe I bought it right at $5,500 and have done a whole lot of upgrades for not a lot of extra money.