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Back in 2000 my wife and i rode out to cape fear hd to order a 2001 road king classic.This was the time of the harley craze.Bikes lined up from one end of the store to the other,all with a sold sign on the handlebar and a dont sit sign on the seat.We sat at adesk with a saleman and told him what we wanted to buy.There was no negotiating on price,if you didnt like the price then step aside because the person behind you was willing.Thats the feeling you got.
We were required to put down a 1000 dollar deposit and the understanding that if we backed out of the purchase only half the deposit would be refunded.We signed the contract,our salesman handed us a parts catalog and we were ready for our nine month wait.I couldnt believe we were doing this.
about a month had passed and i was sitting at the dining room table looking through the yellow pages and under motorcycles i saw the victory sign and a picture of the v92c.What was even better, the dealer was about 5 miles from home.On my next day off i decided to drive over and see for myself.why not,i only had another 8 months of waiting.So im in the dealership checking out a 2000 v92c,and andy comes over and introduces himself and starts telling me about the bike.Then he says go get your helmet and take it for a ride.I told him i couldnt because i didnt have my endorsement.Then he walked away and came back with all the information for the rider course.He said go take the course,get your endorsement and come back and ride this sob!.
And thats what i did,i got it, went back and rode that sob and grinned ear to ear while dong it.I was sold right there, the bike just felt right,and more important i was riding an american made motorcycle and it wasnt ahd.Thats what i like,go against the grain,not with it.
About a weekafter that demo ride ,i cancelled my order with hd, lost 500 dollars,and was much happier doing so.a month later i had my 2001 v92c deluxe and never thought twice about my decision.Its amazing what you can find in the yellow pages.Below is what promped this thread.
Two days ago i rolled my work truck into a gas station to fill up.Two bikes came rolling in and onewas a 2001 v92c deluxe in green and silver,my first victory.It brought back alot of memories and even a couple of tears.I went over and asked if he was the original owner. No he bought it used he said.I kinda got the feeling i was bothering him,so i got in the truck and went back to work.Still a good day for memories.
scott,
So when did you notice victory,
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Back in 2000 I was working the Laughlin River Run for Wells Cargo Trailers and we had a display booth with our enclosed MC trailers. Walking around the event I spent a lot of time checking out the Victory bikes.

When I got back into riding several years ago I bought a Suzuki M-50, but knew I would looking for something bigger in a year or so......that upgrade was to the monster Star Roadliner. When I found the local Victory dealer, and checked out the next-generation models I knew I would be changing bikes again soon.....a couple years later the Vision was in my garage.
 

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LOL I had a blind date that one of my coworkers set me up with when I first started riding.

Hell I ddin't know squat! I had a V-Star 650 and thought that bike was freaking HUGE!

This guy had a TC. I really didn't take notice because I was such a new rider.

I got rained out on a trip to Santa Cruz and had to pay for my hotel anyhow so drove my truck there(while I had it!) I decided to stop at every bike shop on my way home and take a looky loo at bikes for a future purchase in spring. (I had snow at my house in Truckee at the time being as it was November)

Any how in my search for "Motorcycles" I found the name Arlen Ness. Well ya I've heard of him. Shoot its on my way home~ I'll stop!

Well the rest is history!

I saw MY bike on the turn table the minute I walked in. Then I hear..."You want to test ride one of these bikes?

OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

(I've always loved the Indians. I think they are THE classic of classic bikes with those fenders.) The KP HAS FENDERS! and it's BLUE!!

I test rode hell I don't know what and was gripped as gripped can be but did it! (Only been riding for 5 months at this point)

I'm like in LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEE with this Blue 05 KP. It's snowing at my house so say ok hang on....

I go home, go to Reno and Bill at Reno Cycle & Gear lets me take out his KP. I can ride this bike!! But having bought cars in Reno before and then dealing with Calif I'm a tad reluctant AND I WANT THAT BLUE BIKE!

I posted up on Pashnit asking about Victory's I heard nothing but good things.

I started driving home and said HELLS BELLS!

I called Ness & said put a SOLD sticker on that bike! I'll get down there & sign the papers as soon as the weather turns.

I rode my FSHUZ KP home the next week. OMG was I gripped LOL (Sort of like with Skully)

I'm gonna have to dig up the posts for when I picked up my KP. I had a couple of Pashnit friends meet me there and escort me home. Same deal with Skully!!

Dayum I love riding & the peeps that ride!! I have met sooooo many nice people & found so many great spots I never would have seen without 2 wheels.

xoxoBabbleOn

ps~ the blind date guy ended up buying an 06 KP and is now happily married ...to a lovely lady that also rides! I run into them time to time.
 

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My first exposure to Victory was in a parking lot with a buddy of mine, he has a 92C. We were outta there and a bunch of the guys were standing around and he decided to do a burnout. Well, it didn't go so good. He stalled it a few times and got it to bark a little, but I think he was just smoking his clutch. I was rolling with him and on my VTX1800R. Needless to say I did not have that problem. I could have sat there till the tire caught fire, but I just eased off the front brake and left a nice dark 12 foot signature on the ground and we left. I was un-impressed with Vic that day.
Later, I won a 2009 Vegas 8Ball in a raffle. I traded it for my 2010 XC and haven't looked back. I read all the articles and talked to a few more owners who assured me this was counter to the bikes higher performance, probable on par with the VTX (I was told, not in stock trim I assure you).
Ilet Lloyd and Adam have their way with my XC and the result is AMAZING. They should all come like this. Er, no, I ,mean none of you should get this done, it's bad, for, some reason....
 

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I was looking to buy a FXSTC. Saw a Vic dealer while on an errand and stopped in. Did some research. Ended up with a Jackpot Premium that was a hold back at a deep discount. I also need a bagger for 2-up and as a grocery getter. Looked really hard at the FLHR, but rode a Vic TC realized it was a better ride than the newer road kings, although the FLHR was shinier.
 

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2004, buddy of mine had a Hammer and was pushing Vic on me. I was riding a Honda Shadow at the time. Went and test rode an 04 TC...bought it same day and sold the Honda. Rode the TC for awhile, bought an 07 vegas 8-ball brand new, rode that till this past spring and bought a XC. Sold the 8 ball privately. I love my XC but occasionally miss the look of the 8-ball. Me thinks when the XC is paid off, I might buy another 8-ball, keep it stripped down and have TWO Vics !! At this point, I wouldnt go to any other bike. I have never been a (gulp) HD fan...to me they seem a dime a dozen, too many of them out there that look like carbon copies of each other. Not to turn this into an HD bash, but I have several friends with an HD and every one of them has had a problem of some sort at some time. NEVER had a problem with my Vics!! The reliability and styling is what sold me over the last 5-6 yrs ! I now have 4 other close friends who have all converted over to Vics and nobody has had an issue.
 
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