Local Yamaha/Kawasaki/Suzuki/Polaris/Victory dealer had lots of Victory demo bikes Saturday. Minnesota dealer tags on all of the bikes - and a big, honkin, tractor-trailer to take them from dealer to dealer.
So what the heck? Free rides? OK.
We were STRONGLY encouraged to ride and ride and ride. Take out as many models as you want.
I took out a Vision, a Vegas-something, and a Hammer.
All of the new bikes are 106 cubic inches and you can tell the difference. Very, very, good power. Good brakes and good handling.
Transmissions are really, really, clunky. All the bikes I rode had more than 3,000 miles on them so I sorta wrote off the whole idea that maybe they needed to "break-in" to make the transmissions smoother. The whole clunky transmission thing seemed to be a topic of conversation with the other riders, as well.
Hey, maybe they're SUPPOSED to be clunky.
Would I buy a Victory? Probably not. In this part of the country they lose value immediately and are hard to re-sale. I don't know of any of the bike dealers in the local area that will even take one in on trade.
Probably different in your area - just not here.