After several years of riding on a Honda Shadow Spirit 750, I decided to start saving my money for what I thought would be a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. When I was ready to make my big purchase, I decided that I should probably test ride a few other bikes. After all, I wouldnt spend that kind of money on a car without testing various brands and models.
I had heard some good things about a newer bike on the market, the Victory Vegas. When I went to the Victory dealer, it was love at first sight. I had my eye set on a Victory Vegas 8-Ball. The dealer set up a test ride for my husband and me. Needless to say, we were both sold. In fact, my husband took delivery on his Victory Vegas 8-Ball a week before mine arrived. He had just purchased a Honda VTX 1300 (also a very good bike), but “just had to upgrade to the Victory.”
After logging about 15,000 miles on my Victory, I still look forward to riding the bike any opportunity I can. With a 26.5-inch seat height and a low profile, I am able to maneuver the bike with confidence and ease. There is very little vibration, and the bike has plenty of power. The bike also attracts a lot of attention. We have had several people comment on our bikes when we have been at various bike events over the last two summers.
I have replaced the stock handlebars with 2-inch pullbacks. I also installed Victory Stage-One chrome-swept pipes, a mini-standard windshield and Switchblade foot pegs. The pipes look great and have a really good sound without being obnoxiously loud. My only complaint is that I find myself having to reach more than I would like for the handlebars. This only causes problems when Im on longer rides. Last summer, we took a trip around Lake Michigan over the course of three days, and I found my neck and right shoulder and arm got very sore. I think handlebars with a greater pullback would help. Ive also considered cruise control to remedy my problem.
Overall, I am very happy with my decision to purchase a Victory Vegas 8-Ball, and I look forward to logging many more miles on my motorcycle!
Update, September 21, 2009: I recently had my review published on your Web site. I must say that I am very impressed with the response I received from Victory. In the review, I mentioned that I was having some problems with regards to handlebar fit. Within a few days of posting this review, we were contacted by an engineer at Victory who is very interested in making sure that I am able to achieve a comfortable position on the bike. We are currently working with him to find some solutions. I know that your Web site is very popular, but I would have never guessed that my review would have caught that kind of attention! I wonder how many other bike manufacturers would have taken the time to track me down to offer up some solutions. We are very impressed with Victory and WomenRidersNow.com. Thanks.