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Thanks Eddie,this bike has a fun factor similar to the Scout you had I'm sure. This one stock has around 97 hp,which is not bad for a setup Victory had for many years. Can only imagine how your Scout must have felt with even more power! It's hard not to gun it when out on the Highball and like Sammy Hagar says, can't drive 55!
The Highball was the first ape-hanger bike I ever rode. It was definitely an experience in the twisties, but I did like how it kept my pits cooled off. Back then I always need to have luggage space so I was more a fan of the Hardball.
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The Highball was the first ape-hanger bike I ever rode. It was definitely an experience in the twisties, but I did like how it kept my pits cooled off. Back then I always need to have luggage space so I was more a fan of the Hardball.
Me too,loved the Hardball! By then they had discontinued that model unfortunately. What I liked about their baggers as you see in your photo how nice and stretched out you are and not cramped at all. Same bars as Highball and have a great feel to them. First and only stock bagger Ive seen to come with real apes
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Pretty sure that's a Windjammer
...... the Windjammer was the 'go to' fairing for metric road bikes back then
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I'm reading through these post and I'm wondering,,, was Victory produced "before it's time"?

Is the nostalgia wearing off enough that if the futuristic designs of Victory were to come out now or in the near future would they do better in sales?

They made good bikes but the tried and true Harley guys sneered at them and the metric guys wouldn't pay the premium for an American bike.
It seems the nostalgia is going to the way side as riders become older and no longer able to hold up a 900 pound bike so are getting out of riding all together.
Younger riders are coming in and they have no use, or appeal, for leather bags and fringe of the 50's so maybe the swoopy lines of Victory's would be more appealing.

This "Road Glide Indian" looks to have less cooling fins which will equal water cooling to keep the jugs from melting and the EPA happy. Fins are appealing to us old guys but I'm thinking the younger generation could care less.

Or,, I need to lay off the Jack and Cokes and quit over thinking this.

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Looks like the motor design is a left over from the Victory days.

https://www.motorcycle.com/mini-feat...in-engine.html

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Looks like the motor design is a left over from the Victory days.



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I'm reading through these post and I'm wondering,,, was Victory produced "before it's time"?

Is the nostalgia wearing off enough that if the futuristic designs of Victory were to come out now or in the near future would they do better in sales?

They made good bikes but the tried and true Harley guys sneered at them and the metric guys wouldn't pay the premium for an American bike.
It seems the nostalgia is going to the way side as riders become older and no longer able to hold up a 900 pound bike so are getting out of riding all together.
Younger riders are coming in and they have no use, or appeal, for leather bags and fringe of the 50's so maybe the swoopy lines of Victory's would be more appealing.

This "Road Glide Indian" looks to have less cooling fins which will equal water cooling to keep the jugs from melting and the EPA happy. Fins are appealing to us old guys but I'm thinking the younger generation could care less.

Or,, I need to lay off the Jack and Cokes and quit over thinking this.
The desire for old school looking bikes with modern tech is alive and well and growing. Every manufacturer has a line of bikes based on classic looks.


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Competition is good

Competition is good and forces companies to keep innovating. Harley has a tendency to sit on their laurels, and partially because competitors keep failing. Hoping Indian stays alive this time and pushes Harley.


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Looks like the motor design is a left over from the Victory days.

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Wonder if this is the same route Harley is taking with the new 1250cc motor in 2020,which will be used in the new adventure bike and other models initially. Doubt it would ever replace the M8 though
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Doubt it would ever replace the M8 though
Let's hope not. I have no desire to own liquid cooled bikes again and no need to own liquid cooled bikes. On some of the faired bikes the radiators were hidden well, but on the naked bikes they are the predominant feature and ugly. Also dealing with the extra maintenance of liquid cooling is something I no longer desire.
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