neither..... any VTX1800 from honda... WAY more reliable just as good looking. Similar HP to the victory.... probably more than the harley... and more torque. Oh and dirt cheap.
Victorys do look nice... but a well known dude out here "Victory john" they call him has had his motor rebuilt 2x times already.
Dad sold his 02 VTX1800 that had all of 6k miles on it for 5k about a year ago. That thing was a blast to sucker in harley sons of anarchy wanna bees into a drag race then just leave em in the dust.
Though I own several H-D's and customs with H-D derived V-twins, I'm a bit biased. But, I like the Victory. Both are nice bikes. If you aren't planning on turning the bike over in a short time ... resale wouldn't be an issue.
I've no plans for another new H-D. I would only build a modern version of a '40 knucklehead.
With all that being said, there are better bikes at better prices and IMHO that look better than either the H-D's or Victorys.
The VTX1800 is an incredibly nice bike that can be had at a great price for a lightly used one.
The Warrior is another great metric that can be had cheap!
The Truimph is a spectalur ride that will out perform all the above!
If you go back a few more years ... the Valkyre is an outstanding and seriously under rated bike! Put a 6-into-6 exhaust on it and there is nothing that sounds like it!
Screw everyone that talks about the "horsepower" and "torque" and "handling", etc. Most are too ignorant and have never been on one! Get what you like and feels right for you. I've put 4000 miles on a Springer in less than 5-days in pure joy and comfort! It's not for everyone, but I like. For any potential long rides, I'd actually be torn between taking an H-D or new C14.
I had no idea HD's took as many as three motoroils. I'm gonna search for that comparison on Arisona Victory. Thanx for the information!!
They don't take three. You can get away with using only the H-D "special" syn for all applications. But, I still prefer using seperate lubes for the gearbox and engine. It's not a big deal. H-D's are still one of the easiest bikes to drop the fluids!