Exactly. Well said.Hanson wrote:I think the aesthetics of this bike are both bold and polarizing. When I look past the body work, I don't see how this motorcycle is any more objectionable than any H-D full dresser. Both are rather ugly, but at least the Victory does not come with all the extra baggage of the H-D subculture.
Having been a bit of a curmudgeon on the Cool Wall lately, I'm probably going to surprise people and give this a Cool. Why?
Looks. God, is it ugly! And Victory doesn't care. It reminds me a little of a 1959 Imperial (kind of a cool look for a car actually, but not for a bike.) Victory went far out of the way to create something different and they succeeded. And, as any V-strom owner would say, it may be ugly, but I don't have to look at it when I'm riding it!!
It's also quite functional. I've sat on them, and they are surprisingly light off the sidestand for a 900lb bike. Beautifully detailed. Excellent comfort for rider and pillion. Engineered so they won't fall over all the way - if dropped they come to rest at a slant on built-in hard points. Excellent cornering clearance for a heavyweight tourer. Heavyweight tourers are not my thing, but if that ever changes, this is a bike I'd seriously consider.
Cool. Like a Citroen 2CV, it's so ugly it has a strange sort of beauty. V-strom owners can relate!