Yeah. We'll take your funny money. Lol
Reminds me of monopoly...you have any pink 50s?
Reminds me of monopoly...you have any pink 50s?
I think the USA and Great Britain are the only two countries in the world that have held onto the imperial measuring systems.Victory uses metric fasteners, is owned by a company synonymous with snowmobiles and atvs (that are made in Mexico and powered by Japanese engines), and designed their first model after buying a Honda Shadow Sabre to take apart, so the bikes have a distinct 'Japanese" feel to them. They are just not seen as a true alternative to Harley. This lack of identity as an American brand is exactly why Polaris bought the rights to the widely-known Indian brand name, the only other American brand that was ever was seen as an actual alternative to a Harley. 'Street cred" "name recognition" and "Americanism" were the goal; only time will tell if these qualities can be purchased instead of earned.
I guess that you always prefer the colour of your own money.As for the money, the US bills are not paper, they are a blend of white, blue, and red cotton and linen cloth, and it is harder to duplicate the feel of this cloth than it is with any paper or plastic based currency. After not making any real changes since the 1920s, all the bills were redesigned about 10 years ago, and are updated every few years now- a new $100 bill comes out this fall, for example.
The bills made within the last ten years have micro printing, color-shifting ink at certain spots on the bill (green when you look right at it, black when you look from an angle), embedded security strips with micro printing that glow different colors under UV light depending on the denomination (the $10 bill, for example, as a security strip inside the cloth next to the portrait that glows orange with the words "Unites States" and a small flag), layered and double-sided watermarks that can only be seen by shining a light through the bill, and special lines in the background printing that show up as blotches if you photo copy the bill. We LIKE the fact that they are all the same size- makes them stack in our wallets nicely, so the US public has resisted all attempts to make the different notes different sizes. Not that telling the difference between the denominations is hard: after all the designs are different, and the denomination appears in several large and conspicuous places on the bill both as a number and a word, so unless you are completely blind they are hard to mix up.
I don't know how many dealers in the country, but we have 3 in Montana. The Victory is catching on around the west part of the country. I have a lot of friends with Victory's. They are nice bikes. I saw a red Judge in the Helena dealership. I was glad to see a shiny color. I don't care much for the mat finish.Interesting choice- Victory is a pretty rare brand even here in the US. I'm guessing with only 8 Victory dealerships in the entire country, your chances of parking next to another red Judge are slim LOL! Enjoy the new ride- it is a good one. And thank you for buying American.
Speaking as I do from the land of eight (victory) dealers, you sure seem to have and like a lot of dealers in the USA. But why? Here in Australia if we do ride cross country and break down we know we are going to wait a few days for parts if we can't fix something at the local bike shop. I had a mate that broke a driveshaft on his BMW GS1200 while in north west West Australia and he had to wait 2 weeks for a replacement.We have 3 H-D dealers in the Portland/Vancouver metro area not more than about 20 miles apart.
This kind of puts it in perspective.
Well I for one don't want to spend my limited vacation time waiting for a part and if I need a tire or oil change on the road it's nice to know there's a dealer nearby.Speaking as I do from the land of eight (victory) dealers, you sure seem to have and like a lot of dealers in the USA. But why? Here in Australia if we do ride cross country and break down we know we are going to wait a few days for parts if we can't fix something at the local bike shop. I had a mate that broke a driveshaft on his BMW GS1200 while in north west West Australia and he had to wait 2 weeks for a replacement.
If like me you are riding Sydney metro area and bike breaks down well it is a service truck pick up to the dealer, insurance cost for this is $100 per year, so it is not an issue.
Why have you got to have dealers everywhere you look, like mcDonalds franchises? Especially HD riders, big tough self reliant individuals except when it comes for the overarching need to ride within range of a dealer??
Time for US Harley riders to look at the Australian Victory example and man up!
Haha. Yes, we are spoiled. Poor service is a common thing here. Maybe you Aussies are just more tolerant.What's the phrase you use in the US about "drinking the Kool Aid"? Meaning if you all drink the same juice, you all start thinking the same.
Reading the above, I cant help thinking there is a lot of Kool Aid going down here. But also it is a good reflection on the high service expectations and competitive benefits inherent in the US economy. I notice the average American goes without a creature comfort or a spare part for more than a little while, they start to get very agitated. Maybe Aussies are more laconic, or tolerant of poor service.
Anyway I dare to be different riding around on my new Victory and mate, bugger the dealerships, I am just enjoying the ride.