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So my wife wants to upgrade her bike. Currently she has a 2009 Honda Rebel 250. We bought it last October with about 300 miles on it, and now she has about 600. She wants something bigger, 800cc and up just to have that bit of power on the highway when needed to pass etc. She is a small woman, 5'2" and finds my 900 Classic heavy to move around.

We went around to all the local dealers yesterday to look and sit on different models to see what she likes. My biggest mistake was taking her to the Victory dealer where she fell in love with the Vegas 8-Ball. Curb weight it's about the same as my 900, but felt lights and she was able to move it with ease. It fit her well and it's all she can talk about now.

The problem is, there aren't many used ones around in our price range, and we're both a little concerned with the jump from a 250cc to a 1734cc.

Has anyone ridden one of these or can anyone provide some input into the brand/model? I haven't heard too much about Victory's but was thouroughly impressed by the bikes and the dealership we went to.

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It's not the jump in cc or even the heft of the bike that is a big deal, it's her attitude and experience/riding maturity. It sounds to me like she's ready.

As far as Victory goes, several guys where I work have them and love them. They say they are very well mannered both in handling and in the engine department.
 

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Yeah she isn't the type to showboat or anything, just wants something to go from home to work or go on a nice sunday cruise with. We both have jobs and a kid we want to watch grow up. We both started riding last fall so experience may be a little lacking but we're working on it when the weather co-operates!
 

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Yeah she isn't the type to showboat or anything, just wants something to go from home to work or go on a nice sunday cruise with. We both have jobs and a kid we want to watch grow up. We both started riding last fall so experience may be a little lacking but we're working on it when the weather co-operates!
It's REALLY nice when your spouse is into it right along with you. I wouldn't worry about watching the kids grow up -when your numbers up it's up and it doesn't matter if you're riding a bike or sitting at your desk. Besides, they grow up so FAST!

Happy shopping and whatever she gets I hope she enjoys the heck out of it.
 

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It's REALLY nice when your spouse is into it right along with you.
So true...but expensive!! It would be so much cheaper to stick with 1 bike and just upgrade the passenger seat/sissy bar etc. But it's fun when we both go out for rides! =)
 

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Haven't ridden the Vegas, but have ridden a Cross Roads and Cross Country (both same engine, a little heavier bike). There's a LOT more pep, but it's not hard to control with a sane throttle hand. I'm betting after a few days of "settling in" she's a pro!

Then... YOU will be itching to upgrade! LOL
 

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Has anyone ridden one of these or can anyone provide some input into the brand/model? I haven't heard too much about Victory's but was thouroughly impressed by the bikes and the dealership we went to.
My last bike was an "07" Vegas and I loved it, rode smooth had more than enough power and handled well. If I could still ride a 2 wheeled bike I would have stuck with the Victory's. Sometimes you can watch the dealers and they will have older model years available at a great savings, I bought mine new in "09" and saved over $5,000.00.

If the wife does move up from the 250 to a Vegas, just tell her to be careful been riding my whole life and decided to get on it one time and it damn near throw me off the back.
 

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Victory makes a good bike . A guy I ride with all the time has a Cross Country I believe or the Cross Roads can't remember ever. It's been a reliable bike for him. I've been eying a Vegas myself lately.
 

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We bought it last October with about 300 miles on it, and now she has about 600.
7 months of riding/storage and 300 miles does not sound to me like she's ready... at least not for that bike. I can understand wanting to jump up from the Rebel 250 to well, anything. But you're crazy to be entertaining the idea of moving up to that big of a Victory.

There are tons of great stepping stone cruisers along the way, the Suzuki Intruders/Boulevards (800cc), Yamaha Star line (650/900), Kawasaki Vulcans (500/750/800/900), Honda's Shadows (750/1100/1300). And there are tons of these used bikes out there. Tell her to keep sitting on smaller bikes and then save up for the Victory a couple years down the line.

300 miles should be a weekend jaunt, not a lifetime of experience.
 

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Thanks for all the replies. We've actually pushed the Victory out. It is just too large and expensive for us. She is currently looking at a Honda Shadow Spirit 750. The only thing to decide now is a used one (2009) with 12000 miles in a colour she is "meh" about or for an extra $2000 a brand new one (2012, FI) in the colour she likes.

She tried out a Boulevard C50 and found it too bulky and the controls too far forward for her. She finds the same with the Vulcans, she took mine out for a spin to see what it felt like and didn't like it.

We should have our decision made by the end of this week, or today. I'll post some bike porn of our final decision.
 

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Thanks for all the replies. We've actually pushed the Victory out. It is just too large and expensive for us. She is currently looking at a Honda Shadow Spirit 750. The only thing to decide now is a used one (2009) with 12000 miles in a colour she is "meh" about or for an extra $2000 a brand new one (2012, FI) in the colour she likes.

She tried out a Boulevard C50 and found it too bulky and the controls too far forward for her. She finds the same with the Vulcans, she took mine out for a spin to see what it felt like and didn't like it.

We should have our decision made by the end of this week, or today. I'll post some bike porn of our final decision.
There is also a world of difference between the Vulcan 800 and the 900.
The 800 is much more nimble, lighter and easier to toss around than the 900.
I have a 900 and my 5'3" petite wife has the 800. She went from a Honda 250 Scooter to the 800 and hasn't looked back. She also tried my 900. Once!
 

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The stealership is actually giving us a really good deal on the trade in for her Rebel. Currently we have it listed for $3000, and the dealer has offered $2500 + $200 trade in credit so $2700, which is more than we would probably get for it privately.
 

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Yup. Previous customer + buying from them again = good deals. Plus they offer accessories at a discounted price for 'Loyal Customers'. I hope their discounts are good enough to warrant buying from them and not from online retailers.
 

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Just got off the phone with the dealer...well my wife did. Looks like she will be riding her new bike home tonight.

Closed the deal on a 2012 Honda Shadow Spirit 750, burnt orange. After trade in for her Rebel, taxes, MVA fees etc final price was about $6300.

What's funny is we checked the dealers website during lunch to get their phone number to tell the salesman what we wanted, and we noticed they put all their new bikes on sale as of today so the Shadow was dropped by almsot $1000 overnight = more money in my pocket! Things happen for a reason, we've lived our marriage by that saying so far; if it was meant to be then it is.
 

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Well a happy wife is a happy home , that's a nice looking bike too! I think that was the right step up and she will be vary happy with it.
 

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lol she better! She isn't getting another one for a -long- time! And you are right, a happy wife is a happy life, and she is always right. One thing I learned from a friend is you can either be right, or you can be happy.
 

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Just got off the phone with the dealer...well my wife did. Looks like she will be riding her new bike home tonight.

Closed the deal on a 2012 Honda Shadow Spirit 750, burnt orange. After trade in for her Rebel, taxes, MVA fees etc final price was about $6300.

What's funny is we checked the dealers website during lunch to get their phone number to tell the salesman what we wanted, and we noticed they put all their new bikes on sale as of today so the Shadow was dropped by almsot $1000 overnight = more money in my pocket! Things happen for a reason, we've lived our marriage by that saying so far; if it was meant to be then it is.
Interesting to see Honda returning to a paint scheme similar to what they used years ago. Those flames look very close to what is on my 2002 Sabre only a bit darker.

 

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Yeah the paint job looks awesome. One thing they changed for 2012 was the flames are actually painted on and not decals.

Here's a few shots of our steeds in the stable and her first 'customization' and a close up of the paint job

Hmm it seems the app doesn't like the size of my original pics and resized them and lowered the quality. I'll copy them over to my computer and upload later tonight for bigger and nicers pics.


Sent from my Motorcycle iPhone app
 

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