The Victory, hands down. Air/Oil cooled over just air cooled, better enine, better performance, lower cost of ownership, less maintenance and way better reliability over-all. Victory has embraced the new technology and are making work for them whhile it seems like HD is still living in the past. But it's a lifesyle thing; people love that
and they won't change, and that's cool too. Given the choices in the poll I like the Judge also, though I have heard that the apes on the Highball are pretty comfortable for what they are. They also have a new model called the Boardwalk that you might want to look into. I just saw one yesterday and it's a really nice bike. I'm not a huge fan of white wall tires though, so maybe you can negotiate with the dealer to take them off if you don't like 'em either. But in tour trim, which you can get in genuine Victory accessories, it looks like a bike you can easilly tour on. Maybe not the super long-haul, but you can get out of town for a few days with no worries on one for sure.
My advice; go ride 'em. Most Victory and HD dealers are more than happy to let you take them out for a spin to see which one fits you best. I HIGHLY recommend you do this. It's an important decision; you want to make sure yo get it right.
Not sure why you won't look at the metrics, because there are some really good ones out there, but hey, I respect that. Me, I'd go Victory for sure. Good luck in your search and let us know which one you end uo with!
Hexford said:... The American side of motorcycles, the Motus would be my choice. To pricy and tall for your needs though. Lack of dealers is another issue.
This is a real tragedy, man. Here, they have this gerat product that they developed, and it will be dead on arrival because they insist on gouging on the price. It's a damned joke what they are asking for these machines. And they are not woth that. Not even close. Anyone who buys a Sport Toour bike for $37,000 is a fool, straight up. They are already finding other applications for the engine because I think they already know they will never make it on bike sales. It's a real shame, because I wanted one real bad! But that's OK, I'm going a different route anyway...