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Introducing Black Betty

August 28, 2022

A Lot has happened since my last post, so let me try to bring everyone up to speed on the latest. As most of you know been searching for a bigger motorcycle, something that would be more in tune with a touring style bike, longer trip capability etc… Been searching for months trying to find the right bike at a price to not break the bank. Hard to find these days as the price of everything has skyrocketed including pre-owned motorcycles.

While talking to some of the Harley Davidson dealers it seems Harley has cut back on production due to scarcity of parts, etc. They have issues getting as many new bikes as they need, therefore used bikes are in high demand so guess what, prices go up! Was talking to one such dealer, Harley Davidson of Panama City Beach here in Florida. Great bunch of guys by the way. πŸ™‚ Made several visits to see their inventory and finally found the nugget that would fit my needs and pocket book. NO, turns out it’s not a Harley Davidson though that was what I had been looking at. They had some really beautiful ones but the price point was more than I wished to spend.

This nugget turned out to be a surprise even to me, Black Betty… a 2014 Victory Cross Roads 8-Ball with a 106 ci engine and a six speed transmission. Hesitated on this several times because as some might know, Victory Motorcycles are no longer manufactured. Production was halted in 2017. Most say it was because Polaris, the manufacturer wanted to focus only on the Indian brand and not compete with themselves. Victory is an American made motorcycle, probably more American than any other brand including Harley. My fear however was that no parts would be available should there be a need. Research tells me that the manufacturer will continue to produce parts for Victory until the year 2027, so there’s that bit of hope.

Little side note, the Suzuki is up for sale. Hate to see it go, has been such a pleasure to ride and enjoy while my leg was getting stronger.

Anyway, fell in love, made the deal, picked up the Victory around the 1st. of July, with only 8,559 miles on the odometer. That’s an average of about one thousand miles per year. Had the bike for a little less than two months, already added another thousand miles to her odometer. Likely would have been more but we have had some serious rain here in the panhandle of Florida. Seems it has rained every day since she came home with me. Also since my last post added a passenger on my motorcycle rides, but we not going to discuss that yet! πŸ™‚

Let me post some photos of this beauty so you’ll understand why I fell in love! What’s the better name, Black Betty or Black Beauty? Or should we just call her VIC or VICKIE?

Right Side View

Since we’ve had so much rain lately my riding partner and I have gotten wet several times. We start by looking at the radar but it seems no matter the weather forecast we attract the rain. By the way we also hooked up blue tooth capability on our new helmets to enable conversation while we ride. Having so much fun riding when we can that until last week had not done any riding video’s on Black Betty. So here we go, finally taped some and posted them on YouTube, a few examples below. These first two are just drive by shorts. πŸ™‚

As you will see in this next video, we are about to get wet once again. Watch until the end to view my riding partner hastily putting on her rain jacket, look in the right rear view mirror. LOL

Next video is fairly common for us lately, yes we do get soaked… but on this day not as much as some previous days. πŸ™‚

And as normal we do pass through the rain showers and start to dry out. Here we were approaching the east side of Defuniak Springs, FL.

Ok so if you’ve viewed the videos and photos, tell me what you would name her? Keep in mind she’s a blacked out 8-ball with minimum amount of chrome.

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Last Ride

June 8, 2021

Not really my last ride, just the last ride before I went on vacation. Vacation is the reason I haven’t made any posts recently. Will talk about that in the next post. This ride was fun and comfortable with temperature perfect and a bright sun shiny day with short periods of cloud cover.

Ride happened on May 21, 2021 and the destination was Enterprise, Alabama. Actually there was no real purpose for this ride, just a place to go. In other words an excuse to get out and ride. It was a ninety six mile round trip, just enough to keep me fresh and happy honing my riding skills.

Did shoot some video of which I will share a few of them below since the scenery was pretty good and some place that I had never ridden on a motorcycle. Also tracked the ride on “My Ride” phone app. Traveled through the town of Samson, Alabama and then on to Enterprise, not much in between but open two lane roads with a few curves to make it interesting.

I do have a connection to Samson, Alabama since that is the place my Mother lived once and have a brother that still lives there. It is also home to Samson V-Twin motorcycle shop which I highly recommend should you ever be in the area and need some repairs done or even something customized. They are so busy right now however that they have had to stop taking new jobs until the current load is diminished some.

Have been to Enterprise, Alabama a few times, they have a great movie Theater and even a bowling alley. Bowling alley’s are rare in these small towns around here, seems most have closed up permanently for whatever reason and most of these small towns never had one. No, the Covid thing had nothing to do with this, they were closed before that. Not sure I can bowl anyway with this leg in it’s current condition.

Enterprise is also home to Rucker’s Motorcycle and Auto Sales where I purchased the Yamaha that is no longer with us. Read some of my previous posts to know why. Went by to visit while there but he is closed now, shows his inventory by appointment only. Did chat with him on the phone, but he is so busy selling motorcycles all over that he has to do appointments at the store. Seems it’s now a sellers market if you have any interest in selling your motorcycle. Might not be the best time to buy since it appears the prices have gone up significantly in the last few months. Sounds like the real estate market is following that same path also, along with many other things. 😦

Following video is my ride into and most of the way through Samson, Alabama. As you can see not a large town, but only rode through the middle of downtown, there are lot’s of side streets and I understand the population is only approximately two thousand people. What most city slickers don’t understand about small towns is that the major population around them does not live in the city limits and therefore do not get counted as part of the population. Most of these small towns there are more people living outside the city limits than in the city itself.

For better viewing you should watch these video’s on YouTube, just click to start the video here and then click the button to watch on YouTube, much much better in my opinion. πŸ™‚

The following video is after leaving Samson on the way to Enterprise riding the county two lane roads. πŸ™‚

Didn’t get any video riding into Enterprise but the next video is leaving for the return trip home. All these video’s are approximately five minutes each so hope you enjoy.

And finally the last video is some of what I thought was nice scenery on the return trip home since I usually find a different route than the one I took getting there. Enjoy!

Total video shot that day was around 1 1/2 hours but since I don’t have editing software or knowledge to do so, I just split my video’s up in 5 minute intervals and then choose what I think are the most interesting or at least the best ones that capture the ride that I’ve taken.

Below is a screen shot of the “My Ride” app showing the route taken and some other sorta of interesting data.

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