hey bignoseG I also had a speed master and now I own a Tbird and a Victory 8 ball. here is what i can say......
Thanks spending the time and for the great write up abudoo, heaps better than any info I have found on the net or in the mags.
Taking a T-Bird for a test drive on the weekend, the shape is really growing on me and it is a bike that looks better in real life than it photographs. Its the front runner at the moment
As I said I really love my speedy, the look etc but want more power and she is getting on, so may even keep a lookout for a used storm as it reminds me of a bigger version of my speedy , the wife reckons I should just get the storm to shut me up but like most of us I have bills to pay, holidays to book, house do ups to finish and all that stuff.
Testing driving a victory is a bit harder as it requires a few days away to get a few hours test drive on one or catching a plane.
Have thought about some of the other Harleys beyond the street bob but the price jump is just too much to justify , and I'm not really a Harley guy either. As I said we pay around $10,000 more in NZ for the same models (shipping, customs charges, duty etc)
For those who want a bit of noise I found this thread on a very loud (and $$$$) pair of pipes
and select exhausts category and Foran 'Razorback' pipes from list
Had a watch of this as well. It is victory biased (maybe HD bashing) of course but still good to understand the differences between the engines