Close to Buying a Gunner, but...
I've read and watched many reviews of the Gunner. So far pretty much everything I've read/seen is positive. And while no motorcycle is perfect, it seems many owners can find few faults. But I do have a few questions/concerns I was hoping some owners would be able to help me with.
1. Since I was a kid, I've only owned Honda motorcycles. The main reason: reliability! My biggest concern is how reliable is the Victory brand, and, more specifically, the Gunner? My concern was magnified when I read there are already two recalls on the Gunner: one for a transmission problem and one for an engine problem. Those of you who have owned a Gunner (or Victory bike) for a decent amount of time, have you had any issues, even small ones like squeaks, rattles, poor materials, shoddy workmanship, etc.?
2. Except for my dirt bike days, I've always had bikes with shaft drives. I like how smooth, quiet, and basically maintenance-free they are. The Gunner is belt drive. From what I've read belt drives are just as quiet and smooth as shaft drives, but how much maintenance is required on the Gunner's belt drive? How many miles before it needs replacing? How much is it to replace (materials and labor)?
3. The matt finish is super cool on the Gunner! But I was reading on one thread that it requires special cleaning supplies. Putting aside the special cleaning supples, is the matt finish more prone to showing wear (scratches, scuffs, bug damage) than a standard glossing paint finish. Has the matt finish presented problems/issues that you didn't expect?
4. I applaud Victories policy of offering a $1,000 rebate to past/present members of the armed, police and fire services. And I realize the Gunner, even at retail, is priced well. BUT, like you, I want to save money wherever and whenever I can. While I do not qualify for the $1000 rebate, are there other ways Victory has made it available to others? Are there any dealers who are discounting the price of the bike?
Thanks so much for any thoughts and comments you can offer. Like I said, I am so close to joing the ranks of Gunner owners. I just want to know as much about the bike as possible before dropping over $13,000.