This post is about inevitable heartbreak.

The love affair began when I was on the phone with the dealer. The two of you who are my audience members have already read this but for posterity’s sake I will reiterate. After making the decision to buy a Victory Cross Country, and knowing the paint schemes for the 2013 year models, I really expected to buy a black bike. That was, until Ricky, the Victory sales person, said he had an “orange” one and he was willing to sell it at or below the equivalent price offered for black XCs by other dealers. And there I was, on my old bike, riding down the highway to the dealership in Apache Junction to snatch up the orange Cross Country.

Suede Nuclear Sunset. That is the color name Victory gave to the matte finish paint job on my bike. I already loved orange. I love the color. You might even go so far as to say it’s my favorite color. Because it’s reflective of my personality. To those of you who own black bikes, I don’t have a problem with that at all. Black is cool. No doubt about it. My last bike was black. But orange– orange is unique and to have a bike painted orange you had to have the right shade, the right tone, and the right finish. Not everyone will agree but in my opinion, Victory nailed it.

“What color is that?” “Is that a matte finish?” “Is that a stock paint job?” The color is almost more defining than the brand or the model of the bike. I might even argue, the unique color is what draws people to find out about the brand for the first time. It’s eye catching for sure. I have fellow riders tell me they don’t know anyone else who has the same color bike. Most say it with affection. Some just plain think the color is too much. I don’t care about the haters. They are absolutely entitled to their opinion. I, myself, love Suede Nuclear Sunset. And 2013 was the only year Victory made XCs this color.

But doesn’t pride always come before the storm?

The roads and highways of the Valley of the Sun are strewn with rocks. Ask any driver here — the windshield replacement companies make a fortune out here. If you don’t believe me, consider that Safelite Repair, a windshield repair company in town, is a major sponsor for the Arizona Diamondbacks Major League Baseball team. Their company replaces windshields. Their company sponsors an MLB team with a 48,000 person capacity stadium. So yeah, the Valley has a lot of road debris.

I went years without any issues. No chips in my paint. Then, one day, getting off of the VXC, I noticed this:left saddle bag chip

The agony! The anguish! The horror! I know, there is plague, famine, war, pestilence and death in the world. But look at this scratch in my paint job! I mean look at it! For the love of all that is holy, can you even believe this?!?!!! Ugh! And then, as if the pain and loss and suffering wasn’t already enough, when I cleaned my bike I discovered this:IMG_4320

NOoooooooooo! (picture me looking to the heavens with my arms raised in the air screaming as the camera looking down on me quickly zooms out)

Okay, okay. So I’m a little dramatic. But you get the idea. I told my girlfriend, this is God’s way of making sure I understand the priorities and importance of truly significant things in life. And I do. Sure it sucks but, I figure I’ll go to the dealership and the parts department or service will order a touch up can of paint and I’ll get a body shop to make the restorations. I’m confident this isn’t the last time this will happen. So from here you will see follow up posts about the ongoing saga of chipped paint repair. Because, hey, what doesn’t make an exciting blog but the step by step process of repairing scratches. And you wonder why I don’t have a larger audience.IMG_4322


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