This blog is a chronology of my adventures with my Victory Cross Country.

For my birthday I took the plunge, traded my old bike in and bought my Suede Nuclear Sunset 2013 Victory Cross Country motorcycle. I had been coveting the bike for years, posting pictures of it on the wall in my office and stalking the Victory website and calling various dealerships. Now it’s mine and it’s everything I thought it would be.

And now, as I spend time with other motorcyclist, other Victory owners, I’m finding more and more about the culture of the bike. So why not write about it? But it’s not just the bike. I invite you to explore with me. Arizona has a huge motorcycle culture and I’m not this passionate about many other things in my life. So let’s explore this state and its roads. Come along with me as we ride throughout Phoenix and throughout the state. We’ll go on some familiar rides, go on new rides and new destinations, and we’ll meet people and talk bikes.

I’d love to hear from you. I try to hold on to the notion that my power comes from knowing what I don’t know and being open to the open marketplace of ideas from the many of you who read Passion 106.

And why do I call the blog, Passion 106? Victory has a 106 cubic inch “Freedom” V-Twin engine which they are justifiably very proud of. In the bike’s promotion, they started using the tag line, “Freedom 106.” So I’m taking my pride in the 106 engine and adding my feeling of passion to define this blog.

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery


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