I have always thought they were butt ugly, ugly enough you had to sneak up on the gas pump to put gas in it. But I have to say that they may just be built well. True story, 2 years ago I rode from SF to Coos Bay Oregon. One night I was standing in the hotel lobby and there was this guy about 70 years old standing next to me, I recognized him because he was the only Victory at the sold out hotel.
Started a conversation and noticed he had blood on his shirt sleeve. When asked he said he and his wife went down an embankment, he got the bike towed out of the ditch back to the local Harley dealer, and that he was here to ask where to go and buy band aids and some OTC pain medicine.
BTW wife was ok, no injuries, he just had road rash. Funny part of the whole thing was I will never forget, when they towed it to Harley, all the techs came out and couldnt believe it was still in one piece. Harley would have had probably 5 figure damage easily. Bike sustained 1 or 2 ripped off saddlebags (mounts still perfect) dents in the tank, broken mirror mount and cracked wind screen.
Next morning came out he duct taped all the cracked plastic, continued the ride back to Sacramento Ca.
Anyway I thought that was funny.