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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by daryle105, Feb 1, 2010.
Jerry, I'll be thinking of you when I attend the annual Police Officer's Memorial Ceremony in the city where I live this coming June.
I was a guest speaker three years ago, on the twentieth anniversary of my kid brother's death in the line of duty.
Here's a pic of my 2012 tour. I did 6000 miles in the first 3 months including a 2400 mile trip the day I picked her up. The klr got her fair share as well. Awesome bike and she does handle like a sport bike. I do put the trunk on if I take out a chick.
Sorry for your loss.
JerryH is one of our "special" posters. Don't waste your time thinking about him on a day like that.
And taking some off-hand remark that some guy typed on an internet forum that personal is a bit much as well.
Nice! I love my Vision. One bad ass bike. I get more interest and comments from people about this bike than any I've had before. It's the Vision Delay Factor! Also, you are supposed to snap action shots, not stop in the middle of the road at night for a picture. You'll get flattened by a texter.
. That Blue is a nice color for it.
Nothing personal meant. My boss also lost his son in the line of duty as a sheriff's deputy in Michigan a few years ago.
But around here, if you ride motorcycles and drive a hot rod, cops are a real PITA.
This is my four wheeler, and it attracts a lot of unwelcome attention from the police. It also does very well at the local drag strip.
Out of context. I would rarely ever just walk up to a cop on the street or in a parking lot, like I did to ask about the Victory (which was NOT in my town) I talk to cops at work all the time, they come to MY jobsite. They are not a threat to me there, and for some reason, seem to hang around longer than necessary. When they bring a vehicle in, they usually have to "wait" for someone to come and pick them up. I have rarely been harassed by cops in my city, especially if I am in a vehicle they recognize. It's cops in other cities, highway patrol, and the sheriffs department I have all the trouble with. Do some research on the Maricopa County AZ sheriff's department, maybe you'll get the idea.
I do have to wonder what the general consensus is about cops (traffic cops) by every single member of this forum. Most cops seem to hate motorcyclists. They will ignore someone in a plain looking sedan, but hassle someone on a motorcycle over any little thing. At least they do around here.
Adventure Touring Victory Vision.
On the Alaska Highway near the Yukon/Alaska border -
Dalton Highway 49 miles south of Prudhoe Bay, AK -
Dehydration is bad!!!
Iron Butt Rally DNF ?
I owned the #75 1999 Victory V92 in KYSO blue for about three years, I loved that bike, great riding machine. I however traded it off and added a Harley to the stable. The only real reason for letting the Vic go was the dealer support for the early bike was a little weak.....I would still like to have a Kingpin or Jackpot in the garage.
Victory makes some nice bikes but damn why no put some horsepower in them. They missed the mark in my book
Victory's output is totally competitive with respective models from other makes.
If you have some numbers otherwise, post 'em up.
My buddy has a Vision and I've ridden it some, it's a very "civilized" motorcycle loaded with a lot of creature comforts. I would prefere more power, and he's looking to add some.
The seats are huge barcoloungers compared to anything I've ever owned. My Wife/Chic liked the massive rear seat (and didn't like the fold out armrests because they had a buzzing vibration) but still preferes riding on my Mighty Vrod (with the touring pillion). She's probably almost as uncouth as me I guess, but we're both accustomed to a little more raw ride experience and a little less linear torque.
There's a relatively new Victory dealer in the nearest (small) town. When he bought it Vegas was the closest dealer but now he has 3 other choices.
The "it won't tip over" feature is kind of neat, he enjoys graphically demonstrating that to onlookers and I guarantee if you buy a Vision you'll have a ton of onlookers.
We can't ride anywhere that it doesn't draw a crowd. You better like talking to people at gas stations. He does. From old ladies to little kids, everybody comments on it.
I really like the odd looks. It has all options so heated seats/grips, cruise, stereo, etc. Quite a bit of storage.
Good flat torque across the rpm range and he really likes the headlights.
In comparison a H-D Ultra seems small/light/nimble to me.
But they really are pretty neat and I can see why they appeal to a lot of riders.
I know a couple guys who jumped on the Victory bandwagon in the early stages and they've had really reliable service on some older high mile bikes that have been rode fairly hard. And they love them.
I think Victory has done a pretty good job of it and I'm glad they are there.
We'll see how Polaris does with the Indian nameplate.
I know a lot of people hate the Vision because of the looks, but it appeals to me for some reason. If I was in search of a big tourer the Vision would be it. And about it drawing a crowd... One of the cool things about bikes is people always strike up conversations... even when I am on my relatively mundane Ninja 650. I can't help myself when I see a Vision, I have to ask a few questions of the owner.
Buddy and I rented a Vision and Street Glide for a day a couple years ago. Just for the hell of it.
I was on the Vision more than the Street Glide. Literally every gas stop took longer than expected because of both riders and non-riders came up asking about it. Even as stop lights or stop signs, I could tell people were looking it over in their cars or whatnot. I got both neg and positive comments about it. The bike size and design just has a imposing figure about it, it cannot be missed or ignored. Definitely NOT a bike for someone who likes to draw attention to themselves.
And just a quick comparison overview.....
The Vision had far superior handling, engine power at speed and wind protection over the Street Glide.
My biggest complaint on the Vision was the tupperware feeling of the bike. The plastic (there is a shit ton of it) rattled and shook over bumps and just didn't have a nice "feel" like the HD (character thing???), although the performance of the motorcycle and the engine was nice.
I would not spend my own money on one, but if given the choice between only the two for a cross country trip.....without a second thought, the Vision, and I am NOT a narci.
Thank you. That rattling would bug the hell out of me.