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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Mountain Cruiser, Nov 30, 2012.
Always nice to hear your opinion Toad.....
The Vision or XCT would be the only cruiser I would consider and would like to test one soon. Have never owned a cruiser but one of these could sway me from my RT. The wife and I sat on an XCT in the showroom and she thought the rear was much more comfortable than the RT. Crap!
Was the bike you rode a demo model on which someone may have been playing with the vents? One of the secrets XCT owners learn is that the vents can be counterintuitive. Positions you think would cool actually aim engine heat at your leg and the boys. Nice on a cold clear day though.
It's an ownership thing, like finding the bottle opener on the Vision.
Yes. The tanks are still at the front of the bike but mounted lower. Holds 6 gallons.
Without the trunk -
I guess the beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.
Is the trunk easily removable on the Vision Tour?
As a matter of fact, it was a demo model at a Victory dealership in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Thanks for the heads up on the venting. A second test drive may be in order.
This is a really nice looking motorcycle:
This bike is a Vision 8-Ball and it does not have a trunk.
The trunks can be removed but I don't think it's easy.
Okay, thanks. I need a trunk. I would just keep it on then.
There is a video somewhere about removing the trunk. Looks pretty easy, but it isn't a quick disconnect type of operation.
You will need a panel that covers the hole left by the trunk as well.
Google "Victory vision trunk removal"
Wow. This thing looks WAYY better than Honda's new 'goldwing bagger' FB6 or whatever it is. Not my style bike to ride, but it is nice to look at. Good lines.
I really like the art deco styling of these, along the lines of previous Arlen Ness offerings. I give credit to victory for doing something different. It looks like a fine road couch, and if I was in the market for a big touring bike, well, I'd probably get a moto guzzi california, but thats a different topic
Doesn't look too tough to me.
I tested one a few years ago and really liked it.
So, what can you expect to pay for these bikes? MSRP or below?
How is the stereo audio quality? Are you using blue tooth conectivity to helmet speakers and microphone to talk to passenger?
A buddy and I rented a Vision and HD Street Glide for a day. Tooled around SoCal for about 450 miles before turning them back in.
Switched bikes often, just to get an idea if each bike.
Overall performance and comfort, Vision without a doubt. The seat, wind management, engine, handling....better than the HD.
Our biggest knock with the Vision, besides the room splitting looks, was the plasticy feel of the bike. They use a lot of it on the bike. The HD and with amount of metal in it gives it a better feel and character to it.....but if course that is all subjective.
If I were too choose between the two for a cross country trip, it would be the Vision without a second thought. Would I buy one?......I would have to think about it for a bit.
Any potential owner will need to prepare for wanted and unwanted attention, both positive and negative.....our gas stops and some traffic light stops always took longer than expected due to the vision.
A friend has a Vision Tour, with almost 40K miles on it. He uses it, as a commuter. The bodywork is a rattling mess. I put a Bushtec hitch on it and wasn't surprised to see some of the same fastening ideas that they use on their ATVs, which rattle like crazy. I, also, put tires on this bike. While doing that, I discovered the suspension rocker had worn out its bushings. Polaris uses the same type of bushing on their ATV suspensions, which, also, wear out prematurely.
I, also, put tires on a mutual friend's Stratoliner. There's a night and day difference in build quality and handling between the two. Granted, these are two different bikes, but, I surprised by how much better the Yamaha was. Maybe, the Victory Cross Roads/Country would be a better comparison. And, I'd like to ride and see what differences there are. However, if I were spending my money, I'd look at something other than the Vision. YMMV.
As for Vision trunk removal, it's just 4 bolts and a wire harness disconnect. I'm not familiar with what would cover the void in the bodywork, but, it's a very easy removal, either way.