Originally Posted by rglassma
We will just have to agree to disagree. Not a comfortable touring bike in my opinion.. I don't see the engine as providing sufficient torque for the weight.
As all things are subjective, I thought comfort was the
primary thing going for the Vision. I mean that in the body/seating position sense. Small, ergonomic items like the switch gear and mirror placement were annoying, but the cushy saddle and the nearly 2 feet of floorboard space make the prospect of J-pegs and the like on an LT seem like torture devices.
With the balls of my feet resting on the back edges of the floorboards, my body position was nearly identical to that on my LT. That's how I rode the Vision through the twisty canyon roads. Of course I needed to scoot my left foot forward to make a shift. The Vision has a much lower COG, so it feels
very different than the LT in the curves, but I do think, but for the low revving lump of a motor, it could keep up with an LT on most roads. There was no frame flex or other poor handling characteristics of your typical crooozer, biker bike.
Lack of ABS and less luggage capacity were my main nits to pick. I place the Vision between the Goldwing and the LT in my general assessment, but tops in comfort (next, the LT and the GW last). My co-pilot also thought it was noticeably more comfortable.
I do find it interesting that they tried to make an excuse about the particular sample you tested. If it's been flogged and needs a tune up or some other attention, then they shouldn't have it available in their fleet until it's fixed.