Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Tualatin, OR, USA
Re: LT vs Victory Vision
I just came back from a trip with all of the "Real Touring bikes"- including two LTs. All of us got to put several hundred miles (if we wanted) on each of the bikes. Note here that the shortest member of our group is 6', and the youngest is 52.
The LT was hands down the #1 back road tourer, the Premium Vision was the #1 slab runner AND the #1 pick by the SO's. The Hardley Ultra tied with the Wing, because most of us found the Wing too small for the driver. With the addition of the new reverse on the Vision, only the lack of ABS brakes caused us grief.
All in all, the Vision is a worthy and comfortable competitor. It's only drawback was the poor fuel economy (about 190 miles per tank) - even the Ultra was better.
The Vision owner also pointed out that he had the cover, so he could remove the trunk, when he didn't need the extra space - makes a bit of a difference riding it too.
Verdict: It has all the farkles, about the same price, no final drive issues, a LOT more room for your feet, a better seat, and about the same number of dealers (at least around here). If I were writing a check today, I opt for the Vision Tour. However, since next year is my target for a new toy, I'll wait to see what BMW drops on the market. If the LT is dropped for the uncomfortable GT style, there will be a Victory in my garage.
Let me know if you want any more info - I have tons of data. No, we didn't compare the "Star" or the other wannabe contenders, but DID have a Valkryie Interstate, which blew the Wing and Vision way out of the water. Too bad it was dropped..