Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Huntington, IN, USA
Re: Anyone ever rode a Victory vision
Yes, I have Ridden a Vision. I used it for a day trip and found it to be an interesting bike. The power is good, the handling is pretty good and the controls work well. On the upside, the headlight is a lot better than the stock LT's (that's why I have HID in my LT), and the transmission worked surprisingly smooth. My only issues were that the seating position was uncomfortable for me...your results will vary.......and that I couldn't really relate to the Vision as a 'touring' bike as intended. The side luggage and the top box are so misshapen as to be only barely serviceable. I know Victory probably makes aftermarket takbags, luggage liners.......maybe even a rack for the box.....but as delivered, I found it VERY difficult to find places to stow stuff for just a big days ride.
If just cruising from place to place, or a little light touring is your thing, I think the Vision may be a great bike. It's got some innovative engineering (check out the battery location!), and good fit and finish, good power and things like that. I really REALLY wanted to like the Vision because I think it's high time someone made a decent, higher tech V-Twin for touring.....but I came away thinking that if I had to cover 600 miles in a day or be gone for a week and the only choice in bikes I had was a Vision or an Electra Glide Ultra....I would take the H-D.
I hope that Victory keeps working on the Vision and gets it revamped into a great touring bike because I think the basic package has lots of potential.
'05 Dark Graphite LT - now
In the past......
Gold Wing, R100 GS P/D (I WILL get another GS!) FLHTCUI, ZX-10, CBX , Honda Turbo, Yamaha Venture , 2 Sportsters, Bultaco Astro, Bultaco Pursang , Montesa Capra, Maico 501, Sear Allstate 106
....and a bunch I have forgotten