Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: South Georgia, , USA
Re: Went To The Dark Side!
I put together some thoughts, remember I'm a life long BMW rider...
We like it. Very different from the German LT, but the rider/passenger wind
protection is comparable.
It's all American. Wifey says the Vision is a little agricultural or
industrial, at least compared to the Porsche sounding and feeling LT. I say it
reminds me of a John Deere, but a NICE John Deere.
And what's really wrong with that!
Oh, it requires very little maintenance. Just change the oil and filter. Air
filter and battery are easy, easy to get to.
The Vision has all the enmities we require. ABS, heated grips and seats,
tip-over protection, cruise control, electric windscreen and so on.
Happy, happy, happy!
PS - It does handle VERY, VERY well.
Riding the big cruiser is a treat. She feels like an old American hot rod.
Big, long and King of the Road. Reminds me of my Dad's '49 Mercury. Riding a
cruiser is a new and different experience for me. Being a 1731cc V-twin, she
absolutely has great highway torque with a little added rumble. I love the long
floorboards and deep cushioned seat.
The brakes are linked and work very well. She surprisingly has great suspension
and no nose dive when stopping hard. I like the air adjustable rear shock. I
can't express how impressed I am with Victory's build quality. Fit and finish is
pure premium status. The ABS lines are top-shelf stainless. The mag wheels are
finished very well and looks custom. She even has metal valve stems.
I took the bike out one night and I have never owned any vehicle with headlights
this good. Unbelievable! I can actually ride this bike at night with
confidence. It has better lighting than my F-150! The dash is really cool.
The gauges are white with red needles but at night the dials light up in blue
neon and the needles appear neon red. All the other control panel switches
light up in blue neon too. Very impressive.. It's been a very long time since
I've had a bike that I could even dare to ride in the dark!
The only complaint I have is that bike is too quiet. Quieter than even the LT.
I'll be looking at some upgraded mufflers in the near future. I want to hear a
little more of the air cooled V-twin rumble.
So far she is averaging 41.5 mpg. She handles superbly. Better than I would
have ever imagined a cruiser would. They tell me the proper term for this bike
is a "dresser". I'm certainly enjoying this new experience in riding an
American made Victory.
I find her a treat to ride. Brings back feelings of when I drove a dump
truck (you have to think to achieve the smoothest shifts) and rode Pasa Fino
walkers (independent, proud feeling) . I know that sounds weird, but it's accurate.
Last edited by wardenross; Apr 22nd, 2014 at 9:44 pm.