Originally Posted by Road_King
...what's up with Victory Vision? I haven't seen anyone riding it. Give me some feedback on the bike please.
Just one guys' opinion, the VV has some great styling. I love the look, and the fact you can easily remove the trunk and the bagger look is great for when you want to ride solo. But for me, that's where the love affair with the bike ends. Like you, I had an '03 LT and sold it a year ago when I moved from MN to AZ - one less thing to move and I was hoping there would be a new LT coming out... Well, since it didn't look like that was going to happen for a while, I thought the VV would be a good alternative for a couple years. Something that was easy to cruise around with - the seat hight is very low, gobs of low end torque, a lazy-boy ergonomics - but yet could take out on the road for some long hauls/tours too.
In a straight line, on the highway, in 6th gear it lopes along nicely and with not much vibration or exhaust noise (I had the stock pipes which are pretty muffled) It wasn't that great in the twisties though. It has a long wheelbase, and with the seating position, it takes a more leisurely approach. The breaks were only ok. Nothing like the LT. There was no reverse on the '08's (only certain models of the '09 have it, and for some reason it can't be retrofit on the '08). Then you have the engine heat. While I didn't ride it in the middle of an Arizona summer, I could only imagine how hot it might feel on a guys' private parts.... Now it looks like you have a Harley, so this is something you might be used to.
Then relative to the fit and finish - the paint was nicely done (I had the dark cherry red color) but overall didn't compare to the LT. While the VV competes more with Harley, and I comparing it to the LT or Goldwing is truly apples to oranges, it just wasn't the bike for me. Maybe if a guy could have a bunch of bikes, I might have one without the trunk and louder pipes just for cruisin around town, but I can only swing one bike at a time, so while no one bike does everything, the LT seems to be more in line for the kind of riding I do the most.
Being from MN, there was a sense of pride to buy from a home state company, and I give them kudos for stretching the idea of motorcycle design (the LT could use an update as next to the VV it looks dated - in my humble opinion) and I can tell you that the bike turned a LOT of heads - people would come and ask me all sorts of questions, or give me the thumbs up at stop lights. It just didn't fit my needs as well as I hoped, so rather than hanging on to it until (if) the new LT comes out, I thought I'd cut my losses and sell.