That makes sense. That would mean then that the Ness rides stiffer than the non-Ness sort of speak?
I think you've got it. I was looking at the two different models and they show the same travel but if the Ness model is lower via the linkage or a shorter shock then the trade off is a stiffer ride.
2013 Victory Vision Tour
2013 Victory Arlen Ness Victory Vision
But then I did a cross reference search on the the two and now believe there was a change in how the suspension works starting in 2011 so if you have or can get a 2011 service manual; it might show the length of the shocks as being the difference.
The only difference between the two are the shocks starting in 2011. It appears before that they used the rocker to change the height.
So, to go to a stock rear suspension, the shock would need to be changed if I'm right. Two inches is quite a bit so I'm assuming a lowering of the front had to happen too to keep the bike stable and within spec. I didn't look into how that was accomplished but I did see that there were 45mm and 46mm forks in earlier years but in the 2013 model year they don't mention it meaning it is all the same regardless of whether it's a Ness or non Ness Vision.
1542903Shock, KYB, Air
1542904Shock, KYB, Air [Ness]
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By the way, just so you know, the frames of the X bikes and the Visions are not the same. They both use the core frame technology but they are not interchangeable.
Also, I looked up the cost of the stock shock
, and it shows them to be $525 before any discounts and $414 after. Not long ago Victory made all their distributors stop showing any discounts online. You can contact them for a discount via email though. Kate from Honda of Toledo is a favorite on this forum.