... It's all about comfort and convenience. I'm 6' 210 and no physical limitations (knee/hip issues) that often make reverses essential. I'm just wondering if the (great) way it sits low makes reverse less necessary. I'm thinking what I'll probably do is get it without reverse then have it installed later if I run into parking problems.
You're supposed to only park on flat surfaces (as per your MSF instructor, owners manual, DMV handbook, and everybody else who wants to comment on this subject). However, in the world we live in, 0% sloped pavement does not exist or at least it's not supposed to exist (due to water runoff considerations). So, you'll never get to park on flat pavement.
I have learned my lesson to pay close attention to any grading of the pavement where I park, including my garage. At first, I was trying to back my bike into the garage, but pushing the beast up-hill (even on 1% grade) ends up being a serious leg workout. Then I started to just ride it in (uphill) and parking it that way. You park like that, and when you get on it to ride, you just roll it backwards, downhill, and you'll never wish you had a reverse.
If you like to fight gravity, then having the reverse option is a must. If you learn to use gravity to your advantage, the reverse option is useless. Surely someone could contradict me on that, coming up with some scenario where you're stuck and must reverse uphill, but if you're being a realist you'll see my point.
Vic's don't have a locking kick stand so you will never be backing up uphill to park.
Actually, I believe the Visions do.