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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-23-2011, 05:24 AM Thread Starter
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Reverse or No: that is the question

On the verge of getting a 2011 Vision and was hoping to hear from some Vision owners as to whether or not they felt having the reverse installed was necessary/worth it. Those without it...do you wish you had it? THANKS!
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On the verge of getting a 2011 Vision and was hoping to hear from some Vision owners as to whether or not they felt having the reverse installed was necessary/worth it. Those without it...do you wish you had it? THANKS!
To me it is one of those "nice to have" items...But I would do my Bike mods first...then the "nice to haves"...Performance then comforts......

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Thanks, Paul M. We are going to be so boring by comparison. As crazy as this might sound, I likely won't change ANYTHING with regards to performance. Stock runs fine for me! 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.
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Thanks, Paul M. We are going to be so boring by comparison. As crazy as this might sound, I likely won't change ANYTHING with regards to performance. Stock runs fine for me! 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 won't have any issues with parking. Vic's don't have a locking kick stand so you will never be backing up uphill to park.
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... 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.

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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.

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During two years of Vision ownership I've only needed a reverse once. Would it be nice to have? For sure, but $1000 plus install buys a lot of other things.

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From a slightly different perspective, I had a test ride of a Vision last week . It was so much easier to maneuver backwards (very, very, slightly uphill) into parking spots than my Rocket Touring (similar sort of weight), and I've only been caught once wishing I had reverse on the Touring in 2 years (didn't pay enough attention when picking the spot ...)

If I had the spare grand I'd probably put it on, just in case, but it wouldn't be an "essential".

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Well I'll have to say ---yes for me it was worth the 1500.00 extra . I got the bike without it and 2 weeks after that I decided that was one item that I could really use. Why I decided to get it was one day I did park the bike on a slight downhill grade,not very much of one,but enough that when I did get out of that spot I had to take some nitro for my heart problem. I didn't think it would bother me , pushing the bike back but didn't take long to find this out. I did push the demo Vision at the dealers place ( with the wife on the back )with no problem at all. Guess where I parked wasn't as level as I thought. But since I've put it on, I use it alot and for me and my problem its something I now concider a must. Next thing I'll be looking for will be the crossbow trike,but hope that's 10 or more years from now Hope this helps.
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For what it's worth, I just came from a BMW K1200LT, which had reverse and needed it. I sat a good 5 inches higher, and the bike was more top heavy than is my Vision. Comparatively, the Vision is a breeze to back up manually... I think there are other things to spend that money on.
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