Ever buy a car with rattles? Ever find vibrations or shudder in and auto? Something didn't work or work right?
The point is, anything that is put together from multiple parts can have all the above, and forums are the place for folks to gripe, learn, ask questions, and find solutions. Don't let the doom and gloom sway you too much. Both bikes are fine, great riders, and yes have some problems. Belts are the culprit in many of the vibration problems. Rattles? Take it and get it corrected or do it yourself. It is advisable to know your Vic, or any MC for that matter, well enough to do simple things. Maintain it well and it seems to go.
I have had the saddlebag wear on the latch. Why is it only the right one? Ah the things that keep you up at night. LOL Took a whole 5 minutes to fix, and it was done before it became a problem, broke.
Ride them in tough conditions. That is what we did. I agree with a lot on both camps of Vision and XCT, and disagree with some other things. I found what works for me, as you should do.
Some people go their whole life wondering if they made a difference, Marines don't have that problem.~ Ronald Reagan
2012 XCT, AFR+ Gen 4, Lloydz air filter. I don't equate noise with power.
I ride with the Force.