I have a 2011 XC & for the most part have been very pleased except for wind management. Had I waited until '12 & gotten the XCT, probably would not be posting this thread. I test drove the XCT when it first came out & found the wind buffeting problem to be solved. However, I love my forged bars & found that here in AZ, the hard lowers on the XCT have to come off in the summer, otherwise it mimics riding an HD "Heat Glide".
I was warned a long time ago by my Vic dealer not to ride a Vision or I would want one. I have never cared for the spaceship styling & told myself all along I could never see myself riding one. Well, yesterday, he threw me the keys to a 2013 & told me to go for a ride. I jumped on the freeway & was amazed how much more comfortable it was than my XC. Much smoother at high speed....I could see myself cruising all day at 85!
...not to mention the awesome wind management & relaxed ergos'. This bike had the optional wind deflectors & I think they would be great year round.
Things I did not like about the Vision: Seemed top heavy & this was with the trunk removed. I also noticed some vibes in the mirrors & found my hands blocked some of the view but the dealer says you can install XC style mirrors on the handlebars. Last but not least, I hate the side loading, small saddlebags, especially since I am used to going trunkless most of the time.
If I spent all my time touring, the Vision is a superior ride except for storage. In my case, 90% of my miles are the daily round trip commute of 56 miles. I ride my XC in temps up to 110 & have never found it to give off excessive heat (I have open pipes & PCV). I have seen some posts about the heat on the Vision.
I would be very interested to know if anyone has gone from an XC to a Vision & what your observations are. If I stay with the XC, I will have to get the very costly XCT wind management upgrade & only be able to use it 6 months out of the year.