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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-21-2011, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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Default 5000+ miles, 13 States, 17 days

Well, my very first long distance ride is a memory. And what a memory it is.
My Victory Vision 8Ball performed flawlessly. The Vision handled interstates, back roads, heat, cold, rain, wind, altitude and everything else that I threw at it, and handled it all with no complaints.

Just a few notes…
- The power windshield is by far the best, most practical addition to my bike. Being able to adjust on the move is not just convenient, but a safety feature as well. The difference in stability, especially at interstate speeds and around the big rigs, is amazing.
- Be very sure you tighten everything before leaving. I thought I did that until my right side armrest flew off and still resides somewhere in Kansas.
- It is curious that a touring bike would need an oil change every 2500 miles. I had to change it before I left, while on the trip (in a hotel parking lot) and it needs another on my return.
- At pretty much every stop, whether for fuel, lunch, hotel, etc. the Vision was the center of attention. I can’t tell you how many times folks would come up and ask about the Vision. One of my Goldwing friends commented that he was going to start selling tickets.
- It’s great to know that if you had a choice of owning any bike, that even after a trip like this, the Vision is still the answer.



For pics of our journey, click here…http://www.scrc412.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=6475



For the story of our journey, click here…http://www.scrc412.com/smf/index.php?topic=546.0

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-21-2011, 11:19 AM
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Sounds like you had a great ride.

In June we did a 5500 mile, 17 day trip. Only bad thing on our vacation was that it had to end. I could have kept on riding if I didn't have to get back to work.

I don't know about the oil change interval, on the 2011 XC, they changed it to 5000 miles, the 2010 says 2500. I darn sure don't want to get another oil thread started.

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Just did my first long ride with my 2011 vision 8 ball. Love the whole trip. not as long as your but enof to test her out 2,000 mile. Bike did great realy glad I bought the vision. How much did it cost for the motor for the windshield. I got the trunk already. next will be some Alen ness big yonkers pipes. Love the victory except when you want part it like a big secret I need 4 screws to mount my passenger floor boards and rear roll over bumper took 3 months just to get the boards and bumper but not screws or bolts to mount them go figure.
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The poor guy in the silver wing. I saw one flat did he have 2.
What a shame.
Guess hes at a vic shop trading in
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I'd love to do that long ride
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-22-2011, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Yea Johnny, the silver wing had a blowout...right in front of me in a corner. He handled it very well, just getting off the shoulder before not being able to control it any longer. He was running a car tire and I guess all the switchbacks and hard corners finally did him in, as the edge of the tire just couldn't take it anymore. He only had one blowout and replaced it with a motorcycle tire and had no problems the rest of the trip.

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