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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-05-2011, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Part of my commute is in bumper to bumper traffic. I am considering buying a XC or Vision and I just saw a review where the guy said it was "a load at walking speed". I do a lot of that now with my 700# Honda 1300C VTX and really it is just stopping and starting etc.... So, I am not sure what the guy might have meant. Can any of you comment on how the vision handles at super slow speeds? Does it get drifty and out of balance?? Trouble stopping straight?

Would the XC be better if as I do, have a commute of combined hi-way and stop and go driving?

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The vision IS a load at slow speeds and stopping. Stop and go traffic can wear you out. The bike has a tendency to wander and is top heavy... the few times that I have been in stop and go traffic with mine, I was wishing I was back riding my HD Fatboy.

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Yesterday I was riding up I 80 to Park City Utah. There was a wreck at the summit (around 5-6 miles) of stop and go. Temps were around 90*. I would have to stop the bike and wait for 1 - 2 minutes, and then proceed for 50 to 60 feet. It took over one hour to make that 5 miles. It was a pain in the butt, but the XC handled it great. No over heat problems at all. My only concern was the clutch getting hot with all of the stops and starts at a 8% grade, but no problem at all. I did pass two Harleys that had to pull off the road and sit due to overheating problems. While waiting by one of them, I asked if there was anything I could do to assist. The guy just kind of shrugged his smolders and said that there was nothing I could do. I just keep on liking this Victory more and more. Oh, and the bike didn't feel overly heavy or hard to handle it is very friendly in that situation.

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Maybe with my driving conditions the XC might be better. I do like the larger bags for moderate trips.

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Test ride both, especially in the parking lot. That way, you'll know you've made the right decision that fits your butt, riding style, etc. Either way, you're getting a great bike, but don't let us tell you that - find out on the test ride.

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Test ride both, last summer I was ready to trade in my VTX for a Vision and rode both in a mix of heavy traffic and highway. The Vision was great on the highway but alittle bulky in traffic, I just liked the XC more.
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Cheeze, I plan on testing both after what you all have said for sure. I too am moving from a VTX. I love my VTX but I would like things like a 6 speed and self cancelling turn signals. Also I like the looks of the Vic's.

I do appreciate everyones input!

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I found that after some practice that I realy do not have any problem in stop and go traffic. Maybe thats because I have to do it everyday In rush hour
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it not always doable, but I have more than once taken my bike through the grass/shoulder to pass these sorts of obstacles. But also lots of times where that isn't safe too. (legal is a different matter )

My honda would get squirmy in the grass (Shadow) my Hammer doesn't seem to notice.


Once before I've had to pull over though for over heating issues during high traffic. My buddies electra glide. From then on out though, bringing up that story has been the quickest way to stop his teasing.


Anyway, the only problem I have with my hammer in traffic is the clutch wears out my hand after a while. My honda clutch was a lot easier to pull.
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Well I wound up buying the 2008 Vision. Now, after a couple days of stop and go traffic (YUK) I can say that this Vision handles GREAT and I am doing just fine with it. My crawl speed handling is great, I guess the wide bars and bike balance make that happen. Anyhow, I got used to the weight fast. Now I think this is the best MC I have ever ridden from slow traffic to twisties to expressway.... It is all good.

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