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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-12-2010, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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I have ridden harley's since 1992. I also spent four 1/2 years as a motorman for the P.D. I was looking at the Harley ultra limeted with the 103 engine. By chance I checked out the victory vision on the internet. My big question (not knowing anything about victory bikes ) is how does the vision handle and every review I read the Bike was tested in cooler weather conditions. I live in florida. How does the bike feel if your stuck in traffic in 90degree heat. My previous ultra would run hot. Thanks for any input. I'm imprest with what I see so far with the victory vision.
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Welcome Charles.

First I'll start by saying only YOU can be the judge of how a bike handles from your prospective.

Second, go down to the nearest Victory dealer and test ride a Vision, the new for 2010 Cross Country or any Victory bike. It is encouraged by Victory and the dealers as it is the best selling point of the bikes. You don't need to wait for a special event. Just walk in tell them you are comparing and as long as you have a motorcycle license you are good to go! There are a few in Florida. If you are near Alchua Florida visit Polaris of Gainsville and visit KevinX our resident Victory authority!

I don't own a Vision but I used to work for a Victory dealership. I attended the Tech class before the bikes were released. I was able to ride a pre production Version for about 100 miles round trip. This was on surface streets, highway and twisties.

The Vision is the closest thing you will find to a luxury sport bike! Meaning this thing has power and the handling is incredible.

The downside is there tends to be a bit of heat from the engine. In stop and go it can get your legs pretty toasty. I personally didn't observe this but other Vision riders have commented on it. This heat in no way is related to the engine running hot or overheating. You can sit for hours in stop and go and the Vision will be fine.
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Hello, Charles, and welcome to the Victory forum.

I think the first thing you'll notice when throwing your leg over any Victory bike is how smooth it is. No vibrations AT ALL at any speed, including a slow idle. Very impressive.

The second thing you'll notice is the incredible pull on acceleration. No Harley I've ever ridden, and I've ridden a bunch, can compare. The six speed tranny on the newer Vics is just marvelous, with enough power to pass in any gear. The torque ratio is stunning. And if you want to take a Harley on, you can dust 'em with no problem, stock!

Third. The Vision is one sweet handling bike. Excellent ground clearance, lots of leg room and a generous seat. The bike handles like a dream, you can lean into sharp curves, drop a gear and let it roll. The brakes are linked so that you get superb stopping power with lots of reserve.

I think you'll find that even on a rough road, the Vision is a dream. The suspension is just wonderful, especially two-up. Your passenger sits higher than you, and has excellent visibility as well. The rear shock is adjustable and really works well for riding double.

I don't find the Vision any hotter than any other bike when sitting in traffic. Jeeze, you're sitting on the engine for gawd's sake! Unless you're in one spot for a long time, which can happen, of course, I think it's pretty much the same as any other big-bore bike.

All in all, I think you'll find it a superb ride. Be sure to look a the new Crossroads and Cross Country models. Not only are they really good looking, the have spacious panniers and the price point is verry competitive. I think you'll like them.

Oh, one final point. The Freedom engine just never breaks. I mean seriously, man, it runs and runs and runs. DOHC, simple gearing, superb manufacturing QC all point to the most up-to-date engine in the motorcycle business. A trip to the dealer for a check up cost between 75 and 100 bucks, and that's with an oil change! The cost of running a Victory motorcycle is very low.

Try it Charles. You're gonna fall in love.

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I have ridden harley's since 1992. I also spent four 1/2 years as a motorman for the P.D. I was looking at the Harley ultra limeted with the 103 engine. By chance I checked out the victory vision on the internet. My big question (not knowing anything about victory bikes ) is how does the vision handle and every review I read the Bike was tested in cooler weather conditions. I live in florida. How does the bike feel if your stuck in traffic in 90degree heat. My previous ultra would run hot. Thanks for any input. I'm imprest with what I see so far with the victory vision.
I have been riding my 09 Victory Vison Tour Premium 106 for almost a year. The only problem with it is the engine heat. Your legs get really hot. But, wind deflectors help that.
As for heating in traffic, it has not been a problem. I just rode from Phoenix to Austin, Texas a few weeks ago in 100 degrees. I was in heavy traffic in Phoenix, Tucson, El Paso, and Austion. It never overheated. It is oil cooled.
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Hi Charles:

In reference to your concern with heat issue on Victory Visions,I have a 2008 Vision tour model live in southwest florida ,and have 32,000 miles on my bike and as for heat issue's your legs do get warm in stop and go traffic but once riding at hiway speeds there is no heat problem
what so ever. Have had many Harleys and compared to there heat the
vision is about the same but performance on Victory Vision is so superior to Harley's you really enjoy the bike.
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