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.
'07 Kingpin Deluxe Tour
BrakeAway Cruise Control (the GREATEST!)
Last edited by LarryM; 05-15-2010 at 09:49 PM.