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Just wondering how many folks moved from a GW (1500 or 1800) to a Vic (CCT or Vision) and what was your reasoning? What are you liking about your Vic in comparison to your Wing? Are you happy with your decision or are you wishing you'd either stayed with the Wing or went with some other product?

I had an '03 Wing and it was done up nicely including the full Traxxion suspension. I was also a Double-Dark Sider and liked it. We pull a tent trailer 1 or 2 times a year as well. I liked the Wing for it's power, handling, and reliability. What I found though is for those short jaunts, 2 or 3 day weekend rides, etc which is most of our riding .... I was bored driving it. It was like driving a cage only with 2 wheels.

The Vic, on the other hand, .... not the power of the Wing but still as much as I need, handling is superb, very comfortable ... and it is FUN, FUN, FUN to drive! Not to mention that it looks like a motorcycle too!
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Just wondering how many folks moved from a GW (1500 or 1800) to a Vic (CCT or Vision) and what was your reasoning?
I did.
It was time for something new and different.

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What are you liking about your Vic in comparison to your Wing?
- Seating position. I can stretch out on the XCT whereas I was kind of 'locked-in' to one position on the Wing (except for highwat pegs)
- Feels like I am more 'in' the bike as opposed to 'on' it.
- Much better cornering clearance (same corners, higher speeds, more room if needed)

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- Seating position. I can stretch out on the XCT whereas I was kind of 'locked-in' to one position on the Wing (except for highwat pegs)
Agreed! although I was fairly used to that "upright" position that the Wing puts you into being that all my previous bikes except the '06 Venture were similar. I found that I had to have a backrest on the Vic as well as the '06 Venture otherwise I would find myself slouching and become uncomfortable, tailbone gets sore, arms would tire, etc... With the others and especially the Wing, I found I was forced to sit straighter which was much better posture.

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- Feels like I am more 'in' the bike as opposed to 'on' it.
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- Much better cornering clearance (same corners, higher speeds, more room if needed)
Haven't pushed the Vic yet like I did the Wing but just experiencing lower speed cornering suggests it will be better on the higher speed ones. I was constantly scraping the pegs on the Wing.
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Just wondering how many folks moved from a GW (1500 or 1800) to a Vic (CCT or Vision) and what was your reasoning?
I went from a Wing to a Ducati and after several others wound up on a XR. I just helped my buddy bleed the brakes on his Gold Wing. Can't use a mighty vac so I got to squeeze while he undid the nut over and over. There were nine different places to bleed that insane linked braking system, two of which required bleeding into a rag. All that and it doesn't even provide ABS?

Simplicity would be one good reason to switch...




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I went from a Wing to a Ducati and after several others wound up on a XR. I just helped my buddy bleed the brakes on his Gold Wing. Can't use a mighty vac so I got to squeeze while he undid the nut over and over. There were nine different places to bleed that insane linked braking system, two of which required bleeding into a rag. All that and it doesn't even provide ABS?

Simplicity would be one good reason to switch...
Not only that, but you have to bleed them in the correct ORDER, too. Lots of back-and-forth; I really did not enjoy bleeding those brakes.



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Not only that, but you have to bleed them in the correct ORDER, too. Lots of back-and-forth; I really did not enjoy bleeding those brakes.
did you change your own air filter on your wing too? looked
like a real fun job.

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did you change your own air filter on your wing too? looked
like a real fun job.
Yep, I did and not only that, I had the entire front end off of my Wing. What a real PITA. They use different allen bolts at different places (some longer than others and having different sized "collars" and if ya don't pay SPECIAL ATTENTION to where they came out, it's a real PITA to figure out where they go. And then there are those danged plastic "push pins" that break so easily ... ggrrrrrrrrrrrr ... hated working on that bike.
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I guess you could say I went from Wing to Vic. I still have my 1500 Wing and will probably keep it. Bought a Vision late last summer. Hardly ride the Wing any more. Can't say one is better than the other, they're just different rides.
I like the way the Vic corners betters. Wish it had the power of the Wing. Like the Vic seating better. I have floorboards on the Wing which lowers and puts my feet a bit farther forward but not near the room as the floorboards on the Vic. Can't beat the Wing for smoothness.
Tried an 1800 Wing and felt more cramped than on the 1500 so went back to the 1500.
Just different type rides.
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No.
But, we have a Wing, and a Victory.

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Can't beat the Wing for smoothness.
Agree on that! However, it's one of the reason's I changed. Wing is so smooth it's lost that "motorcycle" feel and sound. For a V-twin, the Vic is pretty smooth IMO but you still have that V-twin "thumping" and sound when you crack that throttle. It's almost "orgasmic" LOL

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Just different type rides.
Yep, VERY different.

I never rode a 1500 Wing. Had an '83 Aspencade for 6 years ... really liked that bike. Before the Vic it was an '03 GL1800. Sooooo smooth and powerful. If I could have the power of the Honda 1800-6 in my Vic, I would call it PERFECTION.
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