Rode my first victory today, my thoughts...
A quick bit of background, I currently ride a 10' Triumph Thunderbird. Love the bike, lots of power, smooth, handles great, but I am looking for something more of a tourer as a second bike.
So far I have rode a Rocket III Touring (didnt like engine feel and bulk) and a Goldwing F6B. (no ABS or cruise control, wtf Honda?)
Comfort, power and all the amenities are on my list of main priorities. I looked at the Cross Country as well as the Vision. Really thought the Vision was over the top ugly, but it was the most comfortable to sit on so I took it for a ride. Here were my impressions:
#1. Wow, what a comfortable bike! Seat was awesome, floorboard design was awesome (I am 6'5 300 lbs, never been able to stretch out on a bike before like on the Vision)
#2. Wind mitigation was great and super smooth ride. Definately a 2 wheeled Cadillac.
#3. Power was... adequate. Maybe i'm just spoiled from my Thunderbird, but I was hoping for a bit more grunt.
#4. WTF Victory, the throttle was horrible. Did noone from the factory actually ride this bike before putting it on the market? Having to adjust your hand a second time to roll on full throttle is just plain stupid. I have big-ass hands and there was simply too much travel in the throttle to be usable.
#5.My biggest WTF Victory, is with the HEAT. At a light, my triumph will put some heat on you when the fans kick in, so im used to a little heat. The Vision however, is nuts. This thing baked the crap out of my calves while riding on the freeway. There is NO air moment behind those big swoopy plastics. Again, horrible, horrible design that I cant believe left the factory like that. I can live with some heat (am in Florida also btw) in traffic, but on the road? No way.
Had the last two items not been present, I probably would of bought the bike right then and there based on how comfortable it was, weird looks be damned.
I was told by the salesperson that the Cross Country is basically the identical bike under the skin with essentially just different plastics... any truth to that? I didnt get a chance to ride one was a little put off by those few nagging things about the Vision, but am thinking I should go back and take one for a spin nonetheless. Any thoughts on this?