Test ride the Vision
I tested a Vision before I purchased my XCT. I found the bike big and cumbersome.
Since then I have put 31,000 km on my XCT.
Today I took my wife's V Star 650 to my Vic dealer to get a new inspection sticker. While I was there I took out a 2014 Vision for a test ride. I been wanting to compare the XCT to the Vision now that I am familiar with the weight and size of the Victory's.
First off I felt like I was sitting a mile from the front of the bike.
Second the seat was much nicer than my XCT. You sit in a pocket that supports your lower spine.
When I pulled out of the parking lot I noticed the Vision has much lighter steering feel. And low speed or walking speed riding was very easy with none of the issues my XCT gives me.
The motor was tight and very quiet. I had to listen very hard to hear the roller rockers. My XCT top end noise is very very loud. The gear box had a minor clunk but rev matching made that quiet and very high quality sounding.
The bike handled a lot better than my XCT. Hands down a better bike when you compare motor racket, shifting harshness and handling.
Now usually when you jump on a bike that your not familiar with you compare it to your bike and think of all the things your bike does or feels better at.
This was not the case with the Vision.
Those of you that have read my posts know I have been harsh with Victory in the past. And I always tell it like it is. I don't brag how good something is just because I own it.
This Vision was an amazing bike to ride. There was a strange quality feel to it. Now it did have 2100 km on it and it's been pounded on by a bunch of testers and still felt great.
I rode the back roads and over rough section and took it on the highway. It pulled like a freight train from 2k up to 4500. The motor didn't make any bad noises. The shifting while rev matching worked and sounded completely different from my XCT. It had a tight and quality feel. The top end tick was barely noticeable.
I wanted to trade right there on the spot. What a difference having the fairing mounted on the frame.
I can't tell you guys how much I was impressed by this bike. I want it..
2010 V Star 650 Custom (Wife's)
2013 XCT 2013 Suzuki KQ750 AXI Power Steerring
Victory Sport Touring Flag Ship
Lloydz Idle Air Valve
Passenger Grab Handles
Modified Heel Shifter
Oil Temp Gauge
Modified Stock Pipes by Thrush
K&N air filter
G-man Bully FI Controller
LED Driving lights
PCV with AutoTune