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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Default Cross Country tour or Vision?

Hi all, new here and looking for some opinions. I'm ready to pull the trigger on a new Victory tomorrow and decided on the XC tour until I talked to a guy with a Vision. Now I'm not sure! I do do some in town riding and 32 mile round trip to work every day and the day trips on the weekends. I rode a XC (not the tour) because the dealer had a used one and I loved it. Never rode the Vision. One of the main reasons for this bike is my wife riding with me. Thanks!
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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 11:15 PM
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We can't pick for you. You should ride both before you decide. I liked the ride and fit of the vision, but I loved the storage capacity of the tour. The adjustable windshield on the vision is very is very cool. If that option came out for the XCT I'd jump on it.
The trunk comes off both bikes if you wanted to remove it for commuting.
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I tested both and bought the XCT.
Now that I have had the XCT for 35k I re-test road the vision.
I have to say I wish I bought the vision.

During my original test ride I found the Vision to big. Now that I am used to the size of Victory Touring bikes and I have re tested the Vision I found it a superior handling bike over the XCT. There is a noticeable difference having the fairing frame mounted.

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You need to ride both bikes and test ride with your passenger too. I love my Vision but my wife is very comfortable touring on it and that also made a difference to me. No matter how much you like a particular bike it pays to keep the peace at home.

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Both are Sweet Rides but is Your Call and Your Money .. I have Test Rode the Vision several times and is no question it has far better wind management and while it handles just great, still don't see where some say it far out handles the XC .. But again is your call ..

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A dealer could offer me a Vision, CCT or Chieftain in trade, even up for my XRLE and I'd pass. That's just how much I love my bike.

That does not answer your question, but my point being that whatever choice you make, you have to make it your choice. I was astounded by the lack of storage on the Vision for the size of the bike, but there are other cool things that make up for that. I've never ridden one, but when I took "ride like a pro", there was a fairly small-framed woman there on a Vision and she handled that bike like it came from her womb. She made that bike dance. Same can be done on a CCT with the practice hours put in.

Best advice given so far; take your wife to the dealer with you and test ride both with her onboard. If the dealer won't let you do that, walk away and find another.

Good luck with your choice and I wish you many happy smiles ahead.

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Ride both.
Two different members of the same family.

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We just keep moving
It's been that way since long ago
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Food for thought , my local dealer will let you ride any bike on their floor , brand new or otherwise .... It is the best test ride policy I have ever witnessed . That is probably why they are the biggest selling Victory dealer on the planet . If they don't let you test ride , like the other guys said , go elsewhere !

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For me it is mostly about styling between the two bikes...Even at my ripe old age of almost 47 the Vision is just to far "out there" for my tastes. Not only that but the cavernous bags of the XC are something I wouldn't want to do without, especially with my wife along.....

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I rode both, I gave the vision slight edge in handling, but my wife was more comfortable on the XCT and frankly visions saddlebags are useless for trips. I bought the XCT.
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