I'm considering the purchase of a Vision 8-ball but would like to set up the bike for 2-up touring with a luggage rack and tour bag. What is involved in raising the 8-ball suspension back to the height and travel of the Vision Tour? Are there any other differences in suspension or drive train?
I don't know why you would have any problem with touring the way the bike is now. Unless you have a really heavy passenger and over load it. The 8 ball is a lowrider bike is all.
There is a guy here called Rollin who has a 8 ball and he loads it down and rides to Alaska quit a bit. The box on the back holds extra gas clothes and medical stuff.
You really should think it over a 8 ball has no radio and its big bucks to get music and harder to resell.
sorry wrong bike
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Last edited by visionjohnny; 09-04-2015 at 12:37 PM.
Thanks for the input, visionjohnny. If it is just the shock and linkage then it won't be too bad if I want to raise it. I just wanted to know what I would be getting into if I decide to pursue this bike. Neither the wife nor I are heavy, but we do a lot of riding 2-up in the mountains. We live on the NC/SC border and can be in the twisties within 20 minutes. Dragging through turns is always a problem. That extra inch of ground clearance may be nice.
Your comments about lack of radio are noted. A radio on a bike has never interested us. But the lower resale is one of the things that makes this bike attractive now.
And now for the rest of the story . . .
We looked at the bike and realized that the back seat was extremely uncomfortable for my wife. Her legs hit the saddle bags and her feet barely reached the floorboards. The floorboards would have to raise at least 3" before her legs would be off the saddle bags. And she's not that short! We'll probably look for a good deal on a cross bike instead. Thanks for the input!