Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Central Illinois
A major update here.
A week or so after my last post I had a chance to test ride a new Vision and I loved it, but my wife was out of town and we all know that when momma's not happy, nobody's happy.
Last week I hoped to get momma on a Vision for a test ride. She woke up Thursday morning with enough back pain that the paramedics came to my home to lift her off the toilet and transport her to the local emergency room. So much for my Friday test ride. When Friday came, I was to take the dogs to the groomer because momma was just not up to it although she was able to move around a bit. They are really her dogs, not mine. I tried to take the dogs in but one lost his balance trying to jump into the car and fell backward with a hind foot caught under the seat. Picture a dog laying on his back on the driveway with his hind foot caught under the car seat. I could see he was in pain so I tried to pick him up so that he could free his leg, this is a 60 pound dog folks. Well to make a long story short, he was panicking and in pain and grabbed the first thing he saw, my left hand. Now the tale gets worse, I felt him chewing my hand so I reached out to pry his jaw off of it and he darned near took the tip off my ring finger on the other hand. Needless to say there was no test ride that day. I spent the day getting stitched up in the emergency room instead.
Fast forward to today my wife feels her back is not in such bad shape and the doctor has grudgingly given me a clean bill of health for my hand, even though it is not yet time to remove the stitches. It is also a 55F day locally, so not bad riding weather compared to some of the temperatures we often ride in. It was time to take momma for a test ride. I arrived at my Vic dealer and my wife immediately told me the Vision was just too tall for her to mount the pillion seat. So much for that. I decided to test drive a CCT, which I had never even tried before. I came back unconvinced but willing to let her try it out. A short test ride and she had very mixed feelings. The bike was definitely short enough for her to mount easily but the seat was a bit too hard and she felt vibrations up her back whenever I accelerated at all. She also felt the backrest on the trunk and the seat itself were a bit too hard for her liking. I was not about to give up the Vision that I had so enjoyed when I rode it solo so I told her to do her best and get on it for me. She did and admitted that it was not so bad after all when we had gone about a mile and were at a stop light. We rode a few more miles of twisties and interstate and returned to the dealer. When I questioned her on our return she told me that after her trouble mounting she had been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the ride itself. She has since said that she much prefers the Vision to the CCT, just as I did, so she is ready for me to start the deal making process with that local dealer.
Give me a few weeks to find the color that I want and a decent deal and I will be a Vision owner, with a full sign off from home.
Present ride - 2013 Victory Vision, black, ATW at +3, Lloydz air filter and adjustable intake, PC5, 30,xxx miles