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Anyone gone from a wing to the Vic? I have an '06 wing that I'm selling and thinking about getting a XR or XC , not sure yet. Also looking at the Vaquero, but I sure do like the Victory.
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Yep. The Vic is not a Wing. No twin will be. The XCT fits me better and is a surprising ride. You'll have to learn to shift again and the Vic has a very long throttle. Like going from a Caddy to a muscle car, they really don't compare but both are good.
The Vic will seem lacking for the first 4 to 5K, then finish off breaking in around 10KK. easy and cheap enough to upgrade. Just remember to keep the revs over 2500 and don't be afraid to let it spin up. Lots of wingers whine about this and that but if it fit I'd still have one.
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Welcome to the forum. Agree with Lostintexas, you need to take a few Victory bikes out for a spin and see if one fits what you are looking for. Good luck in your decision moving forward.

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I have actually been looking into the vaquero. It's a great looking bike and I can't wait to get a test ride on one. I'm not leaving victory but it may be adding another bike to the stable.


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Anyone gone from a wing to the Vic?
Way back when:

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Nice bikes, but way too many snappy plastic bits. Vics are much simpler machines. That simplicity makes them feel a little crude by comparison, but they're just enough crude to make them feel like motorsickles.

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I have an '06 wing that I'm selling and thinking about getting a XR or XC , not sure yet. Also looking at the Vaquero, but I sure do like the Victory.
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Welcome to the forum Mike. Do not hesitate to take either bike out for a test ride and, since you are coming from a Wing, be sure to test ride the Vision. Your dealer should be delighted to have you do a test ride. They sell a new bike almost any time someone rides one so take advantage of them wanting you to ride them. Be careful though, if you ride one you'll own one.

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One of the reasons I'm selling the wing, is due to overall weight, not to mention all the plastic you have to remove to work on the thing. I like tinkering with my bikes and the wing just takes the fun out of it. You have to remove a plastic cover just to check the oil!
I'm going back to a cruiser but haven't discounted the bike's with fairings. I will be posting my bike in the classifieds, when I get enough posts. I am listing it with a winter price and it may well go up when spring gets here. Thanks for all the replies....Mike
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Who the heck ever checked the oil on a GW?! Just funning. You'll have to remove a side cover to air up the rear shock unless you reroute it on the Vic. Just a trade off.
Wings aren't bad but yes you have to get your head wrapped around the extra steps.
I haven't ridden the Kawasaki, did try the Voyager but don't know if it has the same engine. Just figured they hosed the Voyager name with this generation, YMMV
Vaquero looks nice though. It is also water cooled so that is good. Vic engines have the longest and most dramatic break in I have ever seen with any vehicle. I was about run over because of the gutless newness. At 5K the thing came to life in a remarkable fashion. I'm not is to loud pipes and trying to make a mule in to a stallion. Mostly because the mule has its defining qualities. The stallion does too but you get it.
Luggage galore, fine road manners, about as good as I've ever been on, good pillion accommodations, and enough grunt to get me, momma and the kitchen sink down the road. What I was looking for.
The electronics are lacking for sure. No comm, no wired to helmet radio, no security. Stuff that should be on a bike for the price they ask, but for the most part, cheap enough to get your own especially if you like to tinker. Easy oil changes, the clutch should be hydraulic IMHO, throttle can be easily and cheaply shortened up.
I'm not telling you this to nit pick but to inform you what to look for. The seat height will aid the old leg" syndrome and they carry their weight well FWIW I thought the Vision would be in our wheel house but the pillion nixed it. Oh well, what ever they did to the fairing on the X bikes, they did it right. High winds and gusts don't seem to give it any trouble. Trucks feel about like they did on the Wing.
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I also came from a Wing (04). I wanted:
1) Simplicity of getting to any parts that need getting too.
2) comfort for the long haul. Wing kept my knees in one position with the only out being the road bars which I could not comfortably use. To wide a reach.
3) Reliability.

Did a ton of research before riding a CC and I was sold. Could not be happier with my CCT. Day long happy riding is what I got.
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I had a 2002 Wing. Switched to a 2013 XCT last May. Pros and cons of the Vic as compared to the Wing...

Pros:
- XCT has a much lower and more comfortable seating position. Add to that I was able to raise the bars a bit without having to buy spacers
- It's a longer bike, and the driver floorboards were more out front, allowing my legs to stretch out.
- Better Stereo (I understand the later Wings had better stereos too)
- REMOVABLE TRUNK
- Not very common (but getting more common!)
- 6-speed
- BETTER Wind protection than the Wing. Mush less buffeting.

Cons:
- It's a v-twin and it feels like one. Don't have the electric-like smooth power of the Wing. This does not bother me.
- Cable clutch instead of hydraulic (I've since converted mine to a hydraulic clutch)
- No linked brakes
- Each storage compartment has its own lock (whereas the Wing was centrally operated). Not a big deal.

I'm sure there are others but that's what popped into my peanut brain for right now.



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