Hey everyone. Just joined after checking out Victory's this weekend, and I gotta share this... sorry if it's lengthy.
First, I'm still riding my '06 Vulcan for the moment.
I love my bike dearly, but a touring bike, she is NOT! And after going on several great touring trips through the years, I'm hooked, and a touring bike is what I've decided I NEED!
So, I figured this race would be between the Goldwing and the HD Ultra Classic or Electra Glide...
But the GW just didn't impress me like I thought it would (plush but not really changed through the years much)... and the HD's just seemed... stale (not trying to bash. I have a buddy who rides an '11 StreetGlide w/ the 103, and it IS a very nice bike. I was just looking for something else I guess).
Then, I discovered BMW's new entry into touring, the 2012 K 1600 GTL, and that bike has been at the top of my list. Until I rode one...
I'm 6'4", and I just couldn't get comfortable on it. It has some of the coolest tech ever put onto a 2 wheeled machine... but if it isn't comfortable for me... whats the point? (and yes, I know it comes with a taller seat option, but I still believe I would be cramped. Felt like my feet were locked in place with nowhere to move them).
I even checked out some of the new 1700 Vulcan's. ...almost did it for me, but I'm already on a Vulcan, and I'd like to try something different.
Figured I'd looked at all the major Touring players... for some reason (ignorance probably) I neglected Victory.
Had some time Saturday and went into the dealership and checked out the '12 Vision and the new '12 XCT.
And a funny thing happened... now I can't seem to imagine myself owning ANY OTHER BIKE!
So much room to stretch out (both Vision and XCT), extremely comfortable bikes. Good road manners and performance. I could go on, but most of you here probably already know what I'm talking about.
So now for the last of my tough decisions...
Vision or XCT!