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I am new here so hi to everyone.

My current ride is an Electra. I tuned it and put the accessories on it to match my style of riding but now I am looking for what I believe to be my last bike. I don't think that I will be riding past another 10 years. I am a long distance rider and I am looking for something with more tech and a lower cost of ownership (i.e. maintenance).

The first time I looked at the Vision, it looked weird. I did not like it at all. I did not like the Electra the first time I have seen it either but it has been my best bike so far.

I don't think that I would be buying new. I think I would be looking into a 09'. These are the models that I found so far:

Victory Vision Street
Victory Vision Street Premium
Victory Vision Tour
Victory Vision Tour Comfort
Victory Vision Tour Premium

What is the differences between all these models ?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Welcome Grey and hope I can help ya a bit. I was like you and not keen on the Vision at first but it grew on me. Just picked up a brand new 2011 Tour with all the rebates for 16,400 (Military Full Throttle) and rode it 650+ miles back home. All I can say is WOW! My other bike is an 04 Touring Cruiser, loud, fast and fun... I think the Vision is exactly what you are looking for especillay if you liked the RoadGlide with its fixed fairing even though you were on an Electra. It does take a little getting used to but I am here to tell you this...

You don't get on a Vision, you get in it... (Stolen comment from another rider)... Well it is no bull! I settled into it within the first 100 miles. I was worred going from the windscreen to fixed fairing it would be weird.. NOPE! Controls are great, Cent Gravit, awsome, and heated grips/seats a treat. The wind envelope is something else. Rode my TC today on the highway and wow, what a differnce. Fuel econmy and milage, unbelievable! I actaully stopped for gas one time coming home because I just wanted a cup of coffe and was ready for a break. lol

So all this said, here is what I know as I only looked at the Tour 10, 11 or 12. You will want to avoid the street as to add the trunk will cost ya and you loose the radio I believe.

http://www.victoryforums.com/showthread.php?t=13576

11 tour came with heated grips, seat, Standard radio (which is sounding great), and cruise. Everything you need. I am adding a CB through Kate at Honda Toledo costing me about 800 I think with antenna.

Here is the link where I was asking your same question. Bottom line, there are still some 11s out there that have the upgrades on it that might not be much more than your used plus you can get the 4.9 for 72 months to soften the payment. They even tried to get me to go 84 at 5.4 and do some upgrades but I passed.

If you would like to check into an NEW Burgendy tour 2011 with all the current rebates I can get the point of contact for you and the selling price is 17800 (he might go a few hundred less) and if you happen to be a retired vet, your DD214 will get you another 1000 off. Shoot me a PM if your interested or want more info.

Don't let the NEW design of this bike throw you a curve. This machine is absolutely amazing. I little differnt, your going to get some looks but the ride is unbelievable!

Hope this helps

Tim
 

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Maybe were a like. Test road 5 vision sold my 09 street glide. Yes its the last bike I will have.
You have to pump gas in slow to get a full tank and answer a lot of question about the bike.
The vision corners extremly well and very cofortable. Yes pushing the button and having the windshield block the wind is great and some what staying dry in the rain. You have to learn how to pack clothes but you can get a lot in the bags. Only one oil does every thing you don't need primary oil or tranie oil.
Lighting is great and radio is not bad. Leg comfort and body is great. 2011 vision went to a wider handlebars that guys say really helps in parking lot.
Bad thing not many dealers around and some are not very smart. I don't like the E3 tires on the bike so I run something ells. You have to check air once to twice a month to get 15 thousand plus out of the tires.
Here is 5 quick videos that you might like
 

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Someone who had a streetglide onto a Vision. Very similar to my situation.

I only tried the CrossTour and never a Vision. What was your first impression on the engine thumping on the frame?

Did it annoying you?

If it did then you got over it? You don't notice it anymore ?

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Someone who had a streetglide onto a Vision. Very similar to my situation.

I only tried the CrossTour and never a Vision. What was your first impression on the engine thumping on the frame?

Did it annoying you?

If it did then you got over it? You don't notice it anymore ?

Thanks.
Vic motors hang from the frame. It is a better way for a true ride. Most if not all race bike have suspended motors that why we can run radial tires.
What is hard to get use to is the primary noise. With no chain and all gears its annoying. Go to youtube a listen to vic exhaust and you'll hear more primary noise then exhaust. I have a 08 and they say the 12's are way better.
Its nothing to lay on the ground and change the oil. You need six tools to work on the hole bike. The bike over all is smooth and very nice. I'm happy
 

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here is a vision with out the body work. All so look on youtube for naked vision. You can see how motor hangs
 

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hey greyrider. sorry it took me so long to answer but even though im retired from a real job, i still work on small engines and do all the home repair and up-keep for 4 households. been crazy busy lately. these were pm questions but i wanted to answer them here in an open forum. 1-the thumping feel of the motor has never bothered me, you can feel every hit of the piston in a hard pull, i kinda like that, what i don't like is the buzzy vibration that comes in around 72 miles an hour, it doesn't get any worse as i get faster, but it does bother me. my 04 rk had a little vibration from 75 up but not buzzy. the 12 and 13 harley tourers my friends have, have no vibration at any speed.the bounce at idle is not a vibration in my book. some people here say their bike has no vibration, mine does. ride the interstate before you buy. 2- the shifting reminds me of a shovel, very clunky and hard shifting. plus a lot of gear lash at low rpm. i have put about 3,000 miles on mine now and have gotten used to it to the point shifting isn't a problem at all. put a heel shifter on it and shift it like you REALLY mean it. the faster you shift the better, if you pull the clutch and give the gears time to roll its a lot harder to shift. don't go into low until you are almost stopped. 3= maintanance cost is really about the same as a hd depending on what oil and filter you buy just a lot easier, i changed the engine oil on my rk at 5,000 using synthetic oil , i changed the primary often, but after the break in the tranny really doesn't need changes often, who changes their straight shift car tranny fluid every few thousand miles? i ride with guys with 103's and 110's none stock. mine is as of now.my vic won't run off and leave a 103 like some would have you believe let alone a modded 110, but in the twisties it will eat a harleys ass. i went riding on a ride with the owner of smokey mountain harley davidson and 2 factory reps on some hot bikes 2 weeks ago, about 20 riders in all. they rode up through the foothills at a pretty good clip but i kept having to brake to keep from running over the guy in front of me. it handles like a 650 in the curves.
 

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Ridealittle is right, get a heel shifter. Much easier to shift.
 

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Ride the interstate before you buy.
Good point. I do take the interstate to get to a destination then I relax and tour around. It is not uncommon for me to do 4,000 to 5,000 miles in two weeks.

maintanance cost is really about the same as a hd depending on what oil and filter you buy
On HD it takes about 4 quarts to do the motor then there is the primary and the tranny. The Victory takes 5 quarts for everything plus you are not using SYN3 so it should be cheaper. What does the Vic take? Semi-Synth ?

What about the rest of the maintenance? Clutch adjustment, there is no primary ... I would guess maintenance is to change the oil and lub the cable (unless they are teflon coated).


it handles like a 650 in the curves.
That is quite a statement.
 

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I was able to find the answer to my question on a website tonight. I am going to copy it here in case someone else shows up with the same question.

The Vision Tour, The Tour Comfort and The Tour Premium.

The base Tour model is similar to the Vision Street model and includes a halogen headlight, cast wheels, cruise control, a built-in audio system, a manually adjustable windshield and of course…The Trunk.

The Tour Comfort adds an electrically adjustable windshield and heated seats and hand grips. I have to add that the electrically adjustable windshield is a great feature...not only is it functional it’s a great conversation piece.

The Tour Premium includes all the Comfort features and adds additional chrome, new billet wheels and an HID Headlight and Illuminated Color Badges. Yes, the Vision Premium models are the only bikes on the Victory lineup that maintain the Victory Color Badges.

And credit to site where I found this:
http://www.******.net/forum/thread/5587/report-2009-vision-lineup/
 

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At my Victory dealer the maintenance charge is $85.00 total. At my HD dealer it is over $200.00. Really not the same.
 

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At my Victory dealer the maintenance charge is $85.00 total. At my HD dealer it is over $200.00. Really not the same.
i was talking about do it yourself, ive never had a dealer oil change on anything. my hd i used mobil 1 syn 20-50 4 qt engine, mobil syn gear 70-90 tranny 24 oz. , and hd se 20-50 syn for the primary, i qt. about 65.00 for the fluids. pretty close to the vic 5 qts or amsoil in price, those are the only 2 i would buy.
i changed the engine oil and filter at 5,000. the primary at 3,000. the tranny every few years, after break in the twin cam trannie oil just doesn't get dirty.
 
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