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Bill Rayner

Port Elgin, Ontario

Reviewed on 2009-09-11

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5.0
I have owned 2 Goldwings and a Decker prior to the Victory, and have ridden just about every other touring bike out there. In my opinion, this is the very best touring bike ever made for a man of my size. I have been through the mountain roads of Vermont, blasted up and down the Interstates, and cruised double up through the countryside. There is no downside to this bike. It handles like it is on rails, excellent braking, great weather protection, and huge power. My passengers tell me it's like an easy chair back there and the visability is excellent. I can stretch out my legs straight out during a long day's ride and never feel cramped. Thanks Victory, for creating a fantastic ride!
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WJ

Wyoming, Pennsylvania

Reviewed on 2009-03-01

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5.0
This is radical and innovative work from Victory. And they are closing the gap with the competitors, despite the others being in existence for decades. This is not bad for a first year model. Let's start off with the comfort level on this great machine. After all, most talk about the goodies on a bike, but the goodies ain't worth anything if you are not comfortable for the long haul. With the low seat height, unbelievable center of gravity that I noticed the minute I sat down and the cruise ship size floorboards, I just want to ride for hours. When my wife hops aboard this gargantuan bike, she too enjoys the comfortable backseat. The bike has just about all of the amenities that the other big tourers have, again, not bad for a first year model: cruise control, heated seats/grips and a stereo with 4 speakers, which to me sound great. The radio reception isn't the greatest at times because of the hidden antenna. A quick fix of that is to have satellite radio, which negates that issue. Who wants to listen to old fashion terrestrial radio anyway? These are just a few of the great features on this bike. Overall storage on the bike, with the very large trunk on, is plenty. A great option is to take the trunk off, add the Victory trunk panel and passenger backrest, and you now have a different looking bike, albeit the street model. Try to do that on other luxury tourers. The side saddlebags have a little less storage space by themselves compared to some other tourers. You wouldn't know it by looking at them. Victory will sure make them larger inside with a redesign in the future. Again, not bad for a first year model. This bike has plenty of torque and is very easy to maneuver for its size. On the open highway, it shines with power and wind protection from the large fairing and windshield. There is some engine noise while shifting to a few gears, but it is not a problem to me. I was told by other Vision riders that it improves with added mileage. One can't think of everything to mention in a single writing, but if you are in the market for a big tourer, you won't be disappointed. The price ain't too shabby either side by side to the competition. Take this testimonial with you when you look at the Vision!
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Michael Lynch

Saint Albans, West Virginia

Reviewed on 2008-10-29

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5.0
When I first heard of the new Victory Vision, I went to my local dealer and they had a video. I stood there, mouth gapping open and in awe of what I was seeing on the video. The Vision looked like something from outer space... but the big V-twin reminded me this machine had wheels, not wings. What made me feel bad was that I had just bought a new bike about 4 months prior and really loved my bike. But when I saw the Vision, I was actually seeing my future, and I knew that I had to have it. A few months later, the dealer brought a Vision up to a bike night at a local hot spot and I knew I had to have this bike. This past March ('08), I was ready to trade my bike for the Vision. I took a street version out for a test ride and was even more thrilled by the way it handled! I bought the Victory Vision Comfort Tour package in Super Steel finish. The fit and finish of the Vision is superb. The lines are clean and flow like water. I've had several people tell me it looks like an ocean wave. The instrument panel is well designed and is much easier to see because it sits just below your line of site as you look out at the road instead of having to look down at your gas tank. The fixed fairing up front is really unnoticeable to the rider, but it does a great job of channeling the air away. The headlights cut through the night like a laser, especially the HID lamp; you can land aircraft with that light! The tail and trunk lights are equally impressive, adding to the safety in both day and night settings. One of the little things that catches a lot of people's attention are the lighted side badges; again, a superb addition that just says quality. This bike, to me, is the perfect blend of tour and sport. Being a moderately tall rider with long legs, I am very comfortable with the Vision's seat and footboard positions. The foot controls are adjustable for most riders' comfort and both seats (rider and passenger) are heated with 2 heat settings (low and high). The comfort package also includes heated grips and on cold or chilly days in WV, they certainly make a difference. Besides just looking sporty and futuristic, the Vision handles like a sport bike. The bike is extremely well balanced and even though it has a long wheel base, you can lean it and steer it through the tightest curves you can find. Even at slow speeds, the Vision is easily controlled and turns without needing to shift your weight or counter-steer. The 106 cubic inch power plant between your legs will accelerate without hesitation and the 6 speed transmission is very smooth. Again, you'll be very surprised at how agile and quick this bike is. For those cool days, or just cruising on the interstate, the height adjustable windshield is ready to control your headwind at the touch of a switch on your left side controls. The stereo system sounds great with the 4 speakers (2 front and 2 rear) delivering clean, clear sound. The only downside I would say to the stereo system is that the antennae could be a little stronger. My only criticism at all with the bike would have to be the side saddle bags. For a touring bike, they should have more room than they do, especially given the large integrated fenders that house them. But...with all that being said, the trunk space is generous and on the trips my girlfriend and I have made, we've had no issues with having enough room. I am totally sold on Victory's quality. I've ridden every bike imaginable and I'm sorry... the run of the mill hum-drum bikes have never been for me. To me, people who have vision see the future and don't sit back resting on 100+ year old tradition... they innovate and create something else. What Victory saw was the future, and you can see it now in their Vision. Ride safe!
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