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2012-03-08 2009 Victory Arlen Ness Victory Vision Motorcycles View Listings

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It's absolutely the funnest bike I've ever owned. I don't even care where I'm going--it's just a blast. The seating position is laid back. My ipod is hooked up to play my Christian music and worship the LORD. I get comments and stares all the time. It's such a beautiful and unusual looking bike.
- Larry Moen, Huntington Beach, California

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2010-12-23 2009 Victory Arlen Ness Victory Vision Motorcycles View Listings

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Why I Ride a Victory Ness Vision - I have been riding for over 35 years both professionally and for recreation, almost all of those miles have been on Harley Davidsons of one type or another. In late 2009 I decided that I wanted a new bike. I naturally headed to the closest HD dealership where I had purchased many bikes in the past. I tried the HD touring line-up. They were good product, if not a little small in cockpit size for me. I have never owned a HD that didn't leave me stranded on the roadside with a major engine failure such as; valves hanging up, rocker assemblies disintegrating, con rods blasting free of the crankshaft or literally blowing up. I had become used to the challenges and engine rebuilds associated with owning a HD and become complacent I guess. I still thought I might purchase the 2009 CVO Screaming Eagle Road Glide however. They enjoyed the newer frame design which is a big step in ridability and safety, more on that later. In any case I began to look at other brands just for fun. I wanted a full touring bike this time around. I tried the BMW RT and LT, the Kawasaki Concours, looked at the Goldwing, Suzuki, Yamaha, and even the now extinct Buell. All were great bikes, but each left me wanting more. More usually meant larger sized cockpit, longer wheelbase and generally more comfort for the long hauls. The BMWs are great bikes, just a little restrictive for my frame. I found my knees locking up after only one hour of riding. The Goldwing is a superb bike and deserves honorable mention, but again, it forced me to have my legs in an uncomfortable riding position and unable to move them around much during the ride. What with having to open air vents on the dash for fresh air, it made me feel I was riding a car. The Far East brands were solidly built, but for me, were missing that special something that I had become accustomed to riding the big HD V twins for so many years. Fortunately for me I stumbled on to a local Victory dealership in the same mall as a HD store I was trying bikes out at. I had only seen a street & tour Vision once in Las Vegas on a fly and ride earlier in the year. They both looked strange to me, but were also handsome in a very unique way. I rode a Vision for one day and then the HD Road Glide the next. Night and day experiences. One felt a bit awkward with old design and other than style, left me wanting. Snap forward a few months as I walked into a Victory store in the Vancouver area. I was greeted by a young man who seemed to be in no hurry to sell me a bike. He asked about my riding experience and immediately offered a test ride on the demo tour Vision. He wanted to show me a thrilling local ride by leading me on a Hammer. I agreed and followed him around some great twisters for 30 minutes. He finally stopped and said, I cannot believe it, that Vision kept up with me no matter what I threw at it! I did not enlighten him on my professional riding experience, thinking it will make a great story for him as he sells Visions to others. He allowed me the courtesy to take the big Vision for a couple of hours on my own. At 170 KMH the bike was rock solid, even as I allowed my hands to hover just off the grips! My experience with all my HD FLH (touring) products was anything over 130 KMH I felt the dreaded slow wobble associated with the pre-2009 (new frame) models which always left me feeling that at those higher speeds there was imminent danger pending. The ride continued with many floorboard scrapping turns and sweepers at high speeds. I panic stopped and brought the beast down to a dead stop quickly without any fuss. By the time I returned the bike I knew that I had found what I was searching for. Wild styling aside, the handling, braking (linked), raw power, fair sized saddlebags, overall comfort and relative flick ability of the bike was in a class of its own. I quickly found out that for less than a couple of thousand dollars one could juice the motor (including labor) in the range of 25+ HP. I had always improved the stock motors on all my HDs over the years. Most started out at 70+ HP and ended up at 100+ HP. Great you say, well not so fast. To accomplish significant horsepower increases in a pushrod motor one needs to spend at least $5000.00 and usually quite a bit more for serious number increases. After which the suspension requires upgrades (Gold Cartridge, etc.) and then of course the brakes as well. Before you knew it you could easily reach $10,000.00 in improvements to have a powerful and balanced ride. I began to research the bike further and found that a Ness Signature version was available. It came with so many extras and was so unique, I thought, why not go all the way! I ordered a Ness Vision and had some extras added including motor work, chassis work, and suspension improvements, all for under $4000.00. Needless to say the bike is just what I was after; it is unique enough to stand out in a crowd of usually Harleys variation of FLH Glides, it will leave them in the dust, will out corner them with a flick of the wrist, and maybe most of all, will beckon me to ride on long after my riding buddies need to stop for the day. I have taken several 5000 K+ rides this year down to California, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and all over British Columbia. The bike is so comfortable that I just never seem to want to get off it, even after several 14+ hour days in hot weather. I have to admit I did have the saddle custom fitted for me by a saddle dealer in Washington State, but even so, the bike is simply head and shoulders ahead of my previous experiences in comfort and at so many other levels. The Ness Vision draws many compliments from folk on the road. I have become accustomed to travelers asking if they can take a photo of the bike. Recently in Montana, a group of HOG Club riders from Barcelona, Spain were stopped at a gas station in a small town where we pulled into. They were proudly wearing their HOG colours and appeared to be riding rental 2010 Electra Glides. No sooner did we stop that a crowd of the Spanish HOG members cluster around the Ness Vision asking if they could sit on the bike and have their photos taken. It was all a bit embarrassing since this went on for at least five minutes as each took turns admiring and photographing the bike, particularly so because one of my riding buddies had his beautiful new CVO Screaming Eagle Electra Glide parked right behind my ride and no one seemed to notice. I must state unequivocally that I remain a fan of the HD product. I may buy another one day, but not today. I think they are gorgeous bikes that have an established brand, accessory line and service/sales network that are tough to beat. One of the things that caused me pause before purchasing the Ness Vision was the dealer network. I understand that new dealers are coming on line monthly and I was very pleased to see on a recent week long trek that the Victory dealers actually outnumber the HD dealers where I travelled, albeit, they were often smaller and had far less glitzy showrooms. Having said all of that, I have found through research it appears that the Victory dealership locations may not be nearly as important to owners as their bikes enjoy a great track record for durability and quality control. In the end, I am very pleased with my new bike. It does everything I want it to do in a superior manner. Power, ridability, handling, wow factor, and importantly ride and comfort all play significant roles in why I choose a Victory Vision. I will have a difficult time identifying a touring replacement for this bike; it is absolutely great!
- Doug , Vancouver, British Columbia

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2010-10-12 2010 Victory Arlen Ness Victory Vision Motorcycles View Listings

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This Victory Vision is in my opinion the finest, best motorcycle in the world. The motor is very powerful, great for passing at highway speeds and has great low end torque. The way the motor is made there is nothing to adjust or maintain except normal oil and filter changes. The transmission has a gear for everything. I love 6th gear on the highway. The wind protection is awesome with the power windshield and the adjustable wing lets me always have the correct amount of wind I like. The seat is the best and the big floor boards are perfect for my 36 in. inseam legs. The ride is very smooth, and being an old moto-x guy, I really love the ground clearance in the corners. I would say this is the best cornering bike I have ever owned, and I have owned a lot of bikes. The bike always turns heads and looks great. In fact when I first got it, I would have to allow extra time for talking to people when I got gas. The heated gripes and seat are the nicest accessories I have ever owned. The bike fits me very well, which is not easy for my 6'5" frame. Overall, the bike has been great and I have not experienced any problems. The bike has always run great and performed excellent.
- Gary Mutchler, Bristol, Wisconsin

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2010-09-08 2010 Victory Arlen Ness Victory Vision Motorcycles View Listings

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This bike is a dream. The options are everything I would expect from a well-designed cruiser. I've made several longer trips with very little fatigue. The 2" shorter bars were a nice change to the standard. No troubles and it turns heads every place I go. I've had many HD folks give many thumbs up on the road. I would definitely do it again. My wife loves the back seat for sure!
- Mike, Detroit, Michigan

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2010-08-06 2010 Victory Arlen Ness Victory Vision Motorcycles View Listings

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I had tried this on the long weekend of May, 2010 and fell in love with this beast. I was driving a 2007 Jackpot with only 13,000 km since July of 07 and after riding This Signature Series Vision, #165 to be exact, I was convinced this bike was gonna change my biking habits in every which way. I don't care anymore if I get caught in the rain. It's just another different experience of a true biker. The comfort is just unbelievable, unless you have driven one. So are the options like the remote windshield is worth $1,000 a year ($20 x 50 outings) the cruise control, radio option when you're alone and want to forget your day at work, your lockable steering for security. Also, your hidden spare helmet in the saddle bag, leather jacket, rain suit, camera, sunglasses, gloves, maps, gps unit in your saddle bags all locked up and safe. The knowledge of which gear you're in at all times is also a plus. The ease of cleaning this bike is also so much easier (just drop it on one side, clean it and then drop it on the other side). No bother with jacks. Your signal lights shut off automatically. The floor boards are also so nice & comfy and the air adjustable suspension when needed. The range left to travel before fueling is also so nice that I know that I can travel and do over 400 km before gasing up. The clock and average km/l is also a very good option and the list goes on & on. I even ride this bike in a different way just because it's a cruiser made for touring and not a chopper made to rock & roll. Once I jump on, I don't want to stop anymore, and if and when I do, I am so anxious to get on again! LOVE IT!
- Benny Cormier, Moncton, New Brunswick

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2010-07-29 2010 Victory Arlen Ness Victory Vision Motorcycles View Listings

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I purchased a 2007 Victory Hammer at the end of 2007 and have never been more pleased with the performance of anything that I have purchased before. Like most people, I was checking out Harley's and stumbled over a Victory dealer and went in for a browse. I saw the Hammer and the beautiful sleek look with the huge rear tire and wham..bam.. I bought it that day. I have been adding accessories ever since to personalize it as mine. Other than the regular maintenance the bike has performed flawlessly. I now have two friends who purchased Victory's, one a Hammer S and the other a Vision and to date neither has ever had a problem nor has any one I know who owns a Victory had a service problem. Accessories galore available and the staff in Calgary have always been helpful and professional. If you are looking for a nice ride and the best reliability. I strongly recomend you check out a Victory Dealer... cheers....
- CHRIS MATTHEWS, CALGARY, Alberta

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2010-06-03 2009 Victory Arlen Ness Victory Vision Motorcycles View Listings

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I must say that this is my first Victory although I've been drooling for a couple of years. This is the finest cruising vehicle made. It is a comfortable and powerful machine. Victory made it right...
- Mike Collins, Farmington Hills, Michigan

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2009-12-05 2010 Victory Arlen Ness Victory Vision Motorcycles View Listings

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In 2006,I bought a new Victory. I have nothing but GOOD things to say. I can't believe that other guy, who said he had his bike in the shop for a year. If that story is true, there is something wrong with him. Knowbody waits that long. I have had my Kingpin Deluxe serviced every 5,000 miles, without fail. Typically, I get my ride back the SAME DAY. The longest I've waited is 2 days, to have the bike back in my hands. It's a damn near bullet proof ride. I've taken it to top speed of 120 MPH. However, I typically cruise at 90. The bike is very steady, and reliable. I would recommend this company. I am a true biker. I ride approx. 18,000 - 20,000 miles per year, rain or shine, and I ride everyday.
- KinPin, Temecula, California

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2009-06-16 2009 Victory Arlen Ness Victory Vision Motorcycles View Listings

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This is my third Victory that I have owned, each has it's own personality and highlights. The Ness Vision is everything: handling, looks, and technology wrapped up into one rolling show stopper. Everywhere I park this bike people have to look and ask questions. Coming from sportbikes in my early riding years I am amazed at how nimble and easy to maneuver this bike is. My wife jokes all the time telling me how Victory should pay me for being a rolling PR person for them, as long as they keep pumping out these performers I will do it for free all day long. (#49 Ness Vision)
- Russ Antolak, Shafer, Minnesota

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2008-12-21 2009 Victory Arlen Ness Victory Vision Motorcycles View Listings

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The Victory Vision is at the top of the list of bikes. This is the best bike I have ever ridden. The balance and handling are the greatest. I have always bought a different brand, but now I will never own any other bike again. My wife always wants to go with me when I ride or take a trip. This has made riding so much better. We share all of the experiences together. As every biker knows, it's not much fun riding alone. I never thought I would spend this much money for a bike, but it was well worth it!
- Thomas Palmer, North East , Maryland

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