2008 Victory Vision Street And Tour Hot Bike Baggers

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What: Victory Street and Vision Tour

January 2008

Where: Los Ventura and Orange County,

Why: Riding impression, and commentary

How: Admittedly, I begin, there’s a confession must be made: My thoughts the Visions are as confused as to what these bikes belong. not necessarily something unsavory. undoubtedly attractive and unique in the plastic-ensconced uber-physique is reminiscent of, a large scooter.

OK, I said it, you may thought it. Not that there’s wrong with that, it was my (and many others’ in an completely impartial, independent initial notion. I feel getting that out of the way.

bikes are so outside the proverbial box of the rendition of a cruiser/tourer that we had to a new set of judging criteria. For the record, characterizes the Vision Street as the Cruiser and the Tour as the Ultimate Tourer. Other than the rear-mounted trunk (with that adds about 45 to the bike, both bikes are in motor, trim and options.

Our two units came quipped the Premium package, consisting of options such as power heated seats and grips, discharge headlight and an assortment of accoutrements. The Premium package $1,500 to the base price of bike, while a Comfort ($500 with Premium minus the HID light and extra for the Tour is also available.

to the Vision platform is Victory’s engineered 106ci Freedom company’s largest ever. previous incarnations, the motor two overhead cams and four-valve along with air/oil But this motor is more just a stroked 100-incher; it has a new cams, covers and primary that were all designed to more power while a quieter, government-friendly auditory

Facilitating the increased displacement are new rods and crankshaft. On the fuel side of things, a new brain was to decipher the closed-loop fuel message that reduces while maximizing drivability and under varying atmospheric All of this adds up to a torque-monster of an that purportedly pumps out with 109 lb-ft of torque.

definitely peppy and has no problem around the large bikes.

Perhaps the biggest divergence traditional tubular or square frames is the Vision’s monocoque that serves to not only the motor but is also a massive (see Oct. 2007 page 30 for stripped-down images). The part, borrowed from the world, allows large of air to enter the motor; remember, a is just a big air pump, so more air in and out more power.

Like the of the Victory lineup, the six-speed transmission is contained within the case. To account for the extra the Vision gets different ratios (higher sixth and first) that aid in acceleration and

So far I’ve recounted mostly ad copy. The meat of this should really be settled on the absolutely chaotic, ever-busy, LA megalopolis. Within an hour’s anywhere in SoCal, one can experience the to the desert, the urbane to the worst in the country, with some of the mountain twisties anywhere in for some therapeutic adrenaline.

not our first time saddling a it was our first ride without the chaperones, the flock of moto-journalists and the Midwestern roads we traversed last year. Just that previous trip to the mother ship in Minnesota, it was when we went to pick up the two Straddling the Vision’s girth and for the first time was a pleasant owed largely to the low 261/2-inch height combined with the geometry.

Although clocking in at 900 pounds, the bike was easy to get off the sidestand and maneuver around a parking lot. While we how easy it was to stand the bike up, the length makes the bike sit up than we’d like, requiring judicious parking to assure stability. We never got to it but thought the bike may not stand up a flat tire.

The long, oval-rectangular, nonadjustable handlebars a comfortable reach, although we some interference when tight turns as they close to your body. suiting up for the trip back to our offices, we limped the fume-filled to the nearest gas station, where we to figure out where and how to put in the needed

It turns out that if the ignition key is toward the lock label (a black ring around the switch), a door pops on the right, top side of the faux tank, revealing a single gas cap a nifty cap holder molded in to it. The real fuel repository of sight beneath the plastic) of two aluminum gas tanks that the frame and the top of the fork.

I had learned on my previous Vision that the two 3-gallon tanks are with an extremely slow tube. This situation many starts and stops filling up to ensure the gas from the tank (where the filler is) the second tank. We had to fill, and watch the level go down as it the other and continue filling until we thought we were

It’s a pain, and I’d absolutely know every that my bike is filled up having to go through a routine. the bars turned to the left, in the key and turning toward the lock activates the fork lock and opens the gas door, too. in the locked position, the left storage compartment also

Both compartments are nice to but the bars interfere with the of the doors, oftentimes requiring the bars to either fill up or the storage compartment.

Once we fueled up, it was time to hit the freeway. to the new fuel management system, bikes started up effortlessly perfect idle control. seating comfort was good due to the cushy 4 inches of padding our bodies. Approaching the first big while merging with big told us these were not grandpapa’s bikes.

Stability and suspension compliance during perturbations was nothing short of Before I go on, let me say this is the best-handling model ever. Poor tracking has always been an with all previous Victory we’ve tested, but the Vision no rider input to keep it where you want. No matter how the bikes were pushed, was never a wobble or shimmy, and hard parts in turns is impossible.

Although the motor is noisy, it delivers all the power you at almost any rpm. Gearing perfect with plenty of available, even in sixth as long as the rpm were above 2500 (about 70 mph). so much traffic around, control isn’t one of my preferences, but I it a few times.

It worked well and was easy to and control with the right-side pod. My only complaint is disengaging the cruise control, the is chopped closed by the return on the throttle body. Not a huge but not nearly as refined or smooth as Linked brakes did a great job of the weight. When the rear pedal is depressed to a preset one piston in each of the front calipers is also activated.

It seamlessly and prevented dive not affecting the feel or operation of the brake lever. No ABS is available, but we it isn’t needed.

Victory to great lengths to have follow function. Much of the of the bike was designed, tested and in a wind tunnel to provide the with a great riding Up front, the massive 45-inch-wide did a fine job of wind and rain We really liked the electronically windscreen that could be up to 31/2 inches on the fly.

In the position, the top of the screen was just at nose height for the average while well above eye in the highest position. This was to have as the weather turned sunny to rainy. Even air gets to the rider’s head in the low no buffeting was evident.

Adjustable, mounted wind deflectors on side of the fairing also did an job of wind and cockpit heat The only mildly annoying was found to move up the rider’s and into the back of the helmet. winds weren’t much of a for bike stability; however, crosswinds often gave the a mind of its own.

With not daylight seen through the all of that surface area is for wind gusts to grab.

riding, we noticed that the was easy to see and evaluate. Aside the normal speed, rpm, voltage, fuel gauge and lights, there is an LCD display gear indicator, time, and a myriad of fuel- and mileage-related Things like average and gas mileage, miles to empty, two tripmeters and an overall odometer are the data available.

The main audio controls and are integrated into the center of the panel while a left pod lets the rider have control at the fingertips. Standard functions are AM and FM radio that subaverage reception from its antenna. An MP3 player can be attached the auxiliary cord found in the tank compartment.

Victory Vision Street
Victory Vision Street

With the iPod cord, the player can be while riding and have info displayed on the Victory The four-speaker Tour system much better than the two on the but both were good nice bass and treble even when riding a full-face helmet with in. Pod controls were a bit small to be with heavy gloves and changed stations while to raise the volume.

Scan and functions both seemed to do the thing, neither of which was nor seek. When the tank-mounted were used, the power was frequently turned off due to its placement under where the palm rests. Since we’re on the blinkers usually had a mind of own-staying on too long after a and sometimes going off well a turn.

Most frustrating was the turn-off feature (pushing in the signal switch) that worked to turn off the flasher, but at times just kept the on. Turn signals are intimately to life and …, and the constant distraction was something we just have to deal with.

along the less-than-satisfied thread are the Although they are as large as on automobiles, their placement was a form-over-function scenario, as the rider see directly behind the bike. we were riding, the majority of the view was the back of our hands. a hand and moving outward a barely better view was dominated by the hand control.

an absolute deal breaker for any to have such poorly mirrors-a safety and awareness that there is no excuse It’s not like the almost-4-foot-wide couldn’t accommodate some of useful mirrors.

Rider are extremely long and comfortable, numerous leg positions while Unfortunately, the passenger boards nearly as roomy and are too close to the of the rider’s legs. Female with tiny feet had to at every stop in order to not get up with the rider. The passenger are located on top of the tip-over protectors bolt to the frame.

These rounded bits had a to trap the rider’s leg when off from a stop. This to at least half a dozen riders. Being completely of the issue did not prevent my foot and from getting sucked the contraption and painfully bent

For such a large bike, needs to be more space in area. The two passengers I personally had on the were not comfortable with the arrangement, as the saddlebags prevented a reach to the boards. The length of the seat made it difficult for a to average-sized woman to sit all the way back on the

A compromise had to be reached where the weren’t in the way, the feet in the rider’s way and the passenger could themselves on the seat comfortably. like an awful lot to think

Cruising along the interstate a passenger posed no handling but that changed a bit when the got curvy and steep. The passenger far back on the Vision, which to upset the handling when spirited mountain riding. a 100-pound passenger and 150-pound the Tour sometimes felt in the middle during turning with the front turning from the rear.

We pumped up the air suspension per Victory specs but feel much of a difference.

bikes have a very ride and feel. The trunk on the didn’t upset the handling in any although we never had more the 20-pound limit inside the Two full-face helmets could be into the trunk, which was nice to have. Unfortunately, the opens toward the front of the preventing the easy use of a T-bag on the seat.

Likewise, the trunk be opened while a passenger is on the Everyone on staff was in agreement the storage solutions on these were quirky and not very While the side-opening saddlebags spacious, they are awkwardly and don’t hold much Because the bags are side-loaded, the have a tendency to fall out and required repositioning to get the bag closed.

Many times the bags numerous attempts to close, when empty, and in one instance the bag while riding. Thanks to an motorist, my camera gear was as it dangled from the saddlebag. a small laptop inside was because of the shape of the bags.

on a motorcycle is as much about as it is storage. It seems that in the development process, Victory the form and function issues. is so much real estate the saddlebags that could be for functional purposes.

While the version is a fun motorcycle to ride, it is not versatile, is very large and less gear than a with throw-over saddlebags. has taken a risky fork in the by aggressively competing with and Honda in the luxury touring While the chassis, suspension and are exceptional, much of the rest of the doesn’t meet the hype. approximately 2,000 miles on bike, the fit and finish is mediocre at

There are places all over the where plastic parts mate well, and as you may suspect, of the bits rattle. There is an cheesy, barely secured cover over the front of the body panels on the sides to have been sculpted a Swiss Army knife and rails and saddlebags already significant chips and scuffs. For the price tag, I’m wondering how well the bike’s to hold up.

As a first attempt, the platform holds a ton of promise we feel came up a little We encountered too many issues would prevent us from these bikes, not the least of was their actual touring Sure you can tour on them, but for us are better options.

Victory Vision Street
Victory Vision Street


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