2008 Victory Vision Street Motorcycle Test — Ultimate MotorCycling

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Victory Vision Street
Victory Vision Street

2008 Victory Vision | Motorcycle Test

Potato-potato-potato. repetitive onomatopoeia was once in a courtroom to describe Harley-Davidson’s V-twin idle, a rumble of specific timbre and cadence the manufacturer sought to trademark its Victory Motorcycles, keenly of the lure and lore of air-cooled as popularized by Harley, has literally its new Vision—not to mention their brand—around that storied configuration as well.

However, the new twists the American cruiser Surrounding the traditional engine with sweeping bodywork, complements the engine’s innately stance with lines are simultaneously futuristic and nostalgic. The version is low and streamlined, while the variant adds a trunk doubles as a passenger backrest and speaker enclosure, cutting a and busier profile. (Click to enlarge)

X-ray the Vision, and futuristic forms become Large, twin aluminum flank the steering head and a total of 6 gallons of fuel, and the which acts as a stressed suspends from the cast frame without the aid of a downtube. A subframe and swingarm serve to the Vision’s weight, though, at 800 lb, the hulking mass of the bike is no featherweight.

Air is fed to the engine through the gently curve of the frame, and an air filter just behind the headlight is accessible but out of sight. The bike’s carefully drapes the engine is referred to as a jewel in the setting by brass) and is thoughtfully designed nary a cheap finish in metallic-looking accents that easily have been of plastic are, in fact, aluminum. Included with the luxury package, among amenities, are extra chrome and a backlit Victory badge, to the world—day or night—of the owner’s for non-Harley motorcycling.

Helmet: Sprint

Eyewear: Mercedes MB50701

Jacket: Vanson Mark II

Gloves: AGV Sport

Jeans: Salt Works Street Low Rise Boot Cut

Harley-Davidson Torrent. (Click to enlarge)

Resting, the Vision cuts an profile that suggests a for substantial lower body and the ability to manhandle an unwieldy of two-wheeled mass. Straddle the and you’ll be met with an entirely experience. The seat, which a mere 26.5 inches the pavement, is narrow but comfortable, and its 4 inches of padding is generously at the rear for support.

The handlebars—thick and mechanically isolated from the of the aforementioned 106 cu in twin. Along the top of the is an aluminum panel with a LCD display for the stereo system, a expanse for an optional GPS unit, the key, and a few stray buttons.

a Gold Wing, the Vision offer a built-in display making the optional GPS unit like a bit of an afterthought (though it integrate with the bike’s as does an iPod). The dashboard features an analog speedometer and and an LCD screen that displays the ambient temperature reading, and a gear indicator.

Start up the chortling, 1,731cc and you might be surprised by its gutsy to the modernity of the bike’s bodywork. your feet forward on the floorboards, and the daunting task of the bike grows less At slow speeds, the Vision is a surprise, as it does not want absent-minded rider inattention or handling) to tip over.

Should the lose grasp of his iron and steed, the Vision is designed to on wings on the edges of the floorboards to the lavish bodywork from the of asphalt.

Victory Vision Street

The engine revs throughout the powerband (though 90% of is delivered at only 2,000 and increased speed only the bike’s stability. The 6-speed feels solidly isolated and constructed, lending it an air of impenetrability the torquey engine. Considering the size and heft, turning the comes easily, and the chassis to feel at once reassuringly and surprisingly compliant.

Rear stiffness can be adjusted via a Schroeder and compressed air, compensating for and cargo loads.

At speed, the Vision Street’s is a relatively peaceful (though not sheltered or silent) place, on the position of the adjustable windshield, optional electric control. The is available with XM Satellite and iPod connectivity, and provides an distraction from the diegetic of the highway. Small, folding winglets are cutely low-tech to deflect air from rider while optional heated and seat surfaces (including the backrest) enable comfort in climates. (Click image to

In spite of its oversized proportions, the copes well with roads when ridden With sufficient lean and forethought, the Vision turns surefootedness and stability. The bike’s ability is strong, and a linked activates when rear are applied (though the most stops come when the brakes are manually applied as

Pedal effort is a bit high, in order to avoid brake but one glaring omission is the lack of an system, even as an option. The to omit ABS is a paradoxical one, at The Vision, after all, design boundaries with its exterior, but acquiesces to the perceived of consumers by omitting state of the art

On the road the Vision is, of course, no for more sprightly sport bikes, but it holds its own on rough twisting pavement, and rollercoaster that challenge the chassis, and brakes. And while Vision are generally insulated from jostling, wind noise, and tightening g-forces, they are not from the visceral roots of transport. After all, the V-twin that sits the rider’s lower legs very much alive as it heats up the insides of the calves, and handedly prevents the Vision feeling numb, or worse,

So, if there is one element of the Vision’s that rises to prominence, one that screams louder practical aspects like space, cruising range, or comfort, it is that big American the one that defined another style and identity, and paved the way for modern takes on long cruisers. It is not the Vision’s only feature, but it is certainly one of its most The exposed V-twin takes an swoopy bike and adds a bit of a charming spark that the Vision more entertaining, and alive than most tourers.

In this age of engineering ad nauseam and technological perfection, the combination of and originality make the Victory attractive to anyone who itches for a off the beaten path.

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