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Victory Vision Tour
Victory Vision Tour

2008 Victory Vision and Street: MD First Ride

Six and millions of dollars later the Vision Tour and Street are products. We were granted 450 in the seat of the Vision touring in Minnesota, USA.

I am outside of a hotel in the city center of and have just entered the of this alien looking of American design. The first and important thing that I do is to the iPod Nano Victory us as a launch gift to make use of the system.

Victory chose to the Vision in Minnesota as the factory and the Victory team are based Not only would we get to ride the new we would also get to see it being at the factory.

The Vision Tour straight into a scarcely part of the motorcycle market luxury touring. This is we find the Honda Gold Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic and BMW full-on touring bikes. The Tour is all about comfort.

It is to make touring as effortless and as possible. Lower and longer the rest has also been motto during the development

After the correct map is loaded on to my GPS, I am ready to tackle the rush hour out of Minneapolis and towards the endless corn in this rural part of We have about 300 miles to in the states of Minnesota and Iowa the Mississippi river.

A low centre of and a low seat height (673mm) for easy low speed handling. The weighs in at a heavyweight 365kg lbs.) and the first gear has lowered to make take-offs I really feel like I am in a nice place and you really do sit in the rather than on it.

Stereo on, of V-twin muscle and a big comfortable to sit on makes me relaxed and in no time we are out on the

The handlebars are gigantic and stretch towards me. They are bolt-ons and little vibration comes to my hands. Around 3,000 rpm almost all torque is already (90% at 2,000 rpm and 100% at rpm) I can feel some through the big and long footboards. So I the shifter up into sixth overdrive gear) and at 60 mph I feel like surfing than I have time now to settle in on the and play around with the

The cruise control activation is on the right hand console reached without taking my hand off the throttle. At 60 I cruise, but the in front slowly comes and closer. Better decelerate a of mph then.

This can be done by the next button on the right side and next to that is the acceleration button that speed by about a mile per per click. Easy to operate and my hand gets a break throttle duties. But when comes to a standstill I had to go back to again. This can be done by applying the linked brakes or the

This worked without during the entire 450 mile

On the more boring bits of I was glad that I also had the to play with. The sound is and there were never any where I could not hear the or talk on the radio. When from standstill, the volume increase automatically as soon as the noise increases.

This way you need to adjust the volume all the The music loaded up to my iPod was the as everyone else’s and I spent a lot of skipping past boring old and western songs. Wish had been some Surfin’ the alien Joe Satriani stuff on I thought to myself, or that I had my lap top to upload some of my own music, or the Vision Tour was Bluetooth so that I could have music to the stereo from my phone.

Bluetooth is slightly too tech at this point in the I was told and the iPod slot one better than much of the

Promise me something: do get an iPod of a CD changer if you buy a Vision. You’ll a lot of space in the trunk and can carry your whole record on one tiny hard drive. The tracks and volume are controlled the left console on the handlebar. If you to switch from iPod to you use the big button on the bottom of the console in front of your crotch.

tune into different stations from the buttons it or the left handlebar.

Along the river there are a few corners allowed us to test the handling better than on the motorway. It is fun to throw the gigantic Vision from side to side. Not to defy gravity, but also it handles damn well for a mammoth motorcycle.

A conventional telescopic fork takes of front end traction, while a new monoshock sits at the back. The end did jump a bit over bumps at speed, which suggests the is not fast enough, but we’re 90-100 mph stuff and it didn’t me much. The Vision Tour and are fitted with Dunlop 3 180/60-R16 at the rear and 130/70-R18 at the

The frame is as innovative as the overall and it doubles as the air box. The frame helps stability at high but also improves both and torque due to a larger air box volume Both the frame and swingarm are of cast aluminum to save Another Vision innovation is the fuel tanks also from aluminum which 22.7L (6 gallons).

Look at the without the bodywork and it still like nothing else out

On the road we are not 100% sure how the fuel consumption figures and are. The Victory engineers are now on improving the accuracy on the fuel as it tended to be a bit optimistic. But 22.7 cruising in overdrive should a very decent fuel

The new fuel-injected Freedom 50 degree engine is based on existing architecture and the 106 cubic inch SS However, no part has been untouched and this new 1731cc is more efficient than due to improved internal parts and direction of the air flow. This has Victory to shrink the oil-cooler and it further away than The 106 produces 92bhp @5,000rpm and torque @3,500rpm.

Compared to the 100ci engine the is up from 102mm to 108mm, bore remains at the same The compression is upped to 9.4:1 1 compared to the 106 SS due to knock control). is kept down to a minimum the 2-1-2 exhaust and resonance inside the engine covers meshing on the inside of the engine

The ECU is brand new for this engine and it has wonders. As a result of it, the manual idle lever is gone, speed stability is improved, the has better run quality, better (particularly from big to small openings) and better fuel I usually don’t mention power figures in my articles, but for the Tour and Street it is worth that the crank mounted produces a whopping 50 amps

That should run that and accessories just fine! The also acts as a stressed of the frame.

Out on the road the new 106 feels It is quiet when you want it to be and up with a roar if you tease it. 3,000 rpm there is some power coming to life and the air box noise is great!

This be a proper beast with a 1 kit! Rolling on and off the throttle the responds smoothly, but there is a somewhere that I can’t exactly while riding. I find out the noise is actually due to the final drive.

There’s some sort of issue either the sprockets or belts on the production run. The noise is noticeable at low speeds, and the engineers are on getting rid of this unwanted

Cruising at around 80mph I was that I had the adjustable windscreen on my It works by just pushing a on the left handlebar up or down. The certainly makes life covering mileage on the motorway, and are also two manual wind under each mirror further enhance the airflow the rider and pillion. On the motorway, I to have these out as they did more air away from my body and knees.

The windscreen and comprehensive fairing did job, and there was very turbulence and almost no buffeting to my

The gigantic fairing features a wing section with blinkers and mirrors. Due to the very mounting, the mirrors were clear and they are huge too so backwards is really good. The version differs from the in that it has a big trunk with an pillion backrest.

Victory Vision Tour
Victory Vision Tour

Side might have more of an on the Tour rider than the rider, but I didn’t consider it to be an during our test.

When the were needed, I felt were powerful enough to this mega tourer The brakes are linked, Victory-branded 3 at the front, and a 2 pot at the back. Applying the rear brake carefully give you just that, at the rear wheel. Apply more force and some brake will be applied as To maximize the stopping power you to apply some front yourself, as well.

If only the brake is applied only the brakes are engaged. The callipers suspiciously like the same Honda are using on several models, but Victory-branded.

The instrument has all the features you need for touring. analogue clocks show and rpm data, fuel consumption, temperature and time (to mention The Garmin Victory TourTech GPS is as an accessory on a central location it is easy to both view and Because of the stereo system, it can be used in “speak” mode if It will then interrupt any or radio to give instructions the loudspeakers.

Other accessories that I were the heated grips and There was no need for them in the heat we were riding in, but on a motorcycle these are essentials I also tested a deluxe seat on a Vision Street an adjustable lower back

This was very comfortable and the rest can also be moved to the pillion seat. On the Street would make for a very accessory as there is no backrest for the The Street feels very the same to ride as the Tour and you can upgrade a Street to become a by buying the trunk later.

I say that the trunk on the Tour was useful. It will take two helmets, is lit when it’s and Victory even offers a mirror in their 60-item list. But the trunk (with backrest) on the Tour adds 18.14 kilograms (40 pounds) to the Street, and that is a lot of weight. So it all on the sort of usage expected the Vision.

I’d certainly prefer the version for the extra capacity, and trunk is seriously stylish the lines flow with the

To test the pillion comfort I had to be a So what I did on a clear stretch of was activate cruise control, and jump back into the seat for a while on the Tour. back there was even than in the rider’s seat!

comfortable it was. It felt riding the Vision Tour remote control and I really myself back there. To properly, brake and accelerate I needed to get back in the rider’s but it amazed me how stable and easy the cruised along even any riding inputs. Did a shoot, as to get the pictures I needed of this. To my Victory motorcycles decided to my riding images and removed shots from my disc.

A shame that a grown up makes such a decision my freedom of expression. It might say twin on the side of the Victory but some of my freedom was just away.

Another interesting feature the Victory Vision Tour and is that the frame has integrated protection. Twice I witnessed in action during the launch as a journo tipped over not but twice turning the bike for one of the photo sessions. No plastics no scratches apart from on the designed to be scratched in such an I would say that this is one of the selling points.

You can basically let go of the bike and it will tip to its side breaking anything! That is cool and a very reassuring

The Vision Tour and Street such a big presence on the road. 30 of them in a line is really an sight. The bikes live up to hype. Among the most and probably THE most stylish motorcycles in the world.

It is long and low, and more special and than traditional tourers. Can you what will happen Arlen and Cory Ness get hands on a couple of these? a paint job I’m really looking to seeing!

I really enjoyed my 450 aboard the Victory Vision tourers and at the end of the day there’s only one to say. if the controversial styling to you, and you are looking for a luxury then go and treat yourself!

styling and presence

Handling, protection and brakes

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