Victory Vision - Vision Quest

We Put 1600 Miles On Victory's All-New Luxury-Tourer In Just A Day And A Half!

Photography by Jamie Elvidge, Victory, Wayne Davis

The Vision comes standard with a full suite of electronics, including extensive lighting and cruise control, plus an optional power-adjustable windscreen. In addition, a brace of options such as heated saddles and grips, on-board GPS and integrated CB/intercom, MP3/cell-phone functionality and XM Satellite radio are also available. All this puts an unprecedented demand on the electrical system, which is why the Vision is fitted with a new, 50-amp alternator (up from 38 amps) that Victory claims is the highest capacity in the industry. "Infotainment" features are accessed via easy-to-add modular handlebar controls that help keep the cockpit clean-there are no dummy switches anywhere on the base bikes.

Power for the Vision is provided by the redesigned, second-generation Freedom V-twin. A 6mm increase in stroke bumps displacement to 106 cubic inches (1731cc) for more power and a broader torque spread. A more sophisticated Visteon engine-management system further improves performance, drivability and emissions. The new 60-pin ECM incorporates sequential injection with independent fuel and spark calibration for each cylinder, as well as a MAP sensor to precisely calculate the air charge; the new motor burns so clean, an exhaust catalyzer isn't needed. The latest EFI system features dual-channel, closed-loop operation, and larger 45mm throttle bodies are fitted with a new eccentric cable drum for smoother throttle pick-up. Luxury-touring buyers demand greater refinement than cruiser types, so Victory went to great lengths to improve the NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) values. State-of-the-art skirtless pistons and new rods with stepped small ends reduce reciprocating mass, so the motor vibrates less despite the increased stroke. Revised cams with altered closing ramps reduce valve-train noise, while split gears on the clutch and balance shafts, with ramp-type compensators to dampen idle noise, all help maintain the elemental sound and feel of the American V-twin with significantly less mechanical noise and vibration.

Market research indicated that comfort and style are the primary considerations of luxury-touring buyers, so the Vision's chassis was designed to be the most comfortable and stylish on the market. Achieving the design goals of the lowest seat height in the category, the most legroom and smooth, flowing styling placed extreme demands on the engineering staff, who devised some novel solutions. The Vision utilizes the first cast-aluminum frame in company history and incorporates the engine as a stressed member. To keep the bike long and low, the airbox and fuel tank were both moved far forward. The airbox is actually the hollow upper frame unit (air enters behind the headlight and flows around the steerer tube), and the 6-gallon fuel tank is split into 3-gallon halves mounted inside the upper fairing on either side of the triple clamps. Wings attached to the rear frame and massive floorboards that mount to the crankcase provide tip-over protection. The cast frame is said to be 25 percent lighter than an equivalent steel structure yet exceptionally rigid, and incorporates machined mounting surfaces for the Vision's 50 separate body pieces to maintain auto-industry-quality fit and finish.

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