Victory chose a linked braking system for the Vision, a philosophy control freaks like me won't appreciate. Full on the brakes, you get a nice, level halt, but not with the urgency you'll find from a Gold Wing's likewise linked system. I'm told there is no ABS option (as there is for the Honda and BMW K1200LT) because not enough people were interested. I know Victory is new in this arena, but I can't help but think this bike is going to shake things up. The Harley? Only if you're shopping for nostalgia. Honda and BMW loyalists? You might want to know there's a new road yacht in town, and it's sailing on an ocean of comfort and style.
It seems I haven't had enough gas station food as I head out of Sturgis, so I decide to widen my loop and include Wyoming and Montana in my route back to Minnesota. My butt's practically humming a tune, nestled in 4 inches of comfy seat foam (or maybe it's the gas station food?) and I decide to go for an official Iron Butt Association "Bun Burner"-at least 1500 miles in less than 36 hours. It's hardly a challenge on this bike-a piece of Hostess cake. Even at 1600 miles into my endurance quest, I have only one issue: speaking. But what a damn blessing. Now when people ask, "What on Earth is that?" I can just mumble something unintelligible and ride away.
EvolutionThe Vision is an all-new model, featuring Victory's first cast-aluminum frame, linked brakes and other new-to-the-company technology. The engine is a completely redesigned, second-generation version of the Freedom V-twin, upsized to 106 cubic inches.
No direct ones: The Vision mixes the classic cruiser character of the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide and Royal Star Venture with the modern luxury-touring amenities of the Honda Gold Wing and BMW K1200LT.
Price: $18,999 Street/$19,999 TourEngine type: a/o-c 50-degree V-twinValve train: SOHC, 4vDisplacement: 1731ccBore x stroke: 101.0 x 108.0mmCompression: 9.4:1Fuel system: EFIClutch: Wet, multi-plateTransmission: 6-speedFrame: Aluminum backboneFront suspension: 43mm forkRear suspension: Single shock, air-adjustableFront brake: Dual three-piston calipers, 300mm discsRear brake: Single two-piston caliper, 300mm discFront tire: 130/70-18 Dunlop Elite 3Rear tire: 180/60-16 Dunlop Elite 3Rake/trail: 29.0/5.4 in.Seat height: 26.5 in.Wheelbase: 65.7 in.Fuel capacity: 6.0 gal.Claimed weight (tank empty/full): 849/885 lbs.Horsepower: 92 bhp @ 4500 rpmTorque: 109 lb.-ft. @ 3250 rpmColors: Black, Super Steel Gray, Midnight CherryAvailable: FallWarranty: One year, unlimited mi.Contact: Victory Motorcycles2100 Highway 25Medina, MN 55340763.417.8650www.victorymotorcycles.com
This nouveau-retro luxury-tourer hits the mark with novel styling, satisfying performance and just the right mix of cruiser cues and luxury comfort.
2008 Victory Vision
Plenty of new technology for The New American Motorcycle
The exceptionally low seat height complicated the rear suspension configuration, resulting in another novel engineering solution: an "out-of-plane" linkage mounted perpendicularly in front of the air-adjustable rear shock, which acts on the shock through a unique pushrod and rocker arrangement. This linkage offers increased tuning options, and also tucks under the low seat while still allowing enough space for a full 4 inches of seat foam, ample clearance for the drive belt and the benefit of not cutting into available cargo space.
In another first for Victory, the brakes on the Vision are linked with the rear brake pedal, which activates the two-piston rear caliper and a proportioning valve that delivers braking pressure to the three-piston calipers up front as well. Linked brakes were incorporated to enhance safety, Victory says-on a bike this heavy, the rear brake alone would be virtually useless.