I’ve always been a fan of the Victory engine and its torque, but where the Cross-Country Tour really impressed was in the handling department when we hit twisties during the first two days through Idaho and Montana. The CCT has better handling than you’d expect for such a big bike, as well as a fair amount of cornering clearance. The Vision has even more, but tests my objectivity as a journalist with its styling. The fact that it tried to cook my calves, or would go into a slight wiggle that left the front end feeling less than planted any time I went over 80, didn’t make me like the Vision more. Victory says there are flaps that can direct the wind onto your legs to remedy the BBQ problem, but our bikes didn’t have them. In contrast, the CCT has flaps in the lowers that you can adjust to put wind anywhere on your leg you want, or close when the weather turns on you. It also has more luggage volume. After one day on the Vision, I declared that grenade officially jumped on and stayed on the CCT for the rest of the trip. Victory says that the Vision is its fourth-best-selling bike, and one fellow journo actually preferred the Vision, so to each his own.