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I test rode 09 Victory Vision. It was on a lark, just for fun, I had my DL 1000 in for tires, and they had a backlog, and Steve threw me the keys and told me to have lunch.

I've been riding for 20+ years, I've had sport bikes, and as I aged and my knees got stiffer and my belly bigger, nakeds/standards, and finally my v-strom (with my burgman 650 as a backup/traffic sucks bike).

I've never liked cruisers, forward controls always turned me off (did a couple of thousand miles on a shadow and another couple on an intruder).

But this... it was like some sort of dark sorcery. I was comfortable. Like sitting in my office chair comfortable. Everything just fit. I'm 6'3" and 280lbs, nothing ever just fits. But this did. And aside from neutral being elusive, it was smooth. I've never ridden a bike that would creep along at idle without feathering the clutch.

And now I can't stop thinking about it.
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Ditto to what everyone else said.

I was originally interested in the cross country because I didn’t know if I liked the “look” of the Vision. But after riding both, the Vision was just better all around (except for the aforementioned smaller saddlebags) and I didn’t have any buffeting like I did on the CC. (I’m 6’2” and sit tall in the saddle).

Haven’t regretted it one bit. In fact, the more miles I put on, the more I love it!
 

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You would be hard pressed to find a Vision Owner that doesn't love their bike. That speaks for itself. I bought a Vision 8ball last year as a second bike and couldn't be happier about that decision. Doing that MI to FL run, your body will thank you for getting a Vision.
 

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Is that bike in Florida, or Michigan? Just asking because I am in Florida and there is one near me that fits that description that I have looked at. On the slight chance it is the same bike, I have a thought or two on it. But if I am sticking my nose where it does not belong, I will go back to my corner.
In Florida, and if you've seen it I'd love to hear about it.
 

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When I was first shopping for a Victory, I liked the looks of the Cross Country and, while I didn't hate the look of a Vision, I wasn't super thrilled with it either. I did a Victory Demo Days and rode both. I then started shopping and bumped into a 2012 Vision in early 2013 with low miles and the right farkles for the price range I was shopping in. CCs at the time were much more expensive. I test rode it and said to myself: "this is it". 6 years and almost 30,000 miles later, I can't think of a bike to replace it.
 

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WTF guys....help the man, only ONE suggestion as to what OIL to use ....

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I test rode 09 Victory Vision. It was on a lark, just for fun, I had my DL 1000 in for tires, and they had a backlog, and Steve threw me the keys and told me to have lunch.

I've been riding for 20+ years, I've had sport bikes, and as I aged and my knees got stiffer and my belly bigger, nakeds/standards, and finally my v-strom (with my burgman 650 as a backup/traffic sucks bike).

I've never liked cruisers, forward controls always turned me off (did a couple of thousand miles on a shadow and another couple on an intruder).

But this... it was like some sort of dark sorcery. I was comfortable. Like sitting in my office chair comfortable. Everything just fit. I'm 6'3" and 280lbs, nothing ever just fits. But this did. And aside from neutral being elusive, it was smooth. I've never ridden a bike that would creep along at idle without feathering the clutch.

And now I can't stop thinking about it.
Same happen to me back in 2009. I was having tires changed on my Yamaha Royal star and the old man threw me the keys to a 09 Vision Tour. The vision was in my garage the next night. Now I have a 2013 Arlen Ness VV. I have test rode every tour bike (besides the new GWing) out there and found nothing that can replace this bike. JMHO but the 2008 and 2009 stock bikes had the most chrome before they started to put the cheap parts to lower the price. No ABS but not a deal breaker!!!
 

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Well you made the same mistake I made back in 2016, I test rode a Vision ;). After the test ride I could not get that bike out of my head and I was hooked and got it, handles great, comfortable and as I have said before she can dance for a big girl :). No regrets at all and to this date the Vision is the best bike I have ever owned.
 

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Well, the lady of the house popped my dreamy 3 bike bubble. Seems she isn't willing to give up her parking spot in the garage. So I have to decide what to give up, the burgman or the v-strom? V-Strom Is the logical choice as it fills my long distance touring needs at the moment. But I just don't know how comfortable I am with the idea of taking a vision up Dalton highway (my 2021 trip if all goes well). I'm taking a month-long vacation the end of May, it'll take me from Florida to California hitting the national parks, with time camping in Yosemite up to Mt. Rainier and then across the top of the country to Michigan. I'll use this trip is a gauge as to how much actual 2 track and service road riding I do. I know I would lose luggage space by going from the V Strom to the vision as my current givi set up provides me with about 140 liters, but honestly most everything I need fits in my epic drybag anyways.

Burgman is my grocery getter. Nothing says I don't care if I'm stuck in traffic like an automatic transmission, Especially considering my V Strom has a fairly heavy pull on the clutch. Is truly excellent to ride, especially around town and I really can't see replacing it with a Vision. The fact that I have 190 liters of storage on that bike with my givi setup, places it far ahead of the vision for running errands as well.

This would all be so much easier if I could just have that extra parking. :)
 
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Well Sir, don't know what to tell ya there. I have three bikes as well and let me tell you, the f*cking car got kicked to the curb. Period. But if I was in your position and had to give one up to get the Vision in the stable, the Burgman would be the one to go. That is just me, however. Maybe the Vision doesn't fit your needs right now. Best of luck. I'm sure you will figure it out one way or the other.
 

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There's several stories of guys riding Visions up the Dalton Highway. I personally wouldn't consider any other bike for it (But I'm biased). I've ridden my '13 from AL to NM/CO twice. Damn thing kept forcing me to stop at gas stations...about every 200-220 miles....That was the only issue. Dalton highway? bring it on ;-) LMYR
 

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Yeah, I've read Rollin's report over on ADVrider, and I'm sure the bike can do it. I'm just not sure ~I~ can pilot it over those roads :) Anyway I look at it, I'm putting a vision in my garage, it's just been postponed by a few months. Hell, maybe I'll get one of those ride in motorcycle shelters for the Burgman :) Plenty of driveway space.
 

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I test rode 09 Victory Vision. It was on a lark, just for fun, I had my DL 1000 in for tires, and they had a backlog, and Steve threw me the keys and told me to have lunch.

I've been riding for 20+ years, I've had sport bikes, and as I aged and my knees got stiffer and my belly bigger, nakeds/standards, and finally my v-strom (with my burgman 650 as a backup/traffic sucks bike).

I've never liked cruisers, forward controls always turned me off (did a couple of thousand miles on a shadow and another couple on an intruder).

But this... it was like some sort of dark sorcery. I was comfortable. Like sitting in my office chair comfortable. Everything just fit. I'm 6'3" and 280lbs, nothing ever just fits. But this did. And aside from neutral being elusive, it was smooth. I've never ridden a bike that would creep along at idle without feathering the clutch.

And now I can't stop thinking about it.
I need to sell my 09 Arlan Ness Vision, Im ready to make a deal !
 

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I need to sell my 09 Arlan Ness Vision, Im ready to make a deal !
I'd say so since you misspelled Arlen. You know he just passed away?

I need more information to make an accurate offer but I'll start the bidding with two cat pelts. You do deal in cat pelts? Most here do.

All jokes aside, why you looking to sell it?
 

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I'm pretty much dedicated to a 2011+, as that was the year they put in the helical gears, and cranked the oil change from 2.5k to 5k. Fairly important to me, as the multiple trips from FL to MI and back are 1,442 miles each way, and I usually throw 500 a week (or more) on it while I'm up there. So a three or four week trip ends up with me starting with an oil change, and coming home to another. I'd want a lift and such up there to do changes (you get spoiled).
 

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I've had a '78 KZ750, Suzuki Bandit 650, a '10 VTX 1800 (monster torque), '14 Cross Country Tour which I stupidly traded for a Slingshot, a '10 Street Glide, and a '16 Vegas 8 Ball, and now I'm back on 2 wheels with a '14 Vision I bought yesterday with 5000 original miles on it. I can't believe how much I missed the smoothness of riding a Vic.
 
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