VICTORY VISION TOUR (2008-on) Review

Published: 29 April 2010

"So out of this world you wouldn't be surprised if little green men stepped out of a pannier…"

Victory Vision

"So out of this world you wouldn't be surprised if little green men stepped out of a pannier…"

  • At a glance
  • 1731cc  -  92 bhp
  • 37 mpg  -  215 miles range
  • Low seat height (673mm)

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

The Victory Vision Tour is so out of this world, you wouldn’t be surprised if little green men stepped out of a pannier. But underneath the outrageous size and style is a damned good big-twin tourer loaded with gadgets.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Vision handles far better than it should – it’s like a supersport bike next to it’s main rival, the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide. The suspension smoothly damps out bumps and copes admirably with the weight without pitching and bouncing, especially if you pump the rear air shock up. Braking is OK – it does the job as long as you don’t hope to hammer on the brakes at the last minute everywhere. ABS is standard for 2010, which helps.

Engine 4 out of 5

The 1731cc ‘Freedom’ engine in the Vision isn’t the fastest thing in the world, but surprisingly for a big narrow-angle twin it’s smooth, and holds out on to it’s power through the rev range rather than running out of puff. It makes enough torque that a pillion or luggage makes little impact. Above ninety it starts to strain against the barn-door fairing – it’ll do it, but high-speed isn’t the point of the Vision.

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Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Victory is still a growing brand so a solid reputation for reliability is a few years away, but there’s no major faults reported with any of the bikes using the same engine, and MCN put 7000 miles on a Vision with only a minor software issue afflicting the stereo. Service intervals are disappointingly short at 2500 miles though – long foreign trips will require careful timing if you don’t want to go past the service interval. Built quality is stunning – the ‘Victory’ badges on the fairing light up at night for the final needless, but cool, touch.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

There’s no doubt you get a lot of bike for the money – it’s a brilliant way for you and a pillion to cover miles in style. It makes the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide feel and look cheap as well as riding better, and it’s considerably cheaper than the Honda GL1800 Goldwing, though the Honda boasts six-cylinder power and even more toys. If you have this much cash to spend on a bike, you’ll have your own perception of value anyway. Find a Victory Vision for sale

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Dull motorways are made more interesting by the Victory – you can marvel at the buttons for hours. Cruise control and a high-quality stereo (complete with iPod jack to control it through the dash) plus heated seats and grips. A reverse gear is fitted to help move the behemoth backwards, and impress onlookers. Comfort is excellent, allowing you to use all the 200 plus miles fuel-range in one hit. Compare and buy parts for the Vision in the MCN Shop. 

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2008
Year discontinued -
New price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 92 bhp
Max torque 109 ft-lb
Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 37 mpg
Tank range 215 miles
Specification
Engine size 1731cc
Engine type 8v air-cooled 50° v-twin. Six gears, belt drive
Frame type Cast aluminium cradle
Fuel capacity 22.7 litres
Seat height 673mm
Bike weight 394kg
Front suspension none
Rear suspension Air-adjustable preload
Front brake Twin 300mm discs, three-piston calipers. Linked ABS.
Rear brake 300mm disc, two-piston caliper. Linked ABS
Front tyre size 130/70R18
Rear tyre size 180/60R16

History & Versions

Model history

2008: Introduced. Two models – Vision Street, without topbox and some accessories, and the Vision Tour, with top box and full spec.
2010: ABS introduced as standard fit.

Other versions

Vision 8-Ball: Introduced 2010, stripped of top box, shorter screen, all electronic accessories and painted all-black, costing £13,495.

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