Extravagant: V-shaped double headlights and long indicators. The two-tone paintwork emphasizes the top design. The rear of the Vision Tour is crowned by a 55-liter topcase.
The Victory Vision as a street version.
Proudly spread to the victory sign: V-shaped tail lights.
Also on board: GPS and MP3 connection for the audio system.
Driving report Victory Vision
Victory took six years. To plan, develop and find out in discussions with customers what the ultimate cruiser should look like. As a result, the vision is now ready to storm the bastion of Gold Wing and Co..
Whoa, what kind of hot thing is THAT? ”The farmer filling up his battered pickup at the lonely gas station in the vastness of Minnesota is off his socks. “I need to go to my Harley dealer for a test drive right now.” Good luck, buddy, because the Harley dealer won’t be able to help.
What got the pick-up driver so excited is nothing less than a Victory Vision. The motorcycle with which the young cruiser manufacturer and Polaris subsidiary Victory wants to stir up the BMW K 1200 LT, Honda Gold Wing and of course Harley-Davidson. In any case, the visual appearance of the vision is sensational. A bow to the American road cruisers of the 1930s. In distinctive, unmistakable and indulgent forms. But even if you are aware of the past at Victory, you don’t live in it. “We are not rewriting American history, we are writing its future”, the company’s website welcomes the curious, quite immodestly (www.polaris.com/en-us/Victory).
For example, the cladding in the wind tunnel was given its final touch. The heart of the vision is the well-known 50-degree V2, which has been increased from 1634 to 1731 cm3 by means of a longer stroke. Air / oil-cooled, without a sterile water jacket, an appetizing chunk. With lighter pistons and unchanged cylinder heads, in which a camshaft opens the four valves per combustion chamber via hydraulic valve lifters. The Langhuber brings 94 hp at 4500 rpm and 148 Nm torque at 3250 rpm. In the newly developed gearbox, the first gear has a shorter ratio, the sixth serves as overdrive. The connection to the rear wheel is made by a carbon-reinforced toothed belt.
The V2 is rigidly screwed into the chassis. It is not one of the tubular steel chassis used to date, but consists of two cast aluminum parts screwed together, which result in an extremely rigid composite and are around 25 percent lighter than the previous steel frames. The front segment, which also carries the frame, also serves as a mount for the steering head.
During a two-day tour that traversed the banks of the Mississippi, roamed the vast expanses of the Midwest, and eventually led down emaciated Iowa highways, the Vision‘s massive appearance proved to be an excellently balanced bike once you step into the 673rd Swung a millimeter low saddle. The Big Twin proved to be an extremely powerful play partner with a wide rev range.
Regardless of whether the throttle valves are opened just above idle or the upper end of the rev range is stormed, the V2 hangs accurately and without play in the drive train on the gas. Above all, it runs extremely smoothly at low speeds. Accompanied by a flattering, full, muffled tone with a dark rumbling note.
The torque surge already seems to peak at 2000 rpm and then hold its level up to almost 5000 revs. As if made to bring the optional cruise control into play.
The only troublemaker: the clear vibrations from 3000 rpm. But Victory has already addressed this problem. Likewise, the extremely noisy third and fourth gears. Especially when you switch to fifth, it’s like someone turned off the radio. Suddenly there is silence. Victory is therefore currently testing various tooth flank shapes and gear ratios to eliminate this.
On the other hand, there is no cause for complaint about the handling, which despite the lush wheelbase, flat steering head and the stocky stature of the Vision is extremely good for a motorcycle whose purpose is actually to cruise on four-lane highways most of the time. Although conceived for North America, the vision thus presents itself as a fine full dresser who could also be involved in Europe. However, no export to the Old World is planned for the time being.
Technical data Victory Vision Street
Engine: air-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke 50-degree V-engine, one overhead, chain-driven camshaft, four valves per cylinder, bucket tappets, wet sump lubrication, injection, ø 45 mm, alternator 368 W, battery 12 V / 18 Ah, mechanical actuated multi-disc oil bath clutch, six-speed gearbox, toothed belt.
Bore x stroke 101.0 x 108.0 mm
Cubic capacity 1731 cm3
Compression ratio 9.4: 1 Rated output 94 hp at 4500 rpm Max. Torque 148 Nm at 3250 rpm
Chassis: Bridge frame made of aluminum, telescopic fork, ø 43 mm, two-arm swing arm made of aluminum, air suspension strut, directly hinged, adjustable air pressure, double disc brake at the front, ø 300 mm, three-piston floating calipers, disc brake at the rear, ø 300 mm, two-piston floating caliper.
Cast aluminum wheels 3.00 x 18; 5.00 x 16
130/70 R 18 tires; 180/60 R 16
Dimensions and weights: wheelbase 1670 mm, steering head angle 61 degrees, caster 137 mm, spring travel f / h 130/120 mm, seat height 673 mm, dry weight 365 kg, tank capacity 22.7 liters.
Colors gray, red, black
Price from around US $ 19,000
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