Instrumentation on each Vision was easy to see and evaluate. Aside from the normal speed, rpm, battery voltage, fuel gauge, and idiot lights, there is a LCD display with gear indicator, time, temperature, and a myriad of fuel and mileage related parameters. Things like average and instantaneous gas mileage, miles to empty, two resettable trip meters, and an overall odometer are among the data available. The main audio controls and screen are integrated into the center of the 'tank' panel while a left handlebar pod lets the rider have audio control at his or her fingertips. An mp3 player can be attached through the auxiliary cord found in the left side tank compartment. With the optional iPod cord, the player can be charged while riding and have song info displayed on the Victory screen. The four-speaker Tour system sounded much better than the two on the Street, but both were good with nice bass and treble response even when riding with a full-face helmet with earplugs in. Improved speakers with new tweeters boost sound output without distortion.
Continuing its relationship with Arlen Ness, the Victory crew let Arlen loose on a Vision Street to use as his palette. Each black, limited edition bike features an Arlen designed paint scheme and comes loaded with Ness accessories such as wheels, grips, and engine covers. A custom stitched leather seat sits 1-inch lower than stock but has a great seat pocket. Of all the Visions we rode, the Ness version just had a feel we liked. Some of that may have been attributed to the seat, but it could have easily been the feeling of straddling the big black machine. There's definitely a cool factor on the Ness Vision that gets attention.
Victory went retro on the 10th Anniversary Vision by using the same Antares Red, with black metallic accents, and gold pinstriping that adorned the first Vic back in 1998. Every part of the bike received special treatment and upgrades. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to see one as they are very rare bikes and will never be produced like this again.
Along with the rest of the cruiser lineup, Victory has an ever-expanding collection of parts and accessories. We're looking forward to what Victory has up its sleeve; it's been an amazing ascension. In only 10 short years it continues to push the envelope and dares to be different.
For more info, as well as color options, parts, accessories, and apparel, visit www.victorymotorcycles.com.