Saturday, July 12, 2008

Weekend Bikeblogging

Here's one I saw on TV the other day. I'm not sure if I love it or hate it:

Victory Vision

This one is the "Street" version.

Definitely big enough.

This is the "Tour" version:

Sure looks comfy.

I just don't know. I mean, I'd take this over a Gold Wing, but I'd take almost anything over a Gold Wing. Gold Wing riders are weenies*.

With features like heated seats and a power windshield (WTF?), I'm not sure if the caveman in me could tolerate it.

On the other hand, it could be the best thing on two wheels. I'd have to see one up close to get a better idea, I guess.

* Valkyrie riders, however, are cool as can be.


Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if I love it or hate it:

I'm sure.

You take a gold wing seat and gas tank (and "comfort package"), put a V-twin engine in the frame, stick a BMW K series fairing and engine cowl on the front, Add a 1950's era Indian back end for some "retro" styling, and throw in some ungodly ugly appendage sticking up from the back, and pretend like you've created something new.

I guess they did create something new, in a frankesteinish sort of way.

I hate it.

* Valkyrie riders, however, are cool as can be.

Thanks for throwing that in there...was that just for me, or do you know other Valk riders too?

Anonymous said...

I guess looking at it from the front, the fairing doesn't look quite so "BMW-ish", but from the side, that's how it immediately struck me. no like.

It's like they've run out of ideas so it's become a contest to see who can come up with the most outlandishly ugly design.

Rustmeister said...

Yeah, that's what I'm thinking: is it a modern Indian Chief, or just George Jetson run amok?

As for Valks, that was just for you. =)

I wish they still made them.

Anonymous said...

Thanks my friend.

Actually, the only thing that Valks and Goldwings share is the F6 engine. The styling is completely different and the Valkyrie does not boast such amenities as reverse, air adustable shocks and seats, heated seats and grips, navigation systems, cell phone connections, etc etc etc.

And you aren't the only one who wishes they still made them. Used values are still very high because they are in such demand. I paid $11,500 for mine in 2002 and it only had 900 miles on it. A friend of mine bought a very similar one last year (not in as good of shape and with 35,000 miles) and paid over $9,000.

I'd be willing to bet well as I've taken care of mine and as good a shape as it's in, I could still get $10k or more out of it if I, say, lost my arms and legs in a tragic checkers accident.

Rustmeister said...

LOL, yeah, gotta watch them checkers.

I should start a drive for Honda to re-introduce the Valk.