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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 13th 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au ---17 Retro vision of future BIG GUNS: The Victory Vision Tour model is heavy-metal motorcycling at it's most extreme. T AKE a chainsaw to a 1950s Cadillac, carve it down the middle and you are left with what looks like a Victory Vision. This behemoth is a classic piece of auto- erotica with flowing lines of chrome and glossy paint that comes to dew-drop point ends. It shouts ''look at me'' and all road users seem to obey. Victory has been around in the US for 11 years; a relative newcomer compared with main competitor, Harley-Davidson, which is well and truly into its second century. And this is the main problem Victory has; a lack of tradition and all that goes with it such as loyalty and market awareness. In an effort to develop its awareness Victory, which has been in Australia about a year, has loaned Carsguide their top-of-the-range, full- dresser Victory Vision Tour with integrated top box and panniers for several months. The object is to see if living with a Victory is the same as living with a Harley. Both are born in Wisconsin in Midwest America where the roads are long, straight and flat. This is heavy-metal motorcycling at its extreme with a host of kit on board; about as much as a Harley Ultra with which it most closely compares. Both come with ABS, stereo and cruise control, but the Vision adds a few extra creature features such as two-stage seat war- mers, an iPod connector and a power wind- shield, adjustable from a handlebar switch. The Harleys come with an immobiliser fob key while the Vision uses an old-fashioned key. The Vision costs up to $1000 less, depending on colour. It is a massive bike, but no bigger than an Ultra. It's slightly lighter, but still almost 400kg. However, with the bulk low in the frame, both bikes feel quite light and maneuverable even at walking speeds. The Vision Tour comes with massive-looking integrated panniers, although they are more about style than function with some 30 per cent of the internal space unusable. They won't even fit my open-face helmet. However, the rear top box is humungous. It could do with carpeting or something to stop things rattling around, but all up, it means there is 127 litres of lockable storage available. When you hop on, it almost feels like you are in a convertible. The centre console looks like one out of a modern Volvo, while the instru- ments which are way, way out in front look like a 1950s Cadillac. Even the dashboard has a strange mix of old- fashioned, with three large analogue dials, and modern, with a multifunction display. It shows stacks of information: two trip meters, average speed, average fuel consump- tion, instantaneous consumption, trip timer, distance to empty and ambient temperature. The speedo features the 0-120 numbers in large increments then smaller numbers and increments from 120-180. It makes sense in our speed-camera culture. Around town, it's comfortable and maneuver- able but hot. Harley has developed an idle cutout feature for its rear cylinder to reduce heat. The Vision doesn't have this and it really roasts the right leg, especially in summer traffic. On the highway it settles into a groove and the heat dissipates but not entirely. That massive Batman fairing tends to offer too much wind resistance which creates a heat bubble around the rider. It also creates buffetting and slight steering wobbles when it hits turbulence from other traffic, particularly trucks. The fairing also helps transmit a lot of clunky transmission and engine noise into the cockpit which drowns out the rather quiet exhaust. Most owners will probably run aftermarket pipes. The gearbox not only sounds clunky, but feels it. However, it is a positive shifter with no ''angel gears'' and an easy-to-find neutral. The riding position is more relaxed than the touring Harleys with pegs mounted much further forward, higher and tilted updwards for better cornering clearance angles. In fact, it takes quite a bit of effort to ground the pegs and when they do, they are solid blobs of metal that will withstand considerable punishment. The ride is not as plush as the Harleys and it doesn't seem quite as stable in fast corners. For such a massive bike, the side stand seems inadequate and doesn't lock like Harley's clever stands. Where it departs from the Harley is in its looks, which attract more attention than anything I have ever ridden. MARK HINCHLIFFE small torque Victory Vision Tour Price: $37,957 (black --- ride away), 38,471 (cherry), $39,100 (two-tone) Engine: 4-stroke, 1731cc, aircooled, 4-valve, SOHC, fuel-injected V-Twin Bore x stroke: 101 x 108mm Compression: 9.4:1 Power: 72kW Torque: 153Nm Fuel tank: 22.7 litres Transmission: 6-speed, carbonfibre re- inforced belt Dimensions (mm): 2665 (l), 1670 (wheel- base), 673 (seat), 148 (clearance) Dry weight: 395kg Suspension: inverted cartridge telescopic fork (front); adjustable air shock (rear) Brakes: linked, dual 300mm floating rotors with 4-piston calipers (front), 300mm float- ing rotor with 2-piston calliper (rear), ABS Wheels: 18 x 3in (front), 16 x 5in (rear) Tyres: 130/70R18 Dunlop Elite 3 (front), 180/60R16 Dunlop Elite 3 (rear) Motor Cycles Aprilia Scarabeo Scooter 250cc, 5,000 ks, just serviced, taxed July 10, screen, top box, panniers, $4,800. 6298 1990. 0 ATV 600 Grizzley vgc, $4,580. Ph 0417 532 744 1 BMW F650 1995 63,000 km, exc cond, LAMS appr, $5,500. Ph 0407 829 804. 0 BRAAM 125CC trail bike brand new helmet and goggles, $730 ono. 0439 598 566 0 CBR 1996 RR900, Fireblade, exc cond, $5,300 ono. Ph 0437 552 453. 1 CBR600 F4i 2001 Rossi replica, after market exhaust, 21,000 ks, reg 8/10, good cond, bike stand inc, $7,000 neg. Ph 0407 552 885. 1 Draggin Jeans Rossi and Thomas Cook boots, leather jackets, jeans, vests, gloves, - ladies and mens. W/proof jean polar fleece lined. Oilskin jeans, jackets. Country Leather 108 Elizabeth St, Hbt 62315082 1 DRZ 400E 2004 mod, LAMS appr, exc cond $5,200 ono. Ph 6261 4824 or 0438 397 632 1 Electric Motocross 2010 Zero MX Bikes now in Hobart. Info www.zeromotorcycles.com Demos phone Mark on 0458 246 686 0GOD'S SQUAD RIDE This Sun departs Cooleys Hotel Moonah, 1.00 pm. All welcome 1 HARLEY DAVIDSON '96 Wide Glide, exc cond, 24,000k $16,400 0407 786530 0 Harley FXD Wide Glide 2003, black, mint cond, extras, 40ks $23,500 0412 386111 0 HARLEY WILD FATBOY SS124, Jims 6 spd, BDL, also PLATE SS124, $36,500 ono. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 0 HONDA CD250 '91, reg 06/10, low k's, top box, very good con $2,800 ono 62789849 0 SOUTHERN DIRTBIKES 505 Main Rd Montrose Ph 6273 2871 Easy finance interest free or deferred payment available TAA 2044776-32 2048838-44 SOUTHERN MOTORCYCLES WRECKERS • Helmets • Tyres • Clothing • Chains • Tubes • Gloves • Body Armour & more 82A Charles St, Moonah Ph 6273 0368 Open Mon-Fri & Sat Morning BASKERVILLE RACEWAY Sat 27th MARCH 2010 Sun 28th MARCH 2010 Please Book Early Ph 1300 366 640 or www.stayupright.com.au Advanced Skills L1 Course A must for all road riders Suitable for all skill levels $300.00 Advanced Skills L2 Cornering and Braking Course Upgrade your cornering skills Increase your braking confidence $300.00 2029403-07 HIGHLIGHTER ADS Make your ad stand out from the rest! Ask the operator for a price when next placing your car ad for Saturday. Ph 62 300 400. HONDA CRF 250R 2005 vgc, $3,300. 0416 375 625. 0HONDA CRF150 2006, exc cond, 15 hrs use max, air cooled, looks and rides brand new $3,999 ono. Ph Jess 0417 384 880 or 6245 0559. 0 HONDA CRF250 2004 Exc cond $4,300 - 0409 515252 0HONDA CR85R 2005 exc cond, big wheel, pro circuit pipe, Tag bars, hand guards $3,300 ph 0408 136 467. HONDA FIRESTORM VTR 1000F, '99, Yoshis, pilots, reg, 57ks, extras, outstanding cond, $5,500 neg. Ph 0417 587 673 or 6267 1979. 0 HONDA MOTO DB70 exc cond. $400. 0438 000 949 0 HONDA RVF 400cc blue, 25,800 klms, great cond, $7,000 ono. Ph 0401 099 234 0Honda Spacy Scooter 250 $1,100 ono. Ph 6247 8960 0 HONDA XR 100 2000, immac cond, $2,000 ono. 6248 8604 0KAWASAKI GPX 600 needs minor work, no reg, $1,000 ono. Ph 0418 614 523 0 KAWASAKI GPZ900R Excellent cond, $6,000 firm Phone 0411 015 050. 0 KAWASAKI ZZR250cc LAMS approved, $4,200 ono. Ph 0407 702 818 0 KAWASAKI ZZR250 90 mod, new tyres-brakes- clutch, goes well, $2,300 ono. Phone 0418 863 045. 0 KAWAZAKI ZX 12R 1200CC immaculate condition, power commander $8,500 ono. Ph 0438004546 0 KTM 250 SXF 2008 as new, first to see will buy, $7,200 ono. Ph 0438004546 0 KTM 450 SX Motocross, 2008 model, exc cond, $8,000 ono. S/Bay ... 0407 564 464 0 KX 125 2002 Excellent condition, $3,400 ono Phone 0448 373 276. 0 QUAD BIKE TRAILER $600. Ph 0400 042 496. 0 Quad Polaris 400cc 2 stroke, auto, good cond, goes well, $3,300 ono. 0437 747 788 1Scooter Honda Spacy 250 $1,100 ono. Ph 6247 8960 0 STMCA MX CLUB DAY Interlaken Rd, Oatlands. Sunday 21st Mar. Scrut. 8am All classes catered for. All riders MUST bring a flaggie. Enq. Dave 0400 813 212 0SUZUKI BANDIT 1200S '05 13,000ks, 4 mths reg, exc cond $7,600 ono Ph 0418 528 060 0 SUZUKI GSXR 750 2005 Anniversary Edition, 5,300 kms, Yoshi pipe, extras, immac $9,500 Ph 0408 594460 1 SUZUKI RMZ 450 fuel injected, A1 cond, low hrs, $7,500 ... Ph 0412 654 696 0 SUZUKI RM125 2001 Good condition, FMF system $2,700 Ph 0422 0066 77 0 To Advertise Your Business Here Call 62 300 500 or email email@example.com 2 TRIUMPH FREEWAY Mens leather jacket sz 46, new with tags $380. 0400 055 423 0 TRIUMPH TIGER 1050 black, heated grips, sports pipe, 1st reg Dec 07, $14,900. Ph 0409 659 358. 0Yamaha FZX250 1999 Really good looking bike, mech great, lots of fun, LAMS appr $3,000 ono. Ph 0418 201 709. ATTENTION! THERE MAY BE MORE LIST- INGS IN CARSGUIDE EXTRA. PLEASE REFER INDEX SATURDAY'S CLASSIFIEDS.
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