When this bike first came out in 2008, there were open jaws, lots of jeers, and a collective head scratching from most of the motorcycle community. Designed for Victory by legendary custom bike builder Arlen Ness, the Victory Vision resembled something from either the future or a 1930’s sci fi movie.
If you look at some of the super-tricked out bikes Ness has designed in the past, you can see what inspired the Vision.
The styling of the Vision hasn’t changed much since it was first introduced. There have been slightly stripped down versions – the 8 Ball – and others that came with the rear trunk standard and others that didn’t. Its ride has been compared to something akin to a Barcalounger on two wheels to the biggest sportbike you’ll ever lean into a corner. (We once met a guy who rode his Vision like a sportbike and went through a set of floorboards about every six months.)
Harley purists take note — Hell’s Angel icon, Sonny Barger, owns one and supposedly swears by it.
Photo courtesy V-Twin Forum.