Just not on the same track

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE.COM.AU -

SURELY Mark Hinch­liffe can­not be talk­ing about the multi-award­win­ning Victory Vi­sion (Cars­guide March 20), for ex­am­ple the UK’s Mo­tor Cy­cle News Tourer of the Year 2008, MCN’s 2009 Best Tourer, US Mo­tor­cy­clist mag­a­zine’s 2008 Mo­tor­cy­cle Cruiser of the Year, etc, etc.

Surely they don’t hand out th­ese awards if the bike isn’t ex­actly what they say it is: sim­ply the best avail­able.

Victory have gone to a lot of trou­ble to make a Tourer/Cruiser for this cen­tury and not been stuck in a very old tra­di­tional groove.

Mark also did not men­tion many of the fine en­gi­neer­ing fea­tures of the bike, like over­head cam, four valves per cylin­der, closed-loop fuel in­jec­tion, su­per­s­tiff alu­minium frame, in­no­va­tive de­sign in the rear sus­pen­sion, built-in tip-over pro­tec­tion, how the linked brak­ing sys­tem works, su­pe­rior en­gine per­for­mance over the Har­ley-David­son, sixth gear be­ing a true over­drive, etc.

He goes on about such petty things as old-fash­ioned keys and a side stand, that ‘‘seems in­ad­e­quate’’, what­ever that means.

I sold my Har­ley to buy a Victory Vi­sion and have not re­gret­ted it for one minute. The wife and pil­lion of 30 years loves it. That’s good enough for me.

Martin Quick

Great rec­om­men­da­tion

I RE­CENTLY at­tended one of the Women on Wheels (WOW) work- shops in Bris­bane af­ter read­ing about them in the Cars­guide.

What a great evening. It was in­ter­est­ing, ed­u­ca­tional and free.

Thanks for pro­mot­ing it, and thanks to Women on Wheels and Nun­dah Mit­subishi, the spon­sor for the evening.

I rec­om­mend th­ese work­shops to all women who want to be more in­de­pen­dent when it comes to gen­eral and emer­gency car main­te­nance.

Kerry Hill, Joyner

Lo­cals are tun­nel novices

BRIS­BANE mo­torists are ob­vi­ously not ready for such an ‘‘en­gi­neer­ing marvel’’ as the Clem7 tun­nel, which has traf­fic lights at ei­ther end and no break­down lanes that de­feat the whole pur­pose of a clear run.

In ad­di­tion, peo­ple are still in­sist­ing on do­ing 20km/h in­stead of the al­lowed 80km/h in the tun­nel it­self.

Syd­ney has no such prob­lems with its Har­bour Tun­nel, which was de­signed prop­erly in the first place to in­te­grate with other roads. I will cer­tainly not be pay­ing to for the priv­i­lege of us­ing the Clem7.

C. Banks, Nun­dah

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