5' 9", 230 lb, 30" inseam, age 33
All three of these bikes are a handful in the city, that's for sure. Navigating through Los Angeles traffic is like trying to thread rope through a needle. Out on the open highway, though, I was quite surprised at how much fun I was having, mainly because I'm more of a sportbike guy. I felt the Road King had the most comfortable suspension, making long-distance jaunts a dream. I think the Harley could benefit from an adjustable windscreen, and the brakes were simply horrendous. The Vulcan's suspension felt a wee bit sportier, thus making it the easiest to navigate at slow speeds and in city traffic but somewhat jarring on the big bumps. The Kawasaki's brakes were superb compared with the other two, and the saddlebags held an impressive amount of gear. As for the Vision, city riding is stressful, but out where the cars are minimal this bike feels to me like the best of the three. At highway speeds the Victory's suspension soaked up all the nasty bits yet was still responsive when you needed it to be. But I felt that the Victory was especially susceptible to bad road conditions at low speed, and I was surprised to discover the total lack of storage. By looking at it, it would seem like you could find a small body in those swoopy saddlebags, but that wasn't the case at all. More like an extra limb. I'm just saying. Even though I do tend to favor sportbikes, I gotta admit-these are much better at piling on the miles.
Kawasaki Vulcan 5 stars
H-D Road King 4 stars
Victory Vision 3 stars