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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-05-2009, 04:16 AM Thread Starter
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I'm a contractor assisting the Military in Baghdad, Iraq. I have been doing internet research on the top touring bikes and will be purchasing a new one when I return to the world in January.

The top three contenders are the HD Ultra Classic, BMW K1200LT, and the Victory Cross Country. These bikes best fit my riding style for long distance touring and have the style I like in a machine.

For all of you owners of the Victory Cross Country, what are your honest opinions about the bike? My wife will be riding with me and I wonder about the passenger comfort on this bike. Of course, there are no Victory dealerships in Baghdad, so I can't see one up close and personal.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-05-2009, 12:26 PM
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Robb first and foremost thank you for your service to our country.

My best advice is to test ride the three bikes you are considering. A bike that may feel perfect for me at my weight, height, riding style may be terrible for you.

Victory encourages test rides. They know that it is the best selling point.

I have heard good and bad about the XC. No one hates it but as with any bike they have things they nit pick about.
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Thanks. That is my exact plan with I hit the States. I have heard good things about the Cross Country. Can't wait to ride one. Take care.
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I am going to SRVT next week. They just got one in. Hopefully I can test ride it and I will post a review.
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Get there fast,they only last about 2 hrs and sombody takes then home.


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I picked up my XC on 11/7. Living in MA my ride time was limited due to the weather. I managed (with some cooperation from Mother Nature) to put about 400 miles on it before the snow fell. I'm coming from a VTX 1800. The XC handles like a dream. Very low COG. I'm 5' 10" w/ 32" inseam. I find the seating position to be extremely comfortable. Plenty of room to move feet around. Ride quality is much nicer than the X. Cornering is very easy, and begs to be ridden hard into the twisties. Power is plenty. Not quite the same as the X, but has more in the top end for touring (which is what Vic designed it for). The biggest complaint from most is the windshield and buffeting. I didn't find it to be too bad. Yes there is some buffeting, but I still think that lowers adjusted properly will take care of that.
Having ridden 400 miles, I am glad I bought the XC and can't wait for spring so I can ride some more.
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Just about the ONLY complaint I've heard, is the buffeting. But usually a taller or shorter windshield, and maybe lowers help with that issue. (both available for the Cross bikes)
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I just rode my Black CC 200 miles in 55 deg. weather with my better half on the back and it was awesome! The bike was smooth (lacking a little in the low end though) and comfortable to ride. The only problems I have with it are the buffetting which is coming up from below the fairing and can be reduced somewhat by keeping your legs against the tank and the amount of reach required to make tight turns at slow speeds because of the handlebar design. Other than these two thiings this bike is wonderful!

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P.S. I forgot to mention the lack of any security features for the bike. I suggest purchasing a disc lock if you aregoing to leave the bike alone for any length of time.
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Congrats on your bike.

Others that have XC's have discovered the buffeting is NOT from under the fairing but from the low windscreen.

The bars are adjustable so you might be able to adjust the reach a bit.
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I rode with the taller fairing when I test rode the bike and got the same buffeting. I noticed that when I pushed my legs out at 65+ mph the buffeting increased dramatically. I tried different head positions and got the same reaction. As far as the handle bars they only adjust up or down and do not take into account the arc they create because they are longer from the steerer tube than normal bars.
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