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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-04-2012, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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That is about your Cross Bike? I've been looking at posts for several months now as I'm considering the purchase of either a XR or XC bike. Prior to joining this forum, all the reviews I heard about the Victory brand of bike were excellent. After joining the Forum and reading the posts, there are some problems that the owners of their bike have seemed to have worked out. My problem is that I don't feel qualified like some of the membership to work on technical issues. So I would have to depend on a dealership to assist me. As we all know, that might not be so easy.

I currently own a Suzuki Volusia, 2004. I have had absolutely no problems with the bike, other than wear and tear items; brakes, tires and batteries. For those of you who have had more biking experience, owning several bikes, how does the Victory brand of bike rank with trouble free miles compared to the rest? Are there owners who have not had any issues with their bikes?

Thanks for any honest opinions you can provide.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-04-2012, 08:46 AM
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No problems in my first 6000 miles - I've only had the bike for 8 months. I'm a shameless promoter of the Cross Roads with a Cross Roads Fairing. Makes a great bike. Less buffeting that a Cross Country. I did put on a Cross Country seat that I found used for $100. (better for my wife).

If you have to try to listen to music while riding - I never would (bad quality and a distraction) - then buy a Cross Country.
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If you can do basic maintenance you'll fit in just fine. For the most part all you'll have to do is keep the oil changed, and occassionally change the air filter/spark plugs/and tighten the belt.

Coming from carbed bikes and having to do jet changes / spark plug changes after moves with large altitude changes Victory is as easy to maintain as your lawn mower!


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I am over 20,000 miles now on my CR and have had no problems - just changed the oil a few times and got a new pair of tires . Very good riding reliable machine

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Enjoy the miles....we only get so many!
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Same no issues to speak of. There are more people without issues than with. You just hear more from those with issues.
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In regards to the issues you've come across, don't worry. They always seem worse on forums. You can hit a forum for any bike and find the same thing. People who use forums, in general, tend to be a more picky bunch. Overall, you likely won't have any issues. The engine and tranny are rock solid.

For me, I have some pros/cons and these are purely from my perspective:

Pros: Excellent handling, especially for a large bagger. Sharp looks compared to any other bagger out there. Great power and overall performance. Tends to fit taller riders better (6' +). Massive storage. American made if that's something you concern yourself with.

Cons: Sounds like a very expensive sewing machine. Accessories are limited and expensive, though this trend will slowly start moving the other direction soon enough.

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Been riding 60 years now and have owned many bikes, mostly Japanese. Never had a major anything go wrong and I did hundreds of thousands of miles of long distance touring.
Did a ton of research prior to buying my XR and when signing the papers, was asked if I wanted the extended warranty. I replied that according to what I read on the forums, I would be throwing money at you and he agreed. He said the only things we see these bikes in the shop for are routine maintenance and accessories.
To me, the difference between the two Cross bikes is that the XC is for those who are going to pack up and go touring for days or weeks, while the XR is for those whose rides are closer to home, but with an occasional multi day tour. I'm now in the latter group.
One advantage the XR has over the XC is a removable windscreen. Great in hot weather. I also appreciate less weight connected to the handle bars.
Be honest with yourself as to how you are going to utilize the bike and the choice should come easy. Either one is a fabulous bike.

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Originally Posted by abqhudson View Post
No problems in my first 6000 miles

Originally Posted by abqhudson View Post
If you have to try to listen to music while riding - I never would (bad quality and a distraction) - then buy a Cross Country.
Why buy a complete XC when GPS and radio are easy enough to add?

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JJKJR, Can you tell us what problems you have read about that has you worried. Perhaps we could address some of those speciifc concerns. I general I think you'll find these to be great bikes.

There are certainly guys that have had problems and those problems get a lot of attention but keep in mind that for every one guy having a problem there are thousands who are not. The thousands don't get the attention the problems get in these forums.

These bikes do have their quirks and what I somethimes describe as attention to detail issues but nothing that takes away from the road mannors and reliability. I tend to gripe about some of these things once and a while but I would not hesitate to jump on a ride across the country this afternoon.

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The X bikes, in my opinion, are designed with the idea of low maintenance needed.

Have you been able to determine if the dealership in your area has tech's worth their salt so you know your bike will get the correct maintenance when you bring it in to them? Is there one close enough to you or will you need to take it to an Independent bike shop that knows how to work on Vic's. Most bike shops seem a bit reluctant to work on them in my experience.

Oil changes are ridiculously simple on these bikes so really it's just a matter of checking belt alignment/tension, clutch cable adjustment (also super easy), and tire and brake pad changes.

Some initial changes might be needed like different handlebars for reach and a drivers and passenger back rest depending on what you get.
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