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Had a short notice oppurtunity to take an overnight trip with a group this weekend. All expenses paid except for gas. It was a no brainer, so the wife and I took a V-day for Friday and off we went.

There were 7 bikes on the trip, 4 Harleys, 2 Yammis (including the wife) and my Vic.

We left Centerville Ohio at 7am and took a very round-a-bout course to Mammoth Caves in Kentucky. Man o man was it a hot ride. The ride captain had plotted a pretty nice course, some great roads and country that we rode thru. At lunch it appeared we were making better time than planned so we plotted a small detour to Fort Knox and a visit to the Patton Museum





The museum was cool but scaled down because they are rebuilding it and adding more stuff. I have wanted to visit there for a while, my father was stationed there and drove a tank for the 1st Armored Division.

We stayed at the State Park lodge once we arrived Friday evening around 6:30. Not a Hilton or even a Motel 6 level room but hey it was free

We took a Cave Tour at 9 the next morning. I sure wish I could bottle up all that cool cave air for the ride home. I had visited there as a kid, and it was sure a hell of a lot easier climbing those stair at the end of the tour at 8 years old than my current out of shape 45 years





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Looking down from the top of those freaking stairs


In the end we rode 560 miles. As a first real traveling trip for the XC overall I am very very pleased. The bike sipped gas, by the computer it said I was getting 57 mpg, by fuel receipts and mileage I calculated 54 mpg. This bike definitely has more range than my butt does. The only close call happened in Bardstown Ky, we were in a traffic circle (which I hate those with a passion) and the idiot tried to come over on me. Don't know if it was my squealing tires or the loud profanities I was shouting but the drive got the Oh Chit look and went the other way. I am very happy with the Stage 1 exhaust I have, but now I am seriously considering louder pipes.

Wind Management: I have a 17" Cee Dragon Shield and Vic Fork Lowers, as usual I had no buffeting but feel plenty of wind on my face.

Mechanical: No issues at all with either my bike or the wife's, I did get my tool kit out twice on the trip, but I mentioned that there were 4 Harleys on the trip

Power: More than I needed at any time.

Comfort: Over all good, I had a very sore and tired Arse at the end of both days, but nothing as compared to other bikes I have ridden for a distance. I have however decided to postpone the hitch for the XC and will spend my impending bonus money on a backrest for me. I had 2 back surgeries a few years back and I need more support for the longer saddle stints. I am also considering having the seat modified. Like I said, I did not have tears from the pain but I had a sore butt nonetheless. I may try an Airhawk in combination to the backrest and see what that combo feels like. We do have a guy down in Florida that modifies our bike seats for us and he does an excellent job, both in comfort and looks, but I don't want to be without my bike for a week

Storage: What can I say, they advertise a ton of storage and they are not joking. It did help that the wife was on her bike and carrying her own stuff

Conclusion: We are looking forward to many more trips with this bike, it is made for exploring our country
Didn't see another Vic on the entire trip, and people would come up at every gas or food stop and comment on the bike. Always positive comments too

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Had a short notice oppurtunity to take an overnight trip with a group this weekend. All expenses paid except for gas. It was a no brainer, so the wife and I took a V-day for Friday and off we went.

There were 7 bikes on the trip, 4 Harleys, 2 Yammis (including the wife) and my Vic.

We left Centerville Ohio at 7am and took a very round-a-bout course to Mammoth Caves in Kentucky. Man o man was it a hot ride. The ride captain had plotted a pretty nice course, some great roads and country that we rode thru. At lunch it appeared we were making better time than planned so we plotted a small detour to Fort Knox and a visit to the Patton Museum

The museum was cool but scaled down because they are rebuilding it and adding more stuff. I have wanted to visit there for a while, my father was stationed there and drove a tank for the 1st Armored Division.

We stayed at the State Park lodge once we arrived Friday evening around 6:30. Not a Hilton or even a Motel 6 level room but hey it was free

We took a Cave Tour at 9 the next morning. I sure wish I could bottle up all that cool cave air for the ride home. I had visited there as a kid, and it was sure a hell of a lot easier climbing those stair at the end of the tour at 8 years old than my current out of shape 45 years

In the end we rode 560 miles. As a first real traveling trip for the XC overall I am very very pleased. The bike sipped gas, by the computer it said I was getting 57 mpg, by fuel receipts and mileage I calculated 54 mpg. This bike definitely has more range than my butt does. The only close call happened in Bardstown Ky, we were in a traffic circle (which I hate those with a passion) and the idiot tried to come over on me. Don't know if it was my squealing tires or the loud profanities I was shouting but the drive got the Oh Chit look and went the other way. I am very happy with the Stage 1 exhaust I have, but now I am seriously considering louder pipes.

Wind Management: I have a 17" Cee Dragon Shield and Vic Fork Lowers, as usual I had no buffeting but feel plenty of wind on my face.

Mechanical: No issues at all with either my bike or the wife's, I did get my tool kit out twice on the trip, but I mentioned that there were 4 Harleys on the trip

Power: More than I needed at any time.

Comfort: Over all good, I had a very sore and tired Arse at the end of both days, but nothing as compared to other bikes I have ridden for a distance. I have however decided to postpone the hitch for the XC and will spend my impending bonus money on a backrest for me. I had 2 back surgeries a few years back and I need more support for the longer saddle stints. I am also considering having the seat modified. Like I said, I did not have tears from the pain but I had a sore butt nonetheless. I may try an Airhawk in combination to the backrest and see what that combo feels like. We do have a guy down in Florida that modifies our bike seats for us and he does an excellent job, both in comfort and looks, but I don't want to be without my bike for a week

Storage: What can I say, they advertise a ton of storage and they are not joking. It did help that the wife was on her bike and carrying her own stuff

Conclusion: We are looking forward to many more trips with this bike, it is made for exploring our country
Didn't see another Vic on the entire trip, and people would come up at every gas or food stop and comment on the bike. Always positive comments too
Fantastic! Love a good trip story.

3 comments:

1. Buy an air-horn. Far cheaper than pipes and way more effective at alerting inattentive drivers with the side benefit of not pissing off your neighbors.

2. Traffic circles are great once you get the hang of them. No more stopping just because. The other benefit is you can bring as many by-ways into one as you like making them way more efficient. The downside is that there isn't any time to stop and check the street names against your map or GPS.

3. I just bought an Air-hawk with the channel to store low hanging fruit. I like it. I don't really have a problem with the seat, but I wanted the height to see over the windshield even going up hills. Unlike my Walmart pad, I can hang off the seat or get on and off the bike with out it falling off. One of the elastic straps that came with it came off somewhere along the way. Being elastic, when it came loose from the one end it shot off who knows where out the other. I've since tied it back down with a black shoe string.

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I have a wolo bad boy horn on my short To-Do list.

What size/model Air hawk did you get? I really don't want to be taller in the saddle though, as it is I need to get a 19" windshield, the 17" I have now is just a tad short for winter riding and rain.

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I have a wolo bad boy horn on my short To-Do list.

What size/model Air hawk did you get? I really don't want to be taller in the saddle though, as it is I need to get a 19" windshield, the 17" I have now is just a tad short for winter riding and rain.
I got this one. You can adjust it's height by how much air you blow in it.


I'm a midget so I blew mine up pretty good. Supposedly, they work best with less air. People also suggest varying the amount of air over the ride to alter contact points of pressure.




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