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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 07-16-2012, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Never say NEVER....

"I will never own a cruiser. I wouldn't take one for free!"

Famous last words...

Luckily, I put a little sugar on them when I uttered them, a while back.

Up until I bought a 2012 Cross Roads two weeks ago, my "newest" ride was a 1993 Honda Gold Wing. Yeah - I know - I tend to hang onto a good thing when I find it.

Anyway, I've had the itch for a few years to sell the Wing and my 1992 Yamaha TDM850 and buy ONE new machine. But, I was never really able to settle on one machine that would make me take the leap.

This year was the year. I was finally to the point that I could no longer tolerate riding behind that barn door of a fairing on the Wing. It is great for riding in cooler weather, but it was down right miserable on warmer days. Riding at night was never a joy, since there was always a lot of glare on the windshield. Riding in the rain at night was a death wish!

Over a year ago, I stopped in at a Yamaha-Suzuki-Victory dealership to look around at the latest offerings. There was a black Cross Roads parked right inside the door. I had never seen one before.

A cruiser... Hmmph!

Ain't half bad looking though...

I sat on it. It didn't bite me.

Hmmm... This is pretty comfortable... The styling is kinda cool, too.

Hmmm... Not bad.

Time to go check out the crotch rockets...

Threw my leg over the saddle of an LMNOPX1000. Reached for the handlebars and immediately remembered why I got rid of my 1991 Yamaha FJ1200. My arms are too short... Or, my belly is too big... No! My arms are definitely too short!

Next bike...

Look back at the black Cross Roads from across the room.

Next bike....

Look back at the black Cross Roads from across the room.

Next bike....

Look back at the black Cross Roads from across the room.

OK. I'll go sit on it one more time. No one is looking, and I don't know a soul in this shop. What can it hurt?

I kept looking around the room to make sure that I didn't know anyone.

Then, I had my "Grinch" awakening. My heart softened and it grew three times the size of normal.

OK, it wasn't that transformational, but I was coming to terms with the fact that I actually "liked" that bike. A Cruiser?!?! Me?!?!

I came to my senses and left the building like a kid that had just seen a ghost.

I spent the next year surfing the net and kicking tires. Kept comparing everything I looked at to that black Cross Roads.

After enduring the sweltering heat this past June, I could not wait any longer to part with the Wing.

I visited a local Victory dealer that had a Cross Roads demo bike and I took it for a spin.

Admittedly, it was not love at first ride.

The riding position took some getting used to (Why are my feet way up there?).

The "feel" of the V-twin power delivery was unfamiliar, too.

"Mr. Scott! Warp Factor Nine!"

"But, Captain! I'm givin' her all she's got!"

However, I was pleasantly surprised by the handling. Impressed, actually!

Hmmm... now what?!?

I need to sleep on this, a bit.

Over the next few days, I kept reliving the demo ride and asking myself what I was expecting, but didn't get. And, could I make peace with the difference between my expectations and reality?

Finally, I realized that the "perfect" motorcycle does not exist. They are all a compromise of one sort, or another. You just need to find the one the comes closest to perfect when it comes time to part with your cash.

And, I think I did that!

I've had the bike for two weeks, now and I could not be happier.

I love the ride. The suspension is killer and that cast aluminum frame is as rigid as a bridge girder. I cannot feel any frame flex.

This is the BEST handling motorcycle that I have ever owned. I do not think that I would ever have uttered those words about a cruiser. It is simply amazing!

The brakes are top notch. ABS, too!

The V-twin power delivery took some getting used to, but I have a big ole grin on my face when i roll on the throttle at 55mph in any gear.

Finally, I knew the bike was good looking, but I really had no idea how many other folks would think the same thing. This bike turns heads no matter where I ride it or park it. I have never had that experience before. I have had more total strangers walk up to me and comment on the bike's appearance and styling.

How cool is that?!?!

Anyway... Thanks for reading my ramblings. I hope you are as happy with your scooter as I am with mine.

Happy trails.

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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 07-16-2012, 12:27 PM
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GREAT Story!! Love my XR!! Yes, my arms are "short" like yours too. And I'm tall...

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Nice. Congrats on the XR and welcome aboard!

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Welcome aboard. Great read.

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Congrats from another member of the short arm brigade!

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Hello Jeffrey,

Thanks for sharing a great story about your change of heart. Great photo too!

I'm as "happy as a clam at high tide" as my Mom always said, with my XC. I have a permanent every time I'm out.

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Kind of have the same story, but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't regret getting the XCT.
The drive line is ok and it is what it is, but the rider and passenger comfort are poor, the aftermarket sucks, the Victory parts are way over priced and not available right now. I don't know what they did to the demo truck bike, but it isn't anything close to the stock offering, it was everyting I hought I wanted (Been trying to get in touch with the truck driver, but the dealership says they are running in to a wall too). There is plenty to not like. My wife and I ride. The vision was way too cramped and really had no real advantage for the XC so don't even bother.
Hopefully things will get better. 2 companies offer seats. Both have proven not so hot, but I'm still trying. I also think a decent seat will solve a lot of problems.
Maybe I can get with the program. Some of the best relationships start on shakey ground.
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WOW, we're at complete opposite ends of the spectrum with our ride experience with the XC/XCT.

I demo'ed two XCT's this year and would have bought one if I hadn't already bought last year. The only issue I/we had was the heat that built up around/inside the hard lowers during the ride.

What type of aftermarket parts/add-ons are you looking for? I've found a multitude to suit me so far and my wish list continues to grow as I search these vendors; Lloydz, HotVic, NOEMTZ, Ness, HMD, KewlMetal, JTD Cycle parts...

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The V-twin power delivery took some getting used to, but I have a big ole grin on my face when i roll on the throttle at 55mph in any gear.

Put some cams, a decent exhaust, and high flow air filter in her and you won't ever quit grinning.

Enjoy the ride.

Every day is a good day to ride. Some days are just better than others.


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Kind of have the same story, but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't regret getting the XCT.
The drive line is ok and it is what it is, but the rider and passenger comfort are poor, the aftermarket sucks, the Victory parts are way over priced and not available right now. I don't know what they did to the demo truck bike, but it isn't anything close to the stock offering, it was everyting I hought I wanted (Been trying to get in touch with the truck driver, but the dealership says they are running in to a wall too). There is plenty to not like. My wife and I ride. The vision was way too cramped and really had no real advantage for the XC so don't even bother.
Hopefully things will get better. 2 companies offer seats. Both have proven not so hot, but I'm still trying. I also think a decent seat will solve a lot of problems.
Maybe I can get with the program. Some of the best relationships start on shakey ground.
Sorry to hear that, man! Hopefully, you can find fixes. If not? Well, that's why there are so many other bikes out there.


On a side note, jsufaro, you can adjust the positioning of your feet on the floor boards. That's a benefit of having floor boards that 293' long! Ha ha! If you look under the floor boards, you'll see three holes and a hex head screw, likely in the middle one. Undo that and you can slide the foot controls front and back! happy riding!

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