I agree with you that there is too much free play in the saddlebag lids. There have been some threads on this (although I did some quick searching, and can't find any now - maybe I'm thinking of another Victory forum). I haven't done much riding in the rain in the 5,000+ miles I have on my XCT, but leakage doesn't seem a problem. On the other hand, dust gets in there pretty easily.
Regarding security, people can steal the bags (search for some threads on using Brukus bolts, or not using them), or steal the bike, or cut or punch through the bags. Not much you can do about all that, on any bike.
Some people have suggested adding extra weather-stripping, on top of the existing stuff. In my opinion, Victory should either have just tightened up on the design or manufacturing specs, such that they close without the free play you're referring to. Barring that, at least they could have put some sliding adjustment capability in the three hinge bolts or the two bolts for the latch bracket, or both. I like my XCT for the most part, but I'm disappointed in the bag lid free play. IMHO, it's either shoddy design specs or shoddy tolerances with regard to the lid closures.
The new American sportbike company, Motus, was going to go that route. Google MOTUS MOTORCYCLE ENGINE DIRECT INJECTION or something along those lines, and you'll find lots of press about that. But very recently, they dropped that. I talked with the owners at Americade in June, and they said, primarily, it added too much cost (and this, on a bike for those with deep pockets to begin with) with too little benefit. You can read about that change here, which lists several other reasons for their dropping it: http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/news...uel-injection/
. Looks like a really nice bike, regardless.
While there was that change that CrossRoads refers to above, I also agree with you that a bike in this price range should come with a hydraulic clutch. I had one on my 2000 Valkyrie Interstate, another full-bagger bike. I carry a spare clutch-cable kit with me now; the good news is that it was cheap and those bags are the biggest on maybe any bike.
I also think the cubbies in the lowers should have come with locks standard. I don't know about metal cubbies; the same comments about the bags apply, i.e., you can't really make much on a bike theft-proof.
I'm 5'9", 30" inseam, and I can adjust the lower openings on the bike. Of course, you want to keep your eyes on the road.
Others will have to help you here, if a search of the forum doesn't do the trick. Unlike you, I can stretch full out on those stock floorboards.
As I mentioned in some other thread recently, I enjoyed the electric windshield on the 650 Burgman Exec I owned for the last five years. Nice feature, and found on a good number of bikes. I also mentioned that I've never heard of one on a bike with a fork-mounted
fairing (such as the XCT, for instance, or my Valk). On a frame-mounted
fairing, sure. So, if Victory were to do this on the XCT, I believe that this would be an industry first. Be nice though, sure.
Yep, hydraulic self-adjustment stuff, just like a Harley, nothing to see here, move along. On the Valk (that's the old 1520cc 'Wing motor), at least they were screw-and-locknut adjustable, i.e., easy enough for me to do. But this is better.