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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 06-16-2015, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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I was hoping to get some feedback from folks who have actually owned both. I am currently considering purchasing a XCT or a HD Ultra Limited. I've rented the HD in March and rode it for 4 days around Vegas, AZ UT. I've never been a big HD person, but that is a nice comfy bike and the Infomat System has everything you need on long trips with the included GPS. I have not ridden a XCT as my local dealer in Anchorage does not do test rides. So I'm asking for some solid comments based on experience with both bikes and manufacturers. Please no "Harley sucks" posts without some constructive points. Thanks in advance. If this horse has been beaten to death I apologize.
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Only you will know by riding both
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I ride with Harley folks and at leisurely lunch stops, there is always one or two who has had or is having mechanical problems. Or problems with the dealer service department. Not saying no Vic owner never had prob's but they are very rare indeed.
I have been riding over 62 years and was forced by cancer and age into a cruiser. Tried a lot of them out and did a lot of research and here's what I found out about Victorys that pushed me over their fence...
+ Comfort. Lots of leg stretching room on very long floorboards. Adjustable foot controls, fore and aft. Almost 5" of suspension travel front AND rear. Gives a nice boulevard ride at cruise speeds and tightens up when riding fast and/or working twisties.
+ Handling. In addition to my last sentence, Cross bikes have a cast alloy backbone frame that's as stiff as a bridge girder--no frame flex in the twisties. So handling is way better than any H-D I rode.
+ Requires very little maintenance and when there's something to do, they are so easy to work on. I'm 79 and do all my own tasks including wheel removal. The mufflers do not have to be taken off to remove the rear wheel. Only one oil drain plug to Harley's three. Belt change out takes maybe a half hour, if that. Stators and other electricals don't have the H-D problems I hear about a lot. My dealer has never seen my bike in the 5-1/2 years I've owned it.
+ More power and comfort, less maintenance and less money. What's not to like? Ride one, you'll own one. That's almost certain.

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I really, /really/ wanted an Ultra Classic. But it felt kind of cramped, and my foot kept getting caught in the heel toe shifter.

I rode a Cross Country and it was much more comfortable and the handling was amazing.

I still ride an Ultra from time to time and I am reminded every time that I made the correct choice. For me.

The absolute best thing you can do is ride them both. Multiple times. Only you can determine the best bike for you.

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Thanks RICZ for the maintenance info. This is a concern for me because the Victory dealer in Anchorage is a multi-brand dealer and does not have a very good reputation for service.
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I would push for that test ride. When I bought my judge the dealer kept trying to get me to test the Vegas saying they were so similar but I insisted they prep the judge for me to test ride. Went to a different dealer when I bought my XC, said I was fine On their demo XC. They insisted I test ride the one I was interested in, prepped it in 15 min and away we went.
If they won't let you test ride one look for another dealer, I was under the impression all victory dealers had to have so many demo bikes.

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I asked and they said that Victory will not insure the test ride up here in Alaska. They said I would have to buy it and if I don't like it I have to return it within 15 miles. The next closest dealer doesn't have any XCT in stock.
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I asked and they said that Victory will not insure the test ride up here in Alaska. They said I would have to buy it and if I don't like it I have to return it within 15 miles. The next closest dealer doesn't have any XCT in stock.
I'm not from Alaska so I don't know, but that sounds like a bogus excuse to me
Any other dealers around?

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Thanks RICZ for the maintenance info. This is a concern for me because the Victory dealer in Anchorage is a multi-brand dealer and does not have a very good reputation for service.
You'll have friends on this forum with help and tips that will provide you with the confidence to do any task that comes up. I went into this not knowing a thing about Victorys and now I have a head full of Vic info. thanks to these guys. Fair warning; Do not start an oil thread.

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I'm not from Alaska so I don't know, but that sounds like a bogus excuse to me
Any other dealers around?
next one is in Fairbanks. Believe or not the are a Victory, HD and BMW dealer! They have a good rep with the Beemer and HD guys. I'll call them.
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