I've had my '15 XC for a couple of weeks now, and thought I'd share a bit about my experience. This is my 2nd Vic, just off an '09 Hammer S.
On the up side, this is one immensely competent highway motorcycle. I absolutely love riding it. Comfortable, sure-footed, plenty of ground clearance.
There isn't really any down side, just a couple of adjustments needed, both mentally and to the bike itself.
Mine has the abbreviated screen. The wind hits me half way up my helmet, so I have ordered an LRS 9" screen....which I hope will send the wind over my head. I'm a newbie to bike with screens too, even with over 30 years riding time.
A note to potential Vic touring bike owners. When parking your bike, don't back the rear wheel right up to the kerb. Even if the big guard clears it, when you lean the bike on to it's stand the LH exhaust probably won't.
This bike is HEAVY in parking lot situations. Low speed manoeuvring is an art I haven't quite got comfy with yet. The Hammer was an art, too 'cos of the big tyre....but different. Don't park where you have to back up even the slightest incline. It doesn't take this bike to come much off the vertical before it starts getting heavy. I would recommend avoiding trying to push it around....get on it and start it. I'm concerned I will drop it and damage all that nice paint.
What happen to a XC when it falls over? Will I get it up again (lol), or will I need help (lol again)? Or is it easy like that You Tube clip of the dude picking up a Vision? What will it damage?
Once up and running, though, it is an absolute delight and feels like a much smaller bike. I live in a rural area so it suits me fine....I wouldn't have it if I was in traffic all the time. The Tri-Ovals sound great, and I love the somewhat sinister appearance of the bike. Cruise control is excellent.
One happy camper....here is a pic.
Good report, and nice bike. Here are a few comments:
- You'll get used to not seeing the front wheel. I thought the same thing -- it was strange, didn't want to ride a bike like that -- about four bikes and 15 years ago. You get used to it, is all, and then it's a non-issue.
- You can pick up any bike if you turn the downside handlebar toward the seat (it would probably be that way already), grab it and something behind the seat, and -- most importantly -- put your butt against the seat edge and simply walk backward. There are all sorts of videos out there of, for instance, women doing this on big H-Ds, Gold Wings, etc. The important part is that you are not attempting to lift it up; instead, you are just walking/pushing it, er, behind you, and the arc of doing that will bring it up.
- If you slowly drop one of these bikes, nothing will be damaged... providing it's slow, and providing you have bag guards. Which I see you don't. I don't know whether Vic makes the guards blacked out; if not, I'd buy some and then have them powdered coated. I think Arizona Vic sells the police guards in black; yes, they're expensive (but have you priced the Vic hard saddlebags?), and a long wait time, but I think those guards, especially, would look really sharp on your bike (which already looks really sharp).
Along the same lines, the Vic passenger grab handles are extremely sturdy, and provide a perfect place to grab if you ever need to walk the bike back up. Again, same problem as the bag guards: you would need to get these powder-coated, if Vic doesn't sell them in black (and I don't think they do). I don't think black grab rails would ruin the lines of the bike, IMHO.
- Windshields are cheap, so keep trying. I have the adjustable Madstad brackets and shield, but I don't think that would look good on your bike (and some people don't think they look good on any
bike, but I think they're okay on my XCT).
Anyway, congrats on your new purchase.