Test ride on XCT and XC Magnum today
I took my first big step today and test rode the XCT and Magnum bikes today. Northway Sports in East Bethel MN is just a few miles from my house so I dropped in on my way home from work on my Road Glide. I rode the touring first which was totally stock. I hate to say it but I was not impressed. The engine lacked power and was much noisier than I expected. When I got on the throttle hard at 3000-4000 RPM in 5th & 6th the tack actually went backwards for a few seconds then caught back up and accelerated. The tour pack rattled and their was more vibration in the handle bars than my Road Glide at 70 mph. I want back & jumped on the Magnum expecting more rattles, vibration and engine noise. Well I must not have noticed any because I was twisting the throttle and carving out the twisties on the back roads with a vengeance! Granted this had the full stage 1 upgrades but what a difference it made. The corners were smooth with very little steering input compared to my RG. The power was more than I expected and the pipes sounded great and not too loud.
It really sank in how comfortable the bike was when I left on my Road Glide and the footboards felt cramped, the steering felt numb and less responsive, and the clutch felt limp compared to the crisp grab on the Magnum. I think I found something here...
Until this signature changes I am still riding a Harley.