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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 06-02-2016, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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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...

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That sounds like a fair review. These bikes do need a couple little upgrades to make em run well. But just add a Lloyds air cleaner and adjustable timing wheel, freer flowing exhaust, and a fuel tuner, and they are a blast to ride and handle very well.
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I did the reverse and tested a StreetGlide yesterday as part of a comp to win a trip to the USA to ride Route66 (I'm an Aussie)
I can see why people like the Streetglide but I'm spoilt after 2 years and over 60,000 miles of Victory Vegas ownership.
I covered over 500 miles yesterday on the Harley, great grunt down low and plenty ground clearance but the thing felt clumsy and unbalanced, wallowed in fast bumpy corners and my woman or the back was almost in tears after a few hundred miles.
She refused to get back on it this morning.
I havent ridden an XR ,XCT, or Magnum yet to compare, I'm happy with my Vegas.
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After putting my 106 back to stock due to "heat issue" from a non-factory stage 1 upgrade, I was really not happy with the sleepish performance. I decided to step it back up with a factory stage 1 kit....hopefully I won't reawaken the heat monster

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After putting my 106 back to stock due to "heat issue" from a non-factory stage 1 upgrade, I was really not happy with the sleepish performance. I decided to step it back up with a factory stage 1 kit....hopefully I won't reawaken the heat monster

If it does... Blame it on the dealer and make them fix it!!!
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I did not notice any heat from the Magnum with the dealer installed stage 1. It was only 75 degrees during the test ride though.

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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
When non-motorcycle people ask me "Why didn't you buy a Harley?", I pretty much tell them this. When they say "But isn't Harley the best?", I say "It is for some folks, but not this folk".



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When non-motorcycle people ask me "Why didn't you buy a Harley?", I pretty much tell them this. When they say "But isn't Harley the best?", I say "It is for some folks, but not this folk".
I say something similar; why would I step down? I still love Harley's but I'm also disappointed in the MoCo as I've stated many times because they make an inferior engine and sell it at a premium price. It would not cost them much more to make their engines much more durable without so many weak links but they choose not to so I choose not to buy them anymore. I should have kept the 99' I had though. Except for the oil pump; all the weak links had been fixed in it. Only real drawback is it was a 5 speed.

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MN_Larry, I found it strange how rental and demo bikes can be so different from what everyone was telling me about Victories. I tried to fall in love with a Vision but every time I test rode or rented one they were so weird, weak, noisy, and windy, leaving me wondering if it was me or everyone else that was crazy. I felt that way up until I rode the bike I am on now (2010 Cross Country) which completely blew my socks off - like a completely different beast. I think maybe 'fleet' bikes are tuned and maintained to some very low standard, when with just a little attention they would exhibit totally different manners and a far more favorable reaction. I'm glad the Magnum made up for the XCT. Obviously both bikes share common DNA but it's the setup and minor tweaks that transform it into something memorable. If you should end up on a Victory in the future you'll find lots of support here. Good on you for having an open mind and best of luck in your search.


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When non-motorcycle people ask me "Why didn't you buy a Harley?", I pretty much tell them this. When they say "But isn't Harley the best?", I say "It is for some folks, but not this folk".
Kinda how I feel. I have no grudge or hatred of Harley or any other manufacturer, I bought what worked for me. I personally feel the Vic is more reliable, it is an opinion that's all. While I was down riding the 3 sisters in the Hill Country several Harley riders complemented my Vic' and you know what I returned the compliment, because their bikes were badass too!
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