Ok, folks, 1500 mile (plus a few more today) review of my 2016 cross country' keeping it short and to the point:
- bike came loaded from dealer with victory stage 2 kit, cams, triovals, fuel tune, mini-apes and a bunch of accessories from strokers Dallas..... Great folks there and I have been taking my hammer for years to their shop.
- The XC bike pulls like a tractor in terms torque...my old 2006 hammer felt faster, but I think the XC is getting better the more miles you put on and break her in. Loving the commute to work and back as the weather starts to cool off in Texas.
Going after the common pain points:
1) buffeting....whole crap is it a problem with the xc's stock...made a point in the survey from victory to highlight how disappointing it is for a stock bike to have so much buffeting. I had to get a 13" Gustafson screen and install lower mounted win deflectors...issue is all but fixed now for my 6'1" 32" inseam riding posture. Got the CfAD from a member here but didn't fix the dirty air problem with the stock windshield.
2) heat. Yeah, it's freaking a "wood burning oven" under you, especially if you get stuck in stop and go traffic. My right thigh feels like it's burning, evening with jeans. Forget about riding in shorts. Ain't gonna happen. I removed the left side engine closeout that was installed by the dealer to alleviate some of the heat issues on the right side. Helped, but not going to fix this issue come next summer here in Dallas.
3) storage space. Best part is the hard saddle bags. It's amazing how much more trips you can take to grocery, pet store, beer run with that much storage space. A+ design.
4) riding comfort. Another knocked it out of the park. Stock seat is comfortable and my date nights with the wife are a lot more enjoyable now when she has comfort, leg room and back rest vs the old hammer.....
5) 500 mile service was a breeze at strokers. Love those guys, bike was checked all over as expected. Took longer but expected when you just show up on a busy Saturday....no appointment.
6) added Daria driving lights and tapped into the spare 12v accessory running lights wire behind the fairing. Bike is easy to work on if you've had victory motorcycles before. Real easy and beats the complexity of others....
7) I ride it like I stole it and my gas mileage shows 43mpg but hand calc is more like 35. The fuel gauge is a joke. Full for 80 miles then bam, in your face quarter left once you hit 100 miles then good luck getting 20 miles after that without fuel light coming on.
8) speakers are ok and connection to iPhone with supplied 3.5mm jack sucks. Installed ram mount, Bluetooth receiver into the 3.5mm jack in saddle and get my tunes easier when I can control phone in front of me.
9) sound is throaty with the stage 2 kit and really enjoyable.
Overall, bike is a 8 out of 10. Having a lot of accessories installed right during purchase saved me the agony of wanting more and more every month like I did with prior bikes. The heat issue remains to be the biggest concern and reason for deducting a point, the other point goes for buffeting problems right from factory.
A pic and open to any questions....been a member her for 6 years now and glad I will be around for a while to contribute some more......