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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-21-2017, 07:31 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Gang. I am pulling the trigger on a brand-spanking new 2016 Cross Country this coming weekend, and boy am I excited (and a little nervous to be honest). I am moving up from a 2007 Honda Shadow 750 (hence my nervousness), which, for me, is a HUGE jump. Never been on a scoot like that before.

Here is my list of things that I've not had on a bike before owning the Cross Country;

-A motor that powerful (from a 750 to 1700)
-That much weight (600lbs to 800lbs)
-A fairing (just a windshield)
-Floorboards (always had pegs)
-Shaft final drive on the shadow to a belt on the Victory
-ABS (regular ol' disc on the shadow)

I hope you all will indulge me as I ask a bunch of NOOB questions...

1. I plan on doing plenty of parking lot practice before I start commuting on it, anything quirky about the handling?
2. Any high cost/high maintenance items I should be aware of?
3. I am a little concerned about the belt drive, is there an add-on that will help protect it?
4. Speaking of add-ons, any recommendations on what the first things I should get for it?

Thanks in advance for any advice or suggestions you may offer.

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-21-2017, 08:01 AM
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Congratulations on the new ride.
1. Only low cost maintenance, fresh tires and regular oil changes
2. Any difference between 600 lbs and 800 lbs disappears after 5 mph.
3. Don't worry about the belt.
4. If you do any highway riding I suspect you'll quickly want to improve wind management by playing with different windshield configurations and combinations of lowers and deflectors which are all hotly debated on this forum.

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You are absolutely going to enjoy that bike. The ride and handling is GREAT...Don't be afraid to push it in the curves cause it can handle what ever you want it to. The weight may seem a little much at first but once you get use to it...WOW...you'll be amazed how well it handles.
My suggestion is to get a back rest installed ASAP. It will make those long rides a lot more comfortable. Ride on Bro...Hope to hear some good news on how you like it soon.

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I went from a 2013 Suzuki C50 (800) to a 2013 Cross Country Tour, I didn't take long at all to get used to the extra weight, probably the first couple of rides around town and I was good. The first time I got on the highway, I knew I was in love..

I had added a batwing fairing to my suzuki, so it was probably close to 700 lbs, so I went up at least 150 lbs, I'm sure with gas and oil, it's a little more, but I didn't really notice a big difference at all. You'll really enjoy the new ride!!

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I went from a Kawasaki 900 Classic (around 650 lbs) to my Cross Country Tour. The Cross Country is such a well balanced bike you will barely notice the extra weight. Congrats on the new bike.

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There are plenty of AZ riders here on this form. Read owners book on how to check oil. By the way Vic's don't use oil. Get use to the brakes you might not stop as short as before. Belt should be good for 80 thousand. The hard part is making sure dealer gets it right when you do tire change.
For now take long way to work and home so you get used to the bike. Have a good time ridding

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Y'all nailed it! My only complaint with my 2014 cross country is what to do to it. It needed nothing. I added cams ,a timing wheel pc5, pipes(atom bombs) and had it dynoed. Major difference with those changes and all for $ 2k. I may get more radical later but for now it's perfect. Oh and I added passenger floorboards. It seemed a little top heavy but I quickly got used to that . She likes to to run,so ride it like ya stole it. She'll just want more. Congratulations8 and enjoy!

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First of all, congratulations on the new ride! If you're like a lot of us, you'll roll on the miles effortlessly. I've had 21k miles with nothing but tires and oil. So far, I've done pipes, Lloydz air filter, timing wheel, and PC5 with dyno. Oh, and hard lowers, amp, speakers, trunk, wind deflectors, LED headlight; other than that it's bone stock. Huge difference. I came from a Kawi C-14, so it was a major step down in power, major step up in comfort. Low speed handling is also improved from the Concours since it has a lower center of gravity.

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She's gonna be tight at first - break-in takes about 3K miles. Read the manual to get a lot of answers. Don't assume the shop set it up right - check the air...40F, 42R and 15 or more in the rear shock. Get yourself a rear shock air pump and never use compressor air on the shock. Access the battery and place lock washers under the bolts and tighten them, they have a tendency to loosen. I hope you got the 500 mile service INCLUDED in the deal. If you know which end of the screwdriver is the handle, you can do ALL your own maintenance including wheel removals. There are YouTube vids for every operation on these bikes. Just cuz its a big V-Twin, don't think its a tractor engine, never ride under 2500 and shift at 3500. You can not hurt these engines. Re add-ons; give yourself time, hang around this forum, ask questions, look at our signatures. I could make recommendations, but I think you should give it time. You made a wise choice, these bikes are super dependable and you will be riding it for many miles and years. Welcome.
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Congrats on the new ride!
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