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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-10-2010, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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Question cross roads vs road king

I have had 3 road kings in the past and loved them and now in the market for another and then I read an article on the Victory Cross Roads bike.
My closet Victory dealer is over an hour away, so a trip is planned in a few weeks to visit.
Any comparisons ?
Anyone have a cross roads? How do you like it?
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Im new to Victory and have had my Cross Roads for almost a month now. I love the bike, but never owning a Road King I couldn’t compare the two.
I can tell you why I decided on the Cross Roads instead of the Road King though. My reasons listed by priority:
1) I wanted something that wasn’t a Harley. Nothing against Harley, but I wanted something that wasn’t like every other bike on the road.
2) Aesthetics. I love the look of the Bike and unlike several foreign companies; Victory did not attempt to rip off designs from Harley. Victory has its own style.
3) The price. I walked out the door for about $18,000 with my Cross Roads. The local Harley dealer couldn’t get the price under $20k for the ’09 Road King.
4) Long mechanical life of the engine and tranny per several people Ive spoken to and read about. Hope its true……
5) Bigger Engine 106ci vs the 96ci in the Road King.
6) Suspension and handling. My Cross Roads has way better lean angles then my friends ’09 Road King. On tight mountain roads, he has problems keeping up with me.
7) Comfortable.
8) Bigger hard bags.
9) Not as heavy as the Road King.

While Im sure this list will grow as time goes on, here are my cons of the Bike:
1) Not many dealers in the area. I have to travel about 40 miles to the closest dealer and the second closest is about 90 miles away.
2) There are a few parts on the bike made of plastic where Harley does an excellent job of steering away from plastics.
3) The air filter is under the friggin gas tank! Yep, have to remove the gas tank to get to the air filter. Brilliant!
4) The engine has a typical Victory gear-driven type whine to it. Need a louder exhaust to drown out the whine.
5) The tank is a bit smaller then the RK.


Other then a few stupid gripes, I love the bike.
Hope this helps.

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Default cross roads vs road king

I've had my Cross Roads for just over 2 weeks and have over 1100 km's on her. I have never owned a Road King but did the same comparison as yourself before I pulled the trigger on my Cross Roads. For all the same reasons as twsdtcain I choose the Victory. Plus, it's very well reviewed; I recall one article where they did a head to head comparison between the two and choose the Victory. I seem to remember them saying the Road King seemed brutish compared to the Cross. I'd have to concede that Harley beats it in the sound department, but that's about it. While experiences with dealerships can vary, mine has been positive so far with the local Victory guys, but I hear that's not the case with folks accessing the local Harley dealership.
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Finally rode the cross roads, wow. I spent the day before riding road kinds and today riding the cross roads. Not even close to comparison.
I have owned four other Harleys(two road kings) and I have to say the Victory has my attention and maybe my pocket book soon.

Was easier and more comfortable to ride, super in the corners and turns, great power and shifted smoothly.
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I am real curious as to where a RK has less plastic then a XR. Both use plastic for the side covers, and bags, but the rest is all pretty much metal on either.
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Well, the biggest thing that bothers me is the cheese wedges are plastic. Then there is the plastic used on the gaurd for the oil cooler, the chromed plastic on the turn signals, the chromed plastic fork gaurds, the plastic dip stick, the chromed plastic bar end caps. There might be more, but this is just off the top of my head.
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Only draw back I can find with the cross roads is the buffeting I was getting when I got above 50 mph, I thought my head was going to rip off.
Talked to others and they mention I can but a taller wind shield, but I hate to buy a new bike and then have to buy a new wind shield.
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Well, the biggest thing that bothers me is the cheese wedges are plastic. Then there is the plastic used on the gaurd for the oil cooler, the chromed plastic on the turn signals, the chromed plastic fork gaurds, the plastic dip stick, the chromed plastic bar end caps. There might be more, but this is just off the top of my head.

Lets see here.
Plastic facia on oil cooler....HD has no oil cooler.

Plastic gaurds for the forks.....HD does not have inverted forks on the RK...So no gaurds.

Both have crappy pot metal turn sigs....Not plastic.

Both have the same crappy grips from the factory. Rubber, and plastic.

Dipstick...Lets see...Metal transfers heat, and that means when you check the oil with a metal dipstick....you burn your hands

Now lets compare some realistic things.
RK has a non balanced rubber mounted non structural motor in an chassis that is better then before; it is still best described as flexible vs a counterbalanced, structural member mounted into a rigid cast box frame

RK has old school telescopic forks with much higher unsprung mass vs inverted cartridge

RK has 2 exterior mounted shocks vs a centraly located cantileaver shock
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I have no disagreement with you on the strength's of the bike. That's why i bought one. Because Harley doesnt have inverted forks or an oil cooler is not a good reason for Victory to use plastic. The "ham cans" on the RK are metal, the Freedom engine is sporting chromed plastic cheese wedges. You asked what plastics were on the bike and I pointed em out.

Victory wants to compete with HD and other Bike companies, maybe throw out a few of the cheap plastics that tend to turn people off.

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I have no disagreement with you on the strength's of the bike. That's why i bought one. Because Harley doesnt have inverted forks or an oil cooler is not a good reason for Victory to use plastic. The "ham cans" on the RK are metal, the Freedom engine is sporting chromed plastic cheese wedges. You asked what plastics were on the bike and I pointed em out.

Victory wants to compete with HD and other Bike companies, maybe throw out a few of the cheap plastics that tend to turn people off.
Agreed with the cheese wedges, but what else are you gonna use for the cooler facia??
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