I'm on a search for a new sled... I've narrowed my choices down to two similar rides. The Victory Cross Country & the HD Street Glide. Both are comparable and should meet my riding needs. As things stand now I ride a bobbed out Boulevard c50 (w/ c90 final drive), but it simply isn't big enough or powerful enough for the amount of riding that I do. I average around 3k miles per month (up to 5k when I have trips or rallies). Plus I would like something bigger so that the wife will feel more comfortable and actually maybe ride with me (thus allowing me to schedule MORE trips and rallies
). My search for my next ride has been a long one... but as I mentioned, I've narrowed it down to two final contestants.
Now, I know a good deal about HD and the Street Glide (I have numerous friends that ride HDs and several who have Street Glides). So I have some experience with them and have a good knowledge base surrounding them. However, when it comes to Victory, I know very little. Rather than speaking with the dealers and reps (they're going to try to sell me) I'd like to get some info from the actual riders. Not to mention the nearest dealer is over an hour away...
I'm sure that there have been numerous questions like the ones that I'm about to pose, but searching hundreds of threads on numerous forums tends to be daunting and laborious. If you'll allow, I'd like to ask and hopefully get answers all in one place.
Before I begin my litany of questions, permit me to tell you a bit about how I ride... as that will illuminate some of the reasoning behind my questions and possibly allow for more detailed answers.
-- I ride year round (except when the snow is on the ground) all the way down to 15deg... without any kind of heated or fancy gear. Just chaps, gloves, and jacket. Rain, sun, torrential downpours, and even hail included.
-- I put roughly 3k+ miles per month on my bike.
-- Since I live in Northern VA, I tend to spend a bit of time in traffic... Which also means that I need a very nimble bike to dodge the plethora of idiots we have here.
-- I take no less than 2 "real" road trips per year, some times more. Each trip lasts approx 5 - 7 days. So the bike must carry my gear well (kinda tired of stuffing one little roll bag with 7 days of clothes and having to leave the rain gear, etc behind)
-- I ride the twisties with aggression and the regular roads like I'm demon possessed and Michael himself is chasing me.
-- I do ALL of my service work myself. I LOVE being able to wrench on my own bike and take pride in keeping it running myself. Besides, wrench parties are a great excuse for some brews, bbq, and stogies with my buddies.
My questions regarding the Cross Country.
1) How much wind and weather protection does the fairing offer (especially compared to the Street Glide)? Buffetting an issue? Are windshield lowers an option to fix this (not fairing lowers like what you see attached to highway bars)?
2) I've read that the Vics require an oil and filter change every 2500mi... Is this true? (seems awfully low). There are also numerous arguments over various oil types and clutch slip with those types. If I run nothing but Vic oil - what is the cost for enough oil + filter? (Since I put on more than that every month this will be a big deal)
Any other oils to change? The HD has 3. 2 must be changed every 3k... and all 3 every third oil change.
How often does the belt need to be replaced or adjusted? Can this be done by myself?
3) That pesky engine whine - sounds like a hybrid engine - when you twist the throttle... Please tell me this goes away???? I imagine it is annoying!!! How are the aftermarket for pipes (I hate "too quite" bikes).
4) I've read some reviews that state that the CC outhandles the Street Glide - any merit to this? Strengths / weaknesses?
5) Stock seat for long trips... how comfortable and what if any are recommended replacements?
6) How difficult are these things to work on. The HD's are super easy. How complicated are the Vics - i.e. I know the air filter is under the tank (WTF?) what else should I be aware of?
7) Aftermarket stuffs. I took a gander at the pricing for stuff like sissy bar backrests and highway pegs at the Victory site and OMG!!! They are WAY over priced. How is the support coming along (I know there isn't a lot now - that I know of - b/c the CC is so new)?
8) How does the bike handle temps below 20deg F and over 100deg F?
9) What are some of the little quirks or pains that the CC has?
10) I assume that that nasty tranny whine that Vic had a few years ago is fixed, right??
11) The sound system. Just how good is it, really? Any hiccups here - especially when it comes to iPhone hookups?
And finally. What are some of your favorite and least favorite things about this bike and about Victory in general? Especially when compared to the Street Glide. Thanks for letting me take up your time, and I appreciate your responses. This will make my decision that much easier!