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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-23-2013, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Default Motorcycling Mag gives the CC 3.5 out of 5

So...I got my newest Motorcycling mag in the mail yesterday. I saw they did a review of the CC. My grubby paws fumbled to the right page and I started reading. Bottom line....they liked it but weren't impressed. They rated it 3.5 out of 5. Pretty mediocre. I love my CCT, and started thinking about some of their comments.

They didn't like the cruise control.....neither do I. That is something Victory really needs to address. It is "juky",and sometimes mine jumps around a little when I set it. And the cruise control and stereo control pods are a very poor design feature. Can you say "afterthought".

I do love the ride quality and storage, and easy oil changes. Mine engine is stock, and I don't personally see it as any more powerful than any of my friends Harley's...that are all pretty much stock. I have ridden several....Road Kings, Street Glides, Electra Glides. I really don't like the Victory tranny. NOT smooth, especially at slow speeds. So...IMO, Victory got some things very right......but there is room for improvement. I have just over 5k miles on mine in 3 1/2 months. Mostly happy, but not blinded! It does have the best road manners of any bike I have ever ridden on the highway.

Oh certainly does get a lot of attention when I pull in somewhere, which is one reason I didn't buy a Harley. Don't want to be in the club. Hey how many t-shirts do you have?

So...actually when I personally think critically...3.5 is probably pretty close.

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-23-2013, 09:41 PM
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I don't know, I have to disagree, I just did a 5700 mile road trip in 12 days and I loved every minute of it, we had days where we did 900 miles in 15 hours and days we did 350 in 12, I never get tired of my CC

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I have rode MC's for a long time I have owned a Harley 57. Rode Cushmans and Honda's. Owned two Moto Guzzi's a 71 and a 79 G5 which had the interconnected rear and fount brakes the first bike to offer this wow what an improvement in braking. When I was riding the Guzzi's they almost always got poor reviews in the MC Magazines. But if you read the reviews on the other bikes they would have the same problems pointed out. But it was OK on these bikes and not on the Guzzi. I wrote it off to who spent the most on Advertisement. If a bike brand is spending lots of money to advertise in your Mag your not going to say very many bad things about there bikes or you will play down the problems.
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I got to agree the cruise control is not the best,but it is a hell of alot better than a throttle lock or a thumb screw that locks the throttle as some bigger motorcycle company has done it for years. Now the trans yes not the smoothest. One of the smoothest that I recently experienced was on a 2012 MotoGuzzi Grizzo, smoothest ever I think out of any bike made that I have rode over the years. I have an older Guzzi and it is not a smooth easy shifting transmission on it,so if they can improve the transmission I am sure other companies could also. Now I must say it seems that since my CrossRoads has went over 10,000 miles it seems like the transmission is much easier to shift and smoother. I was thinking the other day,it seems crazy, but it is easier to shift, I guess it is worn in correctly or is getting their. So I was thinking maybe these magazines ought to do some write ups on the bikes, not after a easy 1000 miles or even 5000 miles, but say after 10K and then 20k. They could even compare some of the touring bikes after a few miles as I mentioned. Lots of people put well over 10K a year on their bikes (ones not tied up in the shops for repairs) and I know lots of cases were people put over 20,000 miles a year. When I only had a Gold Wing a few years back I put 20,000 miles on it in one year, and it was pretty beat when I got it. So how about some real long term test. Another interesting write up might be on maintenance required on rental bikes over say a 20,000 span. It could make for an interesting read and I wonder how many people would be swayed to or away from a purchase if they really seen true cost of upkeep over the long term. Come on " Motorcyclist" magazine some bull headed riders want to know, do some real long term test and let us see and judge the results of the test.
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If I can ride and ride with just a little clunk happening because of the tranny I am happy. An oil change here, a tire there and that's it then I'm happy.
I've got 10,000 on my 2013 XCT so far. After the 4th of July weekend there will be close to 15,000 and by it's birthday in late Oct. in will [probably have close to 20,000.

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Don't think any Motorcycle does not have room for some improvements depending on what a Rider is looking for .. I agree with the Cruise and Pods both can use a little more finesse.. I have no problems with the tranny a bit clunky but seems solid after 12,500 miles put on my XC .. My Vote would be a Solid 4 out of 5 on my XC and very happy with it .. 40+ years of Riding most makes, never had a Bike would give a Total 5, but will give my FXR4 a 4.5 as for a 14 year old Bike with 40K, still runs and looks like new with no major maintenance needed yet ..

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Originally Posted by Jckercheval View Post
So...I got my newest Motorcycling mag in the mail yesterday.
I read that too and I think the article itself was fair and accurate. I was kinda surprised by the low rating too.

The clunky transmission works fine, it's probably just an adjustment for people who spend the majority of time riding bikes that aren't trying to clone some aspect of HD.

Brakes are a legitimate issue, though I will say the ABS brakes on the Vision and XC I demo'd felt pretty good. I actually got scolded by one of the guides who thought I was trying to do stoppies. I was told to "respect the bikes." Well hell, if stomping on the brakes is going to hurt it, I don't want it.

I never had a problem with the cruise control hunting, but it does sometimes take a couple of stabs at the button before it engages. Maybe it behaves funny on hills? And yeah aesthetically it looks like an afterthought.

Buffeting is a problem, but I think it's inherent to the style of bikes. Probably should only give extra credit points to a company that can produce the style without creating the head rattling. Ditto for the bars that seem too far away during exercises that test the steering stops.

Given that it exceeds the class in so many other areas I thought perhaps a 4 would be more in order. If the XC is a 3.5 a Streetglide would have to be about a 2.5.
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What is the yardstick?

Bike rags. I don't believe their opinions when they fawn all over a bike any more than I believe them when they talk down.
Pop has rubbed elbows with motorcycle press enough to know that, at the end of the day the info you get from an owner you jaw with in the watering hole is as valid as the reports in 90% of the articles. Just as critically thought out and just as tinged with personal viewpoint.

Here, let Pop take a crack at it. Something like...

We put the three test mules through through their paces in a grueling schedule of Napa Valley wine tastings and although the cloudless 75 degree skies pounded our designer composite yet breathable riding togs we couldn't help but marvel at the acceleration of the big brutes, as pronounced as the subtle earth notes of the Valleys premier Estate Merlot although both the machines and the grapes seemed to exude a raw power in the lush California hills.

Plus the pages are too shiny to absorb the mess in the bottom of the bird cage.

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Pop, I think I read that same write up somewhere before! If I had to rate my XR from a 1 to 5 scale then it would probably get a 3.5 as well but then again I have not been on a bike yet that met all my expectations and doubt I ever will. I had my first problem with my cruise on Saturday. Got caught in some rain on Friday on a short trip to the gas station and on Saturday the cruise would not work at all till near the end of my 250 mile ride. Looks like I'll be adding some electric grease to it this week.

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So what all of you owners are saying is you bought just another motorcycle... Middle of the road nothing special....

Must take a lot to impress you folks.

I came from a Gold Wing 1800 and switched to the 2013 XCT. Love the bike, love the handling, love the air managment. Plus I go further on a gallon of gas than the wing! Bonus!!!

Nobody ever came up to me and asked how I like my Wing. Happens all the time with the XCT.

You folks need to get out and ride more.


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