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Default New XC/initial observations

After 1 week & 350 miles: The stock handlebars absolutely SUCK bigtime! I am 6' tall with a normal arm reach but always seem to be reaching straight out, very uncomfortable. Ordered the SRVT pullback bars but the blasted things are on back order so I took delivery of the bike to put on the 500 mile break in. Glad I have the backrest to prop myself forward! Gas mileage seems awesome for such a big bike. I am running stage 1 exhaust & got 46mpg (actual) on the first tank. At around 75mph & up, I start noticing a buzz in the floorboards & the right mirror becomes distorted. Is this normal on a XC? After 1 hour in the saddle, started to get a sore butt. Anyone else having issues? The radio & I-pod set up is working awesome. I have excellent reception & the auto volume is super. I am finally getting used to the small foot brake peg, still would like to have a pedal instead. Transmission is smooth as can be & quiet in all gears. Motor is smooth & I am finding some torque now that I can rev her up some now that I have a couple hundred miles on her. I did find out that when riding 2 up, I can't use my backrest as it bothers the wife. I have the tour pack, don't know if she would have more room with the standard passenger backrest? Last thing: Is it just me being a newbie or does anyone else feel the bike is top heavy when riding 2 up? I found it hard to hold a line but think the pullback bars will give me much better control. My dealer suggested getting used to the bike without the tour pack. I have been riding all week 1 up w/o the trunk & love the way she handles now! Next up, I will be having a PC installed at the break in service along with a dyno tune. Coming off a Boulevard 109, I am anxious to get a little more torque on demand.


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yep handle bars suck and so does the seat. Right mirror also vibrates too much.
I contribute a lot the discomfort to the stretched fuel tank. i am sending my seat off in a couple of weeks to get it fitted to me.
The XC does not feel top heavy to me. But I am use the my Ultra and Goldwing with all it's weight, neither is top heavy just heavier than the XC. I think the XC is very well balanced.
You will get use to it in time.

Congrats on the new bike. Take some time and really get use to it or like I say get to know the bike better.

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A PC is a waste of money unless you are going to do intake work.
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Picky, Picky. Nothing will suit everyone. I for one love my XC. I would like to see a windshield bag area. As for being top heavy. Check your shock air presure, might be too high. All things considered a great bike. Yeah, it could have a little more torque at low end, but you can always choose a Harley (Jap Bike).
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Power is okay, Torque is good. Could use a little better throttle response but I am stock. I will get around to some other things latter. Want to get comfortable first.
I do not like loud myself. A little more sound would be good to cover up the whining sound from the primary., but that isn't that bad.
The seat angles you back instead of pushing you into the seat which makes my lower back hurt. After Allen gets through with the seat it will be fine I am sure.
2 inch's more on the handle bars and that should do it. Then I can get a stage 1 kit.
not just picky, just want to be comfortable. I will have time this winter to do what needs to be done. Then come spring, I will be able to ride like what I am use to. Around 3,000 miles a month except on trips which is usually around 5,000.
Got to have it my way ya know.
I have a biketronics 180 watt rms per speaker amp's laying around may have to see what it sounds like on the XC.

A small storage area should not much of a problem. Just use the 2 screws on the dash, have a saddle shop make the bag. May have to look into that.
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Picky, Picky. Nothing will suit everyone. I for one love my XC. I would like to see a windshield bag area. As for being top heavy. Check your shock air presure, might be too high. All things considered a great bike. Yeah, it could have a little more torque at low end, but you can always choose a Harley (Jap Bike).
don't think he was being picky, he was just giving his impressions of hte bike and wanting to know if we were having the same problems. Maybe you need to get your bigi boy droars on and not feel the need to knock others post!
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The problem is the back rest and not the seat. when you ride with the back rest no mater how you try and fix the back rest it doesnt allow you to sit at the back of the seat and puts your pelvis in an anterior tilt and you are closer to the tank and very little support under you. when you ride w/out the back rest you are able to sit at the back of the seat, your pelvis is in an posterior tilt and you have much more support under you making the riding position much more comfortable. w/out the back rest I can ride for hours, with it i'm looking to get off the bike w/in an hour. sorry about the grammar, i'm watching a football game and typing this at the same time.
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My demo's of the 2011 XC is not favorable. Basically I would buy a Kingpin and customize it before buying an Xbike. Thats how unimpressed and disappointed I was with it and I am a huge Victory cheerleader but I think Victory's noise and vibration for the X bikes is terrible.
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Intake or exhaust work....Many of the aftermarket pipes need a controller as the tech's don't always take their time trying to tune it right after instillation.
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Intake or exhaust work....Many of the aftermarket pipes need a controller as the tech's don't always take their time trying to tune it right after instillation.
No!! That is not the best, performance and or economical advice.

If your bike is not running correctly take it to a GOOD dealer and tech.

Now if you are planning on an intake and going into the engine later than the tuner would be a good investment now.

I say again, you don't NEED a tuner at this stage of your modifications. The dealer should be able to tune it as good as a tuner.

Too many riders from other brands of bikes, have "TUNER" stuck in their heads. They don't realize that a Victory mechanic can tune better or as good as a tuner.
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