Cross Country 1st Impression
One of the Victory Demo Trucks was at the local dealer this weekend & I demo'd a couple Cross Countrys.
Just for comparison, I've got a 2004 Yamaha Roadstar Silverado that's been upgraded some. It's got a ported intake manifold, big air kit, V&H ProPipe (2-into-1) exhaust, performance valve springs, HSR42 performance carb, performance ignition box. As for ergo's, it's also got a mustang seat, floorboard extensions, Baron BigJohnson handlebars (39" wide), and the stock Silverado Windsheild. Now that you know what I'm used to riding, here are my impressions of the Cross Country...
#1 - Love the size of the cross country. I'm 6'3, 225+ lbs, 36" inseam and longer than average reach. The CC is nicely set up out of the box for me. Still could use some hwy pegs, but handlebar position and length of floorboards are nice.
#2 - Loved the ride. The bikes just rolled along nicely and felt very smooth. Nothing to complain about at all.
#3 - Love the cornering and handling. The bike seamed to love corners & I'm a fairly aggressive rider. I love the corners and scrape the floorboards all the time on the Roadstar. I didn't get too aggressive with the CC but I did try lean it over a few times to a point where the Roady would have scraped plenty. I did notice that slow speed parking lot or U-turn stuff wasn't quite what I'm used to though. That's probably just me though as the Roady has really wide bars and slow parking lot stuff is super simple on it. I'd have to get used to the CC's bars & I'm sure the slow speed stuff would get better.
#4 - Power... not bad. Doesn't have the low end "off the bottom" torque I'm used to with the Roady. The Roadstar pulls like a tractor. The bike has to get up into it's power before you feel it pull. Very smooth power delivery though and good power once over 2500 rpms. I'd imagine that there'd be some good improvement with a pipe and aircleaner upgrade. Doesn't need much more, would just like to wake up what it feels like it should have. How well does the stage one set work for that???
#5 - Sound of the bike needs a little improving. The stock pipes sound kinda like... uh... stock pipes. At least its got more sound than a GoldThing. Would really like to hear what the Stage 1 setup sound like on this thing.
#6 - Wind protection... This is my #1 question for all you folks... WHAT ARE YOU COMPLAINING ABOUT??? I DON'T GET IT... I rode two CC's, one with just the stock windshield & one with the tall windshield and lower deflectors. Personally, the stock windshield was better for me. It doesn't have any more wind buffeting than my Roadstar at all. The bike with the tall windshield and lowers blocked too much wind & was much warmer feeling than the stock set up. I like a little breeze in my face and don't like feeling like I'm in a bubble. Maybe I'm weird, but isn't that was riding a bike is about? If I don't want some wind in my face than I'd be looking at a Goldwing. I really don't have anything to complain about with the wind protection. If I were to change the windshield it'd be for a smoked CeeBailey's just because they look better.
#7 - The passendger seat??? Like I said, I did ride two CC's, one had the backrest and one had the trunk. The one with the backrest was much better than the trunk for the wife. Neither setup had as much room as the Roadstar for her. She felt there was more room with backrest & more comfortable compared to the trunk. The trunk setup is too upright for her, too cramped and too hot. It was about 80 degrees out & she felt too hot with the trunk surrounding her. The only thing she liked about the trunk was the speakers and the sound system sounded better because of it.
Overall, I really liked the CC. It handles great, is comfortable even for taller riders, decent power and I like that it doesn't look like George Jettson's Vision. Now where did I put that extra 20g's I had in my wallet?
Last edited by steve76t; 06-20-2011 at 04:09 PM.