Yes the Victory has a loudish sounding engine. Louder than the other two? Never compaired them. Is it a problem? Doesn't seem to be. It is what it is. It isn't something that is bothersome or even anything to write about IMHO. Just part of the bike. Wings whine, Ventrures have grumpy sounding brakes, HD's have the shake, The Voyager is a weak a$$ attempt at the bike they put the name on. Kawasaki missed the target IMHO, it is ok, but nothing in compaison to its namesake.
They all have something that bothers someone, or just take it as part of the ride. Like already said, someone needed something to complain about. The article said the XCT was "overstyled" too. WTF is that? Like complaining your date has too much class or is too pretty.
Some people go their whole life wondering if they made a difference, Marines don't have that problem.~ Ronald Reagan
2012 XCT, AFR+ Gen 4, Lloydz air filter. I don't equate noise with power.
I ride with the Force.