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Just read a comparision review between the Cross Country Tour, ultra glide and the Kaw. Voyager......cross country came in behind the Ultra glide but a comment about it being the noisest engine of the 3 kinda bothers me. Can anyone shed some light
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Just read a comparision review between the Cross Country Tour, ultra glide and the Kaw. Voyager......cross country came in behind the Ultra glide but a comment about it being the noisest engine of the 3 kinda bothers me. Can anyone shed some light
Maybe the XCT has the quietest stock muffler? Either that, either Mr. Harley, who wrote the comparison, is really getting creative.

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Each bike will have their own unique sound. Also- media types tend to be extremely whiny like 2 year olds about whatever peeves them individually. Also- I think new bikes will make little ticks, squeaks, snaps, etc when they are new and breaking in and change subtley over time.

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yes I am......prince george is just down 295 from me. i am planning on trying to get to prince george next weekend, gonna be in Va. Beach this weekend....gonna run by a dealer down there for comparision shopping
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The Victory has a modern engine with chain driven overhead cams.

The Harley has an old fashioned pushrod engine.

Some people just can't get over it.

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The Harley has an old fashioned pushrod engine.
Just like the brand new Indian Thunderstroke 111 I might add

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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.
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Just read a comparision review between the Cross Country Tour, ultra glide and the Kaw. Voyager......cross country came in behind the Ultra glide but a comment about it being the noisest engine of the 3 kinda bothers me. Can anyone shed some light
Lostintexas pretty much summed it up but I'll just add my 5 cents...

Yes, the Vic engine "seems" noisier but keep in mind, it is solid mounted, and is actually part of the frame itself, and those engine sounds reverberate through the rest of the bike so it makes it sound noisier.

The Yamaha Venture 2nd gen (1999 - 2013) is noisier and it's not solid mounted.

One gets used to these sounds after a while although my Venture had what is known as "clutch basket chirp" that actually sounded like a whine and it drove me nuts sometimes. I sold it after 3 years and bought a Wing ... and that had an alternator drive gear whine that kinda drove me nuts too LMAO Did I say "one gets used to these sounds"??? hahaha

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I forgot about the clutch basket on the Venture. First one had it, second didn't. The basket wasn't the only thing that moaned over the noise it made. Lots of folks griped to the end of where ever about it.
All these things are just a part of it. Nothing "wrong" or damaging, well other than the sanity of the riders.

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Ride them and decide for yourself. Keep in mind Vics quiet down as they break in. This is my first Big Twin in over 60 years of riding and I have no complaints. You want quiet? Then a Goldwing is your bike.

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