Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Winter Haven, Fl.
I went with the 23. I like the look of a little extra rake. The only con I can find with the 23 is that your bike will lean more on the stand. The 23 with the 6 degree trees will put your bike 1 inch higher in the front than stock, so it does make it heavier to get off the stand.
A 21 with the trees would be back at stock height. HMD is making a new tree for the 23 that rakes it a little more and is supposed to keep the bike at stock height and eliminate the need for the travel limiters in the forks, but you do have to lower the rear end.
Either way you go be prepared to spend way more that you budget, because it will mushroom. Cost of Vic paint, labor(unless you can wrench), special Vic only tool to torque the stem, matching rotors, etc…...
Almost forgot, if you go with a 23 you only have two options for tires - Avon or Vee Rubber. Have heard that others are supposed to start making the larger sizes, but when I did it those were the only two available.
2011 Cross Country