Review of my 2011 XC
I've now ridden most of the summer on my XC, and now have about 10000KM (6000miles) and while I'm sure that I am not the first one to do this, I'm sorry for not using the search Diamond.
I just got back from my first real trip with my 2011 Cross Country, and I thought I’d add my 2 cents to the reviews posted on here.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable ride. We traveled around 5000 Km (around 3000 miles) in a week and a half, through the heatwave- from Manitoba to Arkansas and back down the Great River Road from St. Louis to Minnesota, and I noticed a few things about the bike, both positive and negative.
The positive is quite long-
The Power- I liked the power on the highways, and in the hills of the Ozarks. It was nice to know that there was more power than I needed there.
The Mileage- I averaged between 45 and 50 on the highway portions of the ride, though the mileage goes down a bit when I got in the hilly areas and especially in the city/towns. This is mostly my fault because I keep using the torque as much as I can. I got almost the same mileage as my wife’s Kawasaki Vulcan 900, a little better than hers on the faster highway parts where the overdirve really showed its usefulness.
Comfort- I still have the stock seat, and I still have no plans to replace it. I only had the beginnings of ‘monkey butt’ and that was only on the days where the heat was oppressive .
I did get a sore back from slouching, but I’ll explain that later.
Performance- The bike ran well, despite the heat that had most of the locals staying inside. I was worried, for this was my first air cooled bike and I was scared that it would run in the heat. I am glad to say that the only real problem I had was with the cruise control after the bike spent the night in the rain and it would not set for half a day. I am having the dealer look at it when I take it in for the oil change.
Handling- I live in the Canadian prairies, and the twists and turns of the Ozarks were quite different than what I was used to, and this bike handled great. For such a big bike, it was really fun to ride.
Storage- I had more than enough room, and carried some of my wife’s stuff, too. I am still thinking of the trunk, but for now it is fine.
I also liked the ability to switch from KM to Miles and back. It was nice to not have to do the math all of the time. This is also my first bike with a stereo, which was nice.
The not so good-
Shifts like a tractor- I’d hate to think what the ‘old’ transmission was like. Compared to the Japanese bikes that I have ridden, it is not the smoothest. I know that this is partially due to the big twin engine, but it still isn’t the smoothest of shifting bikes.
Stock windscreen- I got a sore back from slouching because the stock windscreen sucks. I’ve ridden the +3 flip on my dealers demo bike, and it would have been nice.
While the finish is fine, for a 20K bike, it isn’t quite as nice as some of the bikes that I have seen (namely HD), but overall it is fine. The dash under the wind screen is already looking dull.
Near the end of the trip, the lids on the bags were beginning to move a bit more, but I was able to rattle a bit, but the dealer fixed them up nice for me.
Cleaning- Water collects around the spark plugs, and if you do not burn it off with a ride, the water leaves marks the next ride, and I have had to clean it really well because there was a little rust around my spark plugs. The dealer replaced the plugs, because this was very early and it was probably a storage issue before I got the bike.
Aside from the hard shifting tranny, it is a great bike and the problems I have with it are rather minimal.
2011 Cross Country
Stage One Exhaust