Test Ride Impressions on the 2012 XCT in Sturgis
While in Sturgis this year, I test rode the XCT for about 75 total miles, and for the most part, I came away extremely impressed with the bike. The components of my evaluation included ride quality (suspension / handling), power, braking, and comfort.
* Ride quality: Very impressed with the suspension as it provided outstanding ride quality, without giving up the feel of the road. Sure footed in the corners and a breeze over the RR tracks. I experienced no buffeting at all with the new wind management system and taller windshield. Heated grips worked well, and are nice touch.
* Power was also good, especially the mid-range as we quickly got up to 80 mph on the interstate, and I found the transmission to shift in a smooth, deliberate manner.
* Braking was outstanding as the bike stopped straight and true. I love ABS.
* Comfort is there. The XCT's ergonomics are well thought out provide the rider many options to ensure a comfortable ride.
* Dislikes: Man the sound of the motor in the stock configuration just sucks. I understand that this is easily mitigated, but still......
* The handlebar positioning / pull back did not work for me. I was reaching forward making any type of long range riding an uncomfortable proposition.
* Not sure about the seat either. Needs a back rest for sure, and perhaps more support.
I am interested to hear any feedback on what you guys are doing to improve the exhaust note. Is anyone removing the cat from the header pipe? I am not a big fan of this heat making, power sapping component. Also, I understand that SRVT bars are out there, and I ran across Heli Bars in Sturgis and they now have a XCT adjustable handlebar, but the $799 price tag is a bit over the top. Any other options here?
I have been lurking around this site for over a year. I have been riding ~ 10,000 miles per year on a HD Road King & Road Glides since 2005. My current bike is a 2009 CVO Road Glide. Now that ABS, and hard lowers are available, I am looking hard at the new XCT, and getting closer to pulling the trigger every day. Sorry for the dissertation, but a lot of good informational exchange takes place on this site, and I appreciate learning from some your experiences.