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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-20-2011, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Question How's the rear suspension on your Cross Country?

Awhile back, the Victory demo bike truck rolled into town and I took out a 2011 Cross Country for a spin, I had my wife on the back, we're your typical middle-aged couple, not super over-weight but not rail thin either, just average I guess.

I was expecting a pretty plush ride from what I had read but to be honest with you, we were both pretty under-whelmed by the rear suspension, it wasn't all that much better then my Vulcan 1600 Classic's. We took a hammering whenever I hit a minor pothole.

The Vision I later took out seemed better, I didn't think that I'd like that bike at all but despite its visual design, that thing was really impressive!

I'm chocking up the Cross Country's hard ride to it possibly not having enough (or any) air in the air-assisted shocks. Or maybe it was defective. But my money is on not having the proper amount of air in the shocks.

What do you guys think? Are you getting a plush enough ride riding around two-up?

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I ride two up with a trunk frequently and have found that if you get the air just right it is a great ride. It does seem like I have add more air than I did when the bike was new.

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Shock was too low or empty. Take another demo and ask them to pump it up to the recommended pressure. Be honest about your weight and/or combined weight and you'll notice a huge difference. When you get the pressures right you'll feel bumps on the front that you won't notice at all on the rear. If you are going to demo in the twisties add 10-12lbs and it'll still ride great but handl a littl better.


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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-20-2011, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Well, as far as our combined weight, it's probably just under 400 pounds and this particular bike did have the CC trunk installed on it which added even more weight.

I'll bet that they have most of the bikes set up for a solo rider anyway. I didn't see anybody else during that couple of hours taking a pillion along. Most demos seem to be solo riders.

I just couldn't accept that that was the "real" Victory CC riding experience. I'll have to give it another go whenever I get another opportunity.
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Wife and I are probably a bit over you and your's. I run ~60lbs in the rear shock and love the ride. I came off a V Star 1300 where the wife was done after 2 hours. We went all day on the XR with no complaints.

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I'll bet the shock wasn't pumped up correctly. I took a XC with trunk out last year and it almost ripped off the rear bumper when I drove out of the driveway. We found out a week later at another demo tour that the shock didn't have any air in it.
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I have an 11 XC. I set the shock at 9 for me and 34 when my wife rides with me. Very comfortable. However, my rear shock started leaking fluid and I now have no rear shock. Covered under warrantee and a new shock will be installed on Wednesday morning. I could find nothing in any of the forums about this being a problem. Vic shipped the shock with no questions asked so I wnder if this issue has come up before.
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post #8 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-21-2011, 02:38 PM
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I ride solo on my XC and the ride is excellent. It is as good as my GL1800 Goldwing and a great improvement from my 2009 Kingpin Low (the ride was terrible).

The dealer stated they set it at for 375 lb. I have ordered the pump and will adjust it to a lower setting next week, since I always ride solo on the XC.



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I'd say it was the air pressure in the shock as well. When I bought my bike I thought the same thing about the rear suspension. Then I decided to check the rear suspension pressure. Well the dealer sent me home on a bike with 0psi in the rear shock. Needless to say after I put the recommended air pressure back there it not rides like a dream. Thats why I never trust anyone else to work on my bike.

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Yep, agree with all... When I picked up my new XC, no air in the shock. Once I pumped it up following the guidelines, it rides much nicer than any of my other bikes.
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