"Humbucker you still haven't got a bike yet
Hey ammo_umb, I'm surprised anybody remembers me since I haven't visited since February. Actually, I was a bit reticent to post anything again on this and any other Victory forums.
Back in February I was pretty cranky with wintertime cabin fever I guess and I went on a bit of a rant complaining about the lack of ABS on the touring bikes (which has now been addressed thankfully) and I also whined about the colours that were available for the Cross Country for 2011.
Of course this being the internet and all, I then received a bit of a tar-and-feathering treatment from many Vic owners out there
(not saying that I didn't deserve it at the time though) and it might not have even been on this particular forum. No biggie either way, it's the internet after all.
Truth be told, if I was flushed with cash right now I'd have a 2012 CCT on order but the economic climate has me a bit concerned, so we'll see what happens down the road.
I did go to the Victory demo rides earlier this summer and tried out the CR, CC and the Vision. Even though I'm not 100% about the Vision's style, man that bike rode like a dream!
The Cross Roads and Cross Country were a real letdown because the ride felt so harsh, which is the total opposite of what I had read. I'm now convinced that it was all due to the CC and CR rear shock being inflated for a rider only and the Vision must have had more air in the rear shock to take two people.
I had a passenger on all three bikes. I know that there couldn't have been enough air in those rear shocks, it was kind of brutal whenever I went through a bad section of road. My nine year old Vulcan 1600 Classic with its less then stellar shocks when have soaked up those rough spots just as easily and maybe even better, so I knew that something was up.
Then I had what turned out to be a false memory. I thought that the Harleys that I demoed last summer were just as peppy and maybe even had more of a lively feel but later on this summer I went out on the Harley demo rides and they just left me flat to be honest.
The new 103 felt pretty strong but I soon started to feel like I might get tired of the paint-shaker effect at slow speeds or stopped at a light. At first it was a cool novelty but it started to wear on me a bit I think. My Vulcan 1600 Classic feels better to me then the Harley.
So, now that I've proven to myself once more that the Harley probably isn't the way to go, the Victory is back in top spot. And I'm really happy to see that you now get ABS, that was something that I feel is important.
When my financial situation allows it, a Victory will definately be a top contender. I like the local Vic manager here and I think that I could work with him.
There's no denying that these new Cross bikes are the ticket for anybody who's looking for a good solid reliable cruiser/tourer with a big V-twin and that new CCT might be the best deal out there.
I'm hoping that this 'tire-kicker' will be able to graduate to full on owner sometime down the road!