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Default Curious...How many ex-Royal Star Venture Owners

Just curious how many of you are ex-Venture owners and what your opinion is of the XCT,and also what are your thoughts NOW on the old Venture?

Here's mine...I bought a 2009 Venture...it was a TANK. Great motor, but a TANK to ride. Of course the dash console was/is so RETRO for all the wrong reasons.

Now...I love my XCT. Period, not qualifiers, no excuses...best bike I have ever owned (and I have been riding since 1979).

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Close, 4 Venture's- all first gen's, good bikes, over 500,000 miles on the bunch, decided didn't like the new style, bought a 1600 Nomad, it was a real Road Turd, however better than the new style Venture. Just got the XCT- Ima thinkin this thing is hands down a better bike! It's better than the old first gen Venture- but then it's 26 years newer than my last Venture!

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Kept my 2008 RSV when I brought the 2012 XCT. RSV is over 100,000 miles and going strong. BUBs on the RSV, sounds much better than stock XCT. Stock RSV sounded better than XCT. RSV smoother, not so much cruising, but huge difference under acceleration. Even mild acceleration. Transmission, RSV wins. Key location and steering lock, RSV wins again. Kick stand kill switch. Helmet locks on RSV. Trunk latch, again RSV. Loved the five year unlimited mileage warrantee of the RSV. Luggage capacity goes to the XCT. Like riding American, especially Minnesotan! Would buy another XCT in a second. Loved the RSVs but after three of them and an original Venture it was time to move on.

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Was an early adapter with an '83 Venture, then graduated to a '92 for the larger cases. I could not have had a better bike then. Comfortable, powerful, great handler, bulletproof, you name it. Then cancer struck and I'm not as strong as I used to was. That Venture became too tall, too heavy, too top heavy and too intimidating. I needed a lower seat height and CG if I was to continue riding and I did. Ma Vic came out with the XR at that perfect moment for me.

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Was an early adapter with an '83 Venture, then graduated to a '92 for the larger cases. I could not have had a better bike then. Comfortable, powerful, great handler, bulletproof, you name it. Then cancer struck and I'm not as strong as I used to was. That Venture became too tall, too heavy, too top heavy and too intimidating. I needed a lower seat height and CG if I was to continue riding and I did. Ma Vic came out with the XR at that perfect moment for me.

someday I will see some pictures of your Victory.....
honestly...I have not seen a picture of your bike....please share...since I think we have the exact bike with the
exact same mods....someone has good taste....

2010 CR - D&D pipes unwrapped / Lloydz Performance Cams / Lloyd'z Idle Air Valve / Lloydz Adjustable Timing System / Lloydz Hi-Flow Air Filter / PCV w/AT / Vintage Mustang Seat w/backrest / Lock Ride Passenger Backrest / Powerlet Handlebar Outlet / Lay down License Bracket / Adjustable Drop Bracket
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someday I will see some pictures of your Victory.....
honestly...I have not seen a picture of your bike....please share...since I think we have the exact bike with the
exact same mods....someone has good taste....
Ask and ye shall receive....
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Ask and ye shall receive....
sweeeeeet....very nice and clean
have you considered the running lights ?
I have yet to try mine out(still have shitty weather) but I know I'm going to love them

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I had a 2008 RSV traded for my 2012 XCT the RSV was a nice ride, very dependable, great warranty but very heavy, love my XCT and it feels much lighter and has all the power you need.

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Hemidan....I do have running lights. Look at the bottom of the crashbar, where it meets the cowling--there they are. Those are Clearwater Darla High Power LEDs rated at 2,000 lumens each. I now enjoy night riding, I never have before.
http://oldsite.clearwaterlights.com/infopg_darla.html

2010 Midnight Cherry XR. 7Jurock, Lloydz AF, ATS, AFR tuned VFCIII, IAV, and T-6 and locally repacked pipes = big smiles. SOLD to a dear friend, so it's still in the family."
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I'm also a former Venture owner. Had an '85 Royale ... awesome bike! Then an '87 ... not as good as the '85 but still a great bike. Then I got a great deal on an '06 Midnight Venture. THAT became a love/hate relationship. Like others stated... top heavy, hard to handle at slow speed ... and then there was that annoying clutch basket whine ... and I was pulling a Leesur-Lite tent trailer which caused me to hate the bike even more... so I bought an '03 Wing .... now that was an impressive machine and it pulled that trailer like it wasn't even there, not to mention it handled great at slow speed even with the trailer in tow. Problem with it was, it just didn't seem to feel like a motorcycle ... more like a 2-wheeled car which was boring.

So, after some crappy camping experiences we sold the trailer and traded the Wing in on the XCT. I'd been eye-balling the XCT for a couple years, even before buying the Wing and had test rode them a few times.

I can't say enough good things about the XCT. Been riding for over 40 years and this is by far the best bike I've ever had.

Comparisons to the '06 Venture...

Handling under all conditions the XCT wins hands down.
Power ... with a few mods, the XCT has more and it's felt much sooner.
Comfort ... the stock XCT seat is by far more comfortable and the lower seat height is a huge plus even though I had no problem flat-footing the Ventures. With the RSV I had to install bar risers otherwise I would get cramping and pain in my neck and shoulder ... with the XCT I can ride all day and I feel fine.
Stereo system is far better on the XCT
Stock tires on the XCT are far better than the RSV and in fact, are the same kind I replaced the stock tires with on it.
There is more engine performance "goodies" for the XCT.

ok, enuf for now coz the warden just rang the dinner bell LOL

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