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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 06-05-2014, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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I'll be testing riding Saturday morning. Current ride is a 2012 HD FLTRX (Road Glide Custom).

What should I look/listen/feel for during the test ride?

What do you guys dislike about the Cross Country?

What would be a good deal on a new Cross Country?

Anything else I should know?
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If you can, test ride a Vision. A Vision without the trunk would be a direct comparison to the Road Glide. It has been my experience that the Vision ride is superior to the Road Glide. Even if you would not consider the Vision as a purchase, it would give you a baseline of a great ride to compare the other bikes to. This is just my opinion and you can not go wrong with any of the Cross bikes. Ride them all, I did! But be prepared to do a lot of riding and much less maintenance.

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Make sure you try a stock and one with the stage one kit. So you can open up a little bit. Pay attention to the different size windshields. Feel the leg room. Great bike I convert years ago.


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Why are you interested in the change to Victory? Just curious.

Stock Victory's are nice. Tweaked Vic's are nicer. If your RG is stock then you will have a good comparison to a stock Vic. A tuned Vic is a whole different bike and would seal the deal for you.

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Went from a roadglide custom with a stage 1 to a stock 2012 cross country. The Vic is stretched out more and has plenty of horsepower and torque. More then the glide. The roadglide was my favorite bike.

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Cross Country or Cross Country Tour? If you can swing the extra for the CCT, it's well worth it. Had mine about a year and it's been fantastic. It gets a lot of good attention from my H-D brothers.

Are you looking at a new 2014 or a leftover 2013. The prices will vary by year and color.

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Cross Country or Cross Country Tour? If you can swing the extra for the CCT, it's well worth it. Had mine about a year and it's been fantastic. It gets a lot of good attention from my H-D brothers.

Are you looking at a new 2014 or a leftover 2013. The prices will vary by year and color.

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Why are you interested in the change to Victory? Just curious.

Stock Victory's are nice. Tweaked Vic's are nicer. If your RG is stock then you will have a good comparison to a stock Vic. A tuned Vic is a whole different bike and would seal the deal for you.

I don't like how Harley Davidson has treated me as a customer.
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The Voctory dealer wants me business treats me like a old friend. HD don't give a crap if I buy or not or have zero knowledge of the products, they need to grab a tech. I still love Harley's I just love Victory more. It's a better bike in my oppinion. Easy to service yourself and cheaper to service, but the main reason for me was the ride, performance and handling. Everything else was a bonus.


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I'll be testing riding Saturday morning. Current ride is a 2012 HD FLTRX (Road Glide Custom).

What should I look/listen/feel for during the test ride?

What do you guys dislike about the Cross Country?

What would be a good deal on a new Cross Country?

Anything else I should know?
Well, in my experience renting Harleys and test-riding them at Americade each year, the big differences -- so what you might want to concentrate on -- on the Cross bikes are:

- More room to move around in, on the seat and the floorboards.

- Less shaking at idle.

- Better handling, especially in sweepers and the twisties.

- More ground clearance.

- Better and longer suspension travel.

- Larger saddlebags (and trunk, on the XCT).

- One place to put oil during oil changes.

If you're looking for nits to pick, the H-Ds are generally better in:

- Fit and finish: paint, integration of switchgear, that sort of thing.

- Larger aftermarket choice of doodads and clothing, if you're into that sort of thing.

- More dealers to stop at, when something falls off during a multi-day trip.

I bought my XCT two years ago at Shark Cycles in CT (the next state over from me). You might want to check their prices, if you want to see what a good deal looks like (although I haven't done so lately), and work up from there. Don't forget about coupons from Victory for having taken a test ride, maybe if you're in the military (or maybe retired), that sort of thing. They sometimes have coupons for gear, and sometimes for money off the bike purchase.

Cheers,

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