When the company announced shut-down, I bought the following Victory branded apparel:
- Black textile jacket with red plaid flannel lining and subdued V Victory logo on the back. I don’t like flashy colors and patterns. This jacket looks good and is very comfortable for cool riding and just wearing. With the armor in the arms, the sleeves are snug but not uncomfortable. I added a foam back panel that I took out of another old jacket. The Vic jacket had a pocket for the back protector, but had armor only in the shoulders and forearms. I really enjoy this jacket.
- Gray mesh jacket. This is two-tone gray, and is now my main summer jacket. Again, it has the four armor pieces in the shoulders in forearms and a pouch for a back protector. I am less likely to put the foam pad in the back pouch because that makes the jacket warmer, and this jacket is used for temperatures in the 90s and 100s.
- Gray mesh summer gloves. These have a nice snug fit, which is always my preference for gloves. Unfortunately, that means I always have to tug on something to put them on, and that usually produces the first point of failure. I have already sewn one part back together. Still I hope these gloves last, as they are comfortable.
Other Victory-brand Accessories:
- Cross bike rear fender guard or bumper. This is just a shiny hunk of chrome. It’s sturdy thick metal, not KuryAkyn plastic (I have some Kury accessories, too). I bought it because it was on sale at LeadersRPM and I liked the look of it. Installation was easy, without even removing the side bags. No trouble, looks nice. Bling.
- Tri-oval slip-ons. Nice sound, I did not re-tune except that I put my VFC III’s green setting down one because start-up smelled rich. No popping, but of course that depends on the tune and stage 1 flash that I already had. They were a little annoying to install because the positioning of pipes and bolt holes are not exactly where the stock ones are — just enough off to require some futzing. At $199, I’m glad I got them. For the original $999 price I would not. Anyone want my original non-Tri-oval slip-ons for a good price?
- Forged bars. I always liked this style better than round bars or the XCT lowers. They are VERY sturdy and look good. Mine are all chrome, including the top caps. Installation was not too bad. I regained the protection, storage space, power outlet and wind control with JTD lowers (see below).
Other non-Victory Accessories:
This is not strictly the topic of this thread, but I just thought I would mention that I have bought several other accessories since the company shut-down.
- Kury-Akyn driving lamps. These are the ones that are shaped to match the Cross Country headlight. They are sharp looking and quite functional. Installation instructions for the wiring were not quite correct, leaving out steps and such, so I had to improvise and figure out what really needed to be done. Once installed, it is now more difficult to remove the outer fairing, so it is best to do al that you want to do inside the fairing BEFORE adding these driving lights.
- KuryAkyn Bag Extenders with LED Lights. I don’t care about extending the saddle bags, but extra red lighting on the sides of the rear of the bike was desirable. Advertising said they could be used with the saddle bag guards that re standard on the XCT. They are actually obscured behind the saddle bag guards, but the lighting reflects against the guards and still enhances visibility, os I kept them.
- JTD Lowers with storage compartments. The lowers are great. They fit the forged bars perfectly and do a nice job of blocking wind or letting it through, depending on whether I have the wind doors open. The right-side wind door does contact the foot-brake fluid tank, so it’s a close fit. I didn’t like the storage compartments that were originally sent to me because 1) They were shallow and wouldn’t hold much 2) they extended all the way down in front of my toes, limiting space to position my feet on the floor boards. I told the company owner via eMail and he sent me another set made according to my wishes!!! This is real service. If you’re thinking about JTD lowers, know that this guy (I think his name is John Montani) is a great guy! Also, I moved the power outlet from the stock XCT lowers to the left JTD storage compartment, but moved the iPod connector to the handlebars.
- Show Chrome Flag Pole. This is to be mounted on the Cross bike saddle bag brackets, between the saddle bag and the rear fender. Although it said it would work with the XCT, I found that the trunk interferes with installation of the flag pole. I did not install it. If anyone wants it (it is for 6 x 9 inch flags), make me an offer that exceeds my shipping cost.
- Corbin Dual-tour heated saddle, trunk pads and back-rest. Seats/saddles are personal preferences, and I have liked Corbins for several of my bikes. I am glad to have this one. One feature was given up: the heat feature has only an on-off switch, without any adjustment. About two-thirds of the way to work, I have to turn it off, even when it’s 20 degrees out because it gets really hot. Fortunately, the switch is easier to operate with gauntlets on than the original XCT heated seat. All in all, it looks great and is comfortable *for me*. Everyone has to figure out what is comfortable for them.
- Hopnel tank bib with pouch. I haven’t really used the pouch, as the XCT already has so much storage space that I haven’t needed it. Overall it looks good to me, and my keys now cannot hit the paint on the gas tank when opening the gas cap!
Blackbird has other accessories, but those above are the ones that I have added since Victory’s “We Have Great Bike But We’re Too Incompetent to Market Them Or Run the Company” announcement.
2012 XCT (Blackbird)
Forged bars & JTD lowers
Stage 1 flash & Tri-ovals
LLoydz ATS @+6*, Air filter, Drop-in cams
VFCIII tuned by KevinX
Madstad with 13-inch shield
Tri-city Performance floorboard footrests
Corbin saddle & backrest
Cee Bailey's bag liners
Wolo Badboy horn
KuryAkyn Sabertooth lights
Last edited by Ahoutzer; 02-25-2018 at 07:18 AM.