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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-29-2010, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Default Cross Country or Vision?

I ride a 2007 Honda VTX 1300 S. Have ridden motorcycles since I was 14 years old--will turn 60 in October. I test rode a 2010 Vision and a Cross Country this morning. Absolutely loved both bikes! Will very likely purchase one of them. Thought there were pluses and minuses for both. Will probably keep the X as my solo bike and primarily use the Victory as my 2-up touring bike. Would like to hear from owners as to their experiences with each of these bikes and recommendations on which is the best choice (I know that can open up a can of worms, but I'm truly interested and would like to hear from actual riders as opposed to just opinions from those who do not own/ride either bike). (I did a search and found related topics but no current owners/riders who specifically addressed this topic)Thanks.

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-29-2010, 05:31 PM
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I ride a Cross country and love it. But if your are going 2 up id buy the vison its bigger
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post #3 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-29-2010, 06:16 PM
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I got my Cross Country in June and absolutely love it. I previously owned a Yamaha Road Star and before that a Honda Sabre 1100. I ride solo because my wife rides her own bike. I would go with the Vision if you plan on doing a lot of 2 up riding. But you could go with the Cross Country and buy the trunk, which is $1749. You really can't go wrong with either bike.
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post #4 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-29-2010, 06:17 PM
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After what I read about the new 2011 Cross Country last night I'd go with a CC for touring simply because the amount of saddlebag storage space seems to be significantly larger than that of the Vision. And with the new trunk option available on the 2011 CC, there's even more space as well as what appears to be a very nice backrest for your passenger.

I rode a 2010 CC a few weeks ago and loved it and now I'm very interested in buying a 2011 CC based on the test ride and what is being offered this model year. Okay, I'm a little biased toward the Cross Country, I admit it.

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post #5 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-30-2010, 07:03 AM
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I ride a '09 Vision and absolutley love it...really the only differnece between the CC and the Vision is storage space and a couple of gadets the Vision has over the CC...Pretty much a coin toss!

Personally, I like the ability to raise and lower the windshield especially in the rain, major benefit! Also the console on the Vision give you mountuiing space for things like GPS, intercom/CB headset, and power outlet for heated clothing...If you need a butt load of storage space in saddlebags only I would then go with the CC....Good luck with your decision!

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post #6 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-30-2010, 11:50 PM
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I just like the looks and feel of my 2011 CC. I do not like the looks of the vision personally but to each their own. My brother test drove the vision earlier this year at the Laughlin, Nv bike rally and he thought it was as smooth ride. Not as smooth as his Goldwing but pretty close. That is the same time I test drove the 2010 CC and decided I had to have one. No regrets yet.
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Well I bought a 09 ness vision in Feb. and recently went to a demo day at the local dealer. I rode the cross country so I could compare. I'm so glad I got the vision. Yes the bags are bigger on the XC but the vision is the better ride hands down. I put a hitch on the ness and will pull a trailer when traveling and take anything I want. Besides if the better half is going you need as much storage as you can get. Just my 2 cents.
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post #8 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-11-2010, 11:04 AM
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I am in the middle of a 2000 mile trip right now on my 2011 Cross Country and I have really enjoyed this bike. I have ridden from Idaho to Los Angeles and I will begin the trip back later this evening. It is the same trip I took basically back in April with my 1983 Goldwing. There is no comparison as far as I'm concerned as my body feels a lot better now than back in April. I am not seeing the buffeting issues I see others complaining about except when in really windy conditions. I did spend the money for the Driver backrest (the passenger as well). I feel this saved my lower back and is worth the extra money for it. I am also averaging 48.2 mpg so far. I added the CB/COM system so I could listen to my ipod using my helmet speakers as. Overall this has been a very enjoyable ride for me. Good luck with your decision.
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We can all give our PERSONAL feelings/opinions. The only one that matters is yours.

Go back to the Victory dealer and test ride both again. Sometimes the first ride is filled with excitement and you are having too much fun. lol See if the dealer will let you ride each for and extended period.

They both have their pros and cons for sure.

Good example is a lot of people think the Jackpot is a bar hopper. I've ridden 400 miles just stopping for gas and bathroom. Was a great ride and that was on the Ness solo seat!

I know you are asking for opinions and pros and cons but like I said what may be a con to one is a pro to another.

Remember this is something you may be living with for a while. Make sure it is something that in a few months you don't say I shoulda got the other bike.

One thing is for sure. Either way you go, you will be getting a great bike!
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post #10 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-11-2010, 06:14 PM
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Default I love the CC , but I still feel like

What the heck were they thinking when they introduced the Vision. That is the most common reaction when old bikers first see one and I must admit that's what I thought. Even my wife said that when she first saw one. I personally think they are ugly beyond comprehension, but I guess they are what the old fart Goldwing riders are looking for in an American made bike. Most old school riders like myself just shake our heads in wonderment. What market is Victory trying to capture? Don't get me wrong. I love my Victory and my wife really wants a Vegas Low, but I just don't get, nor do I see bikers flocking to the Vision. Well maybe the old Goldwingers that want a long distance tourer with all the luxury of a living room couch. Just my $.02.
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