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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-19-2011, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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New to the Victory forum because I'm researching the cross country vs. goldwing. I have owned a kawasaki vulcan classic lt for one year. I am 53 years old and this is the first bike I have ever owned. I am looking for a bigger bike for comfort and power. I'm not a race horse but just would like more power than the 900 I have now. I ride alot in the country for 1 to 3 hour rides but would like to go on some short trips. Can anyone give me some pointers to think about both as far as city and country handling and up keep and power. I have test drove both and like both (other than the tremendous buffeting on the cross country). Thanks for your input.

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Can't tell you that the Goldwing's a bad bike, because it isn't. Both your choices are good touring bikes.

I've never rode a goldwing, but from what I've head from others, it's not the best parking lot ballerina.

There are a few members here who own a wing and a XC, so they'll be the best to step in and provide you some insight.

Btw, which one got you smiling bigger when you test rode? One of them just has to have more of what you're looking for than the other (without meaning the other's an inferior machine).

Also, have you considered the Vision? If you're looking at the wing and XC, the Vision should get test ridden too.

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I've been riding 59 years and a touring rider since the 1970s and put tens of thousands of miles on 'em - mostly Yamaha Venture first generations. Now in my mid 70s and wanting to continue riding, but requiring a lower seat and CG, I was forced to consider a cruiser, but I never liked cruisers for many reasons. Coincidentally, Victory brought out the Cross bikes and I checked them out. Its as if Victory asked guys like me, "what would it take to get you to buy one of ours?" And they did it in spades. They carve, they have great suspension travel, there's a comfy passenger seat and they're about 200 pounds lighter than a Wing or Venture. They are great for 400+ mile days or for hopping to the store. Now I no longer have to have an errand bike in the garage. I'm down to only one bike for the first time in decades. Do take CrossRoads advice and thoroughly test ride ALL candidates, but have your checkbook handy when you come back with the Cross bike. Yes, its that impressive. Good luck.

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New to the Victory forum because I'm researching the cross country vs. goldwing. I have owned a kawasaki vulcan classic lt for one year. I am 53 years old and this is the first bike I have ever owned. I am looking for a bigger bike for comfort and power. I'm not a race horse but just would like more power than the 900 I have now. I ride alot in the country for 1 to 3 hour rides but would like to go on some short trips. Can anyone give me some pointers to think about both as far as city and country handling and up keep and power. I have test drove both and like both (other than the tremendous buffeting on the cross country). Thanks for your input.

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Hi Larry,
I just sold my 2005 Goldwing to buy a Vision. Yes, the Goldwing is an incredible machine, but I just couldn't get comfortable on it. I owned it for 4 years and put 35k miles on it. I modified the seat, added driver backrest, bar risers and numerous types of highway pegs all of which helped but I still felt cramped and would hurt after a couple of hours. I'm only 5'7 but it just never felt right. I don't know how bigger guys ride the Wing.

I live in VA, bought my Vision in Boulder, CO, flew out two weeks ago, picked it up and rode home. 1900 miles in two and a half days and I have never been more comfortable on a bike. At the end of each day, I was not fatigued or hurting at all and could have ridden further. I love the Vision and I'm sure the XC would be just as good.

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I have test drove both and like both (other than the tremendous buffeting on the cross country). Thanks for your input.

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Cross Country buffeting can be corrected with some very simple, not terribly expensive windshield and fork lowers combinations. I know because I have one.
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Like the OP I'm looking to upgrade after having a 900 LT for a year or so, and my short list is: XC, Goldwing, BMW R1200RT. Frankly I find a lot to like about the Harley EG and it even has outdated tech and costs too much but I took it off the list anyway. Goldwing is hanging by a thread since it's so freakin' HEAVY, 100 lb more than an XC (about the same as a Vision Tour, though)

Most reviews of the Harley 103 comment on the heat problem. I've never heard of it on the Vics but am wondering if that's just because it's merely "less bad" than a Harley or is it truly not an issue? My bike is semi-liquid cooled and has half the displacement of a Vic so there's less of a heat problem to begin with.

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I have both, as do a few others on this forum. Not really comparable bikes, in my view. The Vision would compare better to a Wing.

Wing is way more comfortable on a long trip, way more torque, no buffeting, yada yada yada.

XC is a VTwin with character.

Both handle great, I would say the XC is a bit better because it is lighter.

Both are reliable and low maintenance.

The Wing has options like ABS that are not available on the XC (although they are on the Vision).

If I were looking at a Wing, I would ride a Vision.

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Most reviews of the Harley 103 comment on the heat problem. I've never heard of it on the Vics but am wondering if that's just because it's merely "less bad" than a Harley or is it truly not an issue? My bike is semi-liquid cooled and has half the displacement of a Vic so there's less of a heat problem to begin with.
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If you ever see both bikes next to each other, look at the amount and size of the cooling fins on both bikes. That will help explain the difference in heat. The Wing should be compared to a Vision, IMHO, not the XC.

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Like the OP I'm looking to upgrade after having a 900 LT for a year or so, and my short list is: XC, Goldwing, BMW R1200RT. Frankly I find a lot to like about the Harley EG and it even has outdated tech and costs too much but I took it off the list anyway. Goldwing is hanging by a thread since it's so freakin' HEAVY, 100 lb more than an XC (about the same as a Vision Tour, though)

Most reviews of the Harley 103 comment on the heat problem. I've never heard of it on the Vics but am wondering if that's just because it's merely "less bad" than a Harley or is it truly not an issue? My bike is semi-liquid cooled and has half the displacement of a Vic so there's less of a heat problem to begin with.

40XC, tell us more about your windshield mods?
I don't really have any mods to the windshield other than it is the optional tall Victory windshield. I tried the flip windshield Victory came out with and didn't like it because I got a lot of wind around the side corners of that windshield. I aslo put a set of Memphis Shades fork lowers on mine. It was the first XC they did that to and we used the clamps they publish for the Hammer since the forks are similar. There are some threads on these forums about making your own lowers which some guys have done with really nice results and of course Victory does offer them as well but I think they look out of place on the XC(they seem to be the ones they have for the Kingpin/Vegas). I also have the soft highwaybar closeouts. I don't like them in warmer weather but they fold up and store in the saddlebag and stay with the bike at all times because they make for awsome wet protection from running in rain and wet roads. I have them on now because I've been riding to work a lot with the mornings being in the low 30's. The wind protection on my bike the way I have it set up is quite good for this type of riding. I think the heated hand grips would be nice but it's very tollerable with good gloves.

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[QUOTE=40XC;25058] I also have the soft highwaybar closeouts. I don't like them in warmer weather but they fold up and store in the saddlebag and stay with the bike at all times because they make for awsome wet protection from running in rain and wet roads. I think the heated hand grips would be nice but it's very tollerable with good gloves.[/QUOTE

40XC, do you find the soft closeouts really help with buffeting? That has been my excperience, but really curious as to how others feel. I am leaving my bike at Cee Baileys when I travel so they can design some "hard" lowers (I have no financial interest, just want something better).

I have the heated grips, and they are really really nice. You wouldn't be disappointed.

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