Thanks for all the info Slickvic! I've had four Vulcans and loved them all. Most recent I just bought in May, the new Vaquero. Gorgeous bike in my opinion but.....it is a beast at close to 850 pounds and top heavy. One time I was in a dirt parking lot and almost dropped it. I was in that awkward position where it wasn't on the ground but I couldn't get it upright. Luckily my wife just came back from a hike and helped me get it all the way up. I sat on the CC and it just pops right up from the kick stand. I'll lose a couple grand if I go for it but the low center of gravity and the 2012's all have ABS seems worth it. I haven't taken one on a test ride yet. I won't be getting another bike for a long time for sure. Just have to convince the wife that everyone is entitled to one mistake!
Thanks so much for all the info.
No problem my man. The vaquero is gonna be hard to give up but like myself you will get over it pretty quick. Your wife hopefully will also.
Well one saturday I pulled in the Driveway with mine and that was one of the toughest explanations i've ever had to make. My wife knew I was looking at them but she thought I was crazy and never satisfied. I could'nt loose the opportunity (discounted price) and just put my tail between my legs and rode it home. If looks could kill I would'nt be writing this today. I have more respect for my wife than this and love her more than anything but that was the longest weekend of my life Well as they say time heals and now she loves the Vic more than the Voyager.
You will love the Cross Country and if you are thinking of doing alot of 2 up and touring, you might as well go for the tour or save a few bucks and get the CC. Remember the option of "Lock n ride". It's sweet! Best of both worlds.
I have on order a set of D&D slip-ons and a Stage 1 down load. That will be the extent of my performance upgrades as this bike does perform well out of the box. I just gotta have the sound now to with it. A Clockwerks windshield is on now and made a noticable difference in upper wind management. I'm researching lower wind deflectors for the forged engine guards and pretty much decided on Bakers products. Other wise thats about it.
The voyager was very good at wind management and rain protection. IMO the best. That bike kept me warm and dry. The vic needs help with this but thats where the tour comes in.
I put alot into my Voyager to get it to perform and be comfy. Cobra tri-ovals fi2000r & Thunder air kit. You know about the mustang seat with backrest and the rest is just a bunch of Chrome stuff and a couple of different windshield heights smoked. Upgraded spkrs and an amp in the trunk fixed the sound system.
A 200 lb difference in the bikes was very noticeble also. You do have the difference in fairings. Frame mounted (Vulcan) and handlebar mounted CC. Unlike the Streetglide the CC is unbelievably light on the handlebars and out handles everything I've test ridden. Even though the cruise control pod and stereo pod looks cheap and after mkt on the CC it is still functional and simple as compared to the Vulcan and Harley. The Stereo is decent on the CC and if I upgrade anything it will be the front spkrs only to a 6.25 and a small amp. The trunk with spkrs is'nt on the bike enough to mess with it.
The only maintenance Ive ever had to do on the Vulcan was oil changes and after 2000 mi the Amsoil went in. I'm hoping for the same simple maintenance on the Vic although I do plan on staying with Victory oil.
Again good luck my man and remember sometimes it is better to ask for fogiveness than permission although I don't recommend taking that route.