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Good afternoon and happy Friday. I currently have a 2011 (purchased new in 2012) Kawasaki Vulcan 900. The first owner that I purchased it from wanted a Harley so he made it look and sound like a Harley. It has served me well; however, I would like a true Touring bike to ride. I had a great fourteen day ride out West last year on her, but would enjoy the comforts of a bigger bike. I am 5'10" with a 230 pound solid frame and need your advice. Indians are too expensive for me and everyone seems to have a Harley; however, they are no longer making Victory motorcycles. Do I invest in a bike whose company no longer manufactures them? Yes, I know I can buy parts, but are Victory Cross Country and/or Vision motorcycles reliable? Yeah, I know Harley's stand for F.O.R.D. or B.O.A.T., but at least they have dealerships everywhere in case I breakdown on the road. I do have a great mechanic here in Chicago, but it is when I am away from the Windy City that concerns me. I'm sure that Indian dealers will fix any Victory motorcycle. Yet, are Victory Cross Country and/or Visions reliable?

Second, since there are limited places that I can go to test drive the Cross Country and Vision, are the main difference similar to the Harley Electric Glide and Road Glide in regards to where the fairing is mounted? Do both come with the moveable windshield? Does that contraption freeze or often break?

I really like the look of both, but reliability, safety and comfort is the most important. Thank you in advance.
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Well Lou it's like this.............If you ever get a chance to ride a Victory Cross Country and get a back rest on it (they make a big difference in a long ride)......You'll love it and wonder why you didn't get one sooner. Harley's can't hold a candle to the smooth and comfortable ride that a Vic CCT has. I know... I had one.....Victory's are all around better by design.
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Oh yea the F.O.R.D. is what Ford people say means First On Race Day. I'll race any of them in my Chevy any day.

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Well, I've had my Vision for just over a year and it's been problem free and a friend has a 2011 Vision who also has had no issues. They ride really nice and all the comforts you really need. I would not hesitate getting a Victory

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I'm 5'10" and 230 lb. The ergos on the Cross bike fit like they designed the bike around me. I did add a back rest. I could easily fall asleep at the proverbial wheel. She handles like a dream at any speed. And has curbside appeal like no other. The Vic will never be lost in the crowd. I have a few extended multi-day rides under my belt with the Vic, but fewer than 20k miles on the clock (life gets in the way at times), but based on my experience and all the testimonials I've read from others I believe it is a solid machine. Honestly I am a bit disillusioned by the demise of the brand, but the inherent design characteristics of the machine and with continued aftermarket stuff available it should be a solid ride for several more years.

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Victories are very reliable. Check out Randys Cycle in Marengo. Iím sure he will let you test ride to make a sale.

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indian dealers that will work on vic';s are very few not to be counted on.
there's nothing wrong with HD and there is plenty of dealers across the country. You should ask your mechanic if he has vic knoldage. Vic's aftermarket world is getting far and few. Yes vic's are very reliable but if you have to go into the motor you'll need lots of cash.
Whatever you do don't forget to get owners book vic's have a special way to check the oil. If you want to sell a vic don't hold your breath waiting for someone to knock on your door

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I have two Harleys, a BMW and a Vic. Guess which one I ride the most?

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I have two Harleys, a BMW and a Vic. Guess which one I ride the most?
Errrr geee this is a tough one..
Da BMW .... LOL

Victory Vegas 2010
Lloydz 109"cube big bore
" " 495 cams
" " TorqueTubes
" " timing wheel @4 deg.
" " Primary plate
" " IAV
RPW Slash pipes
PCV
Progressive 465 rear shock
Kingpin USD Forks
18" XC front wheel
1 3/4" 'Burleigh Bars'
Stebel air horn
12.106 @110.90mph
114/123

Victory Cross Country 2010 (106)
Lloyds air filter
" " VM1 Cams
Home gutted exhaust
Maximus
Both tuned by [email protected] Dyno
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