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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-24-2013, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Considering making the switch from the harley Road King I have now to Cross Country Tour. Is there anything of special intrest I should know about the Victory compared to the Harley. I see that servicing them seems to be much easier( 1 drain plug). Although oil seems to be a hot topic, 20w40 not easy to come by. Any insight to the reliability and maintenence concerns would be greatly appreciated.
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What reliability concerns? When I was closing the deal on my XR, the dealer asked if I wanted the extended warranty. I told him I had been eavesdropping the Victory forums to see what was being complained about and couldn't find anything but lack of T-shirts. He responded that I would just be throwing money at him cuz all they see Vics in for are accessories and routine maintenance. They don't even get to see mine for that. No problems in over 3 years and I still have yet to hear/read of a major problem.
If you haven't already, go into Youtube and view "Victory vs Harley" a comparo of the two engines by a mechanic.
Did you test ride one yet? Amazing handling compared to your RK, eh wot?

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After way too many HD's since 1986 I finally switched and not one regret...LOVE the the way my 2012 CCT does EVERYTHING much better than any of my 14 previous HD's (of that 8 Batwing dressers)...

Only thing ya might miss is the HOG chapter stuff as most Vic dealers are not in the loop of the lifestyle stuff... If you are more rider than hangaround the dealership type you will be more than satisfied and have little to no problems and SAVE a TON OF $$$$$ on not having to deal with HD TAX on motor upgrades... Lots of peeps have played with their 106's here but I feel NO NEED to at this time and I am an aggressive fast rider.

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You may find out who among your HD riding buddies (assume you have a few) have consumed the kool aid and who are secure enough in their manhood to appreciate what the Victory has to offer. As a recent convert, I don't miss the vibe at the local HD dealerships.
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Man aint that the truth the tension and high levels of HD brand testosterone at the HD dealer is comical...I have 2 good friends that work at the 66 dealer in Tulsa and they tell me stories about the posing and chest pumping salesman. Its pretty funny.

But to help aid in the answer..you will be happy as said by HalfCrazy the engine is over engineered very hard to tear up and reliabilty is top notch. Handling is superior to what your use to and the power will keep you smilin..good luck the X bikes are my favorites next to the KP. I have the 5speed 100inch KP with ooverdrive pulley and the bike is a dream. If I ever get another it would be a XC

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Haven't yet had the chance to test ride one yet. Wife and I were out on the scoot the other day, and noticed a we passed a Dealer. I've been telling about my idea to switch, so we decided to stop and look around. I gotta tell ya I really liked the feeling I got when it felt like I sat "in" the bike and not "on" it. She wasn't completely sold on the looks, which I find surprising, I really like the lines on it.
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say there are 5 videos watch them please

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Jumping from a Harley to a Victory your going to feel like the Victory engine lacks low end torque. A lot of that feeling is gearing (1st gear on my XC is a lot taller than pretty much any other V-twin I've owned) and some of that is the 106" is tuned for midrange power. Let it spin a little bit and it will reward you. If you lug it down around 2000 rpm it won't like it as much as your Harley. It's a different engine feeling and you have to get used to it. But it is also much more powerful & reliable than the HD.

If your the type of guy who likes to push a bike in the twisties the XC will knock your socks off compared to the HD. The handling difference isn't even close. Victory is light years ahead of HD on this.

A Victory isn't ever going to sound like a Harley. If you have to have the "Harley Sound" you probably won't find it on a Victory.

Honestly, the only thing that Harley does better than Victory is dealerships, aftermarket accessories, and paint quality. So if you can live without going to the HOG rallies the XC is a better handling, better performing, better engineered, easier maintenance motorcycle than the Road King.

I'm not bashing Road Kings because they are my favorite HD's. I've had some in the past that I loved. But they don't hold a candle to my XC.

As always, ride one. I don't know of anyone who test drove a XC and came back unimpressed.

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Thanks to all for the replies. Johnny I have seen the videos, alot of good info. And although the Harley does have old school technology, I really haven't had too many problems. And I do agree that the paint on the Harley does seem to be a better quality. But the performance and handling aspect is what I'm really after. And I really dig the styling of the XCT
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-24-2013, 07:14 PM
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Buy one, first time you take it in for service you will wish you had your Victory back. You cant go to a Harley dealership for service and not spend $500.oo or more. I wanted to do the same thing, started talking to my Harley friends and they convince me not to. Love the reliability of the Vic.
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