Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: San Diego, CA USA
My Beginner Bike is a 2013 Cross Country Tour
Good morning and thank you for your input on these forums. I, like many others, read a lot of material online before we (my wife and me) made a decision and purchase. We shopped around and sat on a number of bikes, test riding a few of them. I think we have a pretty decent selection of motorcycles in San Deigo County, and we visited most dealers.
For our beginner bike, we wanted something comfortable. Comfort is both what feels good now and what you are used to. Comfort also is part of feeling of ones ability to handle the vehicle. Comfort on price, including maintenance and insurance was important too, but we did not even consider price until we narrowed down our choices.
We are used to heated seats, ABS, wind protection, adjustable seats (in relation to floorboards), stereo sound with iPhone integration, smooth handling, and quiet transportation. After talking with a salesperson while my wife sat on the back of the XCT (or is it CCT) for about 20 minutes, I asked her about comfort and she said, “I could fall asleep back here.” That sums up her comfort (the most important kind). My comfort didn’t come until I test rode a few bikes including small Hondas, a couple of Harleys, and then the XCT. Then, when we were pretty sure we wanted the XCT, we test rode it with my wife on too (getting a motorcycle was her idea).
So, as far as I am concerned, Victory does make a beginner bike. It is something you can adapt to easily. We chose the XCT because the was the learning curve was the smallest for us. It is also a beginner bike because it came in basic black. Maybe when I get more experience I can upgrade to flat paint, flames, or for the truly initiated, skulls. But for now, I am a beginner and the gloss black bike with heated seats, grip warmers, adjustable foot placement, iPhone compatibility, adjustable wind deflection, and enough cargo space to make a trip to COSTCO seems to be just right for us. Do I still count as a beginner if I had a Honda XL80 back in 1986? If not, disregard and convince Victory to make a Beginner Bike. Thanks again for your help.