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Hello folks. I am hoping some of you can give me some good advice and honest opinions. I currently have a Honda VTX but i am considering getting a touring bike. I looked at the Victory Touring bikes at a local dealer and would like to know what people really think about them. I am concerned that there are not a whole lot of dealerships. And how do they hold up etc. We have looked at a few and the Victory seems to have a lot of room for my wife and plenty of leg room for me. Any opinions ?
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I had a GoldWIng 1800 for 10 years, and a Suzuki Cavalcade before that. I was seriously looking for an HD Ultra Classic, but I felt cramped on it. The heel-toe shifter kept trapping my foot and I just didn't feel like I had the room.

I tried the Cross Country Tour, and I was blown away. Hardly any wind buffeting, good power (more of that comes cheaply), very comfortable and major leg room. It out-handled the HD by a mile. It also has an amazing amount of storage.

If you haven't yet, you owe it to yourself to ride one.



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I had a GoldWIng 1800 for 10 years, and a Suzuki Cavalcade before that. I was seriously looking for an HD Ultra Classic, but I felt cramped on it. The heel-toe shifter kept trapping my food and I just didn't feel like I had the room.

I tried the Cross Country Tour, and I was blown away. Hardly any wind buffeting, good power (more of that comes cheaply), very comfortable and major leg room. It out-handled the HD by a mile. It also has an amazing amount of storage.

If you haven't yet, you owe it to yourself to ride one.
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Talk about timing...
I just picked up my 2014 Cross Country Tour from a dealer 3 hours away.
This is the first time riding a bike of this size.
I found it very comfortable and smooth on the road.
I was not sore after 3 hours of riding it home.
I couldn't really put it through the paces as I am still breaking it in.
It was chilly here and I used the grip heaters and they were great!!
I stopped at a coffee shop on the way and simply threw my full face helmet, glasses and gloves into the large trunk, locked it and didn't worry about it.
I have not used 6th gear yet, looking forward to trying it on the big highways soon.
I haven't had a chance to use half the options on this bike yet, it's an exciting learning experience.
These are just a few of my thoughts on the short time that I have had with my bike.
Let us know what you finally decide.

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Well I will jump in for the Vision. It does not have the storage capacity of the XCT but I liked the ride better. It was close. The adjustable windshield and hydraulic clutch and just how the Vision handles won me over. It took awhile for the looks to grow on me, but I think either bike is a good choice.

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How well do they hold up? So well that an extended warranty is a waste of money.
If you know which end of the screwdriver is the handle, you can do your own service work.

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Well I will jump in for the Vision. It does not have the storage capacity of the XCT but I liked the ride better. It was close. The adjustable windshield and hydraulic clutch and just how the Vision handles won me over. It took awhile for the looks to grow on me, but I think either bike is a good choice.
I agree with you on the hydraulic clutch. So much so, I put one on my XCT



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I love my Vision. It is a year old now and has been fairly reliable. So far I have gone to a dealer 3 times. 500 mile service, 5000 mile service and a warranty claim for a bad starter clutch at 9000 miles. That was on a 15 degree day and, from what I can tell using searches, when the starter clutches fail it is in the extreme cold, not normal riding weather. When they replaced my starter clutch they did the 10,000 miles service because they had to drain the oil to get at it. Today the bike is sitting at around 12,000 miles and I never worry about how close I will find a dealer when I am on the road.
Yes, I ride in the cold. With good clothing, good wind protection and the heated grips on the Vision I am good down to where the bike itself has trouble starting, around 15F.

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Can't go wrong with a Cross Country Tour or a Vision Tour .. Just decide what works for you best between the 2 ..

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