My wife and I (Ruckster on this forum) both bought new Victory X bikes last month. We have been HD riders and builders for the last 30 or so years. With the Hd's the performance was always lacking so you bought one, added cams, air cleaner, head work, perhaps a carb, and always an exhaust and spent weeks tuning and for all that effort you had a usable touring bike.
With the advent of the Twincam the engine also needed modifications to the crankshaft before a reasonable amount of horsepower could be pulled from the engine or you risked about a 30% crankshaft failure rate. Even with all my tools and experience I had to question my sanity at continuing to own HD's.
This spring at my wife's insistence we showed up for a factory demo ride at Cottonwood AZ. The ride was through some nice twisty country roads and the ride leaders were good riders. What a treat.
I test road 4 bikes. I was particularly impressed with the X bikes because I could not get them to head shake in the corners.
Ruckster bought her Cross Roads 8 ball that day and a few days later at the AZ bike week demo ride I bought my Cross Country after RideNow Powersports of Peoria made me an offer too good to refuse on my Ultra Classic HD.
I added a stage one exhaust, air cleaner and download, rear police crash bars, a tilting windshield bracket and front tubular crash bars, from Mike at Arizona Victory in Tucson. We happened in his shop when we were getting our first service while visiting friends in Tucson.
That guy is a gem. He builds all the Victory police bike world wide and knew more about the bikes than the factory engineers I met at the factory demo ride. As a group police officers are the best at finding the weak links in motorcycles and Mike has accumulated a wealth of knowledge through building bike for them.
I love the bike. It has enough power to get you in trouble and good enough handling and braking to get you back out. Even the headlight works great. It is the first finished motorcycle I have ever bought.
When I was breaking it in I was amazed in that there wasn't anything that needed to be changed to have a great bike with the exception of needing the better windshield bracket. The head buffeting is a given with a windshield that size and I was very impressed with the difference the tilting bracket made.
Now you know more than you wanted to.