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Ok, folks, 1500 mile (plus a few more today) review of my 2016 cross country' keeping it short and to the point:
- bike came loaded from dealer with victory stage 2 kit, cams, triovals, fuel tune, mini-apes and a bunch of accessories from strokers Dallas..... Great folks there and I have been taking my hammer for years to their shop.
- The XC bike pulls like a tractor in terms torque...my old 2006 hammer felt faster, but I think the XC is getting better the more miles you put on and break her in. Loving the commute to work and back as the weather starts to cool off in Texas.

Going after the common pain points:
1) buffeting....whole crap is it a problem with the xc's stock...made a point in the survey from victory to highlight how disappointing it is for a stock bike to have so much buffeting. I had to get a 13" Gustafson screen and install lower mounted win deflectors...issue is all but fixed now for my 6'1" 32" inseam riding posture. Got the CfAD from a member here but didn't fix the dirty air problem with the stock windshield.
2) heat. Yeah, it's freaking a "wood burning oven" under you, especially if you get stuck in stop and go traffic. My right thigh feels like it's burning, evening with jeans. Forget about riding in shorts. Ain't gonna happen. I removed the left side engine closeout that was installed by the dealer to alleviate some of the heat issues on the right side. Helped, but not going to fix this issue come next summer here in Dallas.
3) storage space. Best part is the hard saddle bags. It's amazing how much more trips you can take to grocery, pet store, beer run with that much storage space. A+ design.
4) riding comfort. Another knocked it out of the park. Stock seat is comfortable and my date nights with the wife are a lot more enjoyable now when she has comfort, leg room and back rest vs the old hammer.....:wink
5) 500 mile service was a breeze at strokers. Love those guys, bike was checked all over as expected. Took longer but expected when you just show up on a busy Saturday....no appointment.:wink:wink
6) added Daria driving lights and tapped into the spare 12v accessory running lights wire behind the fairing. Bike is easy to work on if you've had victory motorcycles before. Real easy and beats the complexity of others....
7) I ride it like I stole it and my gas mileage shows 43mpg but hand calc is more like 35. The fuel gauge is a joke. Full for 80 miles then bam, in your face quarter left once you hit 100 miles then good luck getting 20 miles after that without fuel light coming on.
8) speakers are ok and connection to iPhone with supplied 3.5mm jack sucks. Installed ram mount, Bluetooth receiver into the 3.5mm jack in saddle and get my tunes easier when I can control phone in front of me.
9) sound is throaty with the stage 2 kit and really enjoyable.

Overall, bike is a 8 out of 10. Having a lot of accessories installed right during purchase saved me the agony of wanting more and more every month like I did with prior bikes. The heat issue remains to be the biggest concern and reason for deducting a point, the other point goes for buffeting problems right from factory.

A pic and open to any questions....been a member her for 6 years now and glad I will be around for a while to contribute some more......
 

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You heat issue is so easy to solve....wear longies or underliners. They provide a layer of insulation for your legs. I never leave home without them.
 

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Thanks for the review, a good read.
and as to the heat... Well youre sitting on top of an internal combustion engine.
 
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I don't understand why guys leave lowers on during the summer months when it gets hot out. Take them off.

When filling up with gas you can get more in after pump shuts off.
 

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You heat issue is so easy to solve....wear longies or underliners. They provide a layer of insulation for your legs. I never leave home without them.
Underliners in Texas summer might be a bit of a challenge.....

@Motorbikerx , I know, but the heat from XC is above my old hammer....definitely more heat here....
 

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Underliners in Texas summer might be a bit of a challenge.....


@Motorbikerx , I know, but the heat from XC is above my old hammer....definitely more heat here....
Not if they are Heat-Out from Cycle Gear. They work great. I can feel the cool down even as I am putting them on.
 

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Underliners in Texas summer might be a bit of a challenge.....


@Motorbikerx , I know, but the heat from XC is above my old hammer....definitely more heat here....
That's probably because of all that fairing crap that's on the bike.
It must have benefits too I would think or you'd still be riding the Hammer.
I'm currently spending a lot of time on a mates Can-Am Spyder while my Vegas is being repaired. It's got a bit of bodywork and the V Twin Rotax being internal combustion generates a lot of heat too.
I'll be glad to get back in the wind on my Vegas.
In the Wind hey, what a great way of putting it.
Maybe your heat problem is cos you're not really in the wind.
 

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Again, someone making me so glad I have the XR with a removable windscreen. It comes off when the heat goes up. Bad decision for Ma Vic to discontinue it and help Road King sales along.
 

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Must just be select bikes I've never noticed engine heat being enough to be a problem to notice and i've ridden for hours in 115+ degree days.
 

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I agree with Vin... I have tore ass through the AZ hills at 110 degrees and not noticed any drastic heat. In stop and go traffic it gets a little warm but not unbearable. By the way Vin... we are booking a house for AZ bike week. See you in April.
 

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I agree with Vin... I have tore ass through the AZ hills at 110 degrees and not noticed any drastic heat. In stop and go traffic it gets a little warm but not unbearable. By the way Vin... we are booking a house for AZ bike week. See you in April.
Let me know I'll meet up with you.
 

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My CCT has a lot of heat as well over the pipes, same as Omar my leg is very warm in stop and go even in cool weather (low 60's) I was thinking its from the catalytic converters
 

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I agree with Vin... I have tore ass through the AZ hills at 110 degrees and not noticed any drastic heat. In stop and go traffic it gets a little warm but not unbearable..
It's in stop and go traffic....riding around on freeway is no issue at all, but got stuck a few times in Dallas rush hour and boy was I sweating......:eek

Still a big grin on my face :grin

Rode through rain today and 65 degree weather.....the bike really shined!
 

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By the way, how do I change the clock on the display? Too lazy to go find the owners manual that's somewhere in the garage?

Help!
 

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With the display showing the odometer (bike total mileage not trip odometer), Press in and hold the display change button. The hours number will begin blinking. Press the display change button 11 times to go to the number right before the current one displayed. Then press the button and hold it to go to the next digit. Then press and hold it a third time to go to the last digit and you will be back to the odometer display.

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With the display showing the odometer (bike total mileage not trip odometer), Press in and hold the display change button. The hours number will begin blinking. Press the display change button 11 times to go to the number right before the current one displayed. Then press the button and hold it to go to the next digit. Then press and hold it a third time to go to the last digit and you will be back to the odometer display.

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Thanks a bunch Vinish!
 

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Good review.
I got rid of the buffeting by adding CCT screen, fairing air deflectors, and hard lowers. The buffeting is almost 100% gone for me.
The heat can get a little uncomfortable in city traffic on hot days, but nothing that bad. I kept my Hammer for daily hops around town. I also open the lower vents when riding in hot weather, and it helps a lot.
 
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