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Hey everyone,

I'm new to looking at victory's. I appreciate all the information I've found so far in here. I heard a couple owners raving about them on another forum I visit so I am giving them a serious look while considering my next ride. Currently I ride a HD 06 roadster. I love the bike, but I need something with a bit more room for the Mrs and I. I also want some storage as I almost always have a bag on my bike. I had pretty much decided on getting an AW vrod then putting corbin bags on it since they have the best look for the bike. I also am wanting ABS for the extra safety, which I can get on the Vrod, though it is hard to find.

I was able to look and sit on XR's, XC's, and visions. The bikes felt comfortable. I liked the cruise control option on all 3. I saw that the Vision had ABS on it. However the salesmen couldn't tell me if the XR or XC could have that option. I tried looking through Victory's site, but under features for any of the bikes there is no information. I even tried a different browser with the same result.

So is there any easy way to see what features come standard on a XR or XC? Any other advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.

MH
 

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If you want to see all the specs for all the Victory motorcycles, they have this PDF file which lists them nicely:http://cds022.sj1.hwcdn.net/y5b8k2i7/cds/prod/VIC/MY2011/specs/vic_specs.pdf.

Aside from that, seeing that your salesman didn't really know what he was selling, you can always post your questions here and someone will gladly help you with the right info.

Welcome to the forum! cheers
 

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Thanks for the link to the specs. I had been able to see that before. What I can't see is what features the bikes have, such as cruise being standard, abs brakes, etc. Yes the salesman I spoke with was not very helpful. I also was limited on time. I mostly wanted to look at them in person and sit on them to see how they felt to see if I could rule out the Victory's.

I have pretty much decided on an AW, preferably with ABS, then putting Corbin bags on it. But I am having to look at the Victory's seriously.

I do alot of freeway riding, along with heavy traffic and then enjoy the back roads on the weekends with the mrs on the back. I figure the Vrod with bags on it would make a great sport tourer. I'm wanting to see if the XR or XC can do the same.

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Talk about apples and oranges. The Vrod will never come close the tourer that the XC is, and the XC is not the straight line bike the Rod is.
You really need to ride both bikes, and see what you are really looking for. Forgivre me if I am wrong but it sounds to me like you have looked at pix, and not ridden a VRod
 

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Talk about apples and oranges. The Vrod will never come close the tourer that the XC is, and the XC is not the straight line bike the Rod is.
You really need to ride both bikes, and see what you are really looking for. Forgivre me if I am wrong but it sounds to me like you have looked at pix, and not ridden a VRod
I actually test rode a Vrod last summer and loved it. The fit was very similar to my current sportster. However the vrod was much smoother. Then when I hit the power band at about 4200 rpm, I was hangin onto the bike with a huge grin on my face. I want to ride it again to get a better feel for it, but maneuvering through traffic and city streets it handled fine. Granted I didn't push it through the twisties, but I have never been one to do that, especially on roads I am unfamiliar with. I ride within my limits and experience with the bike I am on.

I will often go on a 400 mile ride in a day, exploring new areas. I also enjoy freeway riding due to the more controlled environment. I have a 2.5 hour commute (one way) for work that is a mixture of freeway and rural highway.

I tend to have bags and at least a windshield on my bikes. My GPS is on the bars, and my mp3 player going to speakers in my helmet. I can see myself getting a proper bagger down the road as a second bike. But until then I need something with a fair amount of space and comfort, something that has the power to let me pass in tight places, and that I can work through traffic in.

I loved the cruise option that the XR and XC have. Yes the Vrod will never have that. However I was unable to see what other features come standard, and what features are available.
 

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Standard is basically the bike as you see it on the floor. Cruise on both, and stereo with the XC. For options you are better looking through the Victory-USA site; in the accessories catolouge for your best idea.
From a voice of expieriance. A converted touring bike will always be just that, and it's capabilities fall short of a dedicated bagger. If I did not have a fortune sunk into my KP....I would be on an XC. My KP has all the best of everyhing, and fully loaded WILL take most Vrods I have run at the track[12.0-12.2 for my KP]
 

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I loved the cruise option that the XR and XC have. Yes the Vrod will never have that. However I was unable to see what other features come standard, and what features are available.
The link to the PDF file posted above shows you the standard features of each bike model.

For available options, navigate on the Victory website to the model you're interested in, then click the "CUSTOMIZE" button. You will have to create an account (e-mail/password) if you don't have one, and once you log in, you will be able to see all the options for each specific model. You can add them to the bike, see what the bike looks like with them on, and see how much the options cost.

The VRod is an awesome machine. I have considered a VRod Muscle myself. It was the looks of it and engine performance that got me interested at first. What I did not like about the VRod was having the spread your legs to touch the ground (due to the wide exhaust setup), and the suspension travel takes any touring possibilities out of the equation. The biggest shock absorber on the the VRod ends up being your spine. I sure loved the looks of the fat rear tire, but once you realize how hard you have to work to lean that bike the rear tire becomes a negative for some (me included).

Be aware, as KevinX pointed out, you're comparing apples and oranges. The VRod is somewhat of a sports bike / cruiser, while the Cross bikes are somewhat of a cruiser / touring. They fit in very different categories. Make sure you test ride both, and end up with the bike that best fits your needs.

If you're into what the VRod has to offer, make sure you look at the Victory Hammer. Here's a section, including video, comparing the VRod and the Hammer: http://www.polarisindustries.com/en-us/victory-motorcycles/2011/muscle-cruisers/hammer/pages/videos.aspx?WT.si_n=VIC-AD-US-PRMO-HAMMER_VS_V-ROD&WT.si_x=1&WT.ac=VIC-AD-US-PRMO-HAMMER_VS_V-ROD.
 

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If you do 400 miles on a vrod you'll not get back on it 3 days in a row. There made for one day rides. Get a XC or a CC and that way when friday nigh comes you can leave work and do a thousand miles or more before monday morning.
Like all bikes not have no resale and a v red has less its harley Edsel to the world.
 
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