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Hi All,
I don't own a Vic yet, but the local dealer is having a demo day tomorrow. I'm looking to ride the 2011 Cross Country and sure could use some input as to what to look for.

For the record, I'm 6'3, 225lbs, have a 36" inseam, and a longer than ave reach. I rode a Vision about a year ago & it was a great bike while one up. However, two up it just didn't cut it for me. Too hot, no airflow over me or the wife & not enough space between me and my wife. She's the type that likes to text or read a book while we're on the road & my current Roadstar has way more backseat room than the Vision.

So with that said, what else would you folks suggest I look at on the Cross Country?

Thanks,
Steve
 

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Just know you will probably get some wind buffeting that you may not like, but there are solutions for that. Otherwise enjoy the ride.
 

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ya, not too worried about the buffeting at all. The roadstar has its share & I'm pretty used to that.
 

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Make sure to get your coupon; if you demo a bike they should give you a coupon that will get you $1000 in accessories if you buy a bike within a set period of time.

Also, the foot controls on the Cross bikes are adjustable, there are 3positions that vary about 3". The bikes on the demo truck are most likely going to be in the center position. If you feel cramped keep in mind that they will move forward an inch or so.

As mentioned earlier you will most likely experiance buffeting. Don't be too concerned as there are fixes for that problem.

Lastly, before you ride (solo or 2-up) ask them to pump the rear shock to the recommended pressure for your weight. I actually go 5lbs for my weight and 10lbs over when 2-up. The handling is much better when your shock is set; besides if you run little or no pressure in the shock the bike barely leans on the kickstand and could easily fall over (they look a lot better sitting low though).
 

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Have 'em check air pressure settings? Never thought of that, good tip! Thats the kind of info I was looking for... keep 'em coming
 

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Definitely follow Ammo's advice. When I test road an XC they didn't have an air in the shock at all. I weigh 250 and my girl is a buckten. When we went out the driveway of the dealership for the test ride with the dip in the street and our weight the rear the bike bottomed out and bent up the rear fender.
 

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The wife and I bottomed out too but didn't damage anything. I got back to the shop after riding a couple of hours and had them check the pressure. It was 12lbs - not near enough for 350lbs of driver and passenger. My ride wasn't on a Demo Truck day so I should have thought about the shock pressure. I guess I got in a hurry to test the bike out.

The wife and I went back a week later and rode another bike that was adjusted. The ride was much better and the handling improved more than I ever would have expected. You go from having a bike that rides decent to a bike that rides great!
 
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