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Stopped by my local Victory dealer this weekend with my father and narrowed my choice down to two bikes, the Jackpot and the Cross Roads. I know they are two different types of rides but they seem to fit me when I rode them. I think I know which one I should buy but I just wanted to see what the wise forum suggested.

Here's a little information to help you provide me with the best advise. I know its a personal choice but a I just wanted to know what you guys think:

1) I’m 5’10’’, 190lbs and prefer sitting low in the bike with a laid back riding position for style

2) I like cruising around town on the weekend with friends and sometimes by myself I also will be riding to work on dress down Fridays sometimes

3) The bike has to be stylish with some performance and pure with some chrome to sparkle when the sun hits it and when the night lights flash across it

4) I am really not a windscreen type of guy and I wear a full face helmet

Well, there you have it. Let me know which bike you think I should pull the trigger on. I plan to go back in a couple of weeks to see what the 2012s offer and probably park one of them in the garage around Christmas. I think a new bike would look good under the tree don't you think?

I await ( wac ) to hear what you guys think.

Thanks

Big_Al
 

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Stopped by my local Victory dealer this weekend with my father and narrowed my choice down to two bikes, the Jackpot and the Cross Roads. I know they are two different types of rides but they seem to fit me when I rode them. I think I know which one I should buy but I just wanted to see what the wise forum suggested.

Here's a little information to help you provide me with the best advise. I know its a personal choice but a I just wanted to know what you guys think:

1) I’m 5’10’’, 190lbs and prefer sitting low in the bike with a laid back riding position for style

2) I like cruising around town on the weekend with friends and sometimes by myself I also will be riding to work on dress down Fridays sometimes

3) The bike has to be stylish with some performance and pure with some chrome to sparkle when the sun hits it and when the night lights flash across it

4) I am really not a windscreen type of guy and I wear a full face helmet

Well, there you have it. Let me know which bike you think I should pull the trigger on. I plan to go back in a couple of weeks to see what the 2012s offer and probably park one of them in the garage around Christmas. I think a new bike would look good under the tree don't you think?

I await ( wac ) to hear what you guys think.

Thanks

Big_Al
I understand the attraction to the Crossroads, I love them too. But from what it sounds like, you have no need for a bagger.

If you're not planning any touring, or riding a lot 2-up (with a need for her to stow things like a purse), or at the least using it daily to the point where you'll be more likely to take it shopping or whatnot... you're getting into a bigger, heavier, less nimble at low speeds bike for no reason.

The Jackpot is a badass bar hopper that can still carry a passenger well and comfy, and if you ever want a windshield for long haul cruising, then you can get a quick-detach that will work well. I wear a full face helmet at all times too, but that doesn't reduce the violent effects of wind on the body ;)

Jackpots also don't look and with quick-detach soft bags either. Again, you'll leave it naked most of the time, but when an irresistible road trip comes around, you slap on the bags and shield and you're all good.
 

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Also keep in mind that if you like to ride hard, the floorboards of a Crossroads will be a little more limiting on lean angle than the standard pegs of a Jackpot.
 

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I have a Jackpot and when I need to travel I slap on the Outlaw Chrome sissy bar and slide on my sissy bar bag.

Angel and I have gone away for a weekend and the bag holds all of our stuff and she rides comfortably.
 

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If you want to ride to work on dress down Fridays get the Jackpot. If you want to ride to work every day get the XR and throw your fancy clothes in the bags.

The decision is more about comfort than anything because both bikes handle and perform well. If you are going to do any traveling get the XR; the bags are already on, the windshield will decrease your bug/rock intake and it rides much better than the Jackpot.
 

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I agree with the others. Based off your listing of criteria I don't see where the XR is really needed. I say go with what gets your motor revving most. Obviously I lean to the JP since that's what I ride. Love it and it turns heads everywhere I go.
 

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Just my opinion then but I'd lean toward the XR unless you've always wanted a chopper-ish kind of bike. Then the Jackpot would be the one. I like the look and feel of the JP with the High Ball style/size apes on them. Again; that's just me though. That may not work for you.
 

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By what you're describing,you've already made your choice.Now go buy the Jackpot,and ride happily ever after.
 

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What age are you and what other bikes have you had?

Age: 42

Bikes:
Yamaha R6
Yamaha V Star 1100

Just my opinion then but I'd lean toward the XR unless you've always wanted a chopper-ish kind of bike.


:confused:



His interest in:




Which is lightweight, small, nimble and fast


AND





Which is one of the smaller, lighter and more tossable of cruisers



Led you to think he should get a Crossroads over a smaller, lighter, quicker and more nimble Jackpot?



:crzy:


I...uhhhh, don't get it wac
 

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He's progressing to a more comfortable ride. He started riding a bike that he most likely looked like he was trying to screw a mailbox on. He moved to a small semi comfortable cruiser (for about an hour). So why would he move to something that has more power but similar dynamics to his 2nd bike when he could move into a much more comfortable bike?

Buy the XR and start riding to work daily with the fancy pants in the saddlebags!
 

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He's progressing to a more comfortable ride. He started riding a bike that he most likely looked like he was trying to screw a mailbox on. He moved to a small semi comfortable cruiser (for about an hour). So why would he move to something that has more power but similar dynamics to his 2nd bike when he could move into a much more comfortable bike?

Buy the XR and start riding to work daily with the fancy pants in the saddlebags!
:I agree:

The XR will be the most convenient and comfortable choice, but if you're not sure, don't get either one. Just test ride them again. Let the test ride be the deciding factor - and not what we all think you should spend your money on. ;)

Btw, I got so used to having those saddlebags, that without them I would be like a woman without a purse. :ltr:
 

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r - and not what we all think you should spend your money on. ;)

Btw, I got so used to having those saddlebags, that without them I would be like a woman without a purse. :ltr:
Same here. I ride a lot more now simply because of the practicality of the huge bags. I can even do my routine grocery shopping with it. And I ride to work and put my "fancy pants" in there too :). And if you want some easy, cheap power, just slap stage 1 on it and pull the weather strip on the intake. You'll take out just about any HD except a VRod. Plus it will handle better on the turns and be less floppy because it doesn't have the giant rear tire.

But that's my 2 cents. It all comes down to what you are looking for and what you like. I came from a Yamaha Warrior with serious balls and haven't looked back.
 

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Get the Jackpot - the riding you said suits it perfect, if you start touring the Jackpot will still do a reasonable job.

Buy it and start adding bits (we all do) and enjoy...
 

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I tend to agree with the majority with the Jackpot. I'm the same age as you and sounds like we have the same mentallity on what we like in a bike. I have a 2010 Jackpot and have never looked back. I ride mine everyday to work when weather permits. I have saddlebags with the ghostbracks that take off in minutes for those longer touring days and when the wife is on. I just added a custom/chopper style sissy bar for the wife and kids to feel secure when they ride. I can leave it on for the chopper look without the pad or take the bar off completely. I will have pictures to come but weather has not cooperated lately since the additions to get her out for photo shots. Either direction you go you will enjoy the Victory, they are smoking.cheers
 

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After reading all the post, I think you all understand what I am going through. I like both bikes and can see myself riding both. I don't think I can go wrong with either bike but I have to decide on one. This is going to be my retirement gift to myself so I just want to get it right. So keep posting your comments, I am keeping score to see whose comments are close to my point of view. Just so you all understand, I do have negatives for each bike, the rear tire for the Jackpot (having to relearn how to turn the bike); the extra weight of the XR (having to maneuver the bike at slow speeds with the weight). All in all, I am willing to put in the work to overcome each negative.

Keep the comments coming, I appreciate them all and hopefully I will be able to make my decision by Christmas so I can place it under the tree.

That will be a good gift from Santa. Just in time to get ready for the new riding season.

Big_Al
 

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After reading all the post, I think you all understand what I am going through. I like both bikes and can see myself riding both. I don't think I can go wrong with either bike but I have to decide on one. This is going to be my retirement gift to myself so I just want to get it right. So keep posting your comments, I am keeping score to see whose comments are close to my point of view. Just so you all understand, I do have negatives for each bike, the rear tire for the Jackpot (having to relearn how to turn the bike); the extra weight of the XR (having to maneuver the bike at slow speeds with the weight). All in all, I am willing to put in the work to overcome each negative.

Keep the comments coming, I appreciate them all and hopefully I will be able to make my decision by Christmas so I can place it under the tree.

That will be a good gift from Santa. Just in time to get ready for the new riding season.

Big_Al
Don't look at the 250 tire as a negative at all. It's not cumbersome, after the first ride or two, you're used to it. It actually tracks MUCH better once leaned, it stays in the line like the road is grooved. You also have a much larger contact patch, so if you like to launch a little hard, you've got the traction to do so.

After riding a regular Vegas, I bought the Hammer S because of the rear tire and the bars, it's a hard-cornering machine and it loves to be ridden hard like a sportbike.
 

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With the 250 you don’t have to re learn anything... after a turn each way you know how to ride it... yes you ride it you have to put some work into riding it instead of just letting the bike do the work IMO its more fun and enjoyable to do that. I came from an R6 to a JP and the only thing I miss about the R6 is is is is ill get back to you on that. I have test rode the XC after riding and owning my jackpot and felt it was not as nimble, felt kind of light in the corners and didn’t have as much get up as the JP. If you’re just going to cruise around town you will like the JP FAR more... I have a tool bag that i put stuff in and then if i need more room i wear a backpack and ride so I can’t comment on the whole saddle bags but the ones i have seen i can’t say i like, no offense to the people with bags... just not my cup of tea and doesn’t seem to fit the lines of the bike. you won’t go wrong with either bike both look exceptional and each has its perks and different reasoning’s for what you explained the jackpot is what you want .... But
I may be bias
 
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