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New member here from the front range in Colorado. I ride crazy distance for fun. Some Iron Butt events, but I'm not really into bonus hunting. And I have been known to stop and smell the roses from time to time. I just enjoy the ride and where it leads me. Previously on all manner of bikes since 1970-ish. You name it, I've probably owned it. Mostly BMW for the last 8 years, Harley and Japanese sport tourers before that. Always something vintage and/or Italian in my garage. Earlier this year I started selling off all my bikes, as I am tired of maintaining and insuring them all. The last to go was my primary LD mount, an R1200GS.

I pick up my new Cross Country Tour in a few days.

I haven't been this excited about a bike in a long time.

In lurk mode right now and just trying to learn as much as I can from all of you experts.

Feel free to drop me a line if you are headed to Colorado. I can suggest some pretty nice rides.
 

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Welcome aboard sailor. And welcome to the wonderful world of Victory. I too came to Vic from a similar route, LD touring. Never been a cruiser liker or type, but there's a lot to like and nothing to dislike about the Cross bikes. I needed the lower seat and CG and the XR came along at the right time in my life.
Vics take a long time to break in, over 3K miles, so be patient. Preload the shifter for smoother, quieter shifts. Opt for higher pressure in the rear shock than your body weight would indicate on the scale in the case lid. Place lock washers on the battery bolts and keep 'em tight. Keep 'er above 2200 RPM, the higher the better. EBC HH pads improve the braking. And lastly, you'll love what that Lloydz adjustable timing wheel does for letting out the horses.
I'm going to be at the Motorcycle Touring Association's rally in Montrose, CO third week in June. Love that area, been to the CO Rockies several times and looking forward to another stab at pass bagging. That's another thing to like about our bike's, they don't shame themselves in the twisties.
 

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You sound alot like me... Last few bikes were either Guzzi Sport Touring or Dual sports and I loved my 2 V-STROM 1000's for 45,000 miles feeding the inner Hooligan and it could do everything. I downsized and cashed out to buy a brand new R E D Vic Cross Country Tour as my do everything bike and LONG DISTANCE mount. Kinda reminds me of a cross between my HD's and my 05 BMW K1200LT! Seems to be the best of all worlds with incredible handling.. (For a power cruiser). . . Welcome to the Cult.
 

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New member here from the front range in Colorado. I ride crazy distance for fun. Some Iron Butt events, but I'm not really into bonus hunting. And I have been known to stop and smell the roses from time to time. I just enjoy the ride and where it leads me. Previously on all manner of bikes since 1970-ish. You name it, I've probably owned it. Mostly BMW for the last 8 years, Harley and Japanese sport tourers before that. Always something vintage and/or Italian in my garage. Earlier this year I started selling off all my bikes, as I am tired of maintaining and insuring them all. The last to go was my primary LD mount, an R1200GS.

I pick up my new Cross Country Tour in a few days.

I haven't been this excited about a bike in a long time.

In lurk mode right now and just trying to learn as much as I can from all of you experts.

Feel free to drop me a line if you are headed to Colorado. I can suggest some pretty nice rides.
Welcome aboard and congrats on your XCT.
 

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Thanks for the tips. I might head to Montrose in June. Like I need an excuse.
Rally info can be found on the MTA web site: www.mtariders.com Hope to see you there, we're your type of rider. Any other Vic owners are welcome to join up too. I'm getting weary of being the only Vic rider at those rallys. Incidentally, this is not one of those huge events, its more like a family reunion with about 130 showing up. Nice size group where I'm concerned.:)
 
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