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I'll be testing riding Saturday morning. Current ride is a 2012 HD FLTRX (Road Glide Custom).

What should I look/listen/feel for during the test ride?

What do you guys dislike about the Cross Country?

What would be a good deal on a new Cross Country?

Anything else I should know?
 

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If you can, test ride a Vision. A Vision without the trunk would be a direct comparison to the Road Glide. It has been my experience that the Vision ride is superior to the Road Glide. Even if you would not consider the Vision as a purchase, it would give you a baseline of a great ride to compare the other bikes to. This is just my opinion and you can not go wrong with any of the Cross bikes. Ride them all, I did! But be prepared to do a lot of riding and much less maintenance.thumb up
 

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Make sure you try a stock and one with the stage one kit. So you can open up a little bit. Pay attention to the different size windshields. Feel the leg room. Great bike I convert years ago.


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Why are you interested in the change to Victory? Just curious.

Stock Victory's are nice. Tweaked Vic's are nicer. If your RG is stock then you will have a good comparison to a stock Vic. A tuned Vic is a whole different bike and would seal the deal for you.
 

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Cross Country or Cross Country Tour? If you can swing the extra for the CCT, it's well worth it. Had mine about a year and it's been fantastic. It gets a lot of good attention from my H-D brothers.

Are you looking at a new 2014 or a leftover 2013. The prices will vary by year and color.
 

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Cross Country or Cross Country Tour? If you can swing the extra for the CCT, it's well worth it. Had mine about a year and it's been fantastic. It gets a lot of good attention from my H-D brothers.

Are you looking at a new 2014 or a leftover 2013. The prices will vary by year and color.

2014 cross country
 

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Why are you interested in the change to Victory? Just curious.

Stock Victory's are nice. Tweaked Vic's are nicer. If your RG is stock then you will have a good comparison to a stock Vic. A tuned Vic is a whole different bike and would seal the deal for you.

I don't like how Harley Davidson has treated me as a customer.
 

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The Voctory dealer wants me business treats me like a old friend. HD don't give a crap if I buy or not or have zero knowledge of the products, they need to grab a tech. I still love Harley's I just love Victory more. It's a better bike in my oppinion. Easy to service yourself and cheaper to service, but the main reason for me was the ride, performance and handling. Everything else was a bonus.


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I'll be testing riding Saturday morning. Current ride is a 2012 HD FLTRX (Road Glide Custom).

What should I look/listen/feel for during the test ride?

What do you guys dislike about the Cross Country?

What would be a good deal on a new Cross Country?

Anything else I should know?
Well, in my experience renting Harleys and test-riding them at Americade each year, the big differences -- so what you might want to concentrate on -- on the Cross bikes are:

- More room to move around in, on the seat and the floorboards.

- Less shaking at idle.

- Better handling, especially in sweepers and the twisties.

- More ground clearance.

- Better and longer suspension travel.

- Larger saddlebags (and trunk, on the XCT).

- One place to put oil during oil changes.

If you're looking for nits to pick, the H-Ds are generally better in:

- Fit and finish: paint, integration of switchgear, that sort of thing.

- Larger aftermarket choice of doodads and clothing, if you're into that sort of thing.

- More dealers to stop at, when something falls off during a multi-day trip.

I bought my XCT two years ago at Shark Cycles in CT (the next state over from me). You might want to check their prices, if you want to see what a good deal looks like (although I haven't done so lately), and work up from there. Don't forget about coupons from Victory for having taken a test ride, maybe if you're in the military (or maybe retired), that sort of thing. They sometimes have coupons for gear, and sometimes for money off the bike purchase.
 

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NO DON'T DO IT!!!

Sorry but having ridden and worked on HD's for years I really can't compare the two. Other than the stock windshield being a piece of junk I think you'll find that the Victory is going to beg to come home with you. Don't sweat the window though as there's numerous choices to replace it.

By the way, the first time you change the oil on a Victory you might want to open your beer at least ten minutes before you start or you won't have time to finish it.
 

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If you think you will ever want the trunk get the CCT. Cheaper to get it stock and you get heated grips and seats. They have covered the pro's very well. They only two things I have found I wish they did different is 1. hydraulic clutch, and 2. Gear indicator showed up with when I have the clutch disengaged, and 3. Still trying to get used to the kickstand being down not killing the engine.
I love mine, have had more looks and questions than any bike other than the old 82 Honda CB750 that I had bobbed out. Even had a young lady ask to sit on it and tell me it felt better than her boyfriends bike.
 

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1. hydraulic clutch
Ya know, the hydraulic clutch thing put me off for a number of years. I've had bikes with hydraulic clutches since 1983 (of course not HD) and always loved 'em and could never understand why HD could never step into the latter half of the 20th century. When I first got the Victory I had every intention of putting a hydraulic clutch on it pronto. After riding it for a couple of weeks I just couldn't justify the expense nor the tweaking it would take to make it work correctly. The cable clutch on the Victory's is top notch.
 

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I'll be testing riding Saturday morning. Current ride is a 2012 HD FLTRX (Road Glide Custom).

What should I look/listen/feel for during the test ride?

What do you guys dislike about the Cross Country?

What would be a good deal on a new Cross Country?

Anything else I should know?
Just enjoy the Ride Have 31,000 Totally Trouble Free Miles on my Cross Country ..
 

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I rode the Cross Country and an Indian Chieftain. I didn't like either of them :( I really really wanted to. I was so disappointed because everything I have read and heard about these bikes, more so the Cross Country, has been so positive. But I found a lot I didn't like and, overall, I like my current ride better.

Thanks for all the help and input, guys!
 

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Ay particular reason?
 

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I rode the Cross Country and an Indian Chieftain. I didn't like either of them :( I really really wanted to. I was so disappointed because everything I have read and heard about these bikes, more so the Cross Country, has been so positive. But I found a lot I didn't like and, overall, I like my current ride better.

Thanks for all the help and input, guys!

Have a nice day! :nanana:
 

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Its your decision to make and you have made it. I love my Cross Country more every time I take it out. Each person has their own personal likes and don't likes thus the reason for all the different makes and models of cars and bikes. Good luck to you and ride safe.
 

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Fair enough. Enjoy what you have (we are ;))
 
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