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Hello all. I have been lurking on the site for about a month trying to familiarize myself with the Cross Country and trying to decide if I am going to purchase one. I have been riding cruisers and crotch rockets for the past 25 years and have the itch to build a custom bagger. I have never been one to follow the crowd so harleys are out and I have been looking at the cross country to fit that bill. I have come across a lot of good information thus far and appreciate the input from everything. Hopefully I can nail this decision down within the next month or so. Thanks.
 

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If anyone is interested I am currently riding a custom Triumph Rocket 3...had it since 2005. Others have come and gone but this girl continues to hand around. Will post some pics in my album when/if I can.
 

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Welcome.

I was in your shoes a few months ago. I rode a 2000 Honda Shadow 1100 for the past 15 years. Like everyone else, the Vision caught my eye a few years back and I new when it was time to look for a new bike, Victory would certainly be top of the list. I am like you, I just can't buy a Harley for the simple fact that everyone else does.

When it was time to seriously look. I started looking at the Cross Roads, similar to Shadow(shape anyway), then started thinking about doing more long haul trips, so I started looking at the Cross Country. Then I noticed the Cross Country Tour, but hated the square lower fairing at first. Ok, while I'm dreaming, lets take a hard look at the Vision right???

I live near a large Victory dealer here in Mass. I went to a the demo day and rode the Cross Country, Cross Country Tour and a Vision. Quick little 15 minute rides give you a quick idea but not enough to make an informed purchase. A few weeks later I decided to rent a XCT. It was well worth the $200. The dealer allowed me to switched bikes half way through at no extra cost. So I took a Vision out for the other half of the day. I took my wife with me on both bikes as I wanted her feedback from her perspective.

Long story short, I went with the XCT. She just didn't enjoy the Vision as much as the XCT. She likes the roominess she feels on the XCT. The CC during the demo day ride had horrible buffeting as you soon will read about. Good news, this can easily be solved with the right windshield. The more I thought about touring with the bike and the amount of space available on the XCT, it became a no brainer for me.

Now if someone can just help me with my accessory purchasing issue that I cant seem to get under control. :)

Love the bike, hope this helps some.
 

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Welcome to the forum.
I like the idea of starting a build using a Cross bike as the base to build on. A simple bagger with everything you want on it can be built but it will cost you.
I am personally a tour type rider and use small incremental changes to make a bike my own. I ride a Vision but I don't really think it would make a good base for a bagger build.
 

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That RocketIII hella of bike/engine. Think how many cars on the roads have smaller engines in them. I had the opertunity to test ride one a few times, never did. I figured just to much bike for a guy my size, but then I since have meet guys that are no taller then me and they love them. So one day maybe, I just do not want to ride one and have to have one,ha, ha. All that power I would loose my license. The stock Victory power will by no means match, but they are great bikes. Got friends that have had faster, more powerful bikes and they like their Victorys very much. The X bikes handle pretty good, and run pretty descent for stock and can run much better without spending a fortune. You can rent one for a day or two and put a few hundred miles on one to see if you really like them, just an idea. Good luck on your decision.
 

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The rental option is definitely a good one. I live in Denver so it may be a while before I get the opportunity but I will definitely keep it in mind. Power is really not what I am going for here. I just sold my ZX14 and still have my Rocket 3...if I need power I got it. Thanks for the well wishes and I will continue to lurk and sponge off of you guys.
 
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