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Hey guys, I went to a victory dealer today to look around and saw the cross country. I was very impressed. I plan on taking a test ride soon but wanted to get some feedback on the bike. I have a 1999 honda valkyrie that is very smooth running. I test drove a harley and after riding a few miles my arms and legs were tingling. Not a smooth ride. I also test drove a kawasaki vaquero, some vibration but way to much heat coming from the engine while stopped and not enough power for me from a 1700 cc motor . I asked the dealer about the vibration on the cross country and he said there is very little and it has plenty of power. Any info you can give on the cc will be appreciated. Thanks
 

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I had a 98 Valk Tourer for the past 11 years. The XC is not as smooth as the Honda (No v twin is) but has plenty of power and handles very well. The only problem is with wind buffeting with the stock 7 inch windshield. Do some research on this and other XC forums and read about how to avoid the buffeting issue.

I think, especially for the price, you cannot go wrong with the Vic Cross Country.
 

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Hey RonBou, thanks for the info. I'm hoping to find something the xc offers that my valkyrie does not. I'm looking forward to the test ride. Ride safe
 

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Hey RonBou, thanks for the info. I'm hoping to find something the xc offers that my valkyrie does not. I'm looking forward to the test ride. Ride safe
Hey vw70blue, One thing thje Victory has is a 6th gear and way better fuel milage. If I ran my Valk hard I got 28 mpg, I can run the Vic hard and still get 40+. The other thing you'll notice is the Cross Country takes bumps and road irregularities way better than the Valkyrie. If you get caught in town on a 95 degree day the Valk would turn you into a pot roast, unbearable imho. You also will not have the rearend jacking coming out of a curve as on the Valk.
I didn't like kawasaki vaquero that I test drove at all. I scraped the floorboard before I got out of the parking lot. The Vic will run circles around the Kaw with 20 more hp and 20 more foot #s of torque, and lighter weight, and I'm not even going to get into handling. The vaquero felt like uprighting a dead horse, from the kickstand, which was a major turn off. Hell I don't want a hernia I just wana ride. The vic feels 300 lbs lighter.
When you drive the Cross Country you'll find they did a hell of a job with this bike, and is mine and my wife favorite bike to date. The dash is also very cool on the XC with lots and lots of info and the most legible instrumentation of any motorcycle I've had or driven, even more so at night. Good luck and I hope you get you one, they're truley a wonderful motorcycle.
 

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Hey NewCrew, thanks for the info on comparing the valk and kaw w/ the victory. Everything you said about both bikes were right-on. I will be test riding a XC later this afternoon. I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be hard to find a replacement for the vallk. Maybe the xc is the one to do it.
 

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Hey NewCrew, thanks for the info on comparing the valk and kaw w/ the victory. Everything you said about both bikes were right-on. I will be test riding a XC later this afternoon. I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be hard to find a replacement for the vallk. Maybe the xc is the one to do it.
Glad I could help. Let us know what you think, and I hope the one you test has a stage 1 on it.
 

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By the way vw70blue, the only bike I have ridden that has the feel of the Valk is my Triumph Rocket III Touring. You won't get the torque of those bikes with the XC BUT the XC has plenty of get up and go and handles better than either the Valk or Rocket... which is saying a lot. Good luck with your ride... and don't let the noises bother you. An air cooled V Twin is not as quiet as you are used to.
 

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Hey RonBou, it's funny you should mention the Rocket III Touring. I plan on taking one of those for a test ride too. I did test ride the XC on monday. It was the best twin cylinder bike I've ridden so far. You are right about the torque, but it has plenty of power, but no heat compared to the valk. I didn't hear anything out of the ordinary. Even at a stop light, all was quiet. I had to lean to one side to see if I could hear the exhaust. I only heard it when I twisting the throttle. And I was told they made the exhaust louder for the 2011's. I wasn't too happy w/ the wind due to the short windsheild. But after reading about that in this forum, it seems like an easy fix. In the hunt for a new bike, I think it's going to come down to the xc or rocket tourer.
 

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Hey RonBou, it's funny you should mention the Rocket III Touring. I plan on taking one of those for a test ride too. I did test ride the XC on monday. It was the best twin cylinder bike I've ridden so far. You are right about the torque, but it has plenty of power, but no heat compared to the valk. I didn't hear anything out of the ordinary. Even at a stop light, all was quiet. I had to lean to one side to see if I could hear the exhaust. I only heard it when I twisting the throttle. And I was told they made the exhaust louder for the 2011's. I wasn't too happy w/ the wind due to the short windsheild. But after reading about that in this forum, it seems like an easy fix. In the hunt for a new bike, I think it's going to come down to the xc or rocket tourer.
Rocket III= jumping from frying pan into big fire. Way more heat than the Valk. Don't pull the clutch in, in the middle of a u-turn either it'll nose dive to the pavement in your not careful. The crank runs parallel to the frame not perpendicular and the gyroscopic effect comes into play. I've been riding since Abraham Lincoln was president and it's the only bike I almost recked on a test drive. Torque out the wazoo and then some and as much as I love motorcycles that one had to stay put. But if your into agriculture it's got the look.
 
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