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I have been a member her for a while now just not posted. I have been trying to read up on these bikes. I am going to be buying a new to me but used bike in the next few weeks. I have narrowed down my choices to a Cross Country an a Street glide. I don't want to start a bashing Harley forum just have a few questions about the XC.
Are there any years to stay away from? Any big changes been mad to say a 2013 from the 2011 models? We have a local Victory dealer in town but the owner an my self had a falling out over a side x side a few years ago so I really don't have a dealer around to go look an ask questions.
 

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Transmission was revamped in the 12 models. It put in a neutral assist and gave the bike a 5K oil change interval instead of the 2500 mile for previous years. Other than cosmetics and minor tweaks, nothing that seems earth shattering.
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twp, have you had a chance to test ride or at least get your butt on the SG or XC? Even though they are supposedly competing models, the bikes have a completely different "personalities" and feel. What one to get should depend on how the bikes fits and your planned riding style.

Of course, if you want chics to chase you until they faint get the Vic :cool:
 

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Of course, if you want chics to chase you until they faint get the Vic :cool:
:I agree::ride: Yup , what he said ....
 

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Twp, I was in exactly your shoes prior to about three months ago. I wanted a pair of used touring bikes for my wife and I. We test rode everthing we could. The HD touring line did not fit me well. The footbeds are too high off the ground and too far back thus forcing the upper part of my legs into an uncomfortable position - knees at or higher than hips. The Vic XCT fit me much better. I am only 5'-10" (really only 9.5") and a 32" inseam so very average height.

I bought two 2012 Vic XCT off Craigslist. Bought one in Detroit and one in Hot Springs, Arkansas and rode them both to their new home in Florida.

I highly recommend the Vic XCT. I suggest that the 2012 is the sweet spot right now. Newer than that gains you nothing but a higher price. Older than 2012 has a slightly inferior transmission and oil change interval.

Use Search tempest to search the country for these and be ready to travel to go get one. I got two fully loaded bikes both with custom paint jobs and low miles this past Sept and Oct. for $14,500 each. Not the best price ever but very good prices.

G'day,

Vinish
 

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I have not got a change to ride or sit on a Cross Country. Once the weather gets warm. I plan on riding both. I do not plan on buying one before I get to ride both.

Lostintexas in all the reading I have done on the Cross Country I did not know about the transmission was revamped. I am so glad you posted that.

Vinish I know I am going to have to travel away from home to get one. I'm hoping to make a little vacation out of it an have to wife fly out to get one an ride back with me. I think that is how she put it when she came up with the idea.

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It was on all the Vic's if not mistaken and someone corrected it to be the 11 and up. 12 was the first year for the Tour, so that was really the first exposure to Victory for me. The XC has been around for a few more years but not sure when the platform came out.

Have fun with what ever you get.
 

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Not sure where you are located but around here (sacramento ca) there are a few leftover brand new bikes at dealers for less than most used bikes I have seen.
I even got my dealer to give me a new Magnum for $19,500.

I have owned 6 used victory's since 2006 and it just didn't make sense to buy used this time for me.
 

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The Street glide has no rear suspension in the rear, maybe two inches if travel. The XC has 4 inches and you can alter the ride with a small air pump.
Cruiser Magazine had an article called Bagger Brawl in 2011 that compared the Street Glide, the XC and the Yami Stratoliner.

http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/cruisers/wing-to-wing-harley-davidson-street-glide-vs-star-stratoliner-deluxe-vs-victory-cross

It's a good read. My brother ( who owns a Strat and a 2014 XCT )
Took a test ride on the Street a Glide for giggles at a bike rally and brought it back early because he was so disgusted.
No bashing here. Check the facts. There is no comparison in any magazine where the Street Glide beats an XC.
 

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Thanks everyone for the response. The reasons I was looking at the street glide was I like the way they look. The aftermarket is huge for them. An I have to HD dealers 25 miles away if needed, an a shop 5 miles away that only works on HD.

I do have a question. I read in one of the forums it cost $70 to change the oil in a XC. Why is that? Is that with Polaris oil? I use only seynthetic in my Kawasaki Vulcan an it is not close to that.
 

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I do have a question. I read in one of the forums it cost $70 to change the oil in a XC. Why is that? Is that with Polaris oil? I use only seynthetic in my Kawasaki Vulcan an it is not close to that.
Vic sells an oil change kit that includes an oil filter, 5 qts of oil and a drain plug washer.

Considering a change is needed every 5k its not to bad of a price for OEM stuff. For my next change I'm going to save a little and buy a Fram or K&N filter and an oil like Castrol V-Twin
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If you are going for looks, it's going to be hard to talk you out of whatever catches your eye. If you are looking for comfort and performance, you'll be taking a harder look at the Vic.

I have an 06 Street Glide and a 13 XCT. My Street Glide used to be my touring machine...it has been repurposed as my bar hopper. The XCT is far and away the more comfortable of the two on long trips.

Just my two cents (well, maybe three)
 

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2010 model year was the introduction of the standard XC. Same engine (106) and trans as the Vision which was introduced in 2008. Trans a bit clunky but bulletproof. Motor is rock solid.

2011 the redesign trans was introduced with mostly good results. As with any new design there were a few quirks, but not much. Same engine displacement.

2012 saw ABS as standard equip. Same engine. CCT is born.

2013 the new logo was revealed and the forged crash bars replaced with round bars.

I agree with Vinish, 2012 is the sweet spot IMHO.
Either way, chances are good you won't go wrong with a used Vic.
 

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Thanks everyone for the response. The reasons I was looking at the street glide was I like the way they look. The aftermarket is huge for them. An I have to HD dealers 25 miles away if needed, an a shop 5 miles away that only works on HD.

I do have a question. I read in one of the forums it cost $70 to change the oil in a XC. Why is that? Is that with Polaris oil? I use only seynthetic in my Kawasaki Vulcan an it is not close to that.
If you are choking on that, wait till you see what a HD will cost you. Not a Vic oil change kit fan, but it has all you need but tools. Oil, filter, crush washers. There are plenty of other options. Lots of dealers for the MoCo out there, but you really may not actually need one for a Vic.
Tough choice for some, not for others. Go with your head and you'll do well.
 

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Also remember that an "oil" change in an HD involves changing the fluid in three separate resorvoirs unlike the Vic which only has one resorvoir. I change my own fluids in both my HD Softail and my Vic XCT. The Vic is much easier due to having the single resorvoir. The Vic also uses less total fluid than does the HD. I use Amsoil synthetic in all three resorvoirs of my HD and in the single resorvoir of my Vic. Costs for all of the various oils are about the same price per quart - between $9 and $12 per quart depending on where you buy, how much you buy, when you buy, and which type of oil you use.

I use aftermarket pretty plain filters for both bikes that cost about $5-$7 each. The crush washers for both are insignificant in cost as long as you don't buy them from Vic or HD.

G'day,

Vinish
 

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The Street glide has no rear suspension in the rear, maybe two inches if travel. The XC has 4 inches and you can alter the ride with a small air pump.
Cruiser Magazine had an article called Bagger Brawl in 2011 that compared the Street Glide, the XC and the Yami Stratoliner.

http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/cruisers/wing-to-wing-harley-davidson-street-glide-vs-star-stratoliner-deluxe-vs-victory-cross

It's a good read. My brother ( who owns a Strat and a 2014 XCT )
Took a test ride on the Street a Glide for giggles at a bike rally and brought it back early because he was so disgusted.
No bashing here. Check the facts. There is no comparison in any magazine where the Street Glide beats an XC.
Bujee1

Thanks for the link. It was a good comparison of the bikes.
 

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no contest

had an 06 sportster with lots of upgrades done by me, tired of the poor handling, test road a new in 13 not so superglide, i liked the looks but my sporty felt better after its upgrades. found a 13 preowned Hammer in 13, 8xx miles. one test ride revealed how poor harley's were, bought it on the spot with a fair trade on my sporty at a harley dealer no less. guessin the firm riding 250 tire was not for the former owner. the Vic's feel lighter because of they are more up to date by far. oil changes can be done by a 12 yr old. 15-40 rotella works well + a wix aka victory filter for the thrifty, i use Amsoil 20-50 for its superior protection with longer drains. lots to learn on forums as i did before my purchase. check out the u-tubes by arizona victory to learn about Vics vs harley, he is biased for sure being a vic dealer but points out lots of factual differences.
 

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Ridden lots of Glides... Road and Street. No comparison in handling... The Vic wins by a landslide. The Vic takes comfort category as well. The Vic also takes performance, that being said have never had my stock XC up against a stock 103" Glide. Only stage 1,2 and 3. I am really interested to see how the XC does against the 110" once I get her all dialed in with fuel, air, timing mods. I know I won't be able to hang with any 120r's till the cams are done... Oh and did we mention it's not a Harley so you don't have to buy a tshirt from every shop you see? Should save you thousands right there.
 
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