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I've now ridden most of the summer on my XC, and now have about 10000KM (6000miles) and while I'm sure that I am not the first one to do this, I'm sorry for not using the search Diamond.

I just got back from my first real trip with my 2011 Cross Country, and I thought I’d add my 2 cents to the reviews posted on here.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable ride. We traveled around 5000 Km (around 3000 miles) in a week and a half, through the heatwave- from Manitoba to Arkansas and back down the Great River Road from St. Louis to Minnesota, and I noticed a few things about the bike, both positive and negative.

The positive is quite long-

The Power- I liked the power on the highways, and in the hills of the Ozarks. It was nice to know that there was more power than I needed there.

The Mileage- I averaged between 45 and 50 on the highway portions of the ride, though the mileage goes down a bit when I got in the hilly areas and especially in the city/towns. This is mostly my fault because I keep using the torque as much as I can. I got almost the same mileage as my wife’s Kawasaki Vulcan 900, a little better than hers on the faster highway parts where the overdirve really showed its usefulness.

Comfort- I still have the stock seat, and I still have no plans to replace it. I only had the beginnings of ‘monkey butt’ and that was only on the days where the heat was oppressive .
I did get a sore back from slouching, but I’ll explain that later.

Performance- The bike ran well, despite the heat that had most of the locals staying inside. I was worried, for this was my first air cooled bike and I was scared that it would run in the heat. I am glad to say that the only real problem I had was with the cruise control after the bike spent the night in the rain and it would not set for half a day. I am having the dealer look at it when I take it in for the oil change.

Handling- I live in the Canadian prairies, and the twists and turns of the Ozarks were quite different than what I was used to, and this bike handled great. For such a big bike, it was really fun to ride.

Storage- I had more than enough room, and carried some of my wife’s stuff, too. I am still thinking of the trunk, but for now it is fine.

I also liked the ability to switch from KM to Miles and back. It was nice to not have to do the math all of the time. This is also my first bike with a stereo, which was nice.

The not so good-

Shifts like a tractor- I’d hate to think what the ‘old’ transmission was like. Compared to the Japanese bikes that I have ridden, it is not the smoothest. I know that this is partially due to the big twin engine, but it still isn’t the smoothest of shifting bikes.

Stock windscreen- I got a sore back from slouching because the stock windscreen sucks. I’ve ridden the +3 flip on my dealers demo bike, and it would have been nice.

While the finish is fine, for a 20K bike, it isn’t quite as nice as some of the bikes that I have seen (namely HD), but overall it is fine. The dash under the wind screen is already looking dull.

Near the end of the trip, the lids on the bags were beginning to move a bit more, but I was able to rattle a bit, but the dealer fixed them up nice for me.

Cleaning- Water collects around the spark plugs, and if you do not burn it off with a ride, the water leaves marks the next ride, and I have had to clean it really well because there was a little rust around my spark plugs. The dealer replaced the plugs, because this was very early and it was probably a storage issue before I got the bike.

Aside from the hard shifting tranny, it is a great bike and the problems I have with it are rather minimal.
 

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Great review!thumb up

The tranny is what it is, a gear driven tranny and with that its clunky!
Yep. Gotta embrace the tranny. LOL... :ltr:
 

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Thanks for the review. I also just got back from a trip recently. The taller windshield that I replaced the stock with, helped a lot.
 

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Got a little over 8k on mine with a couple of decent trips in there as well. My opinion is about dead-on with yours. I have a 17" CeeBailey and the drivers backrest so it's pretty comfy on the road in that respect. I agree that there is work to be done still with the tranny and the quality of finish over-all.

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The clearcoat finish is pretty weak.
But, that just gives me an excuse to custom paint in 2 to 3 years! :crzy:
 

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I have a 2010 XC that I got on July 28th, 2010. I agree with everything said above. I added a 7Jurock 13" shield, the OEM lower wind deflectors with oversized Lexan, and drivers backrest. Comfort & much lessoned buffetting are fine. I agree with the seat, went on a 3700 mile 12 day run, very hot temperatures. Monkey butt kicked in on the hottest of days, but comfort wasn't bad.
I've e-mailed Ultimate seats to see what their plans are on a replacement seat. Their reply was that they may be addressing the Victorys this fall/winter. I'll wait and see. Ride safe everyone.
 

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Sounds like another happy XC rider!!

Yeah. That darn trans. It sounds like some of it is being addressed in the 2012 model with the different torque compensator parts but it probably still sounds like an HD going into first gear. I found it sometimes gave me a little trouble when going into second when I was really getting on it but that was mostly before I got a couple thousand miles on it.

Be sure your clutch cable is adjusted correctly. It has been discussed at length on this and other forums. I personally found it best to feel the tension on the cable at the primary. By finding where it just has the smallest bit of tension on the cable and then backing off slightly; the clutch engages/disengages with the lever as far out as possible and disengages better. If it has any tension at all it can cause clutch slippage and wear out the clutch fast. Just my personal opinion.
 

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I have a 2011 Ness XC with 8500 so far. The Ness comes with a suede seat. Comfortable even on hot days, but it does absorb rain. I am 6'1" with a 15" C Bailey and the lowers on the forks and I only experiance buffeting on the days with higher winds.( 40+).cheers
 
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