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I took a little cruise around MT: Great Falls - Missoula - Kalispell - Great Falls. Thought I'd share...

I rode my Cross Country Tour and had a GREAT time!

First off, the bike was amazing. I left the trunk at home but the saddlebags provided enough storage. The temperatures were a bit on the warm side, and sometime in the future, I'll probably invest in an evaporative vest. I was able to easily set cruise control between 75-85 and the bike handled flawlessly. I only hit a short stint of rain and could see how rain comes through the opening. On the way home, I went a bit slower just to better enjoy the scenery--which I could've stopped and took a picture around every corner. Here are some pictures for your review:
https://plus.google.com/photos/102902509290017815955/albums/5902511269497180209

I saw two Victories during my trip--both Cross Countries. And, I saw, one million Harleys....LOL. Seriously, they were everywhere. Nonetheless, it was great just for everyone to be out on the road!

Thoughts on the equipment I used.

- I used a Kuryakyn Gran Cruise Bag for on my tank. I used the same bag for a trip last year and find it very convenient. It has a large, expandable bottom pocket which I place my Camelbak 3L reservoir filled with ice/water. With my modular helmet, I'm able to raise the front and take a drink whenever needed. There's a smaller top pocket which can hold a fair amount of stuff. I place my phone, wallet and other miscellaneous stuff in there. In the very top, I insert my directions which can be seen through the case.

- My seat was fairly comfortable temperature. I've attached heat reflective tape to the bottom side and azleather heat shield. Together, my seat stayed regular temp. A couple times after riding for an extended time and then getting off, I immediately placed an ungloved hand on my seat and didn't really feel any heat. If anything, just a tad amount of increased heat near my right leg but nothing serious. I do plan on buying the pad recently discussed on here to increase ventilation, though.
https://plus.google.com/photos/102902509290017815955/albums/5859470803222568769
http://azleather.webs.com/apps/webstore/

- I used Cee Baileys bag liners. They worked great and made packing very easy. I thought compression straps on the inside would be a nice touch and left/right markings but none of that was really necessary. Great product and good customer service! http://www.ceebaileys.com/bags/victory_bags_01.html

Glad to own a Victory!!! Awesome machine and am VERY happy with my purchase!

Cheers cheers
 

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what a beautifull place to ride. Enjoy the bike and good luck with it.
 

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Graduated from High School in Great Falls,MT. and have family that lives up there. Lots of beautiful country, and great summer ridding. Wish I had the time to ride my X/C up their and enjoy some of it. Should have been a real nice ride on the stretch of highways, and roads between Great Falls, and Helena, that runs along the Missouri River. Alot more places besides, especially in the western part of the state around Missoula, Kalispell, and Whitefish areas.
 

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Graduated from High School in Great Falls,MT. and have family that lives up there. Lots of beautiful country, and great summer ridding. Wish I had the time to ride my X/C up their and enjoy some of it. Should have been a real nice ride on the stretch of highways, and roads between Great Falls, and Helena, that runs along the Missouri River. Alot more places besides, especially in the western part of the state around Missoula, Kalispell, and Whitefish areas.
i will add that to the places i must visit.
 
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