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May as well get my introduction out there anyhow...

Have been riding sportbikes since I was a teenager and thankfully have survived through 4 of them. Currently own and love my mint 2005 Suzuki GSX-R1000, but finally looking to add a tourer to my stable.

Have been eying (eye'ing?) the Cross Country for at least a year. The changes to the 2014 HD's caught my eye ("Project Rushmore"), but after visiting the local stealership it took me a couple of days to wash the smell of bullshit out of my clothes. After doing some more reading, I realized why I had landed on the Victory in the first place -- it's just so much better designed.

Very likely may be picking up a demo 2013 Cross Country tour soon. Will need to invest some money to open it up a bit horsepower wise I'm sure -- I can't help it. Blame my sportbike history if you like, but it's likely a symptom, not the cause.

I'm still not 100% on such a big bike...even sitting on them, they feel pretty damn huge. I'm not a tall guy (5'7 with not long legs), which complicates matters even further.

Any feedback is welcome. I will say this -- I've been to two Victory dealers, and I didn't smell much bullshit at all. Every time I've visited a HD dealership, I've been greeted with "LOOKS LIKE YOU FOUND YOUR BIKE!! <stupid smiling face>" and "THEY'RE JUST AS FAST AS THESE KIDS' SPORTBIKES DONTCHAKNOW" every goddam time. Gets my goat.
 

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not knowing where you live.
Your going to expand your life with a cc. Whats over the next hill and around the bend will be amazing.
For less then 2 grand you can get 100 horse and it will be reliable
 

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not knowing where you live.
Your going to expand your life with a cc. Whats over the next hill and around the bend will be amazing.
For less then 2 grand you can get 100 horse and it will be reliable
Thanks for your reply. I hail from the northern region of Ohio, where owning a motorcycle is bordering on pointless some years. Second week of April and it's still dipping into snow temperatures basically every night.

The more I read on the CC the more I like it, that's for sure. And knowing how enjoyable my previous experiences with a tourer have been (2011 Ultra Classic and a 2013 rides around town a few times), I get the feeling I could have a whole lot of good commutes / trips on it. Still a lot of money, regardless.

But, hitting 30, how much longer am I going to wait, right?
 

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If you are looking at the CCT, you may also want to test ride a Vision. Both are long distance touring bikes but the Vision is better equipped for those low winter temperatures. With the lower wind deflectors added to my Vision I ride down to around 15 or 20F. Below 15F I just can't get it to start. It does take winter riding gear but I figure I get an added 3 months of daily riding per year and have ridden every month since 2008, but not every day. This February I only got in 10 riding days between extreme low temperatures and snow/ice on the roads. The price of the lower wind deflectors and the jacket is nothing compared to the price of the bike when it comes to adding 3 months of full time riding to my "season" on a bike that cost around 20k.
 

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If you are looking at the CCT, you may also want to test ride a Vision. Both are long distance touring bikes but the Vision is better equipped for those low winter temperatures. With the lower wind deflectors added to my Vision I ride down to around 15 or 20F. Below 15F I just can't get it to start. It does take winter riding gear but I figure I get an added 3 months of daily riding per year and have ridden every month since 2008, but not every day. This February I only got in 10 riding days between extreme low temperatures and snow/ice on the roads. The price of the lower wind deflectors and the jacket is nothing compared to the price of the bike when it comes to adding 3 months of full time riding to my "season" on a bike that cost around 20k.
Thanks for the perspective. The vision has grown on me over time, so it's worth considering. Do you ever worry about ice and the like at those temperatures?
 
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