2012 Victory Cross Country Tour Bikernet Baggers Road Test

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Victory Cross Country Tour

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2012 Victory Cross Tour

My journey with the Cross Country Tour began at Skagit Valley in Mt. Vernon, Washington. Dan Jantz, of the dealership, went over the of the controls, multitude of digital functions, the cruise control and features.

It’s always a idea when about to any unfamiliar motorcycle. Dan just servicing the bike, changing the oil sump shared with the tire pressure and getting it for my three-week test ride.

The XCT comes in three solid Black, Pearl White and Red. The test model was Sunset Red, and the fit and finish on the was first rate. The red is a more color, with chrome on the engine and chrome exhaust as well as the headlight trim, signal stalks, bag latches and light assembly. The saddlebag worked easily and latched

Victory claims that the has the most storage space of any motorcycle made, and the lockable are reported to be the largest available on a Coupled with the added a rider would not have a packing for weeks of travel. The used a combination push latch with a key lock, and the uses a rotating key lock by two metal latches on either of the lock.

All the locks use the same but for consistency of design Victory consider changing the locking on the trunk to the button-lock system on the because they look work well, and seem a secure. Knowing the Victory there is likely a functional for this decision. The lower deflectors on the front of the bike chrome engine guards and a storage compartment on each

The left side storage contains the iPod connector, and compartments are very convenient for smaller items that get lost in the larger bags. The storage compartments use friction and they worked fine and with an audible click. The dry of the bike is 845 pounds, but the 26.25-inch height puts the rider down into the bike’s of gravity, keeping the bike feeling top-heavy even in speed maneuvers.

The shape of the itself—thin at front near the gas and wider further back the rider sits, allows riders of shorter stature as my-self) to get their feet on the ground at stops, while plenty of width and sup-port in the position when riding. The is all-day comfortable, well-padded good lower back and whether on long rides or a road trip, on interstates or twisties, the saddle was excellent and in every riding situation. “in” the bike rather on top of it helps to make the full-sized motorcycle nimble and predictable at speed and in the curves.

Adjusting the hidden rear air pressure is as easy as popping off the side cover and using the small hand air pump to add or remove pressure. A convenient inside the lid of the right saddlebag the proper air pressure setting for the with and without gear or

On a ride along Washington’s Forest Service (FS) 25, a road that not only has of twists and turns but is also a bit paved in places, setting the shock air pressure allowed the to handle the bumps nicely. It got out of sorts or bottomed out, and the held its line through even when encountering and bumps on the road.

When the smoothed out, keeping up a pace and tossing the bike the curves was never a cause for as the bike handled extremely and transitioning through the right and hand curves was confidence Over the course of several I had the opportunity to ride some of more serpentine examples of and I can say that limitations in lean and hence sportier riding are not an on this bike.

In many it reminded me of a sport-touring motorcycle. motorcycle is very good in the

Engine and Transmission

At the start of the period, the XCT had a little over miles on the bike. Engaging gear required a moderate on the clutch, and the transmission engaged first gear with a “thunk.” While the clutch-lever was initially somewhat on the heavy clutch engagement was smooth and never abrupt or “grabby.” In Day holiday stop-and-go traffic, the clutch in traffic did get to be a workout, but in the typical riding circumstance of road riding and cornering, it was not a

I did notice that clutch became easier after weeks of riding the bike, so my forearm muscles are getting or less clutch effort was as the parts breaks in. The XCT also a standard cable control for throttling the EFI, and has self-canceling signals (bravo!) and anti-lock as standard equipment.

The 9.4:1 ratio of the Freedom 106 overhead cam requires a minimum of 91-Octane Engine performance is smooth and plenty of power on tap to satisfy you wind it up over 4,000 The engine sure likes to coming to life at 2,500

With its counterbalanced engine, on the Victory was never intrusive, and noticeable at any engine speed.

The transmission has the gears excellently for the powerband of the engine, and with a overdrive Sixth gear for highway cruising above 60 per hour. At 65 to 70 mph, Sixth kept the engine in that 2,500 rpm range, making on the highway a smooth and quiet In the first several days of the bike, the transmission’s shifting was stiff and notchy, occasionally slipping the clutch a few times to get it to first gear when not through the gears at a quick Again, over the course of weeks riding the bike, the got smoother, so this may also be due to the train still “breaking

Victory Cross Country Tour
Victory Cross Country Tour

Over the course of about I roughly calculated very 42.5 miles per gallon and this includes several on stuck in the Labor Day holiday traffic. There is an automatic, built-in mpg gauge as well.

and Rider Controls

The XCT uses analog gauges for fuel, tachometer and electrical system The gauges are large, easy to and positioned just below the at an optimum angle to the rider, and gauge can be easily read just a momentary glance the road. Between the speedometer and is a panel of warning lights include oil pressure, engine a low-fuel warning lamp and the control indicator among

In the center of the dashboard below the warning light panel is a information display area. The has a large digital gear with digital clock and temperature display flanking it on the and right (respectively).

A toggle switch on the front facing) side of the left changes the digital odometer the gear indicator to seven displays: two trip odometers, fuel economy, average fuel range left in the current fuel economy and an time indicator. Holding the switch for a few seconds resets any of the

Below that is a large display for the audio system, integrated AM, FM, WeatherBand or iPod selections (Satellite radio is available). The handgrip heater is left of the audio display.

The of information available and the ease of use of the and information systems are excellent. impressive that Victory to engineer a system that the rider this much by using only three switches below the left (which match the cruise switches below the right and a toggle button on the front of the left handgrip.

Victory has carefully considered menus and for the audio and information systems: the used functions of volume, and station tuning are the primary on each toggle microswitch. of treble and bass controls, to rear fade, iPod control, etc. are activated by down the switch for a few seconds. minutes of using the system, it intuitive and does not require your eyes off the road.

It is a lesson in simplicity, excellent and ease of use, while offering an abundance of useful to the rider. The iPod docking charges the unit while sending needed song, etc. information to the screen.

I the handlebar and handgrip position The handlebars are very well with the angle of the handgrips as it to the rider (the rider’s to be a natural reach. Score one for Victory.

The foot controls are so that the rider can easily adjustments to the shift and footbrake moving them forward or to three different positions two inches. The shifting and footbrake are self-contained in a track that is and follows the angle of the floorboards, and in place with an Allen bolt.

Victory Cross Country Tour
Victory Cross Country Tour
Victory Cross Country Tour
Victory Cross Country Tour
Victory Cross Country Tour
Victory Cross Country Tour
Victory Cross Country Tour
Victory Cross Country Tour
Victory Cross Country Tour

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