2012 Victory Cross Country Tour First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Victory Cross Country

2012 Victory Cross Tour First Ride

We Victory’s newest touring the 2012 Cross Country out for a 1500-mile romp across states on our way to Sturgis. Get the scoop in our Victory Cross Country First Ride Video.

It a fresh face in the factory segment with the edgy of its fork-mounted fairing, a beautifully tank with a raised sharp lines and strategic and handling its competitors wished it match. It also was instrumental in the company from #5 to the #2 slot in the cruiser segment (1400cc+).

For Victory Motorcycles gave the Country full touring and dubbed it the 2012 Cross Tour. New features include a windshield, the addition of a big topcase doubles as a passenger backrest and extra speakers for the stereo new lower fairings and a slick new of vents and deflectors which riders to channel air flow to liking. Made for the long we set out to test it on the open road a 1500-mile adventure to Sturgis and the Hills.

Our journey began in City, Utah, where the mountains gave us an opportunity to the output of the 1731cc Freedom engine. No sooner did we settle in to the padded saddle than we climbing an 8000-foot pass. The 50-degree V-Twin has a solid punch but is tuned for touring, so is where you’ll find the of the powerband. It isn’t geared to the arm-wrenching surge of torque as of its

(L) The 2012 Cross Country beefs up Victory’s presence in the motorcycle segment. (M) The cockpit of the Cross Country Tour big, round gauges easy-to-read dials for speed and The gear indicator is a nice as is the clock and outside temp (R) With excellent range, handling, comfy ergos and amenities like cruise heated seats and heated the 2012 Cross Country is ready for the long haul.

but get it above 2800 rpm and it delivers the Dual 45mm throttle provide an even flow for the fuel injection despite our climb in altitude. Roll-on easily shoot you past cars, as long as you’re not it at a low rpm in overdrive sixth gear. The 106 is smooth and well-balanced, with no vibes despite being a engine, which makes stints in the saddle that more bearable.

The single camshaft V-Twin is both air and oil but on several occasions, especially in traffic, there was a noticeable of heat on the inside of our left

While its big V-Twin is notable, the Country Tour’s handling is more impressive. Riding Rocky Mountain National gave us ample opportunity to the bike into tight and with a claimed 32-degree angle, clearance is not a problem. really got to crank the bike before you scrape any hard and riders can enter turns because the CC Tour stays planted.

Steering is predictable and stable leaned over. Sourcing a sand-cast aluminum frame not helps shave off a few pounds but stiffens up the ride on the well-sorted Give an assist to its inverted and rear monoshock with rate linkage.

The combination of a front and 180mm rear provide harmony with the assisted by the solid grip by the Dunlop Elite 3 radial The bike has big floorboards which are not mounted plenty high, but the absence of a heel/toe shifter, riders to slide their forward and back in order to pressure points around on stints in the saddle. During speed maneuvers, the extra of the topcase and added weight of the new becomes noticeable in comparison to the Cross Country as at a claimed dry of 845 lbs, it tips the scales a 80 lbs heavier and is 3.7 inches longer.

The Control System of Victory’s Country Tour features adjustable vents built the lower fairings.

Big dual up front and standard ABS provide a system riders can be confident in. At we were concerned with the of bite to the front brake we had to pull the lever almost to the to get the four-piston calipers to dig in until we the lever is five-way adjustable. tightening up the slack, the twin floating rotors responded as should.

ABS is standard on the 2012 Cross Tour and the system isn’t obtrusive, engaging only a good stab of the brakes. The at the pedal is less unnerving the system found on its primary V-Twin competitor. Our primary with the system deals not functionality but with location.

The peg for the rear brake could be out more because the tank is so I couldn’t get my foot on it easily.

The Country Tour features a overdrive transmission that heavy revisions last like increased gear counts, revised gear and a trimmed down drive The initial pop into gear is a bit mechanical but its helical-cut gears reliably. Its centrifugal Neutral Assist made slipping neutral simple.

Gearing is tall so we spent the majority of in 5th gear because we like the power on the highway.

Comfort is on a touring bike and fortunately the of the Cross Country Tour is we call a true all-day It’s ultra-comfortable, even a 500-mile ride. Ergos are and relaxed, and the taller windscreen is a improvement.

We can attest that the new Control System works. the vents closed, it shelters well from the wind. them up and you can tailor the flow of air how you it.


The two deflectors mounted at the base of the channel air to the upper body the vents built into the fairings control the flow to the The upper deflectors are easy to reach and adjust while in but you’ll want to pull to reach the lower fairing

Victory claims the Cross Tour has “Best-in-Class” storage. seeing how much stuff we cram into it, we have to with them. There’s a amount. Between the cubby in the lower fairings, saddlebags and the Cross Country Tour has a 41.1 gallons of storage

Its topcase is huge, lockable and the latches make for quick, access. The 21.3-gallon saddlebags plenty in their own right and equipped with chrome that double as tip-over But the latches of the saddlebags hook-and-tab can be fickle, so be sure to push on them firmly until you them click together.

The fairing serves dual It’s got an aerodynamic cut to help it the wind and features strong, lines. It also houses an instrument cluster. A big round and tach are centrally

We traveled the Rocky Mountains to Sturgis, took a ride out to Devils during our 1500-mile shakedown of the Country Tour.

located easy-to-read dials. A digital indicator is a nice touch, as is the and outside temp readout. It was to know our ride up the Rockies at 88 degrees and dropped to 53 degrees at the top of the pass. The blue backlights everything’s easy to read, when the sun goes down.

Our left thumb was busy songs from the playlist of our which was tethered in the cubby of the left lower fairing or up some good ol’ FM Automated volume controls pump up the jams when up to highway speeds is a bonus, The cruise control system in the housing dangling from the handlebar is fairly … simply accelerate to the desired and push the button to engage.

has made the traveling experience better for passengers. The new topcase a contoured, padded backrest. passengers are kicking back in the accommodations they’ll be enjoying the sound system courtesy of the speakers integrated into the

The adjustable passenger floorboards are with three different settings and a floorboard surface capable of being adjusted Passengers even have own controls for the heated seat. Of the heated grips won’t do any good, but if they want could further encapsulate with the passenger armrest kit in the growing list of accessories for the Cross Country Tour.

cool feature of the topcase is its to be removed if you’re looking for a sporting look. Simply the wiring couplet for the brake mounted in the topcase, slide it out of the mounting brackets and “Voila bagger.”

With a healthy 5.8 gallon the 2012 Cross Country can easily squeeze a couple miles in between trips to the gas We did discover a few sniglets with though. We found out it’s to tilt the handle of the gas pump to the or else it spits gas droplets on great-looking tank.

The gas needle stays on “Full” forever, but it starts to drop, it goes At 80 mph, I could literally the needle drop to “E” it reaches the quarter-tank mark.

Up now, buzz in the luxury realm this year on the updated Honda Gold and BMW K1600GT. But with its combination of handling, comfort and storage, the Cross Country Tour is touring force to be reckoned

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