2012 Victory Cross Country Tour Review —

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Victory Cross Country Tour

The next evolution of our favorite

Photos by Barry Hathaway,

Victory’s Cross Country has a positive impression on the motorcycle-buying as well as the moto media in the two years, earning Best in our Best Of 2010 awards. For Victory has expanded the Cross into the Cross Country

Voluminous hard saddlebags, a fork-mounted fairing, class-leading from Victory’s Freedom V-Twin, sure-footed and confidence-inspiring from a stout but lightweight frame, generous-for-a-cruiser air-adjustable suspension travel and sharp, styling lines have all up to a winning combination for Victory in the Country.

The CC (and Cross is the new sales leader at Victory, and the bike the Minnesota-based company to as a pivotal component in helping the gain a 24% growth rate of the rest of motorcycle industry, and Victory from the number-five to number two in sales in 2010 for and larger cruisers. Furthermore, says its international sales are up

We’re not too surprised to hear of the Victory is having with the Cross Country. We knew our first trip with the CC in that it was, and still is, an bagger. It offers a lot to the rider and little to complain about.

only a couple short following the CC’s introduction, has elevated the Country’s status to of flagship model in the form of the new Country Tour.

As we learned our recent preview of the Tour, the optional 17.7-gallon Lock trunk box is now standard equipment on the as is a new 20.5-inch windshield, and new hard-shell each have 1.0-gallon capacity. Victory says the 41.1 gallons of total capacity is more than any touring motosickle on planet

Built into the lowers are adjustable wind dams, and the lower’s storage compartment an interface for an iPod/iPhone, and a 12V power The large fork-mounted fairing now new, clear wind located on the fairing’s lower The deflectors, along with the controls in the lowers, are what calls the Comfort Control

When it came time to the passenger, Victory also in a level of controllable comfort in the of adjustable passenger floorboards. three possible positions, the adjust up or down a total of 2.0 and also allow for a 10-degree adjustment. The CC Tour – along all 2012 Victory touring – gets non-linked brakes ABS as standard.

Also standard on the CC are grips, heated seats and control.

Getting (re)acquainted the Tour

Since the Tour is just a variation of a Cross a lot of what we’ve come to about the CC in terms of engine handling, braking, and even the system, is familiar stuff on the The chassis is generally a stable, platform for the type of spirited that would have other touring sleds and wallowing at the mere thought of through a sweeper at speeds far the posted limit.

The Tour’s rigid but light hollow aluminum frame keep the bike notably when bending this big rig speed-welcoming corners. In our 2011 Shootout we noted that the Country transitions quickly and between rapid-fire corners, its handling partly attributable to a front wheel that may its 130/70 x 18 front tire a triangulated profile.

During our 250-mile loop aboard the new I was quickly reminded of just how this big Vic is when the road is into ribbons of concrete. But I recognized that I wanted a more communication from the as at times feel was vague cornering aggressively. Otherwise the Country Tour is a rock-solid

The addition of the Lock Ride with associated mounting the new fairing lowers, ABS system, and even the taller windshield, the Tour’s claimed dry weight to 845 lbs – a 100 lbs more than the Cross dry weight.

This added is most noticeable during handling when, say, a tight-radius U-turn, picking a parking lot, ambling up to a red and occasionally when heaving the off its sidestand. But once thrust the Freedom 106/6 (good for hp and 88.9 ft-lbs in the Cross during our Bagger Blowout) has the under way, the added melts away from in terms of negatively impacting Yet I could sense the added has taken away some of the zip and pep I was to feeling when accelerating the weight) standard Cross

Slowing the Tour is also low-effort, easy-going affair ample stopping force and feel on tap from the dual caliper/300mm caliper/rotor combo up ABS activation has a low threshold and with pulsing sensation at the lever or pedal – all good things for the

I’ve learned to become of bold claims by manufacturer’s, so a Victory rep said that effectively eliminated wind on the rider courtesy of the Tour’s taller windshield, fairing deflectors and hard lowers, I an audible Puh! and a snicker. than 100 miles into the I realized I had to eat my words, at least

The windscreen is quite tall. At 5 8 inches tall I can look through the screen rather suffering the annoying task of my head to look over the to avoid the shield’s top edge partially obscuring my view. did I find myself slumping in the to dip my vision below the top edge so as to through the shield.

Nope, new screen offers a lot of clear real estate.

And yet, all venting was closed the cockpit was absent any discernable air vacuum negative pressure that normally force my head like a bothersome chimpanzee was in the trying to push my helmet the handlebar.

Not content my experience was the indicator of airflow in and around the environment, I asked our salty colleague and good chap, Winfield, who stands well in of 6 feet tall, his assessment of any at the Tour’s helm. To my surprise he, reported no aggravating buffeting. accomplished, Victory.

Although rather simple in and concept, the airflow-redirecting Comfort System is nevertheless effective – as advertised.

Victory Cross Country Tour

The middle portion of hard-shell lower is a manually vent/air dam. A molded-in operates the vents and is easily with gloved hands. I carefully opening or closing the with my boot proved a method, and although perhaps not as as coming to a complete stop to the vents, it was a safer process reaching down to work by hand while the bike is motoring along.

The air deflectors on the part of the front fairing are easier to reach by hand, simply, and like the lower are quite efficient at directing to or away from the rider.

The vents create a sizeable and do an excellent job of blasting your with cool air, as the side engine did seem to a notable amount of heat. winter months in mild when riding is still this toasty heat serve to keep riders However, Winfield noted, for his tastes, even with all open, he wanted for greater air – he prefers less comprehensive protection from his motorcycles.

Take his observations under if you have similar needs your ride.

The 1.0-gallon units in the top portion of the lowers welcome added storage. roomy enough to stuff a jacket if it’s compressible, or a couple souvenir T-shirts. the left-side hard lower’s door popped open on me two times while riding.

The system – if I dare call it – is just a simple plastic and tab. I checked the closure than once, assertively, to it was secure.

Normally I wouldn’t been too concerned by this however, this is the side houses the iPod/iPhone connector, to my iPhone was attached. Thankfully the remained connected to the cable the compartment door was open, as I sure exactly how long the remained open during the This whole issue is resolvable if Victory will see to some type of more metal hook and tab rather the current flimsy plastic set up.

a strap or pocket for the iPhone/iPod is worthwhile update for this compartment. At the end of the ride I realized I padded my phone’s environment in any A few abrasions on the phone meant it was and bouncing around in the compartment I rode along at 90 mph-plus ignorant of my poor phone’s Thank goodness I invested in a protective phone case a ago…

I concluded at the end of our journey the most compelling compliment I give the CC Tour was that I was and ready to immediately log another 250 the same day thanks to the bike’s excellent ride quality the comfy seat), and enhanced environment with welcome and accessibility.

More tour in the Cross means more grief for

With all that makes up the Country Tour, it now supplants the Vision as top dog in the Victory stable. We this if for no other reason by the $1000 premium the Tour’s demands over the Vision’s price tag.

Like the Country before it, the Tour more serious competition for touring lineup.

The original Country gave riders and more than they get from Harley’s Street or Glides, at least in terms of areas like storage engine power and suspension And the CC did this for at least $1000 than the comparable H-D models.

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


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