2012 Victory Cross Country Tour Road Test Rider Magazine

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Victory Cross Country Tour

2012 Victory Cross Tour Road Test


November 17, 2011

by Kevin Wing

[This  Victory Cross Country Road Test was originally in the December 2011 issue of magazine]

2012 Victory Country Tour

A year ago fall, as I was riding a 2011 Cross Country to New Mexico and from Southern California, I “What could make bike even better?” The control worked great, its system held a huge and I was enjoying the radio—but we always a little more now, we? Well, on the other hand, its were really not much than gussied-up crash and since they did not blunt the my legs became cold in the elevations.

On those rain-soaked anti-lock brakes would been a welcome addition, and the could have used a few creature comforts. All of these on my wish list.

It’s as if the good folks at Victory my mind, since for 2012 it has an upgraded model called the Country Tour that all the good stuff from the and incorporates substantial improvements in of comfort and function, the sound and safety considerations. It now presents as a state-of-the-art machine with all the any dresser rider could want.

As for the basics, the Cross Tour is still powered by the air/oil-cooled, 50-degree V-twin with single overhead and four valves per cylinder debuted several years It displaces 1,731cc—that’s 106 cubic for bikes made in American like Victory’s Spirit Iowa, factory. This bad boy has a compression ratio, and sips fuel through a pair of throttle-body injectors. Bore and are 101 x 108mm.

The whole shootin’ match is for vibration control, and then set a two-piece, sand-cast, hollow frame. Power is leveraged a six-speed transmission, the top gear of is an overdrive; it all hooks to the rear by means of a belt final

Victory’s 50-degree 106ci six-speed V-twin makes than enough power for the CC

The first thing you notice the Cross Country Tour as with its predecessor is its new set of lowers, pieces replacing last open framework. A glove box on side will easily a pair of gloves and more its little door, and the left one an iPod hookup.

Below is an enclosed section that can block the windblast to the legs, or the can grab the hand lever on side and rotate this out of the way to allow the wind to blow Likewise, that clear at the lower edge of each of the fork-mounted fairing can be positioned to the wind away from the in cool weather, or pivoted to it toward the torso when hot.

Another change year is the new windscreen, which is taller than the previous tall screen. My only with the Tour’s amenities is even though I’m 6 feet I still had to look through the rather than over it, can be a problem at night, or in rainy or weather. Taken together, the lowers, deflectors and windscreen to offer nearly total control and protection.

Hit the starter button and the Victory to life with a muted, idle. Chunk it into and note that this has an unusually heavy clutch I don’t recall that the I rode last year near as much clutch so this may have been a of our test bike.

Driver and switches for the heated seat are beneath its left edge.

The sits in the bucket of the cushy two-up seat, feet on floorboards, hands holding spaced grips. If the ride chilly the rider can close all the controls and turn on the new heated which have a high and low setting. Still cold?

the heated seats via separate switches for the rider and passenger which are located on the base of the seat’s left side; also has a high and low setting. In a or so you’ll feel the seat to ooze warmth, which be downright cozy on those rides.

Passenger amenities the padded backrest mounted on the as before, but new this year are the footboards. They can be placed at any of heights by unbolting and reinstalling brackets. This not only their height within a range, but depending upon how you the brackets the ’boards can also be 10 degrees.

Despite its bulky and hefty wet weight of 868 pounds a full tank of gas, the Country Tour has a relatively feel on the road. Part of is its 29-degree rake with 5.6 of trail. Still, with 65.7-inch wheelbase, it’s on the road.

Another plus is that its relatively low seat height of inches, the bike has an acceptable of cornering clearance and doesn’t drag parts while

Helmet: Arai RX-Q / Roadgear XKJ / Pants: Roadgear del Fuego / Boots: Forma

boasts that the Cross Tour provides “the storage of any bike in the world,” than 41 gallons worth, and I not dispute that. The bags are their lids open and their flat inner make them easy to The rear-opening trunk will a pair of full-face helmets and of whatever else you wish to

Factor in the glove boxes in the new and if the Tour doesn’t provide storage for you, you’ve over packed. The bags and are all lockable with the ignition and unlined, but your Victory will cheerfully sell you a set of bags for them.

That has a “Lock Ride” feature allows it to be removed or installed and easily without tools. To do so, the begins by unhooking the wiring for the trunk (located behind the side cover), then two handles upward that are below the trunk. This the trunk and the entire unit can be

Command Central is bright, and easy-to-read with digital LCD computer.

The 106-inch motor has a pleasant and with its counterbalancer is a model of When last we tested a 106 in a Cross Country, in our May 2010 it cranked out 87.5 horsepower at rpm, and generated 97.5 of torque at 3,800 rpm, and engine is identical. Shifting some effort and produces satisfying clunks, especially stuffing it into first

Power delivery is very and at 60 mph in sixth gear the motor is a lazy 2,300 rpm. For maintenance it features self-adjusting cam utilizes hydraulic lifters and intervals are 5,000 miles.

Victory Cross Country Tour

On my New trip last year I that while riding the for hours on end in sixth gear the cruise control set at 70-75 this big-incher returned a 50 mpg. That, coupled its 5.8-gallon tank, gave it a range of 290 miles. This in more conventional all-round usage, our test bike 38.6 mpg.

The bike is by a 43mm male-slider cartridge that provides 5.1 inches of but offers no adjustments. The rear air shock offers 4.7 inches of Access the Schrader valve behind the bike’s right cover, consult the small in the right saddlebag lid specifying the air pressures for various loads and and use the hand pump provided to the shock’s air pressure.

I found the well controlled, short of and very acceptable for a bike size and heft.

Another on the Tour model is anti-lock a nonlinked system that a pair of 300mm front activated by four-piston calipers, and a 300mm rear with a caliper. Utilize either while upright in a straight and you’ll feel the wheels come to the point of near then release.

iPod integration hookup in the lower compartment is standard.

The system offers an AM/FM standard, with an iPod and satellite radio available as an Four speakers, a pair in the and a pair on the trunk, surround you sound. Audio quality is but at highway speeds most of the is lost in the wind.

The bike a high-intensity discharge headlight Victory states is four brighter than a standard light, and lasts 10 times We now tend to carry cell and GPS, and for charging such the Tour offers three plugs, one in the dash, a second in the glove box and a third in the trunk.

are minor. I’ve already the tall windscreen. Also, the pods for the sound system the left grip and the cruise on the right are not illuminated.

Until you familiar with them, you be fumbling around for them in the

In addition to its large speedometer and the Cross Country Tour’s panel includes a fairly fuel gauge and ammeter, indicator and clock. Repeatedly a switch near the left and the LCD display will cycle two tripmeters, ride time, mpg, average mph, current mpg, running and odometer.

With all this luggage and passenger amenities, it’s to know that the CC Tour has a vehicle weight rating of 1,360 pounds. Subtract its wet and you find the bike offers 492 of load capacity.

If you’re to spring for a 2012 Cross Tour, the bike’s MSRP is and color options include the Sunset Red shown, plus Black or Solid Pearl An option is the more basic Country model, which is last year’s model the trunk and this year’s but it does have ABS; it for $18,999.

On last year’s ride I put more than miles on the Cross Country, and came to appreciate its handling, luggage capacity and sound Now that it has been upgraded the new airflow controls, heated and seats, and the rest, the Cross Tour can match other dressers for comfort features, its ABS provides an additional safety

Put it all together, and Victory has a bike now excels in every functional of long-distance travel. Hmmm, now my map of New Mexico?

Triple-disc-brake package ABS and opposed four-piston calipers up

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