2013 Victory Cross Roads Classic 1st Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Victory Cross Roads

2013 Victory Cross Classic 1st Ride

We ramble the Lone Star state, Austin to Galveston, aboard Cross Roads Classic. on with Motorcycle USA as we talk the experience in our 2013 Victory Roads Classic First video.

Styles are cyclical, and a few back, baggers became the These vaunted, versatile are just at home cruising town in their duties as a rider as they are packing like a mule and riding country to Sturgis. Thanks to requisite saddlebags and relaxed a bagger is capable of being up for the long haul or can be hopped up for hell at the local Friday drags.

Just as this of motorcycle was trending, Victory went “all-in” and debuted its line of motorcycles in 2010, two with hollow, sand-cast frames mated to the company’s Freedom 106 engine. The edgy Country becoming an instant hit the bagger crowd, its distinctive inspiring the likes of custom Cory Ness to use one as his yearly Signature Series offering for two straight.

The Victory Cross , on the other hand, sports a classic look, studded bags and sweeping fenders around wire wheels. To the platform, Victory launched its Custom Program in 2011, riders to select the options wanted on their Cross before taking it home, from the style of

With wind protection, an ultra-comfy and spacious floorboards, the 2013 Cross Roads Classic has the to keep riders happy and on long hauls.

saddlebags to bars, windscreens and colors. year, Cross Roads were trimmed to one model, the Cross Roads LE, a dolled-up with exclusive paint and This year, the Cross returns for a fourth go-round, the Cross Roads Classic one of the direct competitors to its American rival based on archetypal cues and big V-Twin power

Our time with Victory’s Cross Roads Classic not long after our plane in Austin, Texas. A quick car ride later, we were at Powersports in Kyle, Texas, the owned by former major Jeff Kent and the starting of our Texas Cross Roads journey.

With three bags in one for my computer, one helmet bag, and a Ogio bag stuffed with a worth of clothes, I was initially that the Cross Roads two weren’t going to be enough. 17.4-gallons of claimed storage equal three travel of goods? Luckily, they’re deep and with a little packing, I was able to cram in camera equipment, a laptop, shoes and toiletries into saddlebags.

The next step was to the preload on the rear to accommodate a rider and the added weight of 25 of gear. To adjust the single gas shock, a Schrader valve just under the right and connects to a standard hand-held air With the rear suspension in to my personal preference, we had an opportunity to in the styling cues that up the Cross Roads Classic.

the 2013 Cross Roads has smooth, flowing lines. The is a fantastic tank, muscular and with a raised spine the top. The recesses on the sides of the provide a perfect spot to a contrasting color for the two-tone scheme. The tall columns of the cylinders are spooned in tightly it, and between the ample-sized side saddlebags, and long pipes, the overall is tightly packaged.

sweeping fenders are draped a set of 60-spoke laced wheels, tall up front and 16-inches in the chrome fender bumpers to the motorcycle’s classy disposition. At wide, the rear Dunlop 3 on the rear is wide enough to the bike’s aesthetics without its handling. The only knock the look of the rear is that its back hoop is lost the oversized back fender.

(L) The Cross Roads Classic an 18-inch front tire a 60-spoke laced wheel to its clean chrome bumpers. (M) We the sculpted look of the Cross Classic’s tank and how tight the 106 is wedged into the sand-cast frame. (R) The bagger’s studded saddlebags have easy-locking and are deep and wide enough to in plenty of gear.

Touring of the Cross Roads Classic of a well-padded leather seat has been studded to match the of the saddlebags. Chrome highway rest just in front of the Roads Classic’s long the front of the bike anchored by a large headlight sitting in its housing flanked by two auxiliary

A tall, removable windscreen to about eye-level while the sweep back to place within easy reach of the in their perch above the The item that didn’t the overall high quality of the motorcycle is the plastic shroud/chin mounted on the downtubes, the plastic of the black shroud looks when compared to the level of fit and on the steel fenders and the rest of the

Between the bars lies a analog speedo mounted up above the handlebar so it’s to read in motion. Besides the the cockpit is fairly Spartan. A of indicator lights are incorporated the gauge face while a digital display provides like a gear indicator and One amenity we appreciate is that the Cross Roads Classic standard with cruise which engages easily via buttons on the right handlebar.

The control housing it’s in is plastic and bulky, another saving measure that from an otherwise clean The black wiring under the bar is and noticeable and would have more attractive run internally.

its long, sweeping fenders, recessed tank, studded seat, crash bars and floorboards, the 2013 Victory Roads Classic is a real

Hitching a leg over the saddle, a seat height allows a rider solid, flat at a standstill. With a push of the start button, the just-shy-of pistons begin their drumming within the 4.25-inch the 50-degree V-Twin settling idle without a bunch of vibrations. The exhaust note from the split dual matches the character of the bike, but not overwhelming.

For the 220-mile ride to Galveston, I meet up with my Austin-based wing man from way Evening is already setting in the Texas Hill Country, hour for deer, wild and numerous other vermin who to terrorize motorcyclists at dusk …-defying dashes across the We ride staggered but close Highway 71, the headlights of the 2013 Roads Classic so wide and Tony asks if I have my on.

Thank you Victory for giving me the to light up the night in hostile An orange harvest moon just above the steel of a monstrously large power in the distance as we press on toward

Settling into the ride, the of the 2013 Cross Roads 1731cc engine is deceptive. It have that arm-wrenching hit because it’s not geared to but still hooking up and moving The powerband is relatively even, but the has a tendency to lug if you let rpm drop too much.

speed limits are higher they are at home in Oregon so we set the at about an 80 mph clip. The sixth-gear comes in handy in this dropping 400 rpm off the top when shifting sixth gear, going 3150 rpm at 75 mph in fifth gear to an 2750 rpm in sixth. Traveling at pace also reveals this thing gobbles up gas you creep above 75.

We anticipated range than the 35.023 mpg we charted over 592 miles used 16.903 gallons of About the time the “Low warning light comes on, the drops to “E” fast it dips below the quarter-tank We discovered that the needle drop below the “E,” but it get there was disconcerting, especially whenever we filled up there was almost a gallon left in the

With wide-open highways and traffic, we’re quickly up the miles. The scooped-out seat on the Roads Classic is well-padded and my are bent at an almost perfect The floorboards are long and allow for a range of movement so riders can pressure points on their during long stints in

The power of the Cross Road Freedom 106 is deceptive. It doesn’t riders with too much available torque but has no problems up to highway speeds either.

The fork-mounted windscreen deflects the of wind around the rider and is enough that it doesn’t steering. After four-and-a-half in the saddle, I’m not tired at a nod to the comfort of the bike’s ergos and the of its controls.

For that matter, the suspension on the Roads Classic deserves for providing a smooth-riding, comfortable With almost five of travel both front and the damping and rebound are keeping the stable against all but the biggest potholes. Only direct at speed tax the springs to the limit, and then they rebound and smooth and keep riders in

The inverted fork is a tad more than the rear but as the miles away, the motorcycle’s suspension is the thing from my mind, and not to think about it means doing its job well.

Waking up to waves crashing onto sandy beaches splashed in made the night ride it. The sound of big Twins revving in the bays below our condo as our wake-up call. There’s a ton of in Galveston for the Lone Star and everywhere we go the classic looks of the Cross Roads Classic is praise and looks from the Harley crowd.

Victory has a commendable job of balancing the cues of the attractive two-tone paint and striping, chrome applied so it’s complementary instead of balanced out by the black of the frame, and saddlebags.

That afternoon we hit Strand,” the artery that through the epicenter of the rally, is stop-and-go packed. Fortunately the Roads Classic’s center of is fairly low and its dialed chassis it easy to control. Doing the crawl on an 80-degree day brings to the engine heat emanating the rear cylinder head,

Victory Cross Roads

The bike’s saddlebags serve us at the rally as we carry cameras and in them as we roll between Strand” and the Seawall, but when it time to stash our leather in them we quickly realized the don’t lock.

The signal-to-signal also makes us aware of the firm clutch pull I was constantly working the clutch. The engage really late in the while at the pedal, the shift engages high in the click. created a scenario where I believed I had upshifted when I causing a big surprise when I the clutch lever and the bike from engine braking of accelerating.

We also had an issue with the indicator on the digital display at a that frequently flashed bars, making me believe the was in neutral when it was still in Again, a surprise was in store the clutch was released.

The colors of fill the Texas Hill on our recent trip to Austin to the 2013 Victory Cross Classic.

After a couple of at the rally, it was time to make the back to Austin. With a cell hovering above we opted to circumvent it by riding the of Galveston Island until the spit us north. After ten riding through the fringe of the Apollo smiled upon us clear skies and golden the rest of the way.

Cruising at a 45 mph clip, the big V-Twin settles an effortless cruising cadence I’m sitting high in the watching seabirds fly by. It is under conditions that the merits of the Roads Classic shine, a comfortable cruiser with ergos, plenty of power at the of my right wrist, chrome gleaming in the sun. It’s all getting to your destination in and comfort.

Nothing wrong looking good while there, right?

One good our return to the hill country is curves in the road because through the small towns of Texas doesn’t provide opportunities to test the handling of the Cross Roads Classic. our return to Austin remedies with twisty little like the road to Mt. Bonnell.

The handling of the big cruiser means don’t have to leverage the much to get the bike to turn-in. At the motorcycle has plenty of ground and tracks true. Between its suspension and well-sorted chassis, the motorcycle is point-and-shoot.

Pick line and the bike will fine with plenty of ready to tap into when time to accelerate out of curves.

Our in the Texas Hill Country come without having to in and out of traffic. Austin has sprawled since I lived there and is ten-fold what it used to be. conservatively, the brakes on the Cross Classic provide linear power.

The front, with its big dual discs, has a progressive feel, its initial bite not too grabby by even, steady pressure. The floating 300mm on the rear is a tad catchy and will lock up an overzealous stomp on the pedal. brakes are standard fare on the Cross Roads Classic, the pulsy in the ball of your but effective nonetheless.

A thumb with four-way adjustability for the lever is an appreciated part of the

The classic styling of the appropriately Victory Cross Roads was a big hit with the riders we encountered our tenure in Texas.

On an unseasonably Austin day in fall, car oil was thick at intersection and it was bleeding up from the new Add in the sand and dirt blowing from all the construction the area is and traction from the motorcycle’s Elite tires is scarce. The felt loose at times and instill much confidence in our with the road under conditions.

After rambling the Lone Star Texas for on a week aboard the 2013 Cross Roads Classic, witnessed the way it’s been received by riders of its American It’s blend of comfort, its padded seat to its easy-riding are a plus. Its bags impressed us how much we could cram in

It has plenty of power without punchy, and thanks to a stable and supple suspension, ride is smooth and enjoyable. Eye-catching and tastefully applied trim add to its curb appeal and its versatility be just enough of a carrot to in front of bagger enthusiasts to them to ride Victory.

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