Battle of the twins: Harley Switchback vs. Victory Cross Roads Tour…

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Victory Cross Roads

Battle of the twins: Harley vs. Victory Cross Roads

These two similar-looking machines are the tourers from Harley and Victory. Fresh in from the the 2012 £13,400 Harley Switchback and £14,995 Victory Roads Tour have crafted to transport you from A to B in V-twin comfort.

These are two takes on the ‘bagger’ – cool with hard panniers or Although similar-looking and painted in an identical shade of metallic there are plenty of differences. The is physically bigger, so much so, it makes the Harley look by comparison – which is some

The Cross Roads Tour’s swooping rear end and faired-in give a huge road looking like a cross a ’70s Cadillac and a fairground In fact its back-end is so big it makes the largest of derrieres look sitting on it, so the Victory is a bike to you look thin.

What do you get for buck?

Both have air-cooled, fuel-injected, 1700cc, engines, comfy seats, screens, good-sized panniers, fuss-free belt drive and The Victory goes one-step by giving you cruise control as

But the Harley has a party trick: Its is fitted with a quick-release so with the panniers removed you can turn your Switchback long-distance tourer to sleek, clumsy, low-speed cruiser in than a minute.

Hard to handle?

At low speed, These are big beasts. Harley a wet, ready-to-ride weight of for the Switchback, but the Victory is heavier weighing 338kg dry – or around the as TWO Suzuki GSX-R600s.

As a result, not easy to paddle around at pace, especially backwards, but the Harley is marginally easier.

As you normal road speeds the and Victory are far easier to handle. The new cartridge-style forks and twin shocks give the Switchback poise in the corners, far better Harleys of old. Remove the screen and it feels even and more nimble.

The Victory is similarly capable on roads. It’s a little agile, sporty and the brakes are a better, too, but it has to bow down to the on A and B roads as it’s bigger and On the motorways it’s a different

When you’re touring, the extra weight helps out the bumps and its size keeps you cossetted than the Harley. Add in the Roads Tour’s smooth gearbox and engine and you’ve got a relaxing ride. It’s all the way until you creep past and then the tall, barn-door creates an extreme amount of

Victory Cross Roads

Not such a problem in America you get shot for doing over but not so good keeping up with lane traffic here.

the Harley isn’t quite as on the motorways, there’s not much in it you have to jump from to bike and back again to figure out the difference.

There’s not a lot to choose between these two and they ride as similar as look. They’re both at motorway speeds and have acceleration. They enjoy the of ABS, have decent capacity, but suffer buffeting their tall screens at screens and aren’t brilliantly-equipped.

The Victory is definitely the smoother, modern-looking and the one to pick if you’re to spend lots of time

But it’s the Harley that snatches the win here. It’s and easier to handle at parking and on the twisty roads. It’s smooth and the quick-release screen is a touch, letting you enjoy a cumbersome feeling Harley town and to let the wind in your in warm weather.

Best of the Harley is £1496 cheaper, and clinches the deal.

The full test was in the 28 December of MCN. Don’t miss subscribe to MCN from just £1 per .

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