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Victory Cross Country

Little Red Riding Vic Part One

One that became clear to me trip in June to the Smoke Out was just how unsuitable my 2003 V92C was for extended trips. then, I had only used it for riding in the North Georgia  There were many trips were I racked up 300 miles, but nothing overnight. that type of duty it was the saddlebags could hold I needed for a day, but nothing

 The suspension was fine, for the curves, but a bit stiff for more a day in the saddle.  For the past years and over 58,000 it had been a very reliable with only some problems.  I guess I could kept it, since reliability was not an but, no matter how much I to, it was time for a new bike.

Since my Victory had been very and easy to maintain, I decided to with the brand.  So which to choose?  My requirements pretty dictated my choices.

Comfort: first requirement was comfort, exhausted from a 300 mile won’t do, there is no use in going to an if I was too tired enjoy myself, or

Storage:  Second, storage, I room for my camera gear, equipment, and clothing.  When I my trip to the Smoke Out I could take one camera body, two and two lenses.  I normally pack and it all fits into one neat camera bag.  I had tried it in my left saddlebag, and it wouldn’t  I ended up using an older it fully filled the left and, it was a PITA to get in and out.

left only the right, and it was by rain pants, jacket and other gear.  All of my and personal items ended up in a bag strapped to my pillion seat. sure I needed storage.

 Third, anti lock I have had two close calls year, both involving pulling out in front of me.  In both I had to brake hard, causing the wheel to skid, it’s a feeling to have your fishtail, or slide sideways to a  So, for me, the added safety of ABS is a have” item.

Cool: it had to be cool, if I am going to show up at an and represent a magazine about customizing, my ride should the part.

Three of those four eliminated Victory’s cruiser of motorcycles, the Vegas, Kingpin, and other variants of the Vegas  While they are great, and can be to work for short trips, in all they would be no better than my V92C.  That me with Victory’s touring to select from, the Vision, Roads and Cross Country.

three share essentially the platform that features a 106 inch Freedom six speed aluminum alloy frame, ABS brakes, each has variant that address needs, and price points.  I’m a so I was looking at 2012 models, and for a bargain. Here is what I at, and why it did, or didn’t make the

The Victory Vision:  Victory two versions of this for 2012, the “Tour,” and a Arlen Ness edition.  They retail and $27,999 for the Ness.  These are bikes, but both too rich for my

The Victory Cross Country: are three versions of this for 2012, the standard Cross a “Touring” model with trunk, and hard lowers, third is a limited edition of the Cross Country Tour by Ness.  Pricing is $18,999 for the $21,999 for the Tour, and $25,999 for the Ness.  All have a mounted faring, radio, and hard bags as standard

 The last two were out of the of what I wanted to spend, left the standard for consideration.  I ridden the Cross Country times at Victory demo and every time, no matter how or short the windshield was, I had buffeting.  My research showed I spend about $700 in the and possibly, but not for certain, cure the

 The extra expense to fix the would cut into the funds for modifications, or run me over budget, so the Country was out.

The Victory Roads:  This is Victory’s a half sibling to the Cross in its’ base form it has the Cross Country does but the faring and radio.  It has not seen the of the Cross Country in sales, and for the model year they are continuing two models, the LE, and Hard 2012 being the first for both.

 The LE is what you call a “Classic,” police windshield, spoke wheels, saddlebags, and chrome fender  The LE retails for $17,999, not my style, and for me, the soft bags too small, so it’s out. Hard Ball is Victory’s attempt at doing “Badass,” to the successful Vegas derivative, the Ball,” it has ape hangers, flat paint, pinstripes and spoked

 I loved this bike, it had the I like, and, even the hard bags from the Country.  Badass looks and saddlebags, so what’s not to love? price, MSRP is $18,999, the same price as the Cross

 Victory also produced is the last model year) they called the “Core basically, it’s a stripped bike with soft  The idea was that you the basic, then added from the Victory catalog, customizing the bike before you the dealership.  This must not worked well, Victory has the program.

Victory Cross Country

 The base Roads has as standard, cruise control, and for an additional $250, the soft can be swapped for hard bags. MSRP for the Cross Roads that’s $3,000 less the Hard Ball, which is the same except for ape hangers, wheels, and flat black  Really?

 Those three cost THAT much?  In my the base Cross Roads is a with the hard bags cruise control, and ABS, it the first three of my “requirements.” the fourth?  Cool?

 Well, it will be a blank for me to customize, and, it will for cost less than the I would have paid to get the Ball!

After deciding on the Roads, my first step was to a Google search for “Victory Roads for sale.”  Since were not too popular, there not many for sale, but there was a they were all selling at a discount!  I found one at $12,999 in with soft bags, if I the hard bag option, it would be or, $3,000 under list.  I two more at another dealership, one in Red, a $500 option, and a in black.

 The black had no ABS, so, deal breaker, it was  That left me with two two bikes, and a deal to make. were in crates, the dealership the black Cross Roads a deposit before they uncrate it, idiots!  The Victory dealer had the red Cross out and ready in a day, they to sell a bike!

 My target for the Cross Roads was calculated on the black, plus the hard plus the $500 for the Sunset Red making the total $13,749, not the “destination” charge.  With negotiation, I managed to make a for $13,548, $201 less my target, not bad.

I took delivery that and rode it home, the hard were not in stock, so the soft came with me temporarily.  I its’ base condition the morning, here it is.  The bags came in and were the following week, they great!

The Sunset Red looks in the morning light.

Here is the side.

The Plan:  I always in general, then fill in the later with research on price, etc. here is the of proposed modifications.

Victory Cross Country
Victory Cross Country
Victory Cross Country
Victory Cross Country
Victory Cross Country
Victory Cross Country


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