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Victory Cross Country Tour

Review: 2012 Victory Country Tour

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2012 Cross Country Tour

For the 2 years I’ve been for the elusive clean pocket of air riding my 2010 Cross I’ve tried everything soft lowers, 7 different and miracle “winglettes”. Some did better than others and I was to put together a combination of products allow me to enjoy the bike some compromises.

Just I’ve come to the conclusion I’ve done all I can do what Victory do, they bring out the Country Tour.

I immediately a note to Andy Pallemaerts, of Volusia Motorsports, asking him to me a call when he gets one in so I can see it hand and possibly ride it to see if it up the the hype. Well, last he gives me a call and luckily I was to find time this to dedicate a few hours to a serious test of the new Cross Country


This bike is I know, I’ve been a Cross Country for 2 years and be used to the size but when you add the top fill in the area around the bars with bodywork and put on a door windshield the bike on an entirely different presence.

I did the walk around to familiarize with the new parts. The lowers are a piece of work with and curves that Andy were designed to not only airflow but also redirect I’m told the initial top of the hard lowers was flat but they did their road they found that in the water would run over the top onto the rider’s legs.

They designed in the outer so water is channeled away the rider and although I didn’t get a to test this out I have no the believe it doesn’t work as

The hard lower storage are cavernous compared to the competition and a very positive latch to sure they stay It uses a metal to metal clip that I’m has been tested through a of opening and closings along a lower hinge design may seem flimsy to some but was designed to work with the clip to provide a positive and a long life without or deteriorating over time. on my limited use they work as

The air flaps incorporated into the are very discreet and have a arm on the top that can operated by hand or by though with large on I think using your might end up breaking them if you careful. I was able to operate with my feet but I wasn’t boots. I believe Victory using your hands so stick with that as the operating method.

The new touring is huge, there’s no other way to it. The new mounting bracket is one of the most mounting systems I have seen, there’s absolutely no of flex. They claim the mounting that places a gap across the entire lower of the screen improves airflow as

The faring wind wings, for of a better term, are very integrated and operate through full range of motion friction so you can position them any way you In the open position their funnels air up onto your in the closed position they the faring’s wind protection.

items you’ll find on the include heated seat and saddle bag protectors, removable top HID headlight, adjustable passenger and ABS (but you already knew all )

Road Test:

I did a short 20 loop that was comprised of roads, some turns (as as you can find in a coastal Florida and the Interstate. Speeds varied stop and go to 80 mph. The air temperature was a 84 degrees by the shop rising to 88 out on the interstate. There was a decent between 5 and 10 mph throughout the ride.

note that I intentionally mesh type sneakers low socks and jeans to be able to as much heat as possible. proper riding boots insulate you more from any

The handling is basically the same as my Country but the top case does the CoG making the bike handle at slow speeds. It only about 3 turns in the parking lot to to the additional weight.

I started the with all the vents closed, to see how well it managed lower winds and how much heat it While there is some buildup around your it’s not terrible. Opening the vents literally is a breath of air and makes the temperatures at slow quite reasonable.

While not as cool as my open it’s not uncomfortable in any way. the faring vents funnels a lot of air your body even at speeds.

With the vents all the air pocket is very good. to other touring bikes ridden (Vision, GoldWing, BMW RT and LT, Ultra) it’s as good as the and better than most. is not an issue at any speed although the door windshield will rough air like off the back of a and move you around a bit.

the exact same sensation you get on any with a large faring shield so it was expected. With closed heat does up around your lower and legs. It’s less than you experience on a Vision but noticeable none the less.

up the faring side vents at provides a refreshing blast of air to torso. It doesn’t introduce turbulence, much to my surprise, but it blouse out your shirt so be if you wear a shirt with a because anything in the pocket probably get blown away. doesn’t do much to reduce the heat coming off the engine, notably the heat from the cylinder that warms up left leg.

Closing the vents and opening up the lower at highway speeds is not a task for the of heart. It’s a combination of control and contorting while sure the tourists on I-95 decide they want to the same space as you. The I do for The VOG

With the lower vents all of the heat issue become a of the past. The air is channeled in a ram air effect literally blows away the heat without hitting the part of your legs turbulence to disrupt your pocket of air around you head and body. If things get really hot you can up the faring vents.

With I think I can honestly say that at the bike is as cool as having no installed! In this configuration will get some turbulence but at 88+ degrees air, and lots of it, is not a bad At no time did I find I was fighting the like you do on a stock Cross

Moving from the wind and onto the mechanicals there 2 things that stood out for me, it with my 2 year old Cross the transmission and the transmission! First the shifting is improved. It’s more positive going and out of gear and I felt I needed force to engage gears up shifting or downshifting and the neutral does work.

Secondly, I do not what they have with the shift indicator. Any you are not moving forward or have the pulled in the indicator goes your gear to a horizontal It also has a peculiar way of re displaying gear once you complete a

It starts at 6 and counts down it gets to your gear. I hate the new gear indicator, basically worthless whenever the is engaged with is 90% of the time I use it.

from the transmission issues the seems a bit smoother than my I don’t know how much of can be attributed to it being new and not broken in yet but it was so I will be going over soon to make sure is tight and since I’ve around with the exhaust probably drop the entire front to back, and reinstall sure nothing is in a bind. tell me that a lot of RPM related come from binding systems so I’m going to there.


I think has hit a home run with the Cross Tour. They successfully what has been the single troubling problem, wind and have taken this to the next level.

Victory is this as their “Ultimate Machine”. That may seem odd to who view the Vision with frame mounted faring, windshield and 5 years of street as the top of the heap but it was explained to me that of the massive amount of storage and the ergonomics the Cross Country surpasses all of the completion. Supposedly the Country Tour has the highest capacity of any production touring in the world and that’s how they it’s classification.

I would to say, after having a Cross Country for 2 years and the improvements in wind management and of the new Tour I can’t really with them. It comes to what you want out of a bike but for protection and storage the Cross Tour is world class Congratulation Victory, You hit it out of the park this one.

Additional Notes:

Many asked about highway on the XCT, there appears to be of room to attach any number of bar peg mounts so you should be able to something in he aftermarket. You also can use the floorboard mounted pegs I plan to go to regardless whether I add lowers.

On that, I will go to these lowers. Although the lowers work and work having the on the fly adjustability of the factory is what will probably win me

I have attached photos and a walk around video from my camera.

I want to Andy @ Volusia Motorsports for me to spend the better part of the day prodding and riding that new Victory. Without his help and none of this would happened. Thanks Andy!

update on September 8 2011, am by mjw930.

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