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Victory Cross Country

Victory Cross Country Tour Review

Background

Here in the Northeast, it’s just about the time that I add fuel stabilizer to the tank, run the bike for a few minutes, and call it a season.

The now-motionless bike in my garage is a Victory Cross Country Tour, and the season in question was my first on it.

Since the Cross Country Tour was new, not only to me but to everyone else, you might be interested in my impressions.

Here’s how that season went, how the bike performed, what’s particularly good about it, and what needs work.

A Short History of the Cross Country Tour

For the 2010 model year, Victory introduced a couple of fraternal twins, the Cross Roads and the Cross Country.

These Cross models – generally designated XR and XC, respectively, in ‘Net forums – are traditional-looking V-twin baggers, with the same 106 cubic inch (1731 CC) air/oil-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC, four valves per cylinder engine (whew!).

Victory uses this powerplant across-the-board now. The XR and XC also share Victory’s six-speed transmission, belt final drive, twin disks up front and single disk out back, ABS, and both have an 18 front and a 16 rear wheel (although the XR’s are spoked and the XC’s cast, with tubeless radials on the latter).

The XR has a fork-mounted windshield and minimalist instrumentation; soft saddlebags are now standard. The XC, on the other hand, has a fork-mounted bat-wing type of fairing, more extensive readouts and sound system, and hard saddlebags; the XC also adds cruise control as standard these days.

You can read all the specs and pricing as you work your way through the Victory Motorcycles web site .

One of the options for the XC was a top case. (It doesn’t seem to be offered for the XC for 2013, which is just as well – it added almost 10% to the price of the base bike). For the 2012 model year, Victory started with the XC, did a little tweaking, added a bunch of options, and called their new creation the Cross Country Tour (or XCT).

Victory Cross Country

The major additions to the Cross Country that comprise the Cross Country Tour are: that top case is standard; heated seats and grips; adjustable passenger mini-floorboards; a taller windshield (more about that in a minute); an HID low-beam for the headlight (and more on that, too, later on); tubular front crash bars (like the XR; the XC has flat-style bars); storage-pod lowers; and an air-management system, which includes adjustable fairing-mounted winglets and adjustable openings in the lowers.

In 2012, the Victory Cross Country Tour list price was $21,999 in black, $22,499 in red or white (and my simplistic color names don’t do the paint job justice, as we’re talking a sort of metal-flake, even in black).

For 2013, the choices are now black ($21,999, as before), or blue and a kind of bronze (all upped $100 to $22,599). Keep in mind, however, that Victory runs a lot of special promotions, e.g. if you take a demo ride, go to a show, get on their mailing list, etc. Also, there’s some bargaining room, or at least there was, back in January, 2012, when I actually signed the paperwork; at that time, there was a rebate program, and a discount for veterans, and a dealer incentive kickback, so I saved a lot of money.

Putting the Cross Country Tour Through Its Paces

I picked up my XCT, fresh from the crate, in late March. During the season, I did about 2,000+ miles of super-slabs, including a 600-mile day and a couple of 400-mile days.

At the other extreme, I rode The Dragon at Deals Gap, forward and back, along with many of that area’s great roads en route. Mostly, however, I did a lot of 200- to 300-mile day trips. I live in the Albany, New York region, so my rides include the back roads of the Catskill, Adirondack, and Berkshire mountains or two-laners to Connecticut or Massachusetts to check out pizza and hot dog places for lunch and so forth.

Most of my riding was solo, but some was two-up with my wife, often for more than an hour at a time in between stops. Ambient temps ranged from 50 or so to the high 90s. Some – not much, but some – of the riding was in mild rain, and some in pretty heavy rain.

In short, I put the XCT through its paces. All told, I put about 8,400 miles on it in seven months.

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


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