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Victory Cross Roads – Motorcycle Mojo Magazine

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Victory Cross Roads

Victory Cross Roads

Photos by Jeff Stephenson

Whether heading down the straight and narrow or turning the next corner, the Cross Roads is a capable touring bike that oozes confidence throughout the ride.

Victory has hit a home run with this bagger. The Cross Roads is a minimalist version of Victory’s fairing-clad Cross Country, and while the Cross Roads does have ample storage in its spacious, easy to access,66-litre,leather-clad bags, it does miss out on a few of the amenities that a full fairing has to offer – if you are concerned with a different gauge display and a stereo, that is.

Bells and whistles, while nice at times, are even better when you have the option of whether to use them or not. My Cross Roads demo came with an optional, quick-detachable windshield that was off of the bike most of the time I had it. There’s nothing quite like being able to remove all wind protection and getthe wind in your face on a hot summer day, but with the option tore-attach it in seconds if the weather turns on you – try doing that with a fairing.

The Cross Roads boasts a low seat height of only 667 mm (26.25 in.),which allows an easy reach to the ground regardless of inseam measurement, and the bike’s low centre of gravity makes slow-speed handling a breeze, even considering its long wheelbase of 1670 mm (65.7 in.). Equally impressive is the Cross Roads’ high-speed handling. The long bars – if they were rotated up, they would easily fall into the ape-hanger category – stretch way back from the steering head and provide plenty of leverage, making a slight push on the inside handgrip all it takes to lean the bike into a turn.

Powering out of the turn comes easily with a slight twist of the throttle and a thrust of 109 ft-lb of torque from the 106 Freedom V-twin engine. This engine is one of my favourite components of the whole Victory line-up and always provides plenty of entertainment. While the engine easily powers out of corners, it is certainly no wimp on the highway either.


The engine lopes along at only 1750 rpm at 80 km/h in sixth gear, but when you want to pass obstacles in your way, it only takes a twist of the grip to make the pass – no downshift required. But sixth gear is an overdrive, so to make the passing experience more fun, clicking down a gear or two makes very short work of the overtake.The only vibration I felt was in the seat and handlebar;this began around 4000 rpm and became slightly more pronounced above 4300 rpm. Chances are you would rarely ever feel it, as the big V-twin is happy to spend its time in the lower rpm range. (read more)

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