We ramble around the Lone Star state testing the 2013 Victory Cross Roads Classic, a bagger with leather-wrapped saddlebags, long, sweeping fenders, a distinctive tank and ultra-long floorboards. Read our initial impressions in our 2013 Victory Cross Roads Classic First Ride
Motorcycle USA recently picked up the 2013 Victory Cross Roads Classic in Austin, Texas, for a trip down to Galveston and a run through hill country.
Front-to-back, the 2013 Cross Roads Classic has smooth, flowing lines. The centerpiece is its tank, muscular and wide with a raised spine down the top. The motorcycle overall is tightly packaged, long, sweeping fenders draped around 60-spoke laced wheels, chrome fender bumpers contributing to the motorcycle’s classy disposition. At 180mm wide, the rear Dunlop Elite 3 on the rear is wide enough to balance the bike’s aesthetics without sacrificing its handling.
A 26.25-inch seat height allows a six-foot rider solid footing at a standstill. The scooped-out seat on the Cross Roads Classic is well-padded and knees are bent at an almost ideal 90-degrees. The floorboards are long and allow for a healthy range of movement. The fork-mounted windscreen deflects the majority of wind around the rider and is light enough that it doesn’t inhibit steering. The bike’s ergos and the layout of its controls make it easy to log many miles in its saddle without feeling beat down.
The Freedom 106 has deceptive power. The powerband is even without being punchy. First gear will launch you up to almost 45 mph, while sixth-gear overdrive does a fine job of dropping rpm and extending engine life. Pushing the bike hard on Texas highways, we felt it gobbled up gas faster than anticipated as the needle drops fast after it reaches a quarter-tank.
With almost five inches of travel both front and back, the damping and rebound keep the bike stable against all but the biggest Texas potholes. Only direct hits at speed tax the springs to the limit, and even then it rebounds quick and smooth and keeps riders in line. Team that with a well-sorted chassis and you’ve got a motorcycle that’s comfortable to ride. At lean, the motorcycle has plenty of ground clearance and tracks true. The brakes on the Cross Roads Classic provide linear stopping power. The front, with its big dual 300mm discs, has a progressive feel, its firm initial bite not too grabby while pressure is even and steady. The single floating 300mm on the rear is a tad more catchy
Victory has done a commendable job of balancing the bike’s cues, a combo of attractive two-tone paint and subtle striping, chrome applied so that it’s complementary instead of overwhelming balanced out by the black frame, seat and saddlebags. Its bags impressed us with how much we could cram in them. It has plenty of power and thanks to a stable chassis and supple suspension, ride quality is smooth and enjoyable.