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Riding the 2010 Victory Cross Country

Thursday, November 19, 2009
Victory Cross Country
This is our ride for the next few days. The 2010 Victory Cross Country has styling that should appeal to a younger demographic than the standard bagger rider.
Just picked up the 2010 Victory Cross Country yesterday down in SoCal and spent the night cruising the Hollywood Strip. Cruising the Strip on a bagger, you say? You bet. The Cross Country doesn’t look like an old man’s bagger. With its angular fork-mounted fairing, a beautiful sculpted tank, and skull graphics, this bagger is hot. Throw in a rippin,’ torque-filled engine and you’ve got a bike that looks as good cruising the boulevard as it does hitting the open road.

Headed to Mickey Cohen’s Motorsports to get some numbers on Victory’s 106 cubic-inch Freedom V-Twin today. Factory claims put output at 92 hp and 109 lb-ft of torque, so we’ll see what numbers we get. The engine serves as a stressed member of the chassis that is comprised of a two-piece, aluminum frame. The Cross Country features Victory's proprietary CORE chassis technology so it carries the bulk of its mass down low in order to make it as easily manageable as possible at all speeds. After we get some hard numbers from Mickey's it’s time to put on some miles. My initial 150-mile ride last night whet my appetite, but I’m ready for more.

The Cross Country is one of two new touring motorcycles that Victory introduced this year. With its stylish, fork-mounted front fairing and spacious hard saddlebags on an air-cooled V-Twin, it will compete directly with Harley-Davidson’s Street Glide. The Cross Country features Victory’s 6-speed constant mesh transmission and belt drive. And while there’s plenty more to report, you’ll have to wait until we’re done testing for the full review.

It’s a gorgeous day in SoCal and it’s time to ride. Look for a full ride report in the coming weeks.
Post Tags: 2010 Victory Cross Country, Victory Motorcycles, Cross Country, cruiser motorcycle
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Ken -first impressions November 10, 2010 01:17 PM
I have a 2010 cc and love it except for the noise level. The tranny is very noisy in 4th and 6th and the motor has a primary whine that is very annoying. If I had known that they were going to make the changes that they did for the 2011's I would have waited and bought the 2011. I love the handling for a 800lb machine very comfortable. the fit and finish is impeccable for a stock bike. going to trade mine in for a 2012 next year.
michael -? on 6th gear September 18, 2010 04:10 AM
To start with of all the bikes I'm owned (7) in all the CC has beat all bikes hands down for me except the 6th gear whine noise. I put the frist 5000 mile in and around town it didn't bother me that much but the last 5000 on a trip across to OK riding anywhere from 8 to 12 hr aday it got on my nerves, My ? is there anyone else experience this noise? I don't know if it wearing out or if this is nomal noise.
Lewis -Pulled the trigger Saturday. December 7, 2009 09:44 AM
Bryan, Thanks for the update, wish you had the hard numbers up already but your comments are good enough. Dealer called me Friday, rode Saturday... ...end of story. Mine is still in the crate and I have them adding a few options before I pick it up next weekend. See ya on the road.
bryan harley -updated report soon December 4, 2009 08:48 AM
Hello Lewis,

The full review on the 2010 Victory Cross Country will be up next Wednesday. I don't think you'll be disappointed having one in your garage.

Lewis -Updated report? December 3, 2009 06:06 PM
When RU going to update us with your report? Have a deposit down on one of these bad boys and I hear it will be in soon. I would love to have your report before I pull the trigger...
Matt -Performance & Handling December 2, 2009 08:42 AM
The 106 on the Vision has tested well even against the CVO Glide. Can only imagine how much it hauls 80 lbs lighter. If it handles as well as the Vision it will be hard to keep one out of my garage in the next year or so =). Looking forward to reading the reviews.
Lucky -Sorry November 20, 2009 07:47 AM
Meant to say Bryan, not Jim.
Lucky -Very Nice November 20, 2009 07:44 AM
I haven't seen a lot of Victory motorcycles, and don't really keep up on their now models. But I saw one yesterday, actually this one when I ran into Jim at Cook's Corner as he was riding some of the small canyons in Orange County. I must say that is one sweet looking bike. I am not normally a fan of skull paint jobs on bikes (way overdone most of the time), however Victory did a nice job of using them as accents on this one. Can't wait to hear Jim's report on the power and handling.
Jim -Great looking bike, but... November 19, 2009 10:23 AM
...did you notice the wires sticking out between the engine and the rear tire? One misdirected blast from a high pressure wash gun could cause real problems, I think. Victory could (should) quickly remedy this. Otherwise, the bike looks fantastic, especially from the rear. The saddlebag capacity is outstanding. I hope this will be a winning platform for Victory.