Senior VR Member
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Beatrice, Nebraska
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Happy Victory owner
I bought a 2011 Cross Country from a fellow VR member late last winter. I gotta say it was the best decision I've made. As far as the larger displacement bikes go, it is pretty frugal on gas. I routinely got 42-45 mpg this summer on some weekend trips. The stock seat is comfortable enough that unlike many bikes, you really don't need to worry about the need for an aftermarket seat right away.
The 106 engine is a pretty good power-plant without doing anything to it. There are performance upgrades, pipes etc... available if you wish to go that route. Some folks kind of dog on the Vic transmission being clunky, but I test rode a 2009 Ultra HD last fall, and the Vic is certainly no worse in my mind.
The Vics really shine in the maintenance category. I can do a full oil change on mine in less than 15 minutes. The filter is easy to get to and doesn't drip on anything when removed. The same oil is used in the engine, clutch/primary, and the transmission. It holds 5 qt, and has an oil cooler to keep everything cool. The belt tension is easy to adjust, and can be replaced very easily if something happens to it, or if you wear one out. It is my understanding that on an HD the primary drive must be dis-assembled in order to replace the drive belt. Since I do most of my own wrenching, that wasn't a road I wanted to go down, and was a big factor in my decision to go with a Vic. Up until now all I had owned were shaft driven bikes, so ease of belt replacement was a big thing for me, maybe out of fear, but a belt is a consumable item with a defined life, even in the best of conditions, and I don't want to pay a shop to replace it for me...
If I were to complain about any one thing on my bike, it would be the horn!!! The stock Victory horns are wimpy... In fact, my oldest son's C50 and my other son's Yamaha both were louder than my Vic. Before I replaced mine, I could honk it going down the highway and not even hear my own horn. Other than that I really enjoy mine. I put over 8000 miles on it between the beginning of Mar and the end of Sept, and that would have been more if it weren't for some heath issues.
I hope some of this helps you wih your decision...
2011 Victory Cross Country (Black)
2005 C50 (Black)
(Now my son's bike)