VICTORY CROSS COUNTRY (2010 - on) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Victory is no stranger to the custom-tour theme. The Cross Country is based on the Vision, an outrageously-styled grand tourer that spins heads everywhere. The Cross Country is in the same vein – modern sharp and curved lines mixed with traditional touches of half fairing and screen, tall bars, luxurious seating, stereo, solid panniers and so on. Traditional also meets modern with Japanese –spec switch gear, aircraft-filler fuel cap and suspension. As for the engine, gorgeous, thudding greatness you’d expect from an air-cooled V-twin. A definite alternative American machine to the great American alternative from Milwaukee.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Weight and high-ish bars conspire against shorter riders. It makes slow 360° turns in car parks frustrating when arms struggle to achieve full-lock. But when you’re away the bike is surprisingly agile and oh so stable. Rear suspension is set to firm but not uncomfortably so. It allows you to feel what’s going on underneath you. The front end is softer so doesn’t give the same level of feel as the rear, but it copes well with the engine weight and under braking. Ride quality is plush and comfortable, but six-footers will need the taller screen that is available.
EngineNext up: Reliability
Air-cooled engine rumbles are a plenty at standstill to give this engine character and the rider a smile. The smooth delivery of torque makes pulling away on a 345kg (dry weight) bike a lot easier than you’d think. Throttle response is weighted perfectly so you can dial in exactly what your brain demands – slow traffic isn’t such a bad place when you can simply trickle along without worry. But it’s the open road where the engine excels; where every gear is precisely engaged and neatly spaced for the twists and turns or flowing A-roads.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Polaris Industries, the company behind Victory, make big noises about quality – mostly about how its American-made bikes should be world leaders in this area. So far the majority of its customers (and MCN) have nothing bad to say about the brand; the price of the accessory topbox being the exception…
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
A bike of this calibre – big, stylish air-cooled touring V-twin – at a price just above Japanese competition, and slightly more affordable than a Harley should not be dismissed. Victory is making big waves in the custom and custom cruiser market through value and quality, and this is translated in sales and happy owners. Find a Victory Cross Country for sale.
Love the solid, locking panniers and (as shown) the cavernous topbox, except the topbox – complete with high mounted lights, rear speakers and 12V socket – is a £1869 accessory. Gulp! And this is the reason why it’s not four-star rated in this section. Nicely made, though. The stereo is also cool and comes with the usual bar-mounted volume/tune access switches. Cruise control is perfect on average speed camera roads. And while the spoiler-like crash bars grate on first sight, like the rest of the bike’s styling you soon fall for the uniqueness. Compare and buy parts for the Victory in the MCN Shop.
|Engine type||Air-cooled 8v SOHC four-stroke 50° V-twin. Six speed. Fuel injection|
|Frame type||Tubular steel|
|Fuel capacity||22 litres|
|Rear suspension||Air adjustable|
|Front brake||2 x 300mm discs with four-piston calipers|
|Rear brake||300mm disc with two-piston caliper|
|Front tyre size||130/70 x 18|
|Rear tyre size||180/60 x 16|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||37.8 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||-|
|Used price||£9,500 - £9,800|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||97 bhp|
|Max torque||113 ft-lb|
|Top speed||115 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||183 miles|
Model history & versions
2010: UK introduction of Victory Cross Country
Victory Cross Roads – an un-faired version of the Cross Country
Victory Vision Tour – a fully dressed modern super-tourer running the same 1731cc engine.
Owners' reviews for the VICTORY CROSS (2010 - on)
1 owner has reviewed their VICTORY CROSS (2010 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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@2014 it is no doubt a much better bike in all ways compared to the other U.S. brand.
seat is so comfortable that both pillion has no complain after 15 days Singapore - Golden Triangle.
loads of torque.
the material used on this bike is superior as compared to other baggers in the market.
for 4 years & 25,000 km on the clock, I need nothing more then normal oil & filter change. Highway riding, 80~110 km/h I can get over 400 km before the reserve lights up, giving me ^ 22.5 km/ l.