VICTORY CROSS COUNTRY (2010 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Power: 97 bhp
Seat height: Low (26.3 in / 667 mm)
Weight: High (765 lbs / 347 kg)

Prices

New £15,995
Used £9,300

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Equipment

3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Specs

Engine size 1731cc
Engine type Air-cooled 8v SOHC four-stroke 50° V-twin. Six speed. Fuel injection
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 22 litres
Seat height 667mm
Bike weight 347kg
Front suspension Non-adjustable
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 -
New price £15,995
Used price £9,300
Insurance group 15 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

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

Model history

2010: UK introduction of Victory Cross Country

Other versions

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)

2 owners have 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.

Review your VICTORY CROSS (2010 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
4 out of 5 2014 Victory Crossroads
13 August 2020 by Shuggy

Version: 2014 1731 cc Crossroads

Year: 2014

Extremely fun to ride, handle like a dream, One down fall the paint work is poor ,parts hard to get hold of and extremely expensive , Turning difficult unless on a very wide road! otherwise wold definitely recommend to a friend !

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Excellent ride quality,can ride for 2 hours before needing a break. brilliant handling and controls well at walking pace in slow traffic .

Engine 4 out of 5

Great performance

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

6 year old and already needing both fenders needing full paint job! Abs sensors need replacing

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Running costs reasonable

Equipment 5 out of 5

Overall as a bagger the bags flow well with the look of the bike , only downside you can not ride the bike with the bags removed . Avoid rack as very poor quality chrome !

Buying experience: Purchased from dealer New , paid £11500. Poor dealership service

4 out of 5 Victory Cross review
13 September 2019 by Comics00

Year: 2014

@2014 it is no doubt a much better bike in all ways compared to the other U.S. brand.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

seat is so comfortable that both pillion has no complain after 15 days Singapore - Golden Triangle.

Engine 4 out of 5

loads of torque.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

the material used on this bike is superior as compared to other baggers in the market.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

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.

Equipment 5 out of 5
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