Cross Country Tour issues

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    I got my first Victory in September, coming from the metric cruiser community, a '12 Cross Country Tour (hit a deer with my '08 Nomad). Love the bike. Having a couple issues, wanted to know if they were particular to this bike or the model. First (believe it or not), I have to ride three miles on gravel to get to hard road. My drive belt absolutely howls when it gets gravel dust on it. I'm half crazy by the time I get to the car wash. The howl is so loud, people actually turn and look because of the odd sound. Is this normal? The other issue is the weather seal on the bags, it doesn't seal well. The bags get an incredible amount of gravel dust in them. They seem weatherproof for the most part, although occasionally I will get some water ingress from the car wash in one of them. The dust ingress is amazing, like you blew up a small bottle of talc in the bag. Trunk is bomb proof. Anybody else having any problems??
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    I can't comment on the howling; I haven't taken my XC off road for more than a few dozen feet (driveways, shoulders). But we just returned from a 1300 mile trip through fog, rain, and a heavy dust storm (on I-10) and my saddle bags innards were dry and clean.
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    Jag, Thanks for the info. I am going to take her in for warranty maintenance on these items, but wanted to check my expectations beforehand. I've been putting it off trying to milk all the riding I can before things get crappy, but it needs to get done. Mama's getting ticked about her saddlebag being full of dust.
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    I think the poor fit and finish on the one saddlebag should fall under warranty as it is not protecting the contents inside the bag. As for the squeal, that is a new one to me. You surely cannot be the only one on here that rides on gravel roads on a regular basis. I have been on gravel several times and never experienced what you are describing. I'm guessing something is out of spec....but the question is gonna be: Can they find it? Best of luck to you and please keep us posted as you get more information.
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    Phoenix9, Thanks for the info, I will keep all posted on my luck with these issues.
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    I live on a dirt road about a mile long Drive belt perfectly quiet.....also perfectly adjusted No dust inside my 2010 Vision
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    Make sure your seals are seated well and if your lids rattle a lot make sure they are adjusted. Next to the latches there should be a thick chunk of rubberized foam with doublestick tape on it; pull this a little to put pressure on the latch and eliminate lid rattle - push it in to make the lids close easier and push on the seals more. Play around with them a little and it should keep the dust out. Also search for "dust" and you'll find hints on how to decrease the dust coming from under your seat.
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    I have a 2010 Cross Country, Ive been down several stretches of gravel roads, anywhere from a couple hundred feet up to 5 miles or so. Never had dust in the bags or had the belt squeal. I am guessing you just have a case of things being out of adjustment.
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    Tried searching "dust" and other combination and keep getting "I dusted a Harley"... anyone remember where it is?
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    Sorry, "dust" should have brought up the link below. Please note that you'll have to be a little creative, there aren't pictures but when you pull your seat off you should be able to see what's being talked about amd how their fixes could work. http://www.thevog.net/forum/cross-country-44/cc-hole-in-rear-fender/
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    Say open your bags and stick dollar bills on the seals and then close the lid. If you can pull the bills out then you don't have a good seal. Use this trick when you ask your dealer for new ones. Don't go for the BS of putting in new seals cause they will be just as bad. As for your belt I would say its out of alinement. Its to bad vic doesn't go to a mm narrower belt.
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    Bills?? I could put a stack of bills between mine and it would pull through. Only thing there is a "double" rubber flap which doesn't even reach all the way. I want to know how many people CAN'T pull them through. I guess you're one. I guess I need to keep throwing money at it.
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    Never had my bags or trunk leak dust or water, and they had better never leak.
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    I don't have a XC, but as mentioned above check rear axle alignment and belt tension. Belts have been known to get noisy if they get out of spec. One:Thumb:
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    We had one guy that bags didn't seal right, one of his riding gloves would come through the gap between cover and bottom, he had it changed through warranty Regards
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    As for belt squeal... check the belt alignment. My CCT was making a similar sound when first starting to ride (no dust). It tended to go away in few minutes. BUT... I just had the 5k service done and I mentioned the squeal so they would be sure to check alignment. All better now. Here's the interesting thing... My fuel economy improved by about 4mpg. I went back and asked about that and the guy said he didn't think he did anything that would improve fuel economy. I believe belt alignment might have been the whole issue...
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    Fuel economy will improve as you add miles.
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    Maybe they used Amsoil?
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    Re: "Fuel economy will improve as you add miles." True. However, this was an abrupt improvement. Before 5k service the average was 38-39 mpg. After 5k service it's been 42-44 mpg.
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    I have also found as the outside temperature rises so does my mileage, if you had a sudden hot spell that might explain it. My average in cooler weather is about 47 mpg and as it warms up it increases to 54 mpg.

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