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Advice Victory Cross Country for 1st Bike

Discussion in 'Victory General Discussion' started by Jester84, Aug 30, 2017.

  1. Cotton

    Cotton Active Member

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    That is fine if you want to make riding that complicated. With the other bikes I have ridden these shifting techniques are not necessary and makes for a much more enjoyable ride. Indian, Harley, Yamaha, Kawasaki. I have 144,000 miles on a Road Star and it shifts smooth and quiet. Not quite as smooth as it once was, but smoother than my CCT ever was. Not bashing. Just being honest with my answers to the OP's question.
    Ride safe.
     
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  2. bikendad

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    Victory never built a "quiet smooth" trans, the nature of the beast is noisy and clunky but I never worry about it getting me where I'm going. If you bought a Vic expecting a quiet and smooth trans you screwed up.
     
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    So have you "test ridden" any Harleys yet?

    My 2016 Cross Country was my first bike.
    I learned to ride marginally on a Shadow, as many did, and do. Passed the test in a Rebel. Rode that shadow a lot more.

    Wished I'd taken a safety course, they're free here in Illinois, university sponsored!

    Then I started visiting Harley dealers.
    They are all to happy to put you on one if you'll sign the waiver.
    Took a Dyna out. Not to bad. Another day, Fat boy. Another dealer, another time, Fat boy again. Another day another time, Street glide.
    Week or two later spent an entire day at a wonderful dealer in Effingham, Harley Barn, nice people. Rode 4 bikes that day, including an Ultra.
    You've just got to be ready to say "No, not ready to buy yet"
    Somewhere in there I discovered Victory.
    Spent a long day at another dealer, I actually asked them how long can I be gone before you report it stolen? Just said be back before we close!!!
    So I learned a lot thanks to generous Harley dealers.
    Try it. It'll make you appreciate the ride of the Cross Country even more.
     
  4. Bujee1

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    Compared to my Suzuki M109r the tranny is smooth and quiet. I'm not familiar with the gravel box analogy. Neither of my bikes give me the sensation that it is a gravel box. I do have to shift with authority but that is expected with a big bike.
     
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    I have the perfect solution for the noisey transmission as some claim it to be.... Ground Pounders from conquest will get the job done. Loud enough to hide any unwanted sounds coming from the transmission. I haven't had any tranny issues yet 53K miles and ride I do not baby the bike. There are times it shift smooth and sometimes it's a bit stubborn. It's all about how you shift.
     
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    It might be that I have a lemon, but I have heard of others having these noises and sloppy condition. Compared to my Yamaha Road Star (144,000 miles) it's noisy and sloppy!!!
     
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    I have to agree. I had a Road Star for a while. (14,000 miles). Funny, still sold it and kept my XC. Some things are more important than others. Road Stars were good reliable bikes, no one disputes that and yet we both ride Cross Countrys.
     
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    I tried to sell my cross country to no avail since they discontinued them shortly after I bought it. If I could have I would have replaced it with another new, left over Road Star and made it a tour bike (fairing w/stereo, air ride, tour trunk, etc.). I would be happier and richer.
     
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    There is a way around this. After warming the engine, turn it off and slip the bike into 1st gear. Pull the clutch in and start it, then let off the clutch to get underway. In neutral, the clutch basket is spinning with the engine, pulling the clutch in and putting it into gear brings the clutch basket to an immediate stop; that's the "bang" or "clunk". By cranking it up in gear, the basket is never freely spinning, but at a stop because the bike isn't moving.
     
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    I stand corrected, there is not a reasonable way around the clunk. :)
     
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    It's quite reasonable, if'n you don't want to wake up your girlfriends husband . . .
     
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    Touring is very addicting and I think you can handle the bike. Just wear boots with good traction and dont try to get under the floorboards if it wants to tip at a light or something. They will break your legs. Just get out of the way and try not to push it over even more. Stay away from gravel sand and Oil slicks and you both should LOVE it.
     
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    Like rollinwind said & practice practice practice
     
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    2017 thread fellas. Does he still ride ? He was last seen Sept 12 2017
     
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    Just reminiscing...if he got a Vic he hasn’t stopped so doesn’t have time to post or he got a 883 sportster and is in the unisex bathroom searching for a tampon in shim’s large purse, I’m so mean
     
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