I've wanted a second bike for quite some time. I vacillated between a Boardwalk, a High Ball, a Hammer, a Cross Roads or a Moto Guzzi Eldorado 1400. I've only had my CCT since March of 2013. I absolutely still love the Victory Cross Country Tour, a lot. I've never owned a motorcycle this long. I also have no plans whatsoever to sell it, trade it off or anything like that. It's a keeper and has been since day one of owning it. So now what, what second bike to get once opportunity and preparedness meet. About 3 years ago I bought a new in the box Cross Roads driving light kit, 'just in case'.
Between the various other Victory models, I ended up thinking having another Cross bike would make it easier on my Parts Shelf. Plus, with the tendon damage in my right hand, I really do look to engage cruise control after about 15 minutes. I rode mostly Moto Guzzi bikes for several decades. The only model I'd consider would be the Eldorado 1400. Like Polaris, Piaggio (who owns Moto Guzzi) killed off all the 1400 models in favor of their new at the time 850 models. No thanks, no thank you, a lot. I also have zero interest in their newest bike, the V100. So, I mentally pulled the plug on another Moto Guzzi. Not now, not likely ever at this point.
You may have noticed a 2013 Hard Ball for sale on the forum for a month or so. I didn't actually see it until after a couple of weeks. A little banter back and forth with the seller and then I sent him a private message with my contact information. Soon afterwards we spoke on the phone and talked about the Hard Ball. Today I went to the bank to get the cash. Saturday he'll ride the Hard Ball to Memphis and I'll drive out their with a dear brother. We'll meet, I'll see the bike up close for the first time and if it's as expected, money changes hands, the title gets signed and I ride back on a 2013 Victory Hard Ball. I'm very excited about the whole thing. The seller seems like a wonderful gentleman and I'm anxious to meet him in person. He's the second owner and as far as is known, the bike is stock except for the windshield and the passenger backrest/luggage rack. The only pause I had was the ABS light stays on. But this happened to my CCT twice and the 'cure' was a new ABS sensor. I have one on order and it will be in this week.
I'm pretty sure I've watched or seen parts of every YouTube video that has Hardball, Hard Ball or Hard-Ball in the title.
Here's the link to the bike in question: 2013 Hardball
So, after nearly 10 years of Cross Country Tour ownership, I find it a bit odd I still have a few questions about the Hard Ball. So here goes:
- Can anyone tell by the pictures if this Hard Ball has the Short, Mid or the Tall windshield? I've only ever sat on one Cross Roads and I don't remember what, if any, windshield it had on it. I'm only 5'11" and the pictures make the windshield seem very high.
- Does anyone have a good set of Cross bike mag (non spoke) wheels they may be looking to sell? I literally travel the western half of the US for work so shipping 'may' not have to be an issue.
- What's the proper spelling of the name? I've seen it written Hard-Ball, Hardball and Hard Ball.
- Does anyone have a factory Cross Roads heated grip kit they're looking to sell? I currently have both new heated grips on my parts shelf and I'll also install the Cross Roads driving light kit I have. Therefore, all I really need should be the heated grip switch and the wiring harness that goes from the switch to the headlight wiring. I suspect the CCT parts should work if they're still available.
- Does anyone have a pdf of a sales brochure that included the Hard Ball or the accessories Polaris ever offered for one? The only Victory Accessory catalog I have is from 2017 and there's no mention of the Cross Roads let alone the Hard Ball.
- Was the dark red seat a factory accessory for the Hard Ball like it was for the High Ball?
- I may install the steel Witchdoctor's skid plate on the Hard Ball as well. I removed it from my CCT because it induced a vibration at 3500 rpm in 6th gear.
Your input, ideas, suggestions etc., as always, are welcome.