Victory Cross Country Tour

 

 

 

Make Model

Victory Cross Country Tour

Year

2014 - 15

Engine

Four stroke, 50° V twin SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters

Capacity

1731cc /106 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 101 x 108 mm
Cooling System Air/oil cooled
Compression Ratio 9.4:1
Exhaust

Split dual exhaust with crossover

Oil Capacity 4.73 L / 5.0 US Quarts

Induction

Electronic Fuel Injection with dual 45mm throttle bodies

Starting

-Electric
Battery 12V, 18 Ah

Max Power

96.9 hp / 71.3 kW

Max Torque

144 Nm / 14.6 kgf-m / 106 ft-lb
Clutch Wet, multi-plate

Transmission

6 Speed 
Final Drive Carbon fiber reinforced belt

Front Suspension

43mm Conventional telescopic fork
Front Wheel Travel 130 mm / 5.1 in

Rear Suspension

Single, mono-tube gas forged and cast aluminum with constant-rate linkage, air adjustable
Rear Wheel Travel 120 mm / 4.7 in

Front Brakes

2x 300mm floating rotor 3 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

Single 300mm floating rotor 2 piston caliper

Front Tyre

130/70 R18

Rear Tyre

180/60 R16

Rake

29°

Trail

142 mm / 5.6 in.

Dimensions

Length:  2747 mm / 108.1 in.

Wheelbase

1670 mm / 65.7 in
Ground Clearance 148 mm / 5.8 in
Seat Height 667 mm  /  26.3 in
GVWR 618 kg / 1360 lbs

Dry Weight

384 kg / 845 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

22.7 Litres / 5.8 US gal

 

Victory Cross Country Tour Key Features

106/6-speed Freedom® V-Twin engine with 106 ft-lbs of torque
Victory Comfort Control System™ (with upper and lower wind deflectors)
Heated seats and hand grips
Cruise control and ABS brakes
41.1 gallons of storage
Adjustable passenger floorboards
Lock & Ride® trunk
Three power outlets and iPod® ready

Victory Cross Country Tour Features and Benefits

106 CUBIC-INCH FREEDOM® V-TWIN

The Victory® Freedom® 106/6 V-Twin is a 106-cu. in. powerplant that pumps out 106 ft-lb of arm-straightening, street-churning torque. It’s a counter-balanced, fuel-injected engine that delivers impressive performance for riders who like to lead, not follow.

6-SPEED TRANSMISSION WITH OVERDRIVE

A Cross Country Tour rider enjoys smooth shifting and the best cruising on the open road in 6th gear, which is a true overdrive. Helical-cut gears ensure that each shift is smooth and easy, and neutral assist makes it easy to slip into neutral at stops.

ABS BRAKES

Standard on the Cross Country Tour, the Victory Anti-Lock Brake System doesn’t discriminate between dry, wet or rock-strewn pavement. No matter what the conditions, ABS monitors what the wheel is doing and gives you consistent, smooth braking from the handlebar lever down to the rubber on the road.

VICTORY COMFORT CONTROL SYSTEM

Enjoy season-extending comfort with the Victory Comfort Control System, which provides a rider with Upper Air Controls and Lower Air Controls to manage the airflow from the front end. In cold or wet conditions, close the controls to completely block the elements. In warm weather, open them up to enjoy cooling airflow.

CRUISE CONTROL

Out on the open road, go ahead and activate the cruise control for an easy, relaxed ride. This automotive-qualify cruise control is easy to activate and set, and it reliably maintains the desired speed. To de-activate it, simply press “Off” or engage the clutch lever or either brake.

4.7 INCHES OF REAR SUSPENSION TRAVEL

The open road can get a little rough, so it’s great to have the 4.7” of smooth travel provided by the Cross Country Tour rear suspension. The air shock is easily adjusted using a hand pump so the suspension delivers a consistently smooth ride for one or two riders, with or without cargo on board.

WORLD’S GREATEST TOTAL CARGO CAPACITY

The Cross Country Tour has the most storage space of any motorcycle in the world. Its trunk, saddlebags and two front storage compartments offer a total of 41.1 gallons of storage space. With a Cross Country Tour, you can take it with you – there’s plenty of room.

SADDLEBAGS & RAILS

Cross Country Tour saddlebags set the standard for storage space, cargo protection and security. These bags offer a total of 21.3 gallons of storage space, and the lockable lids have weatherproof seals to protect gear stowed inside. Rails that extend beyond the base of the saddlebags complement the bike’s style and provide outstanding low-speed tip-over protection.

HEATED SEATS AND GRIPS

Extend the riding season with the heated handgrips and heated seats. The driver has Hi & Lo settings on the hand controls to ward off the chill, and the seats provide the driver and passenger with individual Hi/Lo controls.

TALL WINDSHIELD

Complementing the excellent weather protection of the Victory Comfort Control System is the tall windshield. It provides outstanding protection and ensures a rider will have reliable visibility in all conditions. 26.25” SEAT HEIGHT The 26.25” Cross Country Tour seat height puts a rider in a comfortable position of confidence and control. The low seat height helps a rider flat-foot the pavement when stopped to maintain full control of the bike.

26.25" SEAT HEIGHT

Rule of the road: the lower the seat height, the more control. The Cross Country Tour has the lowest seat in its class. Unless you admit having the toe strength of a ballerina, you want to be able to plant both feet firmly on the ground.

ADJUSTABLE PASSENGER FLOORBOARDS

It’s a rule of the road: When the passenger’s not happy, nobody’s happy. The Cross Country Tour enhances the passenger’s ride with adjustable floorboards. These floorboards can be set in any of three positions over a 2” height range, and can be tipped at a 10° angle for optimal comfort.

12V SOCKET

Charge! Keep electronic accessories running strong using the 12v power outlet. It lets riders charge items such as phones or batteries and can power items such as heated apparel, GPS units and more.  

Motorcycle Review

Before arriving in Austin, my wife Jane and I were given a few photos and a brief description of the new 2010 Victory Cross Country motorcycle, so we had formed an image of what to expect. First sight of the Victory Cross Country revealed that our anticipation had not been nearly strong enough; a stunning example of motorcycle artistry greeted us.

Painted metallic Midnight Cherry red, the Cross Country's sharp lines appear faceted out of cultured ruby. Angular design elements bring to mind experimental aircraft of the early jet era, yet defy placement in a specific period of the motorcycling milieu. Triangles appear scattered throughout the motif, beginning with the inverted triangle of the headlight cowl, continued in the triangle circumscribed by the cylinders with the EFI cover wedged between, and finalized in the tapered, flush-mount LED taillight.

Normally, I prefer to spend some time with a motorcycle before having Jane ride with me. However, she is only in Austin for a single day, so there is little time for such formalities. Fortunately, the Cross Country proves a delight to pilot with a passenger. Its lightweight hollow cast aluminum frame, which uses the engine as a stressed member, gives the Cross Country the lowest center of gravity in its class. There is no hint of top heaviness, and the bike requires little input to prevent wandering at slow speeds. The low seat height of just over 26 inches (unladen), adds to rider control when dealing with stop-and-go traffic or walking the bike through parking lots.

Possessing a map of the Texas Hill Country, I roll on the throttle. The 50-degree V-twin Victory Freedom 106 engine builds revs with a comforting growl from the split dual exhaust, effectively applying its 96 horsepower and, most importantly, 109 ft/lbs of torque to the Dunlop Elite 3 tires. Fed through EFI with dual 45mm throttle bodies, the Victory Freedom 106 utilizes a single overhead cam with four valves per cylinder. This supplies a high volume of air through a light weight valve train, allowing the engine to produce a wide torque curve from midrange to high rpm. Engine response is superb and shifting through each of the six gears is smooth.

With the state capital in the rear-views, we head into the Texas Hill Country, the region of Central Texas along the Balcones Escarpment, with Austin to the east and San Antonio to the south. The topography is rolling, sometimes rugged, limestone hills covered with oak and cedar. For our purposes, the Hill Country is a series of meandering two- and four-lane roads linking a diverse collection of small towns, each with its distinct interpretation of Texas culture while conforming to the overriding theme of rugged individualism. These wonderful little towns urge a stop to investigate and shop, making them a perfect proving ground for our impeccable touring machine.

The 21 gallons of storage in the Cross Country's hard saddlebags should handle the clothing and supplies required for this trip, as well as souvenirs picked up along the way. All can be packed conveniently in the provided bag liners. The Victory saddlebags have an internal locking latch that secures the top hinged lid to the bag body. However, my overstuffing of the bag bulged the sides outward. On several occasions, the overstuffing caused the saddlebag lids to open while riding, even after I believed I had ensured that they were safely clasped. Careful packing seems to be the key to keeping the lids closed.

Distance is deceiving here. Even with a 60 mph limit on many of the two lane roads, the time it takes to get between two points on the map is blissfully prolonged. Each crossroads provides new sights that must be scrutinized to determine if they require further investigation. Every dip in the road leads down to a creek running through culverts under the road with signs warning of possible flooding. Around every hill a new scent greets us, distinctly earthy and palatable. Travel by motorcycle encourages the use of all senses to envelop oneself in the environment, and the Cross Country moves us through this environment in an undisputedly enjoyable fashion.

As the evening approaches, Jane and I ride the Cross Country to our one firm destination of the day, The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que, in Driftwood. The Salt Lick restaurant is a local institution, borne out by the projected two-hour wait. Buses loaded with University of Texas Longhorn fans are pulling into the expansive parking lot as we arrive. The attendant directs us to pull into an area normally reserved for employees to ensure the Victory is secure away from the throng of vehicles coming and going. The crowd is daunting but the enticing smell of smoked meat coming from the decades old pit barbeque draws us in.

The Salt Lick is a sprawling complex of stone and grey woodplank buildings with a number of separate dining rooms and a large picnic area with a band. We learn from observation and overheard conversation that the trick to a quick meal is going directly to the pit house and ordering food to go. Jane and I both order a combination plate, which is prepared in a few minutes, and take our food to the picnic tables near the band. The atmosphere is lively and cheerful due to the Longhorn victory over neighboring Oklahoma.

As she had been seduced by the comfort and rideability of the Cross Country, Jane reluctantly boards her flight back to California, sorry that she cannot accompany me for the rest of the trip. As a passenger, one criteria Jane looks for in a motorcycle is the smoothness with which it transitions, be it between gears or from start-to-stop and back. With a precise six-speed transmission, wet multi-plate clutch, and carbon fiber reinforced drive belt, the Cross Country scores high in this category. With its comfortable seat and backrest, it is easy for Jane to imagine herself spending the next four days with me on the Cross Country.

Preparing for my ride home to California, I decided on a course from Bandera to Sonora, with as little time on major highways as possible. Bandera is an authentic cowboy town surrounded by working cattle and guest ranches and is a popular stop for motorcyclists making the circuit around the Three Twisted Sisters, the loop consisting of Ranch Roads 335, 336, and 337.

I reach Bandera in time for an early lunch, so I order some food at the Dogleg Coffee House on Main Street across from the general store. While the amenities of the Dogleg are modern, the building itself is made of limestone block and looks like it could have been a jail or bank in a previous incarnation. All the shops and restaurants along Main Street are well maintained yet direct one's mind back to a time before internal combustion. Each step through town leads to a photo opportunity of some idyllic Americana. Each building looks to be hewn from the history pages of the Old West.

With noontime approaching, I head west to experience some of the premier motorcycling roads offered in the Hill Country. Just past Vanderpool, Ranch Road 337 starts to climb and twist as the rolling hills gain elevation and become more severe, exposing faces of jutting limestone framed by oak and cedar. Long vistas of the land north of the Balcones Escarpment can be seen. I head down to the Frio River and the town of Leakey, where I pick up RR 336, arguably the most thrilling of the Twisted Sisters. Initially, RR 336 follows the West Frio River for a scenic ride through expansive ranges, marked by frequent cattle guard crossings, which are effectively smoothed out with the air adjustable rear suspension and the inverted cartridge forks with progressive springs; both ends offer about five inches of welcome travel.

Soon, the road heads up to a broad ridge that borders the west bank of the river, and then turns into a roller coaster of two-wheeled bliss. Climbing and diving with frequent swooping turns, the scenery attempts to distract my attention away from the road, but the tarmac is too inviting. Adrenalin claws at my hand to twist harder, brake later, push for more lean. How far can I take the Cross Country? The Victory's rigid frame, sport-aware suspension, and 300mm floating rotor disk brakes with four-piston calipers give the Cross Country a carving ability akin to a much lighter bike. Too soon I am approaching Sonora and Interstate 10. I am told that riders often ride the Twisted Sisters a couple of times in a day. Unfortunately, I must keep to my schedule.

The Interstate calls for a different state of mind, one that the Cross Country accommodates. The stretch of I-10 that leads out of Texas through New Mexico seems endless, but highway luxury is easily at hand without removing your grasp from the grips. Operating a trigger switch on the left handlebar with your index finger can change each mode of the trip LED display. You can flip the display to read odometer, two trip meters, average fuel consumption, average speed, fuel range, fuel mileage, and trip timer.

An integrated 40-watt audio system is controlled from a set of switches inside the left grip, allowing me to set the system to AM, FM, weather band, and MP3 player. In MP3 player mode, I can select playlists or scroll through my files by album or artist. The audio system also has an auto-fade feature that permits you to set the volume while stopped, and the system will automatically increase the volume as your speed increases.

Flexible body positioning is a great defense against fatigue, and the ergonomics of the Cross Country provide many opportunities for personalization. The rider's floorboards are long and offer a wide range of options for foot placement. The foot controls are adjustable to accommodate different leg lengths.

Even without highway pegs installed, the forward swept wing shaped highway bars provide a nice place to push your feet against to change the pressure points on your gluteal muscles and lower back. The seat has extra padding and provides a small amount of back support. Using the standard electronic cruise control makes running the tank dry before having to stop to stretch your legs a regular occurrence.

West of Las Cruces, the sky fades into the darkness of what is obviously a storm. Just before reaching the Border Patrol checkpoint between Las Cruces and Deming, I enter the brown wall of dust and rain that delineates the outflow boundary of the tempest. I angle into the heavy crosswind as much as possible, trying to dodge tumbleweeds and shrubs. The Cross Country handles the high crosswind with the same confidence it displays during normal riding conditions.

A heavy downpour with hail hits just as I ride under the awning of the Border Patrol checkpoint. The large awning does not protect from the wind, but does provide some shelter from the heavy rain and hail. This gives me a chance to pull a tumbleweed out of the forks while escaping the heaviest of the downpours I encountered. The Cross Country's fairing is designed to channel rain away from the rider's hands, and adding the tall touring windscreen delivers even more protection.

The next morning, clear skies and a clean Interstate 10 greet me. Motorcycling north through Arizona on US 191, I make Flagstaff for my final night on the road, leaving me an eight-hour ride across the Mojave Desert to home. Over dinner I consider the coming final day of my trip and how the Cross Country has been a consummate companion. Whether riding solo or two-up, on Interstate or rural road, the 2010 Victory Cross Country is a most appropriately named motorcycle. Unique styling, well-designed accoutrements, and ample performance position this American motorcycle as one of the premier distance killers available.

Source Motorcyclingmag.com