2012 Victory Cross Country Tour
For 2012, Victory has expanded its touring line up with a more luxurious version of its Cross Country model aptly named, the Cross Country Tour. The Cross Country Tour adds quite a bit to the already nicely equipped standard model. Most notably is a quick release tour-pack. New front lowers with vents that open for more airflow and close for cooler weather. They’re also equipped with a storage bin. Speaking of storage, all told, this bike can hold 41.1 gallons of your favorite stuff. That’s more than any other Tourer in the market.
You also get heated seats and grips, cruise control, a tall windshield, H.I.D. lighting, adjustable passenger floor boards, 12v socket, ABS (now standard on all touring models). Of course you also get the 106 cubic inch V-twin motor with its 97Hp and 113 ft. lbs. of ground pounding torque and the six-speed overdrive transmission.
Fit and finish on the Cross Country Tour is flawless. The paint shines as well or better than most show bikes and the chrome is of similar quality. In fact, J.D. Power and Associates rate Victory’s quality and workmanship above all others.
The Cross Country’s styling does not pay homage to any other motorcycle. In other words, it has a look all its own, yet it’s immediately recognizable as a Victory. This bike has a modern aerodynamic look that flows beautifully from the front fender to the tip of the tour-pack.
But of course, the ride is what matters. Fortunately, this rides as good as it looks. Up front, the inverted cartridge fork has 5.1 inches of travel. Out back, the single mono-tube gas shock can handle 4.7 inches of travel. That adds up to a plush ride over any surface. With its state of the art suspension and very generous lean angle, the Tour handles the twisties with ease. At high speeds on the interstate, cross winds are barely noticeable and the bike tracks as if on rails.
Vibration from the 106 motor never makes it to the rider or passenger. The six-speed overdrive transmission keeps revs very low at highway speeds and with 97Hp passing is never a problem. This is a 1,000 mile a day ride, no question about it.
The riding position is almost straight up. The seat, which by the way is lowest in its class at 26.5 inches off the ground, is all day comfortable. The floorboards are so long and wide you can change your leg position all you want without the need for highway pegs. Maneuverability at low speeds is nothing short of amazing for this size motorcycle. This bike can U-turn in less than 16 feet. That’s due to a very generous lean angle and the fact that the handlebars turn from lock to lock much further than most cruisers. That kind of lock to lock agility makes angling into a parking spot or out of the garage much easier.
Should you happen to drop the bike it will sit on its floorboard and crash guard with no damage done to the bike. The Cross Country Tour comes in your choice of Red, Black, or White. MSRP is $21,999.00. For a closer look, head straight to St. Pete Power sports at 555 34th Street S. in St. Pete. 727-456-6088.
Copyright 2011 Jerry “Motorman” Palladino