More pictures of the 2009 Victory dealer meeting below.
We’re just back from the Victory dealer show in St. Paul, Minnesota. During the event, Victory showcased their new 2010 models, the most notable of which are the Victory Cross Roads and Cross Country models. Both of these new models feature a new sand cast aluminum frame using what Victory refers to as CORE technology. This frame is similar to the one found on the Vision, but specifically designed for the two “Crosses”. Also common between the two bikes is the 106-cubic-inch air-cooled V-twin engine and six speed overdrive transmission, 21 gallons of storage, and 4.7 inches of rear suspension travel. MSRP for the new bikes is impressively low at $15,999 for the Cross Roads and $17,999 for the Cross Country.
The Cross Country wears a large, fork-mounted fairing, while the Cross Roads incorporates a removable Lexan windshield. Victory claims both bikes have the lowest seats and the lightest weight in their class. Features include:
- Weatherproof hard cases offering a total capacity of 21.3 gallons; 70% more than the Yamaha Stratoliner, and 25% more than the Harley-Davidson Street Glide
- Standard chrome tubular highway bars on the Cross Roads, and forged aluminum highway bars on the Cross Country
- Adjustable rear air suspension via Schrader valve
- A standard AM/FM stereo on the Cross Country, with iPod connectivity, and optional cruise control
We were not able to test ride these new bikes, but are very impressed from a stationary seat-of-the-pants feel. Victory had a HD StreetGlide on hand for comparison, and the ergonomics blow away those of the HD. Unless you have a HD tattoo, it’s hard to imagine why you would choose the StreetGlide over one of these bikes. From the way they feel sitting still, we can’t wait to give them a run down our favorite road.[singlepic id=96 w=265 h=207 float=left]
If you’re now saying to yourself “I have got to get me one of these”, then you’re not alone. You will, however, have to wait with the rest of us. A firm shipping date is still elusive, but unofficial word from Victory is “sometime after the first of the year.” Production is reported to be limited, so if you think this is the motorcycle for you I suggest you send us a message or stop in and let us know you want to be on the list.
A photo gallery of Cross Roads and Cross Country pictures from the dealer show below. Photos of the rest of the bikes on display can be found here.