When Victory introduced the Cross Country in late 2009, it didn’t take long for the bagger to become a market favorite. This bike provided a fresh face in the factory bagger segment with the edgy lines of its fork-mounted fairing, a beautifully crafted tank with a raised spine, sharp lines and strategic recesses, and handling that its competitors wished they could match.
Now that the Cross Country has its legs under it in the segment, 2012 offered the perfect opportunity to release its full touring credentials in the Cross Country Tour.
As a take on the Cross Country, the Cross Country Tour comes with plenty of new features, including a taller windshield, the addition of a big top-case that doubles as a passenger backrest, extra speakers for the stereo system, new lower fairings, and a slick new system of vents and deflectors which allow riders to channel air flow to their liking. The Tour’s tall, wide windshield helps pocket the rider in a cocoon in mostly still air while the new topcase provides a contoured, padded backrest. When passengers are kicking back in the improved accommodations of the bike, the extra speakers integrated into the top-case makes for a great listening experience as their hair is being blasted off by the wind.
The large fork-mounted fairing of the Cross Country Tour now wears new, clear wind deflectors located on the fairing’s lower edge. The deflectors, along with the airflow controls in the lowers, are what Victory calls the Comfort Control System.
Find out more about the Victory Cross Country Tour after the jump.
106 CUBIC-INCH FREEDOM V-TWIN
At the heart of the Cross Country Tour sits the Freedom V-Twin power plant, expertly balanced for the perfectly controlled explosion that delivers 109 ft lbs of hole shot torque. Maestro of the motorcycle world, it’s what keeps man, machine and highway working together in perfect harmony.
6-SPEED OVERDRIVE TRANSMISSION
The highest performing transmission on the road receives the power generated by the massive V-twin and seamlessly turns it into something you can use. Neutral Selection Assist and helical-cut gears ensure every shift is as quiet and smooth as the one before it.
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
Since Mother Nature seldom listens to the weather requests of motorcycle enthusiasts, we’ve taken means to accommodate her. Down below the knees, we’ve given the Cross Country Tour dual fairing vents (as well as a storage box). Close ‘em for complete protection in cold or rain, open ‘em wide when the weather’s more agreeable.
After making every other aspect of going the distance as effortless as possible, the throttle hand still had a beef about being overworked. By adding precise, automotive-style cruise control, the right mitt can now simply hang on and enjoy the ride.
4.7 INCHES OF REAR SUSPENSION TRAVEL
Just in case the open road gets too lonely the class-leading rear suspension features an easily adjusted air shock and coil spring, ensuring a smooth ride for you and any adventure seeking passenger.
Add up lower faring space, trunk and saddlebags and you get an amazing, best-in-class 41.1 gallons of storage space.
SADDLEBAG AND RAILS
With lockable latches and 21.3-gallon capacity, the Cross Country Tour can protect from theft and accomodate a passenger that doesn’t follow the "travel lightly" rule. Exquisitely designed chrome rails provide style as well as tip-over insurance that you’ll be grateful for when your brother-in-law asks to ride.
HEATED SEATS AND GRIPS
The Cross Country Tour lacks for nothing in the comfort category, and as proof we offer up heated seats and handgrips as exhibit A. Together they offer the best means of enhancing your road warrior reputation by adding precious road time to both sides of summer.
To maximize comfort, we’ve raised the windshield, resulting in reduced buffeting and increased wind and rain protection.
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.
A machine that looks this good deserves to be seen. The High Intensity Discharge headlamp shines four times brighter than standard halogen headlamps and shouts ‘HERE I COME’ four times louder. Since it also lasts 10 times longer, you can see your way ocean to ocean with every mile marker perfectly illuminated.
Power from the engine can now be sipped to charge phones, cameras, or anything that uses a 12v socket. Sometime during your long distance cruise you may need to call in support for that rider stranded with a lesser motorcycle.
12 volts / 18 amp hours
Bore x Stroke
101 x 108 mm
48 amps max output
9.4 : 1
Air / oil
106 ci / 1731 cc
4-stroke 50° V-Twin
Split dual exhaust with crossover
Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt
5.8 gal / 22 ltr
Electronic Fuel Injection with dual 45mm throttle body
5.0 qts / 4.75 ltr
Drive Gear drive with torque compensator
6-speed overdrive constant mesh
Single overhead camshafts with 4 valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters
845 lbs / 384 kg
5.8 in / 148 mm
1360 lbs / 618 kg
108.1 in / 2747 mm
29.0° / 5.6 in / 142 mm
26.25 in / 667 mm
65.7 in / 1670 mm
Inverted cartridge telescopic fork, 43 mm diameter, 5.1 in / 130 mm travel
Single, mono-tube gas, cast aluminum with constant rate linkage, 4.7 in / 120 mm travel, air adjustable
system Dual 300mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers
system 300mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper
130/70R18 Dunlop Elite 3
18 x 3.0 in
180/60R16 Dunlop Elite 3
16 x 5.0 in
Solid Black; Solid Sunset Red; Solid Pearl White
Motorcycle-Usa ---- "For 2012, Victory Motorcycles gave the Cross Country full touring credentials and dubbed it the 2012 Cross Country Tour."
Cycleworld ---- "Having learned from that exercise, Victory put the Cross Country into the lineup. It’s a more conventional big-inch American touring rig, though the Vision’s sense of sweep and the artful eye of Arlen Ness are everywhere you look."
Motorcycle ---- "Victory’s Cross Country has left a positive impression on the motorcycle-buying public as well as the moto media in the past two years, earning Best Cruiser in our Best Of 2010 awards. For 2012 Victory has expanded the Cross Country into the Cross Country Tour."