Voted most helpful review
Vancouver, British Columbia
Reviewed on December 20, 2011
Another smashing success for Victory! The 2011 Cory Ness Cross Country is the finest bagger, period! OK, what credentials allow me to say that? I have ridden Harleys for a lifetime, both professionally and for recreation. I own a gorgeously modified Arlen Ness '09 Vision, done by Arlen, the master himse...
Another smashing success for Victory! The 2011 Cory Ness Cross Country is the finest bagger, period! OK, what credentials allow me to say that? I have ridden Harleys for a lifetime, both professionally and for recreation. I own a gorgeously modified Arlen Ness '09 Vision, done by Arlen, the master himself, and recently added the Cory Ness XC to the stable. After thousands of miles astride the mighty Vision, I thought that was all there was. It beat the HD products I have ridden and owned. So far, it is like comparing apples to oranges. Handling, comfort, power, R & D, build and, oh yes, style (which is subjective of course), are its strong suits. I recently got back from a ride up and down the Pacific Coast Hwy. on my new Cory Ness XC with a buddy riding his '09 Screaming Eagle Ultra Glide. I chose the 2011 because of its gorgeous Sunset Red paint job. He still is wondering how I managed to be so far ahead of him through the twisties of Big Sur and even more so on the famous Ortega Hwy. in So. Cal. The XC is one sweet package. It out-handles, out-powers and out-comforts the best rig HD can muster, the Screaming Eagle EG! The XC carries so much in the accommodating saddlebags a tour pack trunk is not necessary. This alone adds so much handling prowess over the heavier handling HD. Comfort on the XC is superb. Huge saddle and footboards along with such a progressive suspension set the stage for non-stop riding. No need to after-market this ride like so many I have owned previously. I had no need to stop if it were not for fuel stops. Eight hundred mile days are not unheard of. My friend on his premium HD cannot say the same. Everywhere we stopped overnight, the big XC received so much attention from passers-by, motor cops, and the gals, my friend told me he might as well not be along for the ride when the bikes were parked together. Out of interest, the two bikes paint jobs are almost identical in color. Never thought I would say this, but I think with this model, the Victory outshines the big HD. Victory clearly is in this market to make its mark! With the annual addition of new motorcycles and not simple additions of new paint and chrome tidbits, it is no wonder that big cruiser sales are up over all competition by over 25% worldwide! The new Hard-Ball is poised to take the market by storm. The ride one, you will buy one marketing moniker is accurate. I did and bought two so far!