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St. Paris, Ohio
Reviewed on July 16, 2012
The Victory Cross Roads LE build plate #155 that I bought two months ago is by far the best bike I've ever ridden. At the age of 27, there's no doubt in my mind that it will be the last bike I'll have to buy until I reach retirement age. After owning a Goldwing and a couple other cruisers along the way, th...
The Victory Cross Roads LE build plate #155 that I bought two months ago is by far the best bike I've ever ridden. At the age of 27, there's no doubt in my mind that it will be the last bike I'll have to buy until I reach retirement age. After owning a Goldwing and a couple other cruisers along the way, this bike just beats all in my book and the riding experiences I've had. The ride is as smooth as a ribbon and handles like a dream with tons of power on demand at any speed. I also like the fact that the 106cu engine is very smooth and quiet, kind of reminds me of the grandmother' Singer sewing machine - haha. The build and overall quality is very nice with a lot of thought put into it. All it took was a test ride and a good look over for me to realize this. I was seriously considering a new Harley because no matter how you look at them they are nice bikes, but after looking at the Harleys and riding a couple, I found that for some reason they didn't fit me well. I also could tell that by riding the Harleys that money would have to be thrown at them for things like a new seat, extra foot pegs or floor boards and new exhaust to open them up because of emission rules our goverment has put on them. I was turned off by the fact of buying a $15,000 to $20,000 bike just to have to throw more money at it to make it the way I wanted. So I went to a Victory dealership and sat on my Cross Roads LE and what a difference. I was thrilled with the fact that I could buy a new bike that was set up from the factory the way it should be. The stock seat is very comfortable and will never need to be replaced for a better one, the floor boards are huge with way more than enough foot room and even with the emissions on the bike in stock form, I see no need whatsoever to have to put an exhaust system or a programmer on this bike because is runs good and right from factory (it's not all choked down). The riding position on this Victory is very relaxed, so much so that I'm not even going to bother with adding a rider's backrest, just a passenger's backrest for the wife. The other nice thing about the bike is its awesome for 2 up riding. There's no real difference in handling or power at all with the second person on board. The first couple of times I took the wife out on it, I could feel her getting all tensed up and bracing for impact on bumps and things like railroad crossings but it didnt take long for her to realize that you could barely feel them. So it's a good ride for her too and she's relaxed now - hahaha. So far I've been nothing but impressed and very satisfied. I feel like I've got my money's worth. Besides a Honda Goldwing and an Electro Glide Harley and the fact that I haven't ridden them all, I don't know of any other bike stock from factory that I can ride for four hours straight (or until you run out of gas) that when you get off your backside feels like you just got on. 2 big thumbs up on the 2012 Victory Cross Roads LE. (The accesories for these bikes are very, very high quality, too. I asked for a sissy bar and they handed me what looked like the back off a lazyboy chair).