THE INDUSTRY learned today that Victory’s CORE concept bike is more than just a styling exercise: It’s the underpinning of two brand-new touring bikes, the Cross Roads and Cross Country (shown above). Victory also announced the rest of its 2010 lineup, including a new Hammer 8-Ball, a new Vision 8-Ball and some interesting changes (and farewells) to last year’s models.
We first reported on the CORE prototype in January. The idea, Victory said, was to show a bare-bones bike. The lack of bodywork meant designers had to incorporate the fuel system, airbox, battery box and electrical into the cast-aluminum frame. The designers also increased the airbox volume and chassis rigidity.
Dress the CORE up in classic cruiser styling, and you get the Cross Roads. Victory claims the motorcycle has the most storage space and load capacity in its class: 21 gallons and 580 lbs. Furthermore, Victory says that in its class, the bike has the longest floorboards (18 inches), longest rear suspension travel (4.72 inches), lowest seat height (26.25 inches), lightest weight (745 lbs) and fastest quarter-mile and zero-to-60 times. A claimed 92 horsepower and 109 ft.-lbs. of torque are made by the 106 cu. in. Freedom V-twin mated to a six-speed tranny. The Cross Roads comes with the full windshield shown, and its gas tank holds 5.8 gallons.
A set up from the Cross Roads is the Cross Country. All the claims above apply to it except that it has a tad less load capacity (560 lbs.) and is a little heavier (765 lbs.). Sweetening the pot are a handlebar-mounted fairing, a 3-inch-thick touring seat, a two-speaker stereo and cruise control.
More than 100 accessories are available for the Cross Roads and Cross Country, Victory says. They include a stage 1 exhaust, a “Big Mouth” exhaust tip, a Garmin Zumo 660 GPS, chromed saddlebag lid rails, luggage racks, a passenger backrest and two heated-seat options.
The most luxurious Victory touring bike for 2010 is the returning Victory Tour Premium. New for 2010 are brake pad material that’s reportedly more aggressive and quieter; a new radio display; a quieter intake; an easy-access side stand; and a linked-ABS option that retails for $1,000. The Powerlet 12-volt accessory power socket was replaced with a more common cigarette-lighter-style one.
Victory refers to above touring bikes as “three bikes for three distinct riding needs,” equating the Cross Roads with the back roads, the Cross Country with the highway, and the Vision with the interstate. The company sees the lineup appealing to a crowd spanning from those who indentify mostly with the words traditional, American, heritage, essential to those more in tune with progressive, global, modern, luxury. (Continued)