Hi everyone. I've decided to keep my Victory Cross Country so I'm out of looking for a different bike for now. Some options came available to allow me to restructure some finances and keep it. I was really reluctant to get rid of it and I'm sure I would have really missed it if I had. I do appreciate all the response and advice from those that offered it. I still may upgrade my 16 year old son to a Kawi in the not to distant future. He is riding the '82 Yamaha 400 that I got new when I was a teen which is kind of cool in a way but I think a 900 Vulcan might be a good next step for him down the road when it's time to take things to the next level. There seems to a a lot of good down to earth people on this forum and that's kind of refreshing based on what I've seen from some others.
Glad it worked out.
The 900 is a great bike, for sure. My wife and I tour two-up with it all the time, with hard bags, a tour pak, and luggage strapped on to boot! I'm not sure why someone would have an issue with it two up, unless they were trying to tour at 110 or something.
It does get a little buzzy on the highway, no real vibrations to speak of but it runs at a fairly high RPM which bothers some people. Also, a mono shock suspension so poorly maintained roads can wear you down sometimes. Other than that though, it's a fantastic bike. Considering the price and fuel economy, it's definitely worth it even with the compromises it inherently has.
FWIW, I wouldn't really consider it a 'small' bike at all. Yes, it has less cc's of displacement than some other bikes, but it weighs nearly as much, has as much power, and is as big or (more often than not) is bigger physically than many much larger bikes (1500/1600 Vulcans, it's longer and a tad wider than anything Harley makes including touring bikes, etc.) But that's me. CC's don't always tell the whole story.
It's a great bike, but I wouldn't mind a Victory XC