6 Common Victory Cross Country Problems (With Easy Fixes)

Victory Motorcycle is a child company of Polaris, the maker of the nicest ATVs on earth, equips a V twin, 1730 cc engine to produce 92 HP and 148 Nm torque to power your rides on The Victory Cross Country Cruiser.

It makes it the strongest rival giving a tough time to Harley’s Road Glide. Apparently and performance-wise, the Victory Cross Country is indeed impressive and features attractive bodywork all over it.

However, Victory Cross Country Problems should not be neglected, especially if you have a crush on it and you have almost decided to make it your partner for the next couple of years.

Let’s find out these problems with fixes to each so you can always stay one step ahead.

Victory Cross Country Problems

The common Victory Cross Country problems are unreliable Paint, average plastics components, Overheating engine, Turbulence at high speeds, ignition fuse problems, a faulty starter, Rock hard transmission, stiff clutch, belt noise, bad rear shock, clicking handlebar, faulty cruise control, vibration at some point and sometimes an underpowered engine.

Victory Cross Country Problems

1. Miserable Overheating Problems

Several owners reported problems related to heat. The overheating can be seen especially in hot climates where the engine oil starts to boil at 250° even.

Now, the engine keeps working and does not stop as usual, but it definitely can.

The overheating makes the engine sometimes hot enough that a rider will feel the heat passing under his pants, making it difficult to continue sitting and riding on it.

To get rid of it, you first need to make sure its radiator is working fine and the electronic fan as well. Make sure the radiator fins are clean and clear or do not block the air to pass. Check for it, and clean any potential blockage be it dust, debris, oil, or any distortion.

After making sure, check the coolant level and refill if it’s been evaporated or not enough. Use the right coolant for motorcycles and don’t forget to check for any leak, damage, or distortion in the coolant box.

Take a look at its thermostat and fix or replace it if needed.

In some cases, the thermostat, coolant, or radiator is not the cause, the cause of overheating could be aftermarket accessories too. If they are not properly installed, they may contribute to the cause.

Also, your riding pattern can affect things and cause them to overheat.

2. Buffeting and High-Speed Turbulence

One of the most common problems in Cross Country is a buffeting body and turbulence at high speeds, especially on highways, and a motorcycle helmet on your head.

A whole lot of owners constantly face this trouble both on Victory Cross Country and on Victory Vision.

The major contribution to the cause is its windscreen which is built pretty upwards and this height along with the tilt angle causes this to happen.

Firstly, both its height and angle affect the flow of air and affect readability. Then, its aerodynamics are compromised too.

To overcome this, you can do 2 or 3 things, to be honest. First, you can install the stock windscreen and opt for an adjustable windscreen with better and optimal aerodynamics.

Second, you can add handlebar risers to improve the airflow. In my opinion, you should consider adding lower air fairings and wind deflectors instead, to make things smooth and stable.

The last thing, you should use better gear and motorcycle accessories optimized for high speed. For example, if you are using a conventional helmet, get a sports motorcycle helmet with better aerodynamics. Don’t wear loose clothes, instead wear a fitted riding suit.

3. Blown Ignition Fuse and Faulty Starter

Well, Victory Cross Country is some sort of a perfect motorcycle with few engine-related problems except for this one here and the next.

A few owners reported issues with its engine starter and a blown ignition fuse, not allowing you to start the bike safely and flawlessly.

This frustrating problem can occur due to multiple reasons. For the most common ones, the starter solenoid or a starter relay located near its battery is the root cause of blowing the fuse. 

And, that solenoid certainly fails due to a high current motor that overloads the engine and leaves it in complete chaos, and eventually blows the ignition fuse and starter.

The starter on Victory Cross Country generally fails between 15 to 25,000 miles.

You can avoid this malfunction from happening if you have seen any rust signs. So, you should consistently keep cleaning the battery terminals, and make sure it has enough charge and volts so it does not run out of power and current.

A blown ignition fuse can also be a result of an internal short circuit in the wiring. As a result, the ignition switch wears out and no longer works. In that case, you need to replace its ignition switch and continue fixing other components.

4. Hard Transmission and Belt Issues

Sometimes, you have an amazing experience on Victory Cross while other times it seems like you are driving a tractor. Due to its hard clutch and gears, owners reported this problem in the Victory Cross Country.

For its hard gear and clutch first, the main reason why it feels hard is due to excessive wear and tear in the components.

All thanks to poor lubrication, not taking care of maintenance, and too old engine oil.

Clutch springs, plate, and cable, all components wear out quickly on all Victory motorcycles, including Cross Country.

Due to improper clutch adjustment, the gear shifting gets hard both in engaging and disengaging. You need to adjust the cable and gears properly, so they can sync with each other.

Then, use the right lubrication or engine oil and regularly check the oil levels.

Another transmission issue is the failure of the belt and most commonly the noisy belts. The problem occurs throughout the Victory line-up. It’s either too tight or too loose, causing the belt to slip and wear out faster than ever.

The alignment is also an issue and it eventually breaks every 10k miles. Getting a high-quality belt is the only solution to try and test it out.

5. Cruise Control Problems

Just like in the Victory Vision, the cruise control on Cross Country is still a problem since its recall. The cruise control fails to respond on time, malfunctions and affects the rideability.

The cruise control on these bikes fails due to bad sensors and you need to replace them as a last option. Its switches on the handlebar sometimes suck and you can not engage or disengage the cruise in that case.

Rainwater is its enemy and the main cause of the immense failure because you can’t control it when it fails. Other than that, it automatically increases or decreases the speed, without your command or instructions.

6. Poor Paint and Plastics Quality

Well, it has nothing to do directly with the performance of your machine, but it still matters a lot in terms of looks, feel, and controls.

Remember, the Polaris (i.e., the Victory) is providing these machines for significantly lower prices than a Harley, so they had to cut the cost somewhere.

They compromised on the paint quality because it’s not everlasting and plastics on certain components.

You can scratch the paint pretty easily and just imagine its condition if it meets a minor accident.

Same for the plastics, the parts near the speedometer and handlebars are mostly of average plastic quality, they don’t feel great and sound just not so good.

Both the plastic parts and paints can fade in a couple of years even if you don’t scratch them.

So, the best thing to do is to repair it if any damage has already happened and use high gloss UV sheets on it, to enhance both its looks and longevity.

Victory Cross Country User Feedback/Reviews:

This is the sixth bike I have owned. The past three have been, Vegas, Kingpin, and now the Cross Country Tour. This bike is by far the most comfortable of any bike I have ridden. The Sunset Red is awesome. My wife and I can pack the kitchen sink if we wanted, too. With the upgrades, I have 96 hp. and 109 ft. pounds at the rear wheel. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars on quality is there was a small blemish in the paint on the front corner of the tour pack and, the left windshield mount inside the fairing is loose at 1,900 miles. It’s still one great bike!! Source: Victory Cross Country Reviews

Extremely fun to ride, handle like a dream, One downfall is the paintwork is poor, parts are hard to get hold of and extremely expensive, Turning is difficult unless on a very wide road! otherwise, I would definitely recommend it to a friend! Source: Victory Cross Country Reviews

Technical Specifications of Victory Cross Country:

SpecificationDetails
Engine1731cc, 4-stroke V-Twin
CoolingAir/Oil Cooled
Compression Ratio9.8:1
Transmission6-speed
Final DriveCarbon Fiber Reinforced Belt
Front Suspension43mm Conventional Telescopic Fork
Rear SuspensionSingle, Mono-Tube Gas, Cast Aluminum with Constant Rate Spring
Front BrakeDual 300mm Floating Rotors with 3-piston calipers
Rear BrakeSingle 300mm Floating Rotors with 2-piston calipers
Front Tire130/70R18
Rear Tire180/60R16
Length104.4 inches (2,650 mm)
Width40.4 inches (1,025 mm)
Height58.8 inches (1,495 mm)
Seat Height26.3 inches (667 mm)
Wheelbase5.8 gallons (22 litres)
Fuel Capacity5.8 gallons (22 liters)
Weight765 lbs (347 kg)
ColorsVarious options available
Warranty2-year limited warranty
Source: Victory Cross Country

Sources:

Victory Cross Country Tour

Victory Models Recalled

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