Smooth transmission shifting was also addressed by redesigning the shift forks for increased stiffness and strength combined with a new profile on the shifter drum that reduces shift resistance. One of the most dramatic changes was the addition of a centrifugally operated Neutral Selection Assist mechanism that makes finding Neutral about as easy as thinking about it. Below approximately 9 mph the tranny cannot be shifted into Second gear, with Neutral being selected if the shift lever is clicked upwards. This prevents missed Neutrals while coming to a stop and reduces clutch wear. Smooth, rapid downshifting performance was also improved with the new transmission design. While it's nice to read about improvements it's even better when a rider can feel the difference and we're happy to report the new transmission addresses any past issues and works very well. An upside to the quieter transmission and primary was the ability for Victory to increase the exhaust rumble.
Rounding out the major powertrain improvements is a new 48-amp charging system with a shielded rotor design that's been redesigned to make more power at lower rpm. The voltage regulator has been upgraded to have less leak-current when parked as well as having better heat resistance.
On the chassis side of things there are new features that go across the entire lineup such as all black components: brake calipers and rotors, lower belt guards, floorboards, switch housings and cubes, audio control switch, and cruise control switch. All models now come with a gear indicator. A newly designed side-stand now incorporates a hook design for easier access. The floorboard shifter was redesigned and easily accepts the accessory heel shifter for those that like it. Model-specific upgrades will be covered in more detail below.
The CR is the most stripped down bike in the touring lineup, comparable to a H-D Road King in classic looks and amenities. As we previously mentioned the CORE Custom Program is the highlight of the CR model. It's a way to maximize options for true customization right from the dealer. In addition to getting what you want it's also the most economical way to get yourself on a true touring bike for less money. If you like soft saddlebags why buy a bike with hard bags only to have to shell out more cash for what you really want? Do you want tip-over protection? On the front or rear; both?
Other than the value savings of the program itself the CR comes in at significantly less money than the competition. You're not giving up anything either as the saddlebags are the largest in the industry, you get class leading power out of the 106/6 combination, plus cruise control comes as standard equipment.
To further increase the touring capabilities of the CR (and the CC) Victory unveiled a color-matched, quick-release trunk that will retrofit to all '10 Cross models as well. The docking hardware for the trunk come on the bike directly from the factory; so there is no need to buy another kit to add accessories like the trunk or a sissy bar. The Lock & Ride trunk goes on or off in seconds and can be locked into place to prevent theft. The weatherproof and spacious trunk has enough room for two full-face helmets, a padded passenger backrest, high-mounted LED taillight, power outlet, and dual audio speakers. We wonder if there is something coming down the line as far as audio for the CR, as there is no radio on this model. Something we really liked was the inclusion of a matched lock cylinder with every new CR or CC; when the time comes to get the trunk the ignition key can be used on the trunk as well. Each of the Cross models comes prewired for the trunk-it's a plug and play proposition, and very easy to install or remove.
A new VDO speedometer is a nice addition with its blue backlighting and feature-rich display. The analog-dialed speedo is able to switch units from MPH/KPH and includes a large LCD screen that displays a clock, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, tachometer, and a diagnostic readout, along with the usual suspects of warning lights for oil pressure, low fuel, Neutral, cruise control status, high-beam, and turn signals.