No doubt that Victory gets every year a larger share of the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market. It really started in New York City in January 2007 when the company unveiled the Victory Vision, probably one of the most revolutionary luxury touring motorcycles in industry history. Then in 2010 when the touring lineup was expanded with the addition of the Cross Country model. Its progressive styling and low mean look is not only favored by the bagger crowd, but as predicted, is becoming one of the very few bagger models on which custom builders like to show their skills. Victory touring bikes extending their popularity to Europe, it was no surprise for me to learn that during the last 3 months internationally renown custom builder Fred Kodlin was working his magic on a Cross Country, and becoming, as far as I know, the first builder to give a Victory bagger the tall 26″ front wheel treatment.
I know that some of you criticize, for different reasons, the use of tall wheels from 21″ to 30″ on a bagger. Let just say that 1- It looks pretty good. 2- That there is the wrong and right way to change your stock 18″ wheel (in the case of the Cross Country) to a taller one. 3- That this modification (above 21″) requires, like on a Harley bagger, a modification of stock frame and rake. Of course, Fred Kodlin did it the right way, extending the frame, adding 6 degrees to the 29-degree stock rake, installing a 7-degree triple tree, a 2-step process letting you fit a 26 x 3.5″front wheel dressed with 26 x 120 Vee Rubber tire without risk of interference on a maximum front suspension travel. To improve styling even more, Fred switched the lower legs to a set of Harley-Davidson and increased flowing lines by stretching the stock Victory fairing.
Thanks to its Freedom 4-stroke 50-deg V-Twin EFI 106″ with dual 45 mm throttle body, to its 6-speed overdrive transmission and single mono tube air adjustable 4.7” travel rear suspension, the Victory Cross Country has a superb reputation as a smooth, very reliable long distance tourer. So, Fred didn’t touch what he could not improve, focusing on all other cosmetic aspects of the bike. Below a shortened tech sheet. Fred Kodlin Murdercycles.
Name: BRD Victory. Owner: Falk. Model: 2011 Victory Cross Country. Time: 3 months. Exhaust: Victory/Kodlin. Wheels: Front, 26 x 3.5″ Metalsport/Kodlin 5-spoke (TUV approved). Rear, stock 16 x 5″. Front fender: 26″ Kodlin. Fender/bags. Metal by Kodlin with integrated turn signals. Gas tank: stretched and lowered keeping about a 5-gallon capacity. Handlebars: Kodlin Bonanza Fat. Oil tank: stock. Paint: Sinnwell (Design & Airbrush), House Of Kolor special mix.