I'v had my 9 for 5yrs and started thinking a little about a touring bike, not being a Harley guy I stopped by a Victory dealer yesterday and tried out a Cross Country Touring bike. First off this bike is big and has more bells and whistles than I could take in at first glance so I fired it up and took off. Right out the driveway I noticed it was a little heavy and almost had to put my foot down when I turned onto the main road.Once I got going it was pretty smooth and laid back and comfortable, I opened it up a little and shifted through the gears, definitely not the nine as far as acceleration but handled good in the curves, going uphill in a few areas I was downshifting into 4th. I'd read about engine noise and guess the article were right, the engine could be heard above the exhaust and the tranny was pretty clunky, more so than the 9. I put about 20+miles on it and wind protection was really good and I could have gone all day on it in comfort. The dealer asked my opinion when I returned it, had to be honest, I guess I'm not ready for a full touring rig, a little louder exhaust would cover up engine and tranny noise but I think I'd miss the 9's torque and HP. I guess I'll be lookin for a better windshield for my 9.