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Polaris recalls 26,182 Victory motorcycles for possible melting of brake lines and wires.

Polaris recalls 26,182 Victory motorcycles for possible melting of brake lines and wires.

Victory doesn’t make motorcycles but Polaris still has obligations towards them.

After making motorcycles for 18 years, Polaris shut down operations of Victory Motorcycles back in January as it struggled to keep up with the attention pulled by the Harleys and the Indian. But had made commitments to assist dealers with providing service and warranty coverage for a period of 10 years.

Looks like its first proof of the same commitment has come up the surface in the form of this major recall from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) which affects a swath of models from the defunct American manufacturer that have issues with their brake line melting away.

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2016 - 2017 Victory Magnum / Magnum X-1

2016 - 2017 Victory Magnum / Magnum X-1

Victory may be the new kid on the block amongst American motorcycle manufacturers, but it has some significant advantages that “new” builders seldom enjoy. Namely, it falls under the Polaris umbrella, and benefits from the deep pockets and technical expertise that Polaris brings to the table. Victory started out making cruisers with an eye toward capturing a slice of the domestic market, and at this point it’s fair to say they have succeeded in gaining more than just a toehold and are beginning to pose a serious threat to the “Old Guard” brands such as Harley-Davidson and Indian.

Well OK, the threat to Indian is more of a case of Polaris taking some wind out of its own sails since the Indian brand also falls under their purview, but the point remains valid; Victory is gaining momentum. Join me whilst I take a look at the Magnum family, and let’s see if we can smoke out the reasons behind its burgeoning popularity.

Continue reading for my review of the Victory Magnum and Magnum X-1 Stealth.

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2015 Victory Magnum

2015 Victory Magnum

Since its first production model rolled off the line on the fourth of July in 1998, Victory Motorcycles has been roaring forward, establishing itself as a premier American manufacturer. To meet demand for the increasing popularity of baggers — and with 21.3 gallons of storage, it fits the bill as a "bagger" — Victory built the 2015 Magnum to be a somewhat pimped-out version of its Cross Country. I say “somewhat” because the Cross Country was pretty fly to begin with, and while the changes seem small on paper, their collective impact makes a big difference.

Continue reading for my review of the 2015 Victory Magnum.

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