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2015 - 2017 Victory Gunner

2015 - 2017 Victory Gunner

Victory’s Gunner brings modern, V-twin performance and a fresh take on the classic Bobber look. Essentially unchanged between 2015 and 2017, the Gunner carries the Freedom 106/6 mill that pushes it into the power-cruiser category with 100-plus pounds of grunt and a top speed upwards of 130 mph. It needs every bit of that power to compete against the other big U.S. players; Harley-Davidson and Victory’s sister under the Polaris umbrella and longtime H-D foe, Indian Motorcycles. As the new kid on a very tough block, Victory bills itself as the American Performance brand, a brave moniker if you aren’t prepared to back it up. Let’s see what Victory has in store for us in its base-model cruiser, ya’ know, other than the monster V-twin.

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2016 - 2017 Victory Hammer S

2016 - 2017 Victory Hammer S

Price king in Victory’s 2017 cruiser lineup is the Hammer S with its awesome 250 mm rear tire, inverted forks and red on black racing-style colorway. Originally introduced in 2006, the Hammer S appeals to the cruiser crowd with that easy-going rider triangle. With plenty of torque in the low-to-mid range, the bike is surprisingly nimble and responsive for its size. As a "super-cruiser," the Hammer S won’t be left behind if your friends are still into sportbikes. For the size, power, black-out look and almost bare-necessity instrumentation, you definitely get the no-nonsense "muscle" vibe.

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2016 - 2017 Victory High-Ball

2016 - 2017 Victory High-Ball

Victory is something of a Johnny-come-lately in the American motorcycle scene (since 1998). Its main competitors, Indian Motorcycles — which falls under the Polaris umbrella along with Victory — and Harley-Davidson, boast over 100 years of experience each in the U.S. market, so there can be no doubt that Victory has its work cut out for it. The factory usually uses its lack of deep roots as a springboard for a more-progressive design, but the High-Ball is something of a departure from the norm. Let’s take a look at this ride and see what Victory does with the modern-retro combo.

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2016 - 2017 Victory Vegas / Vegas 8-Ball

2016 - 2017 Victory Vegas / Vegas 8-Ball

Even though Victory and Indian Motorcycles both fall under the Polaris Industries Inc. umbrella, the products offered by each company are as chalk to cheese. Indian tends to embrace the past, while Victory looks to the future. The Vegas line represents the factory’s attempt to define the contemporary American, bare-cruiser market.

After a three-year hiatus, the Vegas base model made it onto the 2016 lineup in Sunset Red sheet metal with a blackout drivetrain and bits of chrome while the 8-Ball version takes this Victory all the way over to the dark side with a fully blacked-out, custom look sure to appeal to the domestic crowd. These colors carried forward to 2017. End result: a naked cruiser that elevates understatement to an art form. In fact, the bare-cruiser design is something of a blank canvas for custom builders, and there are projects out from Rick Fairless and the Ness family, just to name a few.

Continue reading my review of the Victory Vegas and Vegas 8-Ball.

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2015 - 2017 Victory Vision

2015 - 2017 Victory Vision

Introduced in 2007 as an addition to the Victory touring lineup for 2008, the Vision came in two versions: the Vision Street, which came standard with a full fairing and hard side bags and the Vision Tour, which included those features plus a hard trunk. In 2010, Victory renamed the Vision Street version the Vision 8-Ball, keeping the Vision Tour as its full dresser.

For 2017, Victory offers the Vision — with ABS and cruise control standard — alongside the Cross Country Tour as its mighty duo in the tourer bracket.

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2017 Victory Octane

2017 Victory Octane

Victory uses its success in the power-cruiser sector as a springboard into the burgeoning, performance-oriented American-made bike market. The Victory Octane leads the charge against opponents such as the V-Rod from Harley-Davidson, and perhaps the Indian Scout, and is meant for buyers looking for a domestic muscle bike that doesn’t fit in the Harley Breakout or Star Raider mold — buyers who are looking for something a little more progressive and a little less constrained by classic design considerations.

This is an important step for Victory since H-D is still king of the cruisers with Indian close behind and there isn’t a lot of room in the market for more cruisers, especially since the aforementioned companies are packing more punch into their powerplants nowadays. I believe Victory has found a niche, and is attempting to fill it. Let’s take a look at the filling, shall we?

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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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2016 Victory Cross Country

2016 Victory Cross Country

In direct competition with Harley-Davidson and other Made-in-the-USA brands in the traditional American style of a heavier motorcycle, Victory continues to reap a share of the market. When Polaris pushed a major expansion of production and marketing of Victory Motorcycles in 2010, it introduced the Cross Country as a hard-bagged cruiser with a handlebar-mounted fairing. For 2016, the Cross Country is still a contender, with the awesome Freedom 106/6 engine, a six-speed — with overdrive — transmission and smooth, on-demand power.

Even at 800 pounds, the bike seems well balanced and is easy to handle at low speed in traffic and while cruising the parking lot looking for an empty slot. On first rides, I’ve heard more than a couple of people said they really liked the way the bike handles and that was even before they got it out of the parking lot.

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2016 Victory Empulse TT

2016 Victory Empulse TT

Polaris Industries Inc. owns quite a few subsidiaries, and it recently added to them with the acquisition of electric bike manufacturer Brammo in 2015. Since Victory already serves as Polaris’ progressive-cruiser branch (as opposed to the nostalgic Indian designs), it seems a natural pairing to put the two together. Instead of starting from scratch, Victory adopted the Empulse concept from Brammo to give us the 2016 Empulse TT. Folks, this ain’t like the battery-powered toys we had as kids, or the slightly-better electric scooters and minibikes as of late, this is a real-world motorcycle that provides honest, practical service as a sustainable (read: green) form of basic transportation. While the technology hasn’t advanced enough to make electric bikes as practical as internal combustion bikes, its coming along, and the roughly 100-mile range of the Empulse TT ain’t exactly peanuts either – certainly enough for most daily commutes or weekend romps.

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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.

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2015 Victory Hammer 8-Ball

2015 Victory Hammer 8-Ball

With its mean look, blacked-out style and strong engine, the Victory Hammer 8 Ball is without a doubt an imposing motorcycle that demands respect from the moment you see it passing down the street.

The motorcycle sits on a front 18 inch wheel wrapped in 130/70R18 DUNLOP ELITE 3 tire and a rear 18 inch rim paired with a massive 250 mm tire.
We especially like the passenger seat which is integrated into the rear bodywork – with a removable gloss black cowl covering the seat.

As far as power is concerned, the Victory Hammer 8-Ball is propelled by a 106 cubic-inch freedom V-twin, fuel injected engine which delivers a maximum power of 110 ft-lb of torque. The engine’s power is kept in leash by a sic speed overdrive transmission with helical-cut gears.

The Victory Hammer 8-Ball is offered with a starting price of $14,999.

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2015 Victory Vegas 8-Ball

2015 Victory Vegas 8-Ball

If you are looking for a stylish, modern and cost-efficient cruiser then you should take a closer look at the Victory Vegas 8-Ball as it might be just what you needed.

We especially like its blacked-out features, the wide range of available accessories, the unique black stingray wheels, and the comfy riding position.

The motorcycle is built around a 1731 cc, 4-stroke 50° V-twin engine which generates a maximum torque of 110 ft-lbs. The engine’s power is kept in leash by a six speed overdrive transmission which features helical-cut gears for smooth and sure shifts.

The stopping power is handled by front single 300mm floating discs with a 4 piston caliper and rear 300 mm floating discs grabbed by a 2-piston caliper.

The Victory Vegas 8-Ball is offered with a base price of $12,499.

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2015 Victory High Ball

2015 Victory High Ball

The Victory High Ball is a stylish motorcycle that features a tasty custom appearance. We especially like the custom wheels, bobbed fenders and ape hangers which give it a fairly unique appearance.

At the heart of the Victory High Ball sits the Freedom 106/6 V - Twin, 4 - STROKE 50° engine which generates a maximum power of 110 ft lb of torque. The engine’s power is kept in leash by a six speed overdrive transmission which features helical cut gears.

The Victory High Ball rides on a pair of tasty 16” wheels which are wrapped in METZELER ME880 whitewall tires.

As far as prices are concerned, the Victory High Ball can be yours for no less than $13,349.

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2015 Victory Cross Country Tour

2015 Victory Cross Country Tour

Thanks to its wide range of features, the Victory Cross Country Tour is capable to cover long distances without any fuss.

Its ergonomic construction help you get a comfortable riding position and plenty of useful storage places. Pair that with its distinctive style and you’ll know why the Cross Country Tour has so many fans among the touring lovers.

Power comes from a 1731 cc, 4-stroke, 50° V-twin engine which is mated on a six speed overdrive constant mesh transmission.

For enhanced safety, the Victory Cross Country Tour is fitted with a modern Anti-Lock Brake System which helps you stop the bike properly in various riding conditions.

Other notable features include the Victory Comfort Control System, Cruise control, heated handgrips and individual heated seats.

The motorcycle can be yours for no less than $21,999.

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2015 Victory Cross Country 8-Ball

2015 Victory Cross Country 8-Ball

The Victory Cross Country 8 Ball is a stylish motorcycle that promises to keep you in full comfort even when you have to deal with long journeys.

It is powered by a 4-stroke, 50°, V – twin engine with a displacement of 1731 cc. The unit needs to deal with a weight of 339 kg (dry) and its power is transferred to the ground by means of a six speed overdrive constant mesh transmission.

Among the features offered by the Victory Cross Country 8-Ball you will find a stylish fairing, an audio system, plenty of storage spaces, comfortable seating for one or two riders and a standard gloss black paint job.

The stopping power is handled by dual 300MM floating rotors paired with 4-piston calipers up front and 2-piston calipers at the back.

The Victory Cross Country 8-Ball is offered with a starting price of $17,999.

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2015 Victory Cross Country

2015 Victory Cross Country

With its imposing attitude, modern technologies, generous storage places and first class ergonomics, the Victory Cross Country has all it needs to be considered the perfect solution for those who are looking for a capable bagger motorcycle.

The Victory Cross Country weighs 345 KG (dry) and at its heart sits a 4 - stroke, 50° V - Twin engine with a displacement of 1731 cc. The engine’s power is routed to the rear wheel by means of a 6-speed overdrive constant mesh transmission with wet, multiplate clutch.

Other features worthy of being mentioned include lockable hard saddlebags which offer 21.3 gallons of storage space, 2-Up seating a long-range 5.8-gallon fuel tank, ABS and cruise control.

The Victory Cross Country can be yours for no less than $18,999.

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2014 Victory Ness Cross Country Limited-Edition

2014 Victory Ness Cross Country Limited-Edition

The Victory Ness Cross Country Limited Edition comes with a comprehensive list of special features give it a fairly unique personality. Among them you’ll find diamond-cut heads, trick seat, and Ness custom graphics. The motorcycle was designed by Arlen, Cory and Zach Ness and is available in a limited number.

The Victory Ness Cross Country Limited-Edition also features a sleek, blacked-out boomerang windshield, and a pair of custom-looking saddlebags with a volume of 21.3 gallons.

At its heart sits a 1731 cc, 4 stroke, 50° V twin engine with 4 valves per cylinder. The engine is mated on a six speed overdrive constant mesh transmission with wet, multi-plate clutch and is fueled by a 22 liter fuel tank.

Victory Ness Cross Country Limited-Edition is offered with a base price of $22,999.

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2014 Victory Cross Country 8-Ball

2014 Victory Cross Country 8-Ball

The Victory Cross Country 8 Ball comes with a comprehensive list of features which help it delivers a fairly relaxed riding experience regardless of how long is your journey.

At the heart of the Victory Cross Country 8-Ball sits a 1731 Cc, 4 stroke 50° V twin engine which cranks out 106 lb-ft of torque and is mated on a 6-speed overdrive constant mesh transmission. The engine needs to deal with a gross weight of 618 kg and is fueled by a 22 liter fuel tank.

Among the features offered by the Victory Cross Country 8 ball you’ll find a stylish fairing, a capable audio system, plenty of storage spaces including two saddle bags with a volume of 21.3 gallons, comfortable seating for one or two riders and a blacked-out style.

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2014 Victory Cross Country

2014 Victory Cross Country

The Victory Cross Country is a bold bagger that has all it needs to be a great partner for long journeys on two wheels.

As far as style is concerned, the Victory Cross Country has a sleek, fairing that keeps you safe from rain, a fat 22 liter fuel tank, and lockable hard saddle bags that offer 21.3 gallons of convenient lockable storage space.

Once on board, the rider is greeted by 2-up seating, easy to read instrumentation and the integrated audio system with dual KICKER Premium speakers.

In terms of power the Victory Cross Country is equipped with a 1731 Cc, 4 Stroke 50° V Twin counter-balanced and fuel injected engine that generates up to 106 ft-lb of torque and is mated on a 6-speed transmission.

The Victory Cross Country is offered with a starting price of $18,999.

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2014 Victory Cross Roads Classic

2014 Victory Cross Roads Classic

The victory Cross Roads Classic is a classic bagger that promises to deliver plenty of comfort and adrenaline.

Featuring a stunning Two-Tone Bronze Mist & Khaki paint scheme, fat fenders, a stylish chromed light bar and a generous protective windshield, the Vitory Cross Roads Classic brings back the classic American style.

For enhanced versatility, the motorcycle is equipped with a pair of functional saddlebags which offer 17.4 gallons of storage. Like the seats, the saddlebags are trimmed with metal studs, which further enhance the special appearance of the motorcycle.

The Victory Cross Roads Classic is built around a 1731 cc, 4 stroke 50° V-twin, counter-balanced, fuel injected engine that delivers a peak torque of 106 ft-lb. The engine is linked to a six speed transmission with wet, multi-plate clutch and is fueled by a 22 liter fuel tank.

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