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109 New or Updated Motorcycles for 2017 and 2018

Triumph Street Scrambler

Talk about an embarrassment of riches! More than 100 street motorcycles are all-new or significantly updated for the 2017 or 2018 model years. This bumper crop includes bikes from 16 manufacturers in 8 different countries, and the variety in terms of displacement, style, technology and performance is staggering. Here they are, in alphabetical order. 2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Major overhaul ...

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10 Coolest Motorcycles for 2017

2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber

The 2017 model year will go down as one of the most exciting in motorcycle history. Sneak peeks of 2017 models started in late 2015 and continued steadily throughout 2016, with at least 100 all-new or significantly updated motorcycles announced by 13 different manufacturers—everything from state-of-the-art, high-tech sportbikes to retro-styled bobbers, café racers and scramblers, in all shapes, sizes and ...

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Victory Motorcycles Announces Its 2017 Lineup

2017 Victory Motorcycles lineup

Victory Motorcycles has worked hard to live up to its “Modern American Muscle” tagline. In the past few months, Victorys earned a 2nd place podium position at the Isle of Man TT in the electric bike class, were the 2nd and 3rd fastest motorcycles to climb Pikes Peak with the Empulse RR (electric) and Project 156 (gas) prototypes, completed a ...

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2017 Victory Octane – First Ride Review

2017 Victory Octane

Building a motorcycle brand from scratch is hard work. Launched by Polaris Industries in 1998, Victory Motorcycles struggled during its first decade to build motorcycles and an identity that resonated with American buyers. Growth can be difficult when you’re in the cold, dark shadow of a well-established competitor like Harley-Davidson. But Victory eventually caught its stride, forming a successful partnership ...

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2017 Victory Octane – First Look Review

2017 Victory Octane

Victory’s new tagline is “Modern American Muscle,” and it’s flexing its biceps with the early-release 2017 Octane, a mid-sized cruiser powered by a liquid-cooled, 60-degree, 1,179cc V-twin with DOHC and four valves per cylinder that makes a claimed 104 horsepower and 76 lb-ft of torque. Victory says it weighs just 528 pounds (dry), does the quarter-mile in 12 seconds and ...

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2016 Victory Empulse TT vs. 2015 Zero SR — Rider Comparo


Motorcycling is often compared to flying, since riders and pilots both enjoy a special blend of freedom, maneuverability and grace. But motorcycles and airplanes are often loud, with their engine and exhaust noises—for better or worse—dominating the sensory experience. I love the pulsing cadence of a V-twin or the high-pitched howl of an in-line four as much as the next ...

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Victory Unveils the All-Electric Empulse TT


Building on the innovative design and engineering that produced the fastest U.S. electric motorcycle at the 2015 Isle of Man TT Zero race, Victory Motorcycles has introduced the 2016 Empulse TT, the first all-electric addition to the Victory lineup. The Victory Empulse TT is a fully electric street-legal sportbike. Building on Victory Motorcycle’s focus on performance, the Empulse TT features ...

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2016 Victory Magnum X-1 – First Look Review


Named after the Bell X-1, the plane that broke the sound barrier with legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager at the controls, the new Magnum X-1 is the latest loud-and-proud cruiser from Victory. Based on the Magnum big-wheel bagger introduced last year, the X-1 cranks the volume with 10 speakers (up from six) and 200 watts (up from 100) of audio ...

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2014 Cutting-Edge Cruisers – Snapshot Reviews


There was a time, not that long ago, when in motorcycle terms cruisers were considered something less—simpler machines that were somewhat inferior to other bikes in terms of function. After all, a touring bike’s function is to deliver many miles of comfort while hauling riders and luggage, a sportbike excels in terms of power and handling reined in by great ...

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2014 Victory Boardwalk Review

2014 Victory Boardwalk

The Victory brand was started by Polaris Industries in 1998 as a means of addressing the lucrative big-inch V-twin market that Harley-Davidson largely had to itself. The bikes are built in Minnesota and Iowa, as are the Indians. From the start, Victory wanted to position its bikes as more performance-oriented V-twins than Harleys and, as a result, they utilize an ...

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