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2014 Victory Boardwalk Review

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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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2015 Victory Magnum – First Ride Review

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With a significant share of Polaris Industries’ motorcycle R&D focused on the Indian branch of the family tree, Victory’s new-for-2015 models are stylistic spin-offs rather than all-new platforms. We tested the Gunner, a stripped-down bobber based on the Judge, in our June issue, and I saddled up on the Magnum, a factory custom “big wheel bagger” based on the Cross ...

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2015 Victory Magnum – First Ride Review

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Photography by Riles & Nelson Motorcycle customization trends ebb and flow. Choppers, with their spindly, raked-out forks, beach-ball rear tires and bizarre riding positions, seemed ubiquitous a decade ago. But when the Great Recession popped the bubble of easy money, the chopper craze deflated. Chromed-out bling machines were out and more practical baggers, with wind-cheating fairings and handy luggage capacity, ...

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2015 Victory Magnum—First Look

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Victory Motorcycles has added another new bike to its 2015 lineup alongside the Gunner bobber. This time it’s a nice variation on the Cross Country called the Magnum with a custom 21-inch front wheel (vs. the standard 18-inch). The back of the bike has been slammed (lowered) one-inch, and the Magnum’s seat is just 25.7 inches high. Four custom color ...

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2015 Victory Gunner—First Ride Review

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From its gray matte paint to its straight dual exhaust and solo seat, Victory Motorcycles’ new Gunner is brazenly targeting Harley-Davidson’s Softail Slim. Victory’s press information even uses the catty tagline, “Slim chance you’ll find another bobber like it.” Me-ow. I had the opportunity to run the Gunner up and down the backroads on a bright Daytona Bike Week morning. ...

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2015 Victory Gunner Unveiled in Chicago

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Re-launching Indian Motorcycle was a herculean, 27-month effort that cost Polaris Industries millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours. Bringing three clean-sheet models to market on a compressed time scale necessitated the diversion of resources away from Victory, Polaris’ other motorcycle brand. Victory’s stated goal of releasing a new model every six months was quietly put on hold, and it ...

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American Baggers Comparison: Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special vs Indian Chieftain vs Victory Cross Country

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Functional, big-inch V-twin baggers are all the rage these days. In addition to lots of style, these bikes offer the comfort of some upper-body wind protection with the practicality and convenience of saddlebags. To enlarge upon the idea that these are not stripped but well-equipped models, keep in mind that, in addition to a fairing and bags, an engine that ...

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2014 Victory Cross Country Review

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Now in its 15th year, this Medina, Minnesota, based company is (like the newly reborn Indian) a division of Polaris Industries, and the bikes are assembled in Spirit Lake, Iowa. The Cross Country’s air/oil-cooled, 50-degree V-twin engine displaces 106 cubic inches (1,731cc) and is a staple across the Victory line. Unlike the other two bikes in our test, its V-twin ...

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Victory Motorcycles Announces Its 2014 Lineup

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Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Victory Motorcycles announced its 2014 lineup at the Polaris Industries dealer meeting in Washington, D.C. Headlining the new model year motorcycles are the Cross Country 8-Ball, the Cross-Roads 8-Ball, the new Cross Country Factory Custom Paint program and a limited-edition Ness Legacy Cross Country. Victory also announced MSRP reductions and model enhancements elsewhere in the lineup. ...

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Southwest Touring Ride on a 2013 Victory Vision Tour

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“Last minute…but epic!” The attention-getting email was from Manny Pandya, the younger of the Amazing Pandya Brothers, two quick-witted gearheads who handle press relations for Victory Motorcycles. Manny was recruiting a small band of misfits for the Strip to Chip Tour, a floorboard-scraping, back-roads ride from the Polaris dealer meeting on the Las Vegas Strip to the Buffalo Chip Resort ...

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