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Southwest Touring Ride on a 2013 Victory Vision Tour


“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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Ridden & Rated: 2012 Motor Trike Victory Vortex


Heavyweight touring bikes such as the Victory Cross Country and Cross Roads easily lend themselves to the additional stability, luggage capacity and weight of three wheels. Introduced for 2010, Victory’s Cross bikes combined the proven air/oil-cooled Freedom 106/6 V-twin and cast-aluminum hollow main frame from the Vision, but with less polarizing styling. In our tests of the Cross Roads (Rider, ...

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Six Degrees of Temptation: Ridden and Rated Special


When Victory fired off the invite for its 2013 Boardwalk model launch, we looked up from our meatball subs, wiped the marinara sauce from our chins and simultaneously exclaimed, “What!? It’s time for the 2013s already?” Heck, there’s still some Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill and cheese weenies leftover from our Y2K party in the office fridge. About then we also ...

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Ridden & Rated: 2013 Victory Boardwalk


Victory has done an impressive job competing with Harley-Davidson in terms of engineering and styling, but the young brand, launched by Polaris in 1998, has stood in the long shadow of Harley’s 110 years of heritage. Polaris’ recent acquisition of Indian Motorcycle, the only American marque whose history and brand recognition can stand toe-to-toe with Harley, has lifted a burden ...

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2012 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob vs. 2013 Victory Judge Review


(This Retro Cruiser Shootout was published in the June 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) Aggressive, big-inch, V-twin cruisers with style and muscle have always been a favorite on the American road, and two of the latest are the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob (updated for 2012), and the Victory Judge (just released as a 2013 model). One is notable for its sharp ...

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2013 Victory Judge – First Ride Review

Victory Judge Motorcycle Full Closeup

Victory Motorcycles introduced a new model called the Judge to the press in Palm Springs, California, in February. It is a model that joins the Cross Country Tour and Hardball as the latest in its line. The Judge is the first of the 2013 models from this Medina, Minnesota, company that is a division of Polaris Industries, which also offers ...

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2013 Victory Judge – First Look Review


After unveiling its new 2012 Hard-Ball at the International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California, Victory Motorcycles is revealing another all-new model at the New York IMS, the early-release 2013 Victory Judge, a power cruiser inspired by classic American muscle cars like The Judge, a special-edition 1969 Pontiac GTO. With deeply sculpted bodywork, blacked-out components, mag wheels and availability in ...

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Victory Motorcycle Tour in the Ozark Mountains


[This Victory Motorcycle Tour in the Ozark Mountains feature was originally published in the December 2011 issue of Rider magazine] The day could not have been more beautiful. The world was fresh, sparkling, sunlit; the sky a robin’s egg blue, flowers of all colors popping out, cows contentedly grazing on the greenest of grasses in the fields, the occasional faded-red ...

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2012 Victory Hard-Ball – First Look Review

2012 Victory Hard Ball

After presenting R. Lee “Gunny” Ermey, the former Marine Corps drill instructor best known for his roles in Full Metal Jacketand on History Channel’s “Mail Call,” with a custom USMC-themed High Ball on December 9 at the International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California, Victory Motorcycles pulled the covers off a new model, the 2012 Victory Hard-Ball. The blacked-out, Vegas-based High ...

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2012 Victory Cross Country Tour – Road Test Review

Victory Cross Country 2012

photography by Kevin Wing A year ago this fall, as I was riding a 2011 Victory Cross Country to New Mexico and back from Southern California, I wondered, “What could make this bike even better?” The cruise control worked great, its luggage system held a huge amount and I was enjoying the radio—but we always want a little more now, ...

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