Victory 2017 – “Increased power, more standard amenities and amplified style prove performance is in our DNA”
Victory Motorcycles say they have “always focused on performance. The design brief for the very first Victory motorcycle was simple: build a motorcycle that’s more powerful and handles better than any other American cruiser.” Eighteen years later and Victory claim they “remain dedicated to the pursuit of performance.”
After achieving a 2nd place podium position at the Isle of Man TT with the Victory RR, becoming the 2nd and 3rd fastest motorcycles to climb Pikes Peak with the Empulse RR and Project 156, accomplishing a circumnavigation of the globe in record time with Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita and his Victory Cross Country Tour, and setting a Guinness World Record burnout with Joe “Vertical” Dryden aboard an Octane, Victory say that for 2017 “America’s most innovative and aggressive motorcycle manufacturer is geared up for its most powerful year ever, redefining what an American V-twin motorcycle can be.
“Whether it’s our 1200cc Octane, five-model Cruiser family, Magnum, Magnum X-1 and best-selling Cross Country Bagger models, Cross Country Tour and Victory Vision Touring models, or our electric Empulse TT, our 2017 bikes are just the beginning of a new era in American motorcycle performance.”
Octane – “Power to Burn”
Already unveiled to much acclaim earlier this year, the Octane “has the heart of a Pikes Peak International Hill Climb racer and a 0-60 mph time that makes it the quickest Victory ever produced.” Featuring a high revving, liquid-cooled 60-degree V-Twin with four-valve heads and dual-overhead cams that makes 104 horsepower and 76 foot-pounds “of tire-shredding torque,” power is only half of the musclebike equation, according to Victory.
“There’s also a stiff and lightweight cast-aluminum frame, sharp steering geometry, a tight wheelbase, and 32 degrees of lean angle that together deliver agility previously unknown to American V-Twin motorcycles.”
Gunner – “Superior firepower”
Described as being “inspired by the original bobbers built by returning World War II vets who were hungry to recreate the adrenaline rush of flying a P-51 Mustang fighter,” Victory openly state that they are “taking aim at the competition” with this modern bobber.
Powered by the 106 cubic-inch Freedom V-Twin mated to a “smooth-shifting” six-speed overdrive transmission, the Gunner has 110 ft.-lb. of torque, a low 25-inch solo saddle and pullback bars.
High-Ball – “Stripped down speed demon”
With no radio or radiator, no saddlebags or sissybar, Victory say there is “nothing to take the attention away from the big-bore V-Twin sitting in the belly of this beast. Reach up and grab some attitude with the ape-hanger handlebars and let the 16-inch spoke-alloy wheels roll.”
Hammer S - “Pro Street performance”
Described as the “most aggressive” cruiser in the Victory line-up, it features the big-block Freedom 106 V-Twin engine, inverted forks, sportbike styled four-piston brake calipers, an extra wide pro stock-inspired 250-series rear tire, a sleek rear cowl with a hideaway passenger pad and bodywork “wrapped in musclecar racing stripes - a streetfighter with an American soul.”
Vegas – “Attitude from every angle”
Featuring the 110 ft-lbs torque Freedom 106 engine/six-speed overdrive combination, the Vegas is described as having “clean custom styling, a color-matched frame and a contrast-cut 21-inch front wheel” and being the “cleanest looking and most powerful factory custom made today.” Additional features include a tucked-in headlamp, pullback handlebars, slash-cut muffler tips, flush-mount LED taillight, and “blacked-out details that make the rich Sunset Red metallic paint with matching frame really pop.”
Vegas 8-Ball – “Rolling the dark streets”
“Sinister and blacked-out, sparse use of chrome details and a 21-inch contrast-cut Falchion front wheel,” additional features include chrome gauge cluster and black risers.
Magnum X-1 – “Limited edition model designed for serious music and motorcycle fans”
The 2017 Magnum X-1 “takes the stage” powered by a 200-watt 10-speaker surround sound audio system. “Loaded with custom features such as contrast-cut billet wheels – featuring a 21-inch front – a new custom paint scheme and LED lighting, this may be the only motorcycle on the market that attracts both custom motorcycle fans and concert groupies.”
Magnum – “Speed and style”
“Move boldly through your world on the Magnum muscle bagger,” say Victory.” With a larger-than-life 21-inch front wheel – the biggest wheel ever fitted to a production bagger – LED headlight and new muscle colors that demand attention, Magnum makes a mark on anyone who sees it. Turn on the cruise control, crank up the high-performance Bluetooth-enabled audio system blasting 100 watts from 6 speakers, and enjoy the ride knowing that anti-lock brakes monitor your traction at all times.”
Cross Country – “Muscle for miles”
“Lead your pack anywhere with the overachieving Victory Cross Country® bagger, now with even more standard features including ABS, cruise control and Bluetooth-enabled audio. Powered by our 106 cubic inch Freedom V-Twin, delivering best-in-class horsepower and 106 ft-lb of torque, the Cross Country is a muscular bagger aided in its smooth running nature by inverted front fork, air-adjustable rear monoshock and dual front disc brakes with standard ABS and 21.3 gallon, lockable, weatherproof sealed saddlebags.” Upgrades include the “Made For Victory By S&S” Stage 2 Kit – S&S cams and high-flow air dam together with an available Victory Accessory exhaust system for 20% more horsepower and 10% more torque (for Cross Country, Cross Country Tour and Magnum models).
Cross Country Tour – “Packed with power”
“Cross America in record time,” say Victory. “Take the standard Cross Country bagger, hit it with a dose of comfort and convenience features like a 200W eight-speaker Bluetooth and USB audio system, and what you get is the Cross Country Tour - a V-Twin touring bike ready to go anywhere comfortable and quickly.” Said to offer the largest total cargo capacity on a production touring motorcycle (41.1 gallons), Victory’s ‘Comfort Control System’ is designed to provide upper and lower air controls that channel the wind to maximize comfort “while a padded passenger backrest, three-position adjustable floorboards and dual zone heated seats give your passengers the control they deserve. An air-adjustable rear suspension further aids rider and passenger comfort, while ABS and new LED lighting helps keep your mind at ease.”
Vision Tour – “Uniquely American, uniquely Victory”
“What if you cast off all convention and set out to build the ultimate American touring bike without any rules or restrictions on how that bike had to look, feel or act?” Victory say the result would be their Vision – “America’s most comfortable touring bike.” Features include wind tunnel derived, frame-mounted full-coverage fairing, extra-rigid cast aluminum frame, air-adjustable rear suspension, and four-valve overhead-cam Freedom 106 engine, standard ABS and cruise control, a heated seat and heated grips, and 29 gallons of storage capacity.
2016 Empulse TT – “Twist and go”
“We’re equal opportunity speed freaks,” say Victory. “Whether it burns hydrocarbons or kilowatt-hours, we don’t care as long as it’s fast. The Empulse TT is fast where it matters most. Built on the same platform that claimed a spot on the podium at both the Isle of Man and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, it accelerates up to 100+ mph and has a 10.4 kWh battery module that can fully charge in 3.9 hours.” Features include sport-tuned inverted front forks and an adjustable suspension. Victory say this is “the only electric bike equipped with a gearbox – a six-speed transmission – although shifting is entirely optional as it also operates in a twist-and-go mode for maximum convenience.”