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Victory Motorcycles, established in 1998, is a division of Polaris Industries and is an American manufacturer of V-twin cruiser and touring motorbikes. The company began full production of its first motorcycle, the V92C, in Spirit Lake, Iowa, in 1998. Victory soon expanded its model lineup by introducing a sport cruiser, the V92SC, at Sturgis in 1999. In 2005, Victory motorcycle road tests began on a power cruiser called the Hammer. The Minnesota-based company continued to grow and produced its 50,000th motorcycle in 2009. That year, the company celebrated its 10th anniversary with the Victory Vision.

2015 Victory Gunner—First Ride Review

2015 Victory Gunner

Jon Langston
March 27, 2014

Victory’s interpretation of the bobber is aimed squarely at Harley’s Softail Slim. (Photos by Barry Hathoway) 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... Read more »

2015 Victory Gunner Unveiled in Chicago

2015 Victory Gunner

Rider Magazine Staff
February 10, 2014

2015 Victory Gunner 2015 Victory Gunner 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... Read more »

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

Harley, Indian and Victory

Bill Stermer
February 3, 2014

The 2014 Indian Chieftain (left), Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special (center) and Victory Cross Country provide upper-body wind protection and luggage capacity for the long road. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Functional, big-inch V-twin baggers are all the rage these days. In addition to lots of style, these... Read more »

2014 Victory Cross Country

2014 Victory Cross Country

Bill Stermer
February 3, 2014

Victory gives its Cross Country a more youthful style, and it’s the best handler of our three cruisers. (Photos by Kevin Wing) 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,... Read more »

Victory Motorcycles Announces Its 2014 Lineup

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Press Release
July 29, 2013

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... Read more »

Southwest Touring Ride on a 2013 Victory Vision Tour

The 2013 Victory Vision Tour in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, overlooking Lake Powell.

Greg Drevenstedt
December 6, 2012

“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,... Read more »

Ridden & Rated: 2012 Motor Trike Victory Vortex

Motor Trike’s Vortex trike conversion has fenders and rear bodywork that closely match the lines of the Cross Country Tour. Lake George is in the background.

Greg Drevenstedt
November 12, 2012

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... Read more »

Six Degrees of Temptation: Ridden and Rated Special

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Rider Magazine Staff
October 4, 2012

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... Read more »

Ridden & Rated: 2013 Victory Boardwalk

Long on style and long between the axles, the Boardwalk provides a relaxed ride.

Greg Drevenstedt
July 31, 2012

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... Read more »

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

These big-inch power cruisers blend performance with varying degrees of comfort.

Bill Stermer
June 1, 2012

(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... Read more »

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Victory Motorcycles, Who Uses Them?

Victory Motorcycles manufactures V-twin cruiser and touring motorcycles. Victory has made a name for itself in motorcycle reviews and guides by designing cruiser motorcycles with progressive styling and state-of-the-art engineering.


Victory Motorcycle Standouts

Victory's first motorcycle, the V92C, earned "Motorcycle Cruiser of the Year" honors by the press. In 2001, Victory introduced its line of Arlen Ness Signature Series Accessories, which began a longstanding friendship and working relationship between the Ness family and Victory Motorcycles. In 2002, the company created the Freedom 92/5 V-twin, a 92-cubic-inch engine mated to a 5-speed transmission that debuted in the Victory Vegas in 2003. Motorcycle reviews and road tests of the Hammer, Vegas 8-Ball and Vegas Jackpot followed, as well as the Kingpin and the 10th Anniversary Victory Vision (2009). Victory launched the Cross Roads and Cross Country touring models for 2010, and the flagship Cross Country Tour, which has the most luggage capacity of any production motorcycle, for 2012.

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