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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.

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 »

2013 Victory Judge – First Ride

Victory Judge Motorcycle Full Closeup

Bill Stermer
March 18, 2012

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... Read more »

2013 Victory Judge – First Look

2013 Victory Judge: A new power cruiser.

Greg Drevenstedt
January 20, 2012

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... Read more »

Victory Motorcycle Tour in the Ozark Mountains

Clement Salvadori and Chastity Decorum in Ozarks

Clement Salvadori
January 17, 2012

[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... Read more »

2012 Victory Hard-Ball – First Look

2012 Victory Hard Ball

Greg Drevenstedt
December 28, 2011

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... Read more »

2012 Victory Cross Country Tour Road Test

Victory Cross Country 2012

Bill Stermer
November 17, 2011

photography by Kevin Wing [This 2012 Victory Cross Country Tour Road Test was originally published in the December 2011 issue of Rider magazine] 2012 Victory Cross Country Tour A year ago this fall, as I was riding a 2011 Victory Cross Country to New Mexico and back from Southern California, I wondered,... Read more »

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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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