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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.

2008 Victory Vision Road Test

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Mark Tuttle
October 24, 2007

[This 2008 Victory Vision Road Test was originally published in the September 2007 issue of Rider magazine] Victory Motorcycles is firmly, if not happily, in the black today, selling V-twin cruisers like its Vegas and Hammer series at a fairly brisk pace from a growing list of about 320 dealers in the... Read more »

Two Harleys and a Victory: American Rider Editor’s Tour Around CA

Clement Salvadori
October 3, 2007

[This Two Harleys and a Victory tour was originally published in American Rider magazine] The phone rang; I picked it up. “Time for an editorial ride,” I heard Buzzelli say, “mid-May. You figure it out.” Click. Because long ago our Uncle Samuel saw fit to send me to odd spots around the globe,... Read more »

2006 Victory Kingpin Deluxe Road Test

Victory's more market-driven approach with styling assistance from the Ness father-and-son team seems to be working in the 2006 Victory Kingpin Deluxe.

Mark Tuttle Jr.
January 1, 2007

When Victory launched its initial V92C cruiser model in 1998, it was an exciting moment. This was the first new American brand of cruiser motorcycles in 60 years, with a solid, powerful and proprietary V-twin engine design. The bike had something of a sporting attitude, too-Victory wanted its cruiser... Read more »

2006 Victory Motorcycle Model Lineup

Victory’s Vegas Jackpot offers custom features at a reasonable price.

Ken Freund
January 1, 2007

Since the introduction of the Vegas for the 2003 model year, Victory has given its line of cruisers a series of bad-boy, macho-sounding names-some with gambling overtones. Hammer, Vegas, 8-Ball-whatever you may think of them, the gamble seems to be paying off, because Victory sales are up by more than... Read more »

2005 Victory Hammer Road Test

The 2005 Victory Hammer has an overall eye-catching appearance.

Ken Freund
January 1, 2006

Apparently, new motorcycle companies are like fine wine-they take a number of years to mature and tempt the palate. Following this paradigm, Victory motorcycles have come a long way in the first seven years of production. In the beginning the bikes were somewhat conservative in appearance and performance,... 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.