Aside from achievements at Pikes Peak where they earned the 2nd and 3rd fastest motorcycles to climb Pikes Peak with the Empulse RR and Project 156, a Victory Cross Country was the vehicle of choice for endurance rider Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita and record-breaking trip around the world. These two highlights don’t include the Guinness World Record achieved for a burnout with Joe ‘Vertical’ Dryden aboard an Octane.
While many would take a rest after such a busy start to the year, Victory Motorcycles are promising the new lineup will usher in the manufacturer’s most powerful year ever, ‘redefining what an America V-twin motorcycle can be’.
Clutch and Chrome has pulled together the available information to quickly review the new line-up of Victory Motorcycles. Interested readers should keep their eyes to the pages of Clutch and Chrome for more in-depth reviews on the various models outlined.
2017 Victory Octane
Causing a stir at Daytona Bike Week, The Victory Octane will continue to enjoy the references to American muscle cars with its high revving liquid-cooled 60-degree V-Twin enjoying four-valve heads and dual-overhead cams that makes 104 horsepower and 76 foot-pounds of tire-shredding torque.
This power isn’t just numbers on paper, the Octane roots come from the performance motorcycle seen at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and as mentioned above, was the machine to set the burn out. Record. Thanks to the 0-60 mph time, the Octane enjoys the corporate title of ‘the quickest Victory ever produced’.
But power is only half of the musclebike equation. 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.
Understanding the model’s audience, a Victory’s Stage 2 Kit is available which includes an air intake and 2-1 exhaust to offer 10% more horsepower and 5% more torque.
The 2017 Victory’s Octane is available in Gloss Black with a MSRP of $9,999, Matte Super Steel Gray with a MSRP of $10,499, Matte Pearl White with a MSRP of $10,499 and Gloss Black with Graphics with a MSRP of $10,499.
Victory calls its Gunner the modern bobber, a motorcycle style that dates back to returning World War II vets and a landmark in the history of motorcycle history.
Powered by the 106 cubic-inch Freedom V-Twin mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed overdrive transmission, the Gunner enjoys 110 ft.-lb. of torque. Combine this performance with the confidence inspiring riding position gained from a low 25-inch solo saddle and pullback handlebars, and it’s the ideal recipe for a performance bobber.
The 2017 Gunner is available in Suede Titanium Metallic with a MSRP of $13,499 and possibly the most interestingly named color, Suede Sagebrush Green Metallic with a MSRP of $13,899.
Aimed at the purists in the motorcycle community, the Highball has no radio or radiator, no saddlebags or sissybar. Quite frankly, there is nothing to take the attention away from the big-bore V-Twin sitting in the belly of this beast.
Riders can reach up and grab some attitude with the ape-hanger handlebars and let the 16-inch spoke-alloy wheels roll. New for 2017, choose from a new Suede Black color with black-wall tires with a MSRP of $13,499 or a new Suede Nuclear Sunset Orange color with white-wall tires with a MSRP of $13,749.
2017 Hammer S
The most aggressive cruiser in Victory’s, the Hammer S is equipped with a big-block Freedom 106 V-Twin engine, burly inverted fork and a pair of strong-stopping four-piston brake calipers that look like they came off of a sportbike. Also enjoying extra wide pro stock-inspired 250-series rear rubber, a sleek rear cowl with a hideaway passenger pad and bodywork wrapped in musclecar racing stripes, Victory calls the Hammer S ‘a streetfighter with an American soul’.
Available in Gloss Black with White Racing Stripes with a MSRP of $15,599.
The description of this model came with the headline ‘Attitude from every angle’.
Again featuring the Freedom 106-powerhouse, Victory’s Vegas sports clean custom styling, a color-matched frame, and a contrast-cut 21-inch front wheel. Going for its own unique look, the tucked-in headlamp, 21-inch contrast-cut Falchion front wheel, elegant 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.
Available in Sunset Red with color-matched frame the 2017 Vegas has a MSRP of $13,999.
2017 Vegas 8-Ball
‘Sinister and blacked out, sparse use of chrome details, and a 21-inch contrast-cut Falchion front wheel named after a sword known for its versatility and ready to slice out plenty of attention’ reads Victory’s press release. As with its namesake, the 8-Ball is sculpted by a tucked-in headlamp, chrome gauge cluster, black risers and pullback handlebars, slash-cut muffler tips and a flush-mount LED taillight. Like its sibling, it runs on a Freedom 106 V-Twin producing 110 Ft.-Lbs. of pulse-pounding torque mated to a smooth six-speed overdrive transmission.
2017 Vegas 8-Ball is available in Gloss Black with a MSRP of $12,999.
2017 Magnum X-1
For riders looking to make a statement at the next bike night, eyes should drift to this Victory model.
The 2017 Magnum X-1 grabs attention with a 200-watt 10-speaker surround sound audio system and is loaded with custom features such as contrast-cut billet wheels which features a 21-inch front, a new custom paint scheme and LED lighting. This motorcycle isn’t so much as ridden to the party but really is the party.
Bearing in mind everything noted so far it should be no surprise the 2017 Magnum X-1 is available in Pearl White with Platinum overlay and Electric Red pinstriping with a MSRP of $24,499.
Sticking with the baggers, the Magnum muscle bagger enjoys a larger-than-life 21-inch front wheel and if that sounds big, it is. The biggest wheel ever fit to a production bagger in fact.
Adding to this striking appearance, LED headlight and new muscle colors that demand attention. Made for laying down the miles, the Magnum features cruise control, a high-performance Bluetooth-enabled audio system blasting 100 watts from 6 speakers and with a nod to safety, anti-lock brakes.
The 2017 Magnum is available in Gloss Black with graphics for $22,599, Indy Red Pearl with graphics at $23,099, and another great color name, Habanero Inferno Orange with graphics for $23,099.
2017 Cross Country
Riding into the world of ironbutts, the 2017 Cross Country comes with even more standard features including ABS, cruise control and Bluetooth-enabled audio.
Powered by Victory’s 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. Carry along what’s important, and make sure it stays secure and dry in 21.3 gallon, lockable, weatherproof sealed saddlebags.
The ever-important sound system features a standard AM/FM/Weather radio with Bluetooth capability to hook up a MP3 player and amplify the choice of music with premium speakers that deliver powerful, crystal-clear sound.
If more power is needed, riders can take advantage of the recently introduced ‘Made For Victory By S&S’ Stage 2 Kit offering S&S cams and high-flow air dam together with an available Victory Accessory exhaust system. Add this and enjoy 20% more horsepower and 10% more torque for Cross Country, Cross Country Tour and Magnum models.
2017 Cross Country is available in Gloss Black for $19,499, Suede White Frost with a MSRP of $19,999, Suede Nuclear Sunset Orange for $19,999 and Sunset Red with a MSRP of $19,999.
2017 Cross Country Tour
For those with more traditional tastes but still yearn for the open road the Cross Country Tour takes a capable platform for any two-wheeled adventure and adds a dose of comfort and convenience features like a 200W eight-speaker Bluetooth and USB audio system.
This V-Twin touring bike offers the largest total cargo capacity on a production touring motorcycle offering a massive 41.1 gallons of space. Victory’s Comfort Control System provides 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 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.
2017 Cross Country Tour is available in Gloss Black with a MSRP of $21,999, Gloss Blue Fire for $22,499 and Two-tone Turbo Silver and Black for $22,999.
2017 Vision Tour
A head turning motorcycle when first introduced continues to ride strong with this latest version.
The Vision’s full-coverage fairing, sculpted in the wind tunnel, provides unprecedented comfort and protection. Because the fairing is mounted to the frame and not the handlebars, steering remains light and predictable.
Underneath the innovative bodywork are the same capable underpinnings as all the Victory baggers and tourers, including the extra-rigid cast aluminum frame, air-adjustable rear suspension, and of course a gleaming example of the same four-valve overhead-cam Freedom 106 V-Twin that delivers such unexpectedly brisk acceleration.
Add to these features a power windshield, standard ABS and cruise control, a heated seat and heated grips that keep you rolling year round and 29 gallons of storage capacity.
The 2017 Vision Tour is available in Gloss Black for $21,099 and Gloss Blue Fire with a MSRP of $22,099.
Last and certainly not least Victory’s electric ride.
Still carrying the model year of 2016, the Empulse TT accelerates up to 100+ MPH and has a 10.4 kWh battery module that can fully charge in 3.9 hours. The Empulse TT 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.
Considered American muscle at its most modern, the Empulse TT is available in Titanium Silver with Havasu Red with a MSRP of $19,999.
As mentioned, look for more detailed stories on all these motorcycles over the next few months. In the meantime, more details can be found on Victory Motorcycles website.