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2015 Victory Gunner First Look

Saturday, February 8, 2014
“Trace your way back 50 years
To the glow of Dresden, blood and tears
In the black above by the cruel searchlight
Men will die and men will fight, yeah”

Opening lyrics to Iron Maiden’s “Tailgunner”

Tailgunners in World War II were a breed apart. Victory aims to inject some of the same bravado and brashness of those tailgunners in its new cruiser motorcycle, the 2015 Gunner.

“Where that name was inspired from, if you think about those Americans, the hot-shot guys in those planes, either they were the tailgunner or sidegunners and so forth, it took a special kind of person, a really gritty, young and gritty American that did a phenomenal job for us,” said Steve Menneto, Polaris Industries Vice-President of Motorcycles at the Gunner’s media debut.



Which gives you a hint at what market they’re going for with the 2015 Victory Gunner. The blacked-out brawler features a solo seat, trimmed-down fenders, and 24-spoke cast aluminum wheels on meaty Dunlop 491 Elite II tires. It has a 25-inch seat height, tying the High-Ball for lowest among Victorys. Forward controls and pullback bars make for an upright yet aggressive riding position. It has the same 4.5-gallon tank with the raised spine as the Jackpot. Like all Victorys, the 2015 Gunner will be powered by the Freedom 106 engine teamed to a six speed gearbox, albeit the one on the Gunner has received the blacked-out treatment. With a claimed dry weight of 649 pounds, the Victory powerplant should be capable of making this bike really hustle.

The 2015 Victory Gunner has an attractive price point of $12,999, the second-lowest MSRP in the Victory lineup (the 2014 Vegas 8-ball sells for $12,499). This price point allows a little wiggle room for customization, and Victory already has a lineup of factory upgrades ready for buyers, from a red solo seat to Straight Stage 1 exhausts to V Drag Bars.

Victory debuted its factory “bobber” today to crowds visiting the Chicago IMS. It will also be on display and available for demo rides at Daytona Beach Bike Week at the Speedway.

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2015 Victory Gunner Specs
The 2015 Victory Gunner is deliberately dark. Its  12 999 price point leaves room for riders to take the platform even further with their own personal customization choices.
ENGINE TYPE: Freedom 106 /6 V-Twin
DISPLACEMENT: 106 ci/1731cc
BORE & STROKE: 101 x 108mm
COMPRESSION RATIO: 9.4:1
VALVE TRAIN: 4 Valves per cylinder, Hydraulic Lifters & Cam Chain Adjusters
ELECTRONIC FUEL INJECTION: Closed Loop 45mm
COOLING SYSTEM: Air & Oil
EXHAUST SYSTEM: Dual staggered slash-cut
FUEL: 4.5 gal. WEIGHT: 649 lbs
OVERALL LENGTH: 93.4 in.
OVERALL WIDTH: 37 in.
OVERALL HEIGHT: 44.7 in.
SEAT HEIGHT: 25 in.
WHEELBASE: 64.8 in.
GROUND CLEARANCE: 4.7 in.
RAKE: 32-degrees
FRONT TIRE TYPE / SIZE: Dunlop 491 /130/90 B16 FRONT WHEEL TYPE / SIZE: Cast Aluminum 16 in. x 3.5 in.
REAR TIRE TYPE / SIZE: Dunop 491 /140/90 B16
REAR WHEEL TYPE / SIZE: Cast Aluminum 16-in. x 3.5 in.
TRANSMISSION TYPE: 6 speed overdrive/Constant Mesh
FINAL DRIVE: Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt
HEADLIGHT: High H4 (W5W)
TURN SIGNALS: Auto-cancel
PRICE: $12,999
 
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