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2011 Victory Motorcycles First Look

Monday, July 26, 2010
Custom bike builder extraordinaire  Arlen Ness  lends his styling chops to Victory for the eighth consecutive year.
Custom bike builder extraordinaire, Arlen Ness, lends his styling chops to Victory for the eighth consecutive year. For 2011, he used a Victory Vision for his customizing palette.
Victory continues to stake its claim as “The New American Motorcycle” with the introduction of the 15 motorcycles in its 2011 model line. The Medina, Minnesota-based company has been busy the last year searching for new avenues to attract buyers in a challenging marketplace. To do this, it’s been blacking-out components, beefing up engines, tweeking transmissions, changing up exhaust notes, and have made ABS standard on some models along with adding another Ness to its stable of in-house custom bike builders. Victory has also been working hard to empower riders with more customizing options. To think that the big news for Victory in 2002 was the introduction of its Freedom 92 CI V-Twin Engine, it’s amazing to see how far the company has come along since. So without tipping our cards further, let’s take a deeper look into the 2011 Victory Motorcycle lineup.

High on the newsworthy list for 2011 is the American motorcycle manufacturer’s decision to use the Victory Freedom 106/6 V-Twin in every model now. The Freedom 100/6 V-Twin has gone the way of the dinosaurs and in its stead are two versions of the latest powerplant. The first, called the Freedom 106/6 Stage 2 V-Twin, has a special Stage 2 cam package that boosts its power numbers to a claimed 97 hp and 113 lb-ft of torque. All of Victory’s cruiser models will come with the Freedom 106/6 Stage 2 V-Twin, a list comprised of the Vegas Jackpot, Hammer, Hammer S, Vegas, Kingpin, all three 8-Ball cruisers, and the Zach Ness Signature Series Vegas 8-Ball. The Freedom 106/6 Stage 1 V-Twin puts out a claimed 92 hp and 109 lb-ft of torque and will power Victory’s 2011 touring motorcycles, including the Cross Country, Cross Roads, Victory Vision Tour, and Arlen and Cory Ness’ Signature Series.

Since every Victory Motorcycle is going to be running with the Freedom 106/6 V-Twin, the American cruiser motorcycle maker went in and updated its transmission as well. Specific changes weren’t yet listed, but the modifications aim to reduce driveline lash, which Victory claims has been cut by 66%, reduce gear whine, especially in 4th and 6th gear, and to make it easier for riders to shift into neutral at a stop courtesy of a “Neutral Assist.” It’s also said to “improve ridability and deliver a more appealing-sounding transmission,” a claim we’ll soon test first-hand at the upcoming Victory Motorcycles 2011 press launch next month.

For 2011  Victory offers a slew of options for the 2011 Cross Roads in its Cross Roads CORE Custom Program.
Victory's Cross Roads CORE Custom Program allows riders to customize their motorcycle before they ride it away from the dealer. They get to pick which style of saddlebags, highway bars, windshield and color they want and get to see it on the motorcycle at the dealer before making their final decision.
Victory R&D has also designed a new trunk for the Victory Cross Country and Cross Roads. The Lock & Ride Trunk reportedly installs easily without tools by lining up the trunk mounting legs with the mounting points at the rear of the bike and snapping down the locking arm. The trunk comes with a power cord that connects to the bike’s electrical system to operate the taillight mounted on the trunk lid, the dual audio speakers mounted on each side of the passenger backrest and the power outlet for accessories concealed neatly inside the trunk. The system comes with a locking pin as an added layer of security. The trunk is claimed to be roomy enough for two full-face helmets and the area that faces the front of the bike has a padded passenger backrest.

The Victory Vision, including the Arlen Ness Signature Series version, now comes with ABS standard. The system features sensors on each wheel that will engage if it registers variations in wheel speed, wheel lock or slippage. Victory has switched to new tubular handlebars on the Vision, and has removed the dampers from the side storage compartment covers to make them easier to open. The exhaust tips have also been redesigned and now look more like the ones on the Victory Cross Country.

Victory 8-Ball models, a list that includes the Vegas 8-Ball, Kingpin 8-Ball, Hammer 8-Ball and Victory Vision 8-Ball, are all now equipped with the new 6-speed transmission opposed to the five-speed gearbox used in years past. The 8-Ball cruisers come with a “Bullet” headlight and black, ceramic-coated exhaust shields and mufflers claimed to emit a deeper, fuller exhaust note. Its Darth Vader treatment comes in the form of blacked-out handlebars, wheels, belt guards, frames, tanks and fenders, sidestands and engine treatment. The Victory Vision 8-Ball varies slightly as it is equipped with the Freedom 106/6 Stage 1 V-Twin and has chrome exhausts. Unlike the other Visions, it does not include ABS as a standard feature and has passenger pegs instead of floorboards.

Zach Ness is the third generation of custom bike builders in the Ness family to put his name on a factory-custom motorcycle from Victory.
Zach Ness is the third generation of custom bike builders in the Ness family to put his name on a factory-custom motorcycle from Victory.
The 2011 Zach Ness Victory Vegas 8-Ball
Other big news in the Victory camp is the enlisting of Zach Ness’ services to build a limited-edition factory-custom motorcycle, giving Victory the distinction of having three generations of the custom bike building Ness family all creating limited-production bikes for them. Zach first built a one-off Kingpin in 2008, a cool custom version featuring a unique fork with diamond-cut boot seals, custom wheels, and mini-apehanger handlebars. For the 2011 model, Zach opted to use the Vegas 8-Ball as his canvas. The Zach Ness Signature Series Vegas 8-Ball has the chassis and drivetrain of the Vegas 8-Ball but is distinguished by black suede paint, a custom stitched leather seat and custom graphics designed by Zach. It also has plenty of Ness accessories, like the Ness handlebar crossbar, custom billet wheels, mirrors, oil line cover, engine covers, and Ness “Holeshot” billet handgrips and footpegs. It also has a new speedo based on the one used on the Cross Roads which features blue backlighting, indicator lights on the gauge face and a large multi-function LCD. In the same vein as the Arlen and Cory Ness Victory Signature motorcycles, the Zach Ness Victory Vegas 8-Ball will be a limited-edition with a number plate on the engine along with a reproduction of Zach’s signature.

Victory expanded its touring platform last year with the introduction of the Cross Roads and the Cross Country. While both are capable touring mounts, the Cross Roads is the more barebones of the two, so Victory devised its Cross Roads CORE Custom Program which allows riders to select the features they want most and to see them bolted-on before they make their final decision. It allows them to select the bike color (Solid Crimson or Solid Black), saddlebag style (hard with 21 gallons of cargo capacity or soft with 17.4 gallons of storage space) and highway bar style (Forged Chrome or more traditional Tube Chrome), and to add a windshield. In all there are 48 different possible combinations and Victory dealers will stock these components so that riders can pick out the ones they like best and see them on the bike before taking it home. Additionally, they can opt for the new color-matched Lock & Ride Trunk for even more storage space and comfier passenger accommodations.

The 2011 Cross Roads features the new Freedom 106/6 Stage 1 V-Twin mounted in a two-piece, sand-cast hollow aluminum frame. Suspension duties are handled by an inverted fork and an air-adjustable rear suspension with a claimed 4.7 in. of travel. The latest Cross Roads will have a slightly different look thanks to small model-wide changes, like converting the brake calipers, rotors, lower belt guards and floorboards to all-black. Victory has switched up the floorboard shifter, doing away with the heel shifter to leave more open space for riders to move their feet around. Victory also opted to make cruise control a standard feature on the 2011 Cross Roads.

The 2011 Cross Country, whose primary difference between the Cross Roads is a fork-mounted front fairing, receives the same Freedom 106/6 Stage 1 powerplant with the claimed 92 hp/109 lb-ft torque output and the new six-
The 2011 Victory Cross Country
Check out what Cory Ness has done to the '11 Cross Country.
speed transmission as the Cross Country. It also receives the new floorboard shifter. Dynamically, the 2011 Cross Country remains the same, which means its stock saddlebags are some of the biggest in its class, it handles extremely well for a touring bike, and has great range thanks to its 5.8-gallon fuel tank. Riders looking to make it a full-on two-up tourer can add the Lock & Ride Trunk, as passengers are certain to enjoy the creature comfort of its padded passenger backrest. Owners can go the whole nine-yards and order the passenger armrest kit and trunk cargo rack offered in Victory’s accessories list. No MSRP are listed yet, but we anticipate they’ll be in the ballpark of last year which saw the Cross Country priced at $17,999 while the Cross Roads sold for $15,999.

Those desiring an even more exclusive Cross Country will want to take a look at the one customized by Cory Ness. It starts with a Sunset Red paint job with graphics designed by Cory and then gets a heavy dose of the chrome treatment – Ness grips, custom mirrors, billet passenger pegs, chrome shift and brake pegs, engine covers and even extends to its Ness radio display. The Cory Ness Signature Series Victory Cross Country has customized highway bars and billet wheels, too, and riders will appreciate the little details like its custom suede leather seat. The Cross Country was already one of the best-looking baggers out there. Team that with Cory Ness’ keen eye for styling and the limited edition Cross Country is a bike guaranteed to garner its fair share of attention.

Victory’s avant-garde luxury-touring motorcycle, the Vision Tour, is back for another run. Its list of new features initially reads the same as above – new tranny and Freedom 106/6 Stage 1 engine, new floorboard shifters. But ABS is now no longer a feature and comes standard, Victory has changed out the bars for new chromed tubular handlebars whose
The 2011 Victory Vision Tour features sweeping hard saddlebags and a big topcase that together provide 29 gallons of storage space.
Victory's luxury-touring motorcycle, the Vision Tour, will only benefit from the revamped six-speed transmission and Freedom 106/6 Stage 1 V-Twin. It also has new chromed tubular handlebars and floorboard shifter.
Victorys luxury-touring motorcycle  the Vision Tour  will only benefit from the revamped six-speed transmission and Freedom 106 6 Stage 1 V-Twin. It also has new chromed tubular handlebars and floorboard shifters.
shape is more compatible with a wider range of aftermarket items, its exhaust tips have been redesigned and it has a new side stand. Then there are details like switching the passenger handholds to black-textured models instead of the painted ones used on prior Vision Tour models and the removal of the side storage compartment dampers to make it easier to open and close the bags.

Stylistically, the 2011 Victory Vision Tour still features the distinctive side bodywork that integrates cleanly into the full front fairing, sweeping hard saddlebags and a big topcase for a combined 29 gallons of storage capacity. It continues to feature a low, 26.5-in. seat height and touring amenities like an electronically adjustable windshield, heated seats and grips come standard. In addition to its factory ABS, it also has a front-to-rear linked braking system to accompany its dual front discs. It’s available in three color options for 2011, Crimson and Black, Solid Pearl White, and a two-tone Vogue Silver and Black. And while its color schemes were listed, its price wasn’t yet available.

The Vision Tour also serves as the palette Arlen Ness chose to customize for Victory. Arlen has been lending his styling expertise to Victory for eight years running, and this year’s blacked-out Victory Vision is sure to turn heads. Its bodywork and trim panels have been blacked-out which will make the shine of the engine’s diamond-cut cylinders stand out even more. The big touring motorcycle is chock full of what Victory calls “Scroll Ness” styling, from its side panels, engine covers, hand grip ends to its billet wheels. Similar to Zach’s bike, the Arlen Ness Signature Series Victory Vision has a plethora of Ness accessories too, including chrome billet grips, billet shift and brake pegs, oil line cover, and has a Ness windshield graphic. Numbered and signed, the limited edition tourer is the next best thing to having an Arlen Ness original, and a hell-of-a-lot cheaper, too, though it will still cost in the $25-30K range.

The 2011 Vegas Jackpot is Victory’s own factory-custom motorcycle with a distinctive raised spine that runs down the middle of its fenders and fuel tank. It has a tall 21-inch Anvil billet wheel leading the way with a meaty chunk of rubber anchoring the backside. The Vegas Jackpot is injected with all the model-wide features of Victory’s cruiser line – the Freedom 106/6 Stage 2 powerplant, new 6-speed transmission with overdrive, a different exhaust note and a new speedo. Colors include Pearl White and Black with extreme graphics, the “Lucky Lady” graphics package, Black and Indy Red with extreme graphics, and Solid Black. The Vegas Jackpot is the last of the Victorys with the Jackpot nomenclature because Victory did not carry over the standard Jackpot.

Victory offers four blacked-out versions of its motorcycles this year  like the 2011 Victory Vegas 8-Ball.
Victory offers four blacked-out factory versions of its motorcycles this year, like the 2011 Victory Vegas 8-Ball.
Victory’s power cruisers, the 2011 Hammer and Hammer S, are back with the new model-wide cruiser updates. They differ from the conventional, classic cruisers by their bobbed front fender, a rear fender that sits high above the 250mm rear tire and a small cowl on the rear hump behind the rider that detaches and becomes a small pillion seat. Its front end features an inverted fork set at a modest rake angle and is equipped with big, dual disc brakes. The Hammer S has blacked-out components, including its exhausts, fork, and handlebars to go along with custom-painted wheels and a Suede Black and Red paint job with white racing stripes.

On the other end of the spectrum to Victory’s Hammer models is the 2011 Kingpin. A classic-styled cruiser with big, swooping fenders and floorboards, the Kingpin has a low 26.5-inch seat height to go along with more upright ergonomics courtesy of lower controls that have been moved back two inches. A new engine, transmission, and exhaust note promise to keep it from being a staid riding experience, though, and the heel-toe shifter has been swapped out for the new shifter design. Solid Crimson or two-tone Pearl White and Sandstone Metallic are your color options, and a full list of Victory accessories like a windshield, touring seats, trunk, heated grips or a Tri-Pro Stage 1 Performance Exhaust can give buyers more freedom of expression.

Last but not least in the 2011 Victory Motorcycle lineup is the Vegas, the best-selling Victory model. Its raised spine that runs the bike’s length down the back of the fenders and tank is a time-honored Victory Vegas styling cue. The split-tail, sculpted fuel tank remains a key selling point, and its low 25.2-inch seat height and two-inch pullback handlebars leave riders comfortably upright but ready at any moment to unleash the power of its Freedom 106/6 engine. Tall up front and wide in the back, the Victory Vegas has the smooth, flowing lines that have attracted buyers since 2003.
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Dan The Man -Hammer down  January 26, 2011 11:56 AM
So far I have enjoyed riding my 2010 hammer. Look forward to riding it more, but damn I like the new 2011's...

Maybe in a couple years I can upgrade.
Donny -No Buell ,but there is Victory to ride.  January 17, 2011 07:26 PM
How could i buy a Harley after what they did to Buell and to Buell owners. How could any one trust Harley Davidson. Some one told me yesterday they were going to buy a Harley t-shirt,but thought it might be recalled/cancelled. Imagine buying a Buell for ten grand and a year later it's worth a few thousand. The crazy thing is Harley people and HD act like the Buell was never there,"spooky".
Jason -parts guy  December 23, 2010 04:21 PM
Where I work we sell KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha. Honda wanted us to drop everybody else..so now we picked up Polaris and Victory. I have yet to ride one...we just got some in and it's winter now! However, going through the orientation training and laying hands on the couple we have recieved, I am impressed. I am pretty jaded...I've seen a lot of bikes come and go but Victory seems to have a pretty decent product. Only problem (take not everyone considering a purchase): parts take a long time to get. Regular orders are a week, rush orders are 4 days. They make lot's of mistakes shipping to us too. That's the worst I can come up so far.
JerseyMike -Victory not what I expected...  November 11, 2010 05:16 PM
In September I did a demo ride on the Cross Country and the Vision Tour while I was at Delmarva Bike Week. I had been wanting to ride one for the longest time, but the Victory dealers in New Jersey do not participate in the factory test ride program. Being in the market for a new touring bike, I wanted something that was a little more "edgy" than a Harley. I have 3 Harleys, including a 2000 Road Glide that I rode there. That bike has over 130,000 miles, and has never had any engine rebuilds, oil leaks or issues other than general maintenance, and with the Baker DD6 tranny, it will get 235 miles on a tank of gas with normal riding. Well anyway, I rode the Vision first. The handing was amazing, the floorboards were amazing, and the seat was the best I have ever sat on. The switches and controls were really cheap looking, the radio was not even close to the one in my Harley, the mechanical noise from the engine was aweful, the bags and tour pack are small compared to my Harley and the heat coming off of the motor made me extremely uncomfortable. When we came back from the demo, the salesman told me that Victory sells air deflectors that are designed to help divert the heat away from the rider. It's a $23,000+ bike, and shouldn't even have that issue to begin with! The CC also had great handling. I loved the large saddlebags, the seat, and the floorboards, even without the heel/toe shifter. The radio was okay. It had the same cheap looking switches and controls as the Vision, and the same heat issue. In general, it reminded me of a custom Harley Street Glide. Now, I know Victory claims 93hp, but both bikes seemed sluggish. My Road Glide was dyno'd at 82hp, but somehow seems much faster and more powerful then the Victorys. I left there feeling very disappointed. Maybe after reading all the positive posts and reviews caused my hopes to be too high. My wife and I were in Florida last month and rented a 2011 H-D Road Glide Ultra for a day. It was smooth, fast, comfortable, and was just way more refined than the Cross Country and the Vision. It had excellent fit & finish, and tons of storage. We did almost 400 miles on that bike, and enjoyed every minute of it! It's pretty much the same as my 2000 Road Glide, which I love, so I'm thinking my next new bike will be the Triumph Rocket-3 Touring or the Kawasaki Vequero. My neighbor has the Rocket-3 which I have ridden several times, and I did a demo ride on the Voyager last summer. Now is a great time to get a good deal on a new bike, so I'll make a deciion real soon. Take care and ride safe!
Ronnie -love the blacked out bikes  September 28, 2010 09:38 AM
I own a 2003 Vegas and it has been a great bike. Would love to have one of the new 8 Ball Hammers. Keep it up Victory.
Richard Hannert -Rider  August 13, 2010 02:17 PM
I stopped by the dealer in Schertz, Tx and looked at the Victory xc and the sales person didn't know that the bike can have a trunk. I told him about the article in Rider Mag. Hope they get some knowledgeable salesmen. I do want a Victory xc but the dealer is only getting one a month so far. Hope you will increase production. I am riding a Kawaski Vogager 1700 now but it seems very heavy in the fork. It only has 5.3 gals of fuel also and I can barely make 170 miles. Would like to trade for a Victory xc.
Kay -Fantastic bikes  August 4, 2010 09:55 PM
I own both brands, and my Vegas 8-Ball looks much more refined and handles far better than any Harley. When I'm on my Harley at idle I have to wear tight underwear otherwise the vibration knocks my balls loose...lol.... Harley does have a better paint dept I'll give them that, but they've had a 100+ yrs to develop their reputation. I can only imagine what Victorys will look like in 100 yrs:)
Kay -Master  August 4, 2010 09:48 PM
Listen up people if you want a radio buy a damn car!!!
THOMAS L. -STEP ASIDE HARLEY RIDERS  August 2, 2010 05:06 PM
MY BUDDIES ALL RIDE HARLEY'S. ON LONG RIDES THEY HAVE SORE BUTTS, NERVOUS TWITCHES FROM THE VIBRATION AND NO OF THEM CAN HEAR BECAUSE OF THEIR LOUD PIPES.
I RIDE A VICTORY VISION PREMIUM TOUR, POWERFUL, SMOOTH, ROOMY, COMFORTABLE AND LOTS OF STORAGE...
THEY SAY IT LOOKS LIKE A SPACE SHIP, WELL, I'M IN HEAVEN ON MY VICTORY...
BUY A BETTER BIKE, BUY A VICTORY....
Greg -Mr  July 31, 2010 07:54 PM
The 8-Balls are the price point bikes, they aren't meant to have a radio. They are a no frills, basic model in one color only, black.
Moses -Victory Jackpot ! Hands Down the Best !  July 31, 2010 04:33 AM
I have had Harlsy's but the Victory Jackpot is by far the best ride I have ever had.This Jackpot will be the bike that sets H-D to # 2 position.The Victory co. better ofter many mory colors custom flames ,gps wheels and pipes.Looks by far is the Jackpot.What happened to the green and gold graphics Jackpot? The Black and now the Black and Red will not cut it. Come on Victory where are all the colors? We dont want to buy a black new 18,000 Jackpot then have to go to the painter for another 2,000 dollars you have got to do better than that if you want to blow away Harley ! You now have the best bike +Jackpot+ so lets market it right,MORE PAINT Colors ! More Flames More Graphic Paint ARE YOU Listening ???????????
Phil -jon, Oh please...  July 30, 2010 02:26 PM
“its a big vtwin that handles like a lot of 600cc bikes.” Was there any air in the tires of these 600cc bikes? Maybe you meant 600 lb. bikes or maybe a 600cc bike from England made in the 1950s. LOL
Jay -funny  July 30, 2010 12:23 PM
It's funny to see the new Harley blog and this one. I love my hog but my Vic CC is a truly unbelievable bike. Victory is doing a great job of being innovative and thinking outside the box. I just hope for Harley’s sake that they start rethinking some designs and come out with some new models that are new not the same old. I want to see both manufactures do great. I wander how long it’s going to take for the aftermarket company’s to start building Victory products. That is one thing Harley has enough aftermarket company’s building parts to make a complete bike.
GB -Black Prince Revisited  July 29, 2010 03:06 PM
The Eight Ball Vision appears to be the ideal solution for the all-around bike that Momma will let you buy and want to be on the back of. Perfect for going to work, running around town and hitting the road for extended distances. I've always been a Britbike rider for the most part (4 Hinckleys so far and bunches of the old stuff) but it looks like a new Vincent wannabe will find its place in my garage next. As for the radio issue; try Cycle Sound for under $300.
Jeremiah -Looked great, then came the head aches  July 29, 2010 02:50 PM
Got an 09 Hammer S. Have had a steady stream of issues with it since purchased. If my state allowed motorcycles under its lemon law I would have tried to return it. Between the dealership and Polaris it took over a year to get help sorting out the issues. Amazing looking bikes. But be careful, make sure the service department at the dealership your dealing with has a good reputation.
jon -by far the best ride  July 29, 2010 08:01 AM
i have riddin several different brands of motorcycles that all have there own perks but then yesterday i was able to test ride a 2010 jackpot and i was blown away. it has by far the best handling, smoothest power transfer and greatest ease of shifting. its a big vtwin that handles like a lot of 600cc bikes. it is hands down the best 15 minutes ive had on a motorcycle.
Jay Mack -Dark Lord  July 28, 2010 12:17 PM
Sorry, Victory, I cannot get into the Nessies. Bad idea.
GB -happy  July 28, 2010 02:30 AM
got 65k miles on my 04 vegas without a single problem. time to turn it into a bar hopper and get that ness cross country!!
Bill Grosvenor -Harley to Victory convert  July 27, 2010 09:12 PM
I have had Harleys from Shovel,to Evo to Twin Cam.The Legend was always rosier than the reality.THe Shovels leaked and ran hot and I did not appreciate 15000k between top end rebuilds .The Evos and the Twin Cam were good but a money pit for parts . Going to try something new in an American bike .
Minnesnowta -Small Victory...  July 27, 2010 07:11 PM
Actually, Victory doesn't sell a Sportster competitor because, as a friend said (a Polaris/Victory engineer), there's no "meat" in that market. As far as bike makers are concerned, Victory is still fairly young, and endeavors that don't have the potential for a high return on investment don't get green-lighted. When it comes down to it, an $8000 competitor to the Sportster wouldn't be a whole lot less expensive to build and manufacture than the 8-ball bikes that start at about $11,000 unless some serious corner-cutting and outsourcing was done. Especially considering R&D for a smaller engine and frame and other supporting-cast parts that don't already exist in their product catalog. Until Victory becomes a much larger company and has the volume to prop it up the way, say, H-D does, you'll see a lot of homogenous parts and sub-assemblies across the Victory line, just as you see right now. I'd personally love to see an $8000, 1000cc, sub-500lb. twin from Victory. I could only imagine what that would look and ride like...
Scottie -I love my Stratoliner  July 27, 2010 11:46 AM
I love my Stratoliner, but had Victory introduced the Cross Roads earlier, I'm probably be on one of those. Several on my Stratoliner fourm have made the trade to either an X-R or X-C.

Victory's sales are up 68% for the first six months. That's nearly all bikes, not t-shirts and belt buckles.
Mike in WV -Jimmi Z & McGuire  July 27, 2010 11:27 AM
I'm with ya there Jimmi...also owned HD's and while buying any new bike can be a thrill...I was never thrilled on my HD's riding wise. The Victory is a whole other matter!

McGuire...if you look at the weight of a Sportster and a Victory Vegas, there's not a huge difference, but what you will notice is that the Vegas is far better balanced and therefore very easy to ride. Victory builds a much better bike and these bikes won't beat you up on long rides like a Sportster will. I've had friends that literally never rode until they saw my first Victory and then they wanted to ride as well and wanted nothng but a Victory. They were never impressed with my HD's, and I didn't fault them for that, but the Victory is really a work of art. They inspire people to ride...not just bar hop and dress like pirates. lol Find a bike you are comfortable on and can grow into, not grow beyond. Victory bikes will be there when the road beckons...you won't be sorry.
Jimmi Z -Road warrior  July 27, 2010 11:01 AM
Mcquire-HD does do that and so do many Jap and Euro bike companies. But Victory is different as they market to the more seasoned rider. One that can really appreciate innovation and solid reliability. It's biggest draw are "former" HD owners, me one of them owning 3, that want something different than the machine and human attitudes that are produced at the motor company and can proudly support the 'Made in the USA' banner.
Mcguire -sewer rat  July 27, 2010 10:28 AM
A guy at a Harley dealership told me that they sell Sporsters just so they can get a customer back to buy a big bike. Im suprised that Victory dosen't sell an entry level cruiser for the same reason. These are big heavy bikes for a newbie. They look nice though
Stephen -Cross Country....  July 27, 2010 07:00 AM
I will have 2011 Cross Country in my garage as soon as my dealer can get one. I also think Nathan is right about not having a radio on the Vision 8 Ball.
Mike in WV -Victory strikes again!  July 27, 2010 06:36 AM
Very solid decisions for the 2011 models. New looks and accessories and new motors and trannies. Hmmmmmm all the cruisers now come with stock 106/6 V-twins that crank out 97hp and 113 pounds of torque...Outstanding! There was no reason to hold onto the 100 cu inch mototr...this way Victory can stream line production by not having to maintain two motor plants. Victory performance is becoming legend...take note HD. If you look at the ground Victory has covered in the last 10 years...even the past 8 years, then it is clear that the Victory side of Polaris is here to stay and is giving the customer a great bike with excellent performance. For Victory riders...it's about the bike and not feeling obligated to follow the masses who are buying a name brand as common as Ford or Chevy. If you want ashtrays and belt buckles...go somewhere else, Victory bikes are enough for me. lol
Nathan -Missed the boat  July 27, 2010 05:08 AM
Nice updates but they missed the boat big time by not making a radio standard in the Vision 8 Ball. How can you produce a full boat bagger like that without one at least as an option. If I could get a radio in that model without having to spend what I was quoted by the dealer to custom install one, I'd probably trade my Street Bob in for one. Smarten up Victory.
Mitch -A couple more extras...  July 27, 2010 05:00 AM
Uhh ohh I guess this means another year of Mike's character telling us that NEXT year will be Victory's final run =). Almost too much new stuff to comment on here but I would like to add that all 2011 cruisers will also include gear and tachometer readouts.