Victory Is Launching The Magnum. The Bagger That Bikers Are Trying To Build Themselves. My First Impressions Riding It.

cyril-huze-1Cyril-Huze-2Cyril-Huze-3Baggers are still trending and almost all their owners spend a small fortune customizing them. So, Victory Motorcycles is launching the 2015 Magnum, a beautifully customized production Bagger. In doing so, Victory is the first manufacturer in this motorcycle segment meeting the needs with a ready to ride Bagger that consumers are trying to build up themselves for a much higher total cost and at the same time very often losing their factory warranty.

MagnumAccessory0The Bagger rider profile is somewhat different from the Tourer’s one (a Tourer is equipped with a tour-pak for long distance/adventure riding) The Bagger type wants his Bagger with very high catching styling, a tall but reasonable size front wheel to not affect handling, a “loud” paint job, a top of the line big audio system for personal enjoyment and also to impress, superb performance on the road to always feel like the leader of the pack. A profile that Rod Krois, Victory Motorcycles General Manager, confirmed to me as the direct inspiration for the conception of this new Victory Magnum offering.

VictoryMagnumBlackVictoryMagnumPlasmaLimeVictoryMagnumNessMidnightCherryThe bodywork lines, paint schemes, wheel design and accessories list offered as standard equipment out of the showroom is quite impressive for a price starting at only $21,999. For sure it will satisfy most custom bagger fans and may quickly become, like the Bobber styled 2015 Gunner in the cruiser category, the fastest selling Victory Bagger model.

MagnumAccessory2221 x 3.5” Front Wheel for visual impact, tall enough for good looks while preserving handling quality. The tallest and best designed (Black Roulette) production Bagger wheel on the road.

16 x 5″ Rear Wheel. Brushed Aluminum Forks.

Tires:  Front 120/70R21 Dunlop Elite 3 Rear 180/60R16 Dunlop Elite 3 rear

Slammed Rear End. A low profile seat and 1” slammed back-end for a sleek profile out of the factory without scarifying suspension provided by new shocks keeping the original travel distance. Victory didn’t forget a pair of close-out covers to hide the ugly gaps between bags and rear fender found on other oem Baggers.

MagnumAccessory3325.7” Seat Height. The lowest in its class. A lower seat height provides the rider with greater control of the bike and enhances a rider’s confidence at low speeds and when stopped. Riders with all inseam lengths will be able to plant both feet firmly on the ground.

Highest Performance, Loudest Audio Ever. Prepare your songs riding list Integrated in the custom-painted fairing are 6 speakers that serve up 100 watts of premium sound. Plus, you can crank it further with a set of saddlebag audio accessories (sold separately) that complement the fairing speakers.

MagnumAccessory11Color-Matched Painted Features. No bike deserves to be called custom without, from front end to rear, color-matched painted surfaces to smooth out all the bodywork and hardware Dash, shroud, rear fender closeouts, saddlebag hinges, etc are all painted, a feature not offered so extensively on oem baggers as it is on the Magnum.

Black Freedom 106/6 V-Twin Engine. 106 ft-lb of torque. The acclaimed bullet-proof, smooth and very efficient fuel injected and counter-balanced engine.The 6th gear overdrive of the Victory 6-speed transmission drops the RPMs and delivers the smooth ride you’re looking for.

MagnumAccessory44Cruise Control And Standard ABS Brakes. Cruise control enhances your comfort, and Victory Anti-Lock Brakes give you greater confidence and peace of mind. With Victory ABS, when traction is compromised, the ABS immediately and automatically provides reliable braking to help you stop quickly and under control. Out on the open road,the automotive-quality cruise control lets you relax and enjoy the ride. Retro fit options for the Victory Cross Country.

Paint Job Colors And Graphics. MetasheenBlack Over Supersteel Gray. Sunset Red Over Supersteel Gray. Plasma Lime. Ness Midnight Cherry

MagnumAccessory55Options available. Tri-Oval exhaust system for a throatier and richer exhaust note (chrome, black, chrome with black tips, black with chrome tips), saddlebag speakers, ape hangers, Ness Beveled Collection of pegs, engine covers, ignition covers, brake levers, clutch levers, floorboards, grips & mirrors/

Retro Fit Options for Victory Cross Country.

Demo Rides. At Sturgis Victory Display on Lazelle Street

MagnumAccessory66Availability. Expected to arrive in Victory dealerships beginning of September.

MSRP USA Starting at $21,999. “Metasheen Black over Supersteel Gray” is $21,999. “Plasma Lime” and “Sunset Red over Supersteel Gray” are $22,499. “Ness Midnight Cherry” is $22,999.

Riding The Victory Magnum. First Impressions.

As it should always be with a brand new model, my first ride on the Magnum started by a long visual scan of each square inch of the bike. Although the notion of what makes a motorcycle go from the status of motorcycle to the one of custom bike may differ from one individual to the other, there is no doubt, and the pictures and narrative above should have already convinced you, that the Magnum is a true custom Bagger. A status above the one of factory custom that some manufacturers have claimed for some poorly enhanced models sold at premium prices.

Victory-MagnumAnd if you need to be more convinced of Victory’s tour de force in producing such a beautiful bike built on one of the strongest and most bullet proof engine and driveline platforms in the industry with a plethora of beautiful and reliable components for a price starting at $21,999, just take a piece of paper. Add all the custom features coming standard with the Magnum, from custom wheels to loud paint job to high end audio system (I know, you will forget to add some parts and the labor involved…) and make the total. Or visit you preferred custom shop to get a written quote…Your conclusion will be that the Magnum is the first and most affordable truly customized oem bagger ever offered straight out of the showroom. And even more important, offering the exact features most have on their wish list when building or customizing their own Bagger.

Cyril-Huze-4Having already ridden several Victory models equipped with the Freedom 106” (1731 cc) engine and 6-speed overdrive transmission, I already knew that the Magnum would behave as well when showing off cruising along the 4-mile Las Vegas Strip or flying along the Nevada Valley desert highways. My Magnum was equipped with the Tri-Oval Exhaust Package delivering a throaty rich exhaust note that most will enjoy listening too, even your neighbors… Optional nicely styled mini apes were fitted on my test bike and put me, behind the boomerang windshield, in a riding position that most riders my size (6’ tall) will enjoy in all types of riding, either relaxed or aggressive, I am not a great fan of loud music while riding, so I totally forgot about starting the big audio system that Victory is so proud of, and a very important feature demanded by most Bagger riders. But I played it while stopped on a parking lot, and as far as I am an audiophile, it sounds much better than most systems than people enjoy in their living room. And yes, it’s extremely powerful.

victorymagnumgroup Returning to downtown at after-work rush hour via the Las Vegas Freeway (I15) was a braking exercise among Las Vegans trying to go around lost visitors in their rental cars. An opportunity for me to appreciate the extra security and confidence provided by the Magnum’s ABS system. Then, I made a pit stop at the Golden Nugget Casino where parked front of the lobby among the most stretched limos and most awesome custom SUV’s and sport cars you can dream of, the Magnum had no problem making the show for tourists visiting the entertainment capital of the world… When a group approached me asking if it was my new custom, I got convinced that the Magnum, with its eye catching style, performance and high end audio equipment and proposed at a very aggressive price of $21,999, could well become the fastest selling Victory Bagger model ever. (all photography of JeremySumpter copyright Brian J. Nelson)


51 Responses to “Victory Is Launching The Magnum. The Bagger That Bikers Are Trying To Build Themselves. My First Impressions Riding It.”

  1. 1 Chris Marty Jul 28th, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Yep. looking like a true custom bagger made to ride. Beautiful

  2. 2 Shifter Jul 28th, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Looking very good. Nice paint jobs, too.

  3. 3 Brett Jul 28th, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Gorgeous machine. This Bagger is going to sell fast. Good price for all the options and paint. Even Cyril accepted to be seen on it!

  4. 4 Canada Robbie Jul 28th, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Bagger class.

  5. 5 Drake Jul 28th, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Hmmm. This one may me leave HD.

  6. 6 Greg Howell Jul 28th, 2014 at 8:25 am

    First Victory that I really like and could own.

  7. 7 Jul 28th, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Looks like something from the 90’s. Sorry but if this is what builders are trying to accomplish, Maybe they should set their goals a little higher.

  8. 8 Homer Jul 28th, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Killer ! 👍👍👍

  9. 9 smithncustom Jul 28th, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I know quite a few people who build bikes and none of them are trying to build this turd.

  10. 10 Donnie Respery Jul 28th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Looking extremely good. Smithcustom, it’s what builders do when they customize a bagger. I am not talking about the clowns from Phoenix. I am talking about serious shops building baggers to be ridden.

  11. 11 Rodent Jul 28th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I’d rather have a Indian

  12. 12 Bigalyts Jul 28th, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Nice looking and seems like a nice ride. Cyril, you don’t have much talk about the performance, speed and handling around the Curves? How was it?

  13. 13 RUB Jul 28th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    nice ride , form meets function .

  14. 14 Charles Jul 28th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    none of these stand up to a CVO, which Victory is trying to copy. At least it isn’t a Ness bike…

  15. 15 Sue Jul 28th, 2014 at 10:20 am

    First Victory that the front wheel doesn’t look too small. Luv it.

  16. 16 Matt W. Jul 28th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    A lot of bling and boom for the $$$! It’s nice to see Victory dispelling the myth that you have to pay a substantial premium for a custom styled American bike.

  17. 17 BobS Jul 28th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I don’t know a lot of custom builders building a bike just like this but walk around any large bike night or poker run gathering and count the Street Glides with body matched painted inner fairings, trim pieces, large front wheels, and loud stereos. Vic did good with this.

  18. 18 CW Jul 28th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I’m not very familiar w victory, what makes this very different from the Cross Country?

  19. 19 Reynard Jul 28th, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Looking good, Cyril.

  20. 20 tundra Jul 28th, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I echo Sue’s sentiment – finally a Victory front wheel that’s proportional to the rest of the bike. I think the styling/paint is a bit cartoonish, but I feel it’s their best effort to date.

  21. 21 Jul 28th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I Like it, and I think it’s what the market is looking for. Victory is not trying to build custom bikes like someone here thinks. They understand what today’s customer is looking for and probably have a real contender with thus bike.

    There is always the expert/legend in his own mind that really has no idea, but likes to think he does….

    Steve Carr

  22. 22 BCinSoCal Jul 28th, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Re: Ness bike, they always look good and perform well, he does in fact ride his from the West Cast to Sturgis

  23. 23 smithncustom Jul 28th, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    ok, this is what I mean. not many people I know buy new bikes for one, but an example that comes to mind… a friend of mine that does build bikes and does custom work for other people purchased his first new bike….a police issue electra. He had an additional chunk of money budgeted for extra things. other than having the frontend powdered black, he spent his entire budget on the motor. this bike f’ing screams and I would take it over any of these big wheeled multi-colored clown motorcycles any day, and it’s not just me, but 99% of the people I know and/or ride with pretty much feel the same way.

  24. 24 Reynard Jul 28th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Smithncustom. Because your friends are representative of the market? No manufacturer cares about a handful of your friends. They care about the market. And it’s true that this Magnum is representative of what most want their custom bagger to look like. by the way, how your friend who is a custom builder can buy a brand new Police bike. It’s impossible. You’re a lot of BS.

  25. 25 Jay Carlton Jul 28th, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Mine will be black.

  26. 26 Jul 28th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I like it!

    Over & Out,


  27. 27 Smittydog Jul 28th, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I like it too,Jeff.

  28. 28 Bart Jannis Jul 28th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    This is actually a Victory I like !

  29. 29 Jul 28th, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Replace the front wheel/fender with some meat and you have a good looking bike. This is how cartoon baggers’ bigwheel passion poisons design meetings for new production bikes.

  30. 30 Jul 28th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Wow !!! People are finally digging the Victory Cross Country !!!!
    There is a LOT to like about this bike (Cyril should know)
    And he’s absolutely right, if you tried to customize a regular XC to match this bike
    You would end up spending a heck of a lot more $$$ that the MSRP.
    Of course you might not find one at MSRP ????
    But yeah this is one heck of a bike for the price.
    I would be looking at it very hard except for my heart is set on the XC Tour for long distance riding.
    Plus i might want to wait to see if the rumors are true
    & Vic will be coming out with it’s own liquid cooled engine in the next model year

  31. 31 Stephen Jul 28th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Another home run for Victory, well done.

  32. 32 Jul 28th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I was fortunate enough to attend the dealer show unveiling and I must say the pictures don’t do the bike justice. The large front wheel looks fantastic in person. Its what the cross country needed I think.

  33. 33 James just another Crazy Kiwi Jul 28th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Personally I find the sharpness of the fairing and the detail around the back guard not to my taste.
    But then I want to buy a Street Glide.
    Nice bike though and it might wake HD up to lowering it’s prices…is any body listening ? just nod if you can hear me……..

  34. 34 Jul 28th, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    would look better with a 23″ front wheel

  35. 35 courtney Jul 28th, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Looks good from the side, but from the pics, especially from the rear, it looks loooong like it’s draaagging arse. Maybe that’s what’s hot with baggers now, but I don’t like.

  36. 36 Jason Brach Jul 29th, 2014 at 6:02 am

    On my way to Sturgis. Will demo ride this one.

  37. 37 P. Gross Jul 29th, 2014 at 6:06 am

    All what I buy is paid cash. I have 4K to go to buy this one, same paint scheme shown on the Magnum Cyril is riding.

  38. 38 Terence Jul 29th, 2014 at 6:08 am

    No doubt, it’s a beautiful bagger. Will take many sales from Harley.

  39. 39 Jack deagazio Jul 29th, 2014 at 6:30 am


  40. 40 Mr Dick Jul 29th, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Looks good. Polaris is on a roll, check out their 2015 atv, sxs, bike, slingshot line-ups. Hello HD, we see your 2014’s, 15’s ????

  41. 41 Kansas Joe Jul 29th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    If that “Rev.” Clown knew even half what he thinks he knows, He couldn’t Fight his way out of a wet paper bag.

    The guy is a snake oil salesman at best.

    Get a job “Rev. Know Nothing”

  42. 42 Rollie Tampa Jul 29th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Kansas Joe is right. The reader calling himself a REVJim is not Reverent, not a Preacher (except his own cause) and knows nothing about bikes.

  43. 43 Jusmecuz Jul 29th, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Smithncustom, I agree with ya. I was thinkin the exact same.

  44. 44 smithncustom Jul 29th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    local dealer sells cop bikes brand new. am i full of bs? for telling it how i see it… interesting

  45. 45 Jul 29th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I don’t know is it me or are the Victory’s starting to look more like Harley’s every new model?

  46. 46 fuji Jul 29th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Time will tell . Maybe Harley’s will start to look like Victorys. I’am not sure that two wheels a gas tank and two fenders makes it a Harley clone. Where is the resemblence ?

  47. 47 Rodent Jul 29th, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Somebody should challenge Harley, Indian & Victory to a little todo on a racetrack!

  48. 48 BobS Jul 29th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    It’s just you. In 99-05 There was a Victory model that looked rather Harley-ish. Since then I don’t think they look anything alike.

  49. 49 Alinat Jul 29th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I should have read this article first. I was thinking the Indian Scout needed to be a slammed bagger. This is a nice looking bike but I want it with the Thunderstroke 111.

  50. 50 GO Jul 29th, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    still running a modest sized rear tire…c`mon guys..

  51. 51 Jim Castro Aug 2nd, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I sold my Victory Sport Cruiser ten years ago. Now I think I’m ready to buy another one.

    This is a home run for Victory.

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