Victory Cory Ness Cross Country Tour
Price-wise at least, Cory Ness’ take on the Cross Country Tour supplants his father’s custom Vision as the big dog in Victory’s lineup for 2013. The main change is Cory’s swap from Cross Country to the trunk-equipped Cross Country Tour. And it’s chock-full of Ness custom accessories, Cory’s paint and graphics, plus a numbered metal badge featuring graphics of Cory’s signature. On this limited-production beauty you get Gold Digger Pearl paint, blacked-out Freedom 106/6 V-twin with diamond-cut cylinders and heads, heated suede saddle, Kicker premium speakers and much more.
Victory Arlen Ness Vision
Where sons Cory and Zach have chosen different Victory models as their 2013 custom canvases of choice, patriarch Arlen Ness sticks with his customary Vision—and that’s no bad thing. Lowered and loaded with Ness custom accessories, Arlen’s version of his Vision gets slathered in Havasu Red paint and head-turning flame graphics. Hot Rod Ness billet wheels, a leather-covered saddle, Kicker premium speakers and a numbered metal badge with Ness’ signature make it a unique statement. Of course, all the Vision’s touring goodness is underneath, with beaucoup touring accoutrements, and that sterling Freedom 106/6 V-twin.
Victory Zach Ness Cross Country
This makes it three for three. With Zach Ness’ choice of the Cross Country as basis for his talents, that means the whole Ness clan offers signature-series Victory touring bikes for 2013. And the youngest Ness’ bike might be the coolest of the trio. It’s a replica of the motorcycle Zach built and rode to Sturgis last year, so you know it can do the business. Ness piles on the style with lavish Titanium Metallic custom suede paint and graphics, black Ness handlebars, and a thorough black-out treatment for the Freedom 106/6-powered drivetrain, exhausts and trim.
Victory Cross Country Tour
Victory calls it their “ultimate luxury touring bike for the riders who churn out the miles.” And after you ride one, you’d be hard pressed to disagree. It’s certainly got all the stuff necessary for long-haul bliss and comfort. Leading the massive moto-parade is a fork-mounted fairing, ably assisted by Victory’s Comfort Control System lowers, plus the world’s largest cargo capacity (Victory claims), ABS and more. Luxury touches include heated seat and grips, adjustable passenger floorboards, and cruise control. And to whisk you along there’s Victory’s Freedom 106/6 V-twin with 6-speed and belt drive.
Victory Vision Tour
When it was introduced as an early-release 2008 model, Victory’s Vision was a stunner, with swooping styling, clever two-piece hollow aluminum frame and Freedom 106/6 V-twin powerplant. And it’s still one of the most desirable big-rig touring machines you can buy, with such amenities as full frame-mounted fairing with electric-adjustable windshield, 29 gallons (claimed) of cargo capacity, linked ABS, cruise control, dual-zone heated saddle and heated grips. Victory says that V-twin now pumps out 108lb./ft. of torque for relaxing riding, regardless of how far your destination might be.
Victory Cross Country
Take a Cross Country Tour, lop off the tail trunk, and you’ve got a Cross Country. It really is that simple, because otherwise the two are virtually identical. That means the same cast-aluminum touring frame, ditto for the Freedom 106/6 V-twin with 6-speed and belt drive, likewise for the air-adjust shock, and same for the ABS and cruise control. The few changes include footpegs for your passenger in place of floorboards, and less cargo space, although Victory does claim the weatherproof bags hold 21 gallons. And if you really miss the top box, a Lock & Ride trunk is optional.
This particular motorcycle wasn’t released in time for the 2012 buyer’s guide, so it’s listed here as a new model (even if Victory couldn’t provide us with a suitable photo). And it’s Victory’s take on stripping almost everything but the bags from its touring bikes, adding a coat of ebony and some ape hangers. Blacked-out from stem to stern but accentuated with flashy red pinstripes, this motorcycle announces your arrival, with attitude. Other features include black 40-spoke laced wheels, ABS, and Victory’s rumbling Freedom 106/6 V-twin with counterbalancer, oil cooler and belt drive.
Victory Cross Roads Classic
Full-boat big-rig touring bikes are all well and good, but some riders prefer traveling a little lighter. To that end, Victory offers up its Cross Roads Classic (a simpler version of the Classic LE, dropped for 2013). The Classic has plenty of street-smart style, including the two-tone and pinstriped tank, 18-inch chrome 60-spoke wheels, front and rear chrome fender bumpers, and classic white stitching on the saddle and bags. Touring fare includes a big windscreen, ample storage—a claimed 17.4 gallons—and comfy accommodations, plus a low, 26.25-inch saddle. Power comes from the Freedom 106/6 V-twin, while ABS-equipped brakes handle stopping duties.
With the Jackpot, you have indeed hit one—jackpot, that is—with an over-the-top factory custom, laden with the requisite chrome. Start with a flashy paint scheme carried on in the headlamp, color-matched frame and swingarm, custom 21-inch billet Anvil front wheel, 250mm rear tire and split-tail gas tank. Then keep it coming with Victory’s brawny Freedom 106/6 Stage 2 V-twin with 110 lb./ft. of torque and 6-speed transmission with true overdrive. Customs don’t come much cooler than this, and certainly not from the factory.
Another early-release 2013 model, the Boardwalk is, in Victory’s words, “the classic-styled cruiser with ‘Relaxed Ride’ in its DNA.” That relaxation comes via easy ergos featuring chrome-finished beach bars and spacious floorboards, complemented by a saddle with a removable passenger seat. There’s plenty of style, too, with chrome engine covers, chrome exhaust, 16-inch chrome laced wheels with wide-whitewall tires, and wraparound fenders. With all that low-key stuff, you can count on excitement aplenty from the Freedom 106/6 Stage 2 V-twin, which is ready to rumble anywhere you want to go.
Victory Hammer 8-Ball
Other performance customs might cringe at the Hammer’s enviable spec sheet, and rightfully so. Start off with the undeniable torque of the Freedom 106/6 Stage 2 V-twin, delivered through that 250mm rear tire, just the thing to, as Victory says, “convince wannabe riders to keep their distance.” Then there’s the handling of an inverted front fork, and all that blacked-out style that’s part and parcel of every 8-Ball. Then finish it off with stylish wheels and exhaust, and removable seat cowl that detaches to reveal a pillion saddle.
By definition a highball means a long, tall, iced drink, or to move with great speed. In other words, a perfect description of Victory’s High-Ball: a long, cool motorcycle designed to move you, emotionally and physically, at great speed. The High-Ball takes care of the former with high style, in the form of tall ape hangers, severely bobbed fenders, and 16-inch wire-spoke wheels on black rims with wide-whitewall tires. As to the latter, there’s Victory’s 106-cubic-inch Freedom V-twin with 110 lb./ft. of torque, 6-speed tranny and belt drive.
Yes, here it comes, the Judge. An early release, new-for 2013 model, the Judge embodies Victory’s take on the American muscle-bike, with muscle-car-inspired styling and sporty ergos. Motivation comes courtesy of the 106-cubic-inch Freedom 106/6 V-twin with a lusty 110 lb./ft. of torque, more than enough for stoplight-to-stoplight jousts. And Victory piles on the style, with fresh bodywork, racing-inspired side panels, black-and-chrome 16-inch wheels with premium Dunlop Elite II tires with raised white letters, new drag handlebar and mid-mounted controls. The Judge awaits your verdict.
Victory Vegas 8-Ball
Here it is, folks, your entry-level ticket to the Victory family. But don’t think the low price means Victory’s skimped on the essentials. This blacked-out boomer features Victory’s own Freedom 106/6 Stage 2 V-twin with a claimed 110 lb./ft. of torque, and 6-speed tranny with overdrive. Black Stingray wheels add visual bling, as does the split-tail fuel tank and streamlined solo saddle. The low, 25.2-inch seat height should inspire confidence, and will certainly enhance your cool factor on the boulevard. Blacked-out pipes and headlight complete the Dark Side look.