Stripped or Just Slick?
It starts with the black handlebar – a more functional and neutral unit than either the Judge's pullback, tiller-like affair, or the 'Ball's raise-'em high unit. Then there's the price: at $12,999 (just $500 more than the Vegas 8-Ball), the Gunner is Victory's second least expensive motorcycle, and just going by the spec sheet alone, looks like quite a bang for the buck. The muscular style stands solidly apart from its lower-priced sibling's skinny chopper vibe, which runs on a 21-in. front wheel. Like I said, the Gunner's stance is purposeful. But is that enough to call it a bobber, as all those cutesy Victory ads targeting the Harley Softail Slim would have you believe?
The Wikipedia tells it, a bobber is "a motorcycle that has the front fender removed, the rear fender made smaller, and all superfluous parts removed to reduce weight." Not to nit-pick, but ain't nothing "bobbed" about the Gunner's rear fender. In fact, the Judge's fenders look leaner… yet Victory chooses to call the Judge a Muscle Bike. Apparently, it all comes down to different wheels and handlebars. As for the Slim, well, the Gunner comes pretty close to hitting that target spot on. The Slim's styling, wheelbase, weight, and even lean angle, are all matched fairly closely by the Gunner's numbers, though the Harley does offer an ABS option and other paint choices. But the Slim is also nearly $3K more expensive. Moving on….