The new Victory Magnum joins the American custom bagger trend with a slammed rear end, massive 21-inch front wheel, wild paint and a thumping boom box.
Victory Magnum will arrive in Australia from $29,995 ride away in late November, which parks it neatly between the Cross Country Tour ($28,495) and the full-dresser Vision ($30,495).
It is based on the Cross Country without the top box, but it has had the custom bagger treatment which is big in the US at the moment with radical paintjobs, 1-inch lowered stance, big front wheel and a thumping audio system. Victory claims the audio is their “best performing sound system ever” with six speakers in-dash and 100W output.
The Victory Magnum also features a boomerang tinted windshield, low seat, LED headlight and all the usual features of the Victory tourers, including ABS and cruise control.
We had been expecting a different engine size from Victory, possibly a smaller one to compete with Harley’s Sportsters and the new Street range. However, the Victory Magnum is powered by the same Freedom 106ci V-Twin as the rest of the fleet.
This is a case of Victory chosing to be bold and different.
Victory Motorcycles country manager Peter Harvey says the bagger trend is “gathering strong real momentum locally and the timing of the Magnum is perfect”.
“Customers have been asking for and custom building this type of bike themselves and for it to be available ex-factory with the largest production bagger wheel on the road coming standard plus all the other features should make it irresistible” Harvey says.
The Victory Magnum will come with a host of new accessories including Ape Hanger handlebars, Extreme Audio Saddle Bag lids with speakers and the new Beveled Collection by Arlen Ness (Pegs, Engine Covers, Mirrors,Brake/Clutch Levers, Floorboards and Ignition and Engine Covers).
Engine: 106 (1731cc) air-cooled V-twin
Bore x Stroke 101 x 108 mm
Compression: 9.4 : 1
Transmission: 6-speed, wet, multi-plate clutch, carbonfibre-reinforced belt
Fuel: 22 litre tank, 91RON
Suspension: USD 43mm forks, 130 mm travel; single adjustable air shock, 113mm travel
Dry weight: 345kg
Length: 2657 mm
Rake/trail: 29.0° / 142 mm
Seat: 654 mm
Wheelbase: 1670 mm
Brakes: ABS, 300mm discs
Colours: Metasheen Black Over Supersteel Grey, Plasma Lime, Sunset Red Over Supersteel Grey, Ness Midnight Cherry