Victory Motorcycles has introduced the slammed Magnum custom bagger and Gunner muscle cruiser for 2015, but has dropped four models from their domestic line-up.
The trimmed-down Gunner muscle cruiser was unveiled last month to replace the Judge in the US. However, the Judge will still be built for international markets such as Australia.
Victory has also dropped the Jackpot and Boardwalk cruisers from their US klibne-up, but they will remain in Australia. The US also loses the bare-bones Cross Roads 8 Ball which Australia didn’t get anyway.
The other new addition is the Magnum which reflects the growing trend in the US for custom baggers with slammed rear ends, longer tailpipes, low seat, panniers with massive speakers on top, mini ape bars, the dashboard painted the same as the wild paintjob and a massive front wheel.
We saw heaps of these bikes at the Harley-Davidson 110th anniversary last year, especially at the custom show and we’re seeing plenty more at this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
The Victory Motorcycles stand at Sturgis even has several Cross Country models which have been slammed into custom baggers by American custom shops, including one called the Looney Tunes painted up with cartoon Characters. Over at the Polaris sister company stand for Indian Motorcycles, there is also an Indian Chief that features a slammed custom bagger by Dirty Bird of Phoenix.
The Magnum comes in Plasma Lime, Ness Midnight Cherry and Sunset Red or Metasheen Black over Supersteel Gray. The latter black model simply glistens in the sun and is my pick.
Magnum looks right at home on the Intersate in America and in the “look-at-me” world of the downtown USA boulevard cruiser, but it may look a little wild for our slightly more conservative market. It will certainly stand out from the pack.