Victory Magnum bagger has performance, styling boosts

Publish Date: 
Jul 28, 2014
By Bruce Steever

MEDINA, Minn. – Victory Motorcycles pulled the wraps off its 2015 Magnum, a factory bagger that comes standard with aftermarket-inspired details, wild paint and performance enhancements.

The large flared fairing and standard sweptback side cases obviously identify the Magnum as a bagger, but Victory intends the machine to be more than just a me-too addition to the popular niche.

Up front, a 21-inch front rim mounting a 120/70R21 Dunlop dominates the styling, and to further accentuate the unique front end, the rear of the Magnum is lowered one inch, giving the bagger the “slammed” aftermarket look of a high-dollar custom bagger.

Thanks to the lowered rear end, the Magnum’s saddle is just 25.7 inches from the ground, which Victory claims is the lowest in its class and allows riders with any inseam to easily flat-foot the bike at stops.

Inside the wide fairing is the Victory’s biggest, baddest stereo yet — a six-speaker, 100-watt sound system integrated cleanly into the overall design. For audiophiles, or anyone looking to make a bit of noise, accessory saddlebag speakers will boost the output ever higher.

And from nose to tail, the Magnum uses some screaming color combinations like Plasma Lime or the Ness Midnight Cherry, with a huge array of color-matched details, including rear fender closeouts, saddlebag hinges, radiator shrouds, rear fender closeouts and a painted dashboard. Leading off the fairing is also a new all-LED, multi-element headlight.

Powering the Magnum is Victory’s proven Freedom 106/6 V-twin engine. Featuring a wide-ratio six-speed transmission and counterbalancer, the motor is able to tour at a relaxed rpm, while the claimed torque output of 106 lb.-ft. promises more exciting performance when required. Cruise control comes standard to make distance sorties even easier, as does the 5.8-gallon fuel tank.

And when it’s time to stop the Magnum, Victory’s ABS provides quick, controlled deceleration of the machine’s claimed 761-pound (dry) weight thanks to three 300mm floating rotors and dual front four-piston calipers.

Finally, Victory is already prepared with a range of new accessories for the Magnum. Along with the aforementioned Extreme Saddlebag Audio kit, the Magnum can be dressed up with Ape Hanger-style handlebars, a Tri-Oval Exhaust package, and a range of finish and detail options via the Victory Beveled Collection by Arlen Ness.

Magnum pricing varies by color choice, with MSRPs ranging from $21,999 to $22,999.