Few in custom motorcycle building have had a more prolific and respected career than Arlen Ness, and tonight the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California will honor the man and his creations. The Arlen Ness Birthday Bash will include cocktails and dinner in celebration of Ness along with a preview of the exhibition Arlen […]
Victory Releases MY14 Lineup
Celebrating 15 years of American-made production, Victory Motorcycles unveiled its 2014 lineup today, featuring two new 8-Ball baggers, a $1000 price cut on the High-Ball, a Ness Cross Country and the new Factory Custom paint program.
First up, Victory has given its Cross Country and Cross Roads the stripped down 8-Ball treatment – and a stripped down price tag to match. Exposed to their bare bagger bones and painted black, the Cross Country is accessory-free but for its fairing and audio system, while the Cross Roads ditches its Lexan windshield.
The Cross Roads 8-Ball starts at less than $16K, while the Cross Country 8-Ball starts at $17,999.
Rather than give each generation of the Ness family a Victory to doll up as in previous years, for 2014 the First Family of Fabrication collaborates on a Ness Cross Country special edition (below) featuring diamond-cut heads, an exclusive custom seat, a tinted boomerang windshield, black tubular highway bars and forks, chrome handlebars, kicker speakers, an iPod interfacing with full controls at your fingertips, limited-edition number plate, and Ness legacy custom paint and graphics.
For 2014 the standard issue Cross Roads has morphed into an old-school throwback, and is now known as the Cross Roads Classic (below). Featuring studded soft leather saddlebags with chrome trim and Victory-branded buckles, front and rear chrome fender bumpers, chrome-laced wheels with whitewall tires and capped with a stylishly traditional light bar, it also gets tasty two-tone paint and an even tastier MSRP of $17,999.
As for the standard issue Cross Country, it gets two additional colors this year: Suede Titanium Metallic – with its bottom-of-the-line $18,999 MSRP – and Havasu Red. Any 2014 Cross Country can be given a custom skin at a showroom price via Victory’s new Factory Custom Paint program. Schemes include Suede Silver with Flames and Two-Tone Boss Blue & Gloss Black ($20,499), or Tequila Gold with Flames (shown at top) and Two-Tone Suede Supersteel & Black ($20,999).
For Victory’s cruisers, 2014 sees the company’s apehanging black bobber, the High-Ball, get a $1,000 price slash from last year’s MSRP. It’s now $13,499 ($14,999 if you want the flame job). The Judge (below) hangs onto its muscle car roots but gets more comfortable with a new rider position via pullback bars and extended pegs, plus an upgraded two-piece seat; the Jackpot scores with the lowest price tag the model has ever worn; and the Boardwalk now offers two-tone paint and pinstriping without an increase in price.
The Victory touring line sees the addition of new colors in 2014 – as well as the company’s commemorative anniversary bike, the Cross Country Tour 15th Anniversary Limited Edition.
It features all the accessories and creature comforts of the Cross Country Tour and adds red engine badging, gold pinstriping and saddlebag decals, two-tone paint, and a commemorative badge and number plate.
Despite Polaris’ acquisition of the Indian brand, it’s clearly not ignoring its Victory V-Twin line. With American-made hard work and attention to detail, there’s no doubt the company is just getting started. Here’s to another 15 years. And then some.