When your tagline is “Ride One and You’ll Own One,” you’d better be producing a product that backs up those claims. While Victory has been working diligently to get people in the saddle of its motorcycles, its latest offering aims to both increase accessibility of the brand and to appeal to a broader scope of riders. To help achieve this goal, Victory trimmed the fat off its latest cruiser, the 2015 Gunner, lowering its seat height to a rider-friendly 25-inches and offering it at an attractive price point of $12,999.
The Gunner’s sporty disposition comes courtesy of blacked-out components, frame and engine, throaty pipes streaking down its right side, a small front fender covering chunky Dunlop 491 Elite II tires, and a low-slung solo seat, the entire package decked out in attractive Suede Titanium paint. For good measure Victory slapped on a new set of 24-spoke cast aluminum wheels.
During our recent trip to Daytona Beach Bike Week, we sought to find out if the 2015 Gunner has the performance to match its styling chops. We got one afternoon in its saddle to accomplish those goals, a combination of rural roads past the Cabbage Patch to De Leon Springs, intermixed with a few highway miles before bombing around a few turns by Daytona International Speedway. Climbing onto its saddle for the first time reveals that the Gunner is indeed low-slung, suitable for riders with shorter inseams but comfortable for me as well at six-feet-tall. Forward-mounted controls leave plenty of room to spread out while the reach to its bars places the riding position at a slightly forward lean. The Gunner is equipped with a solo seat, padded well enough for the first 50 or so miles before a little numbing creeps into the lower back.