2015 Victory Gunner Bobber - First Look

Victory builds a bobber that focuses on performance.

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As much of the motorcycling world embraces greater complexity and calls it “added features,” there’s something to be said for taking parts off. Such is the case with the classic bobber, a motorcycle taken closer to the core elements necessary to carry a person on two wheels.

Victory's early-release 2015 Gunner embraces the stripped-down ethic but retains elements that the company feels "serious riders" would want in a bobber-style production machine.

Which means the Freedom 106 cubic-inch 50-degree V-twin powers the Gunner, its four-valve heads (and hydraulic lifters) making this one of the best-running cruiser engines on the market. The engine, gearbox, and primary drive have continued to be refined over the years. Major upgrades came in 2011, with redesigned shift dogs and strategic use of helical gears to both quiet operation and reduce drive lash. Neutral assist was also added, which, as the name implies, makes finding neutral easier. Overall, this is a nice-shifting mechanically quiet powerplant that is much more refined in operation than early versions of the 106/6 powertrain.

We expect output to be similar to that of the 2013 Judge, which, on the CW Dynojet 250i dyno, produced a healthy 81 horsepower at 4810 rpm and 96-pound-feet of torque at just 2920.

2015 Victory Gunner rear 3/4 right-side view

Combine this power with a not-bad-for-a-cruiser claimed dry weight of 649 lb. and the Gunner should move along well. If it handles anything like the Judge, it will make us smile, too. And it will likely offer nearly identical steering quality because the chassis geometry (32-degree rake), wheelbase (64.8 inches) and tire sizes (130/90-16 front, 140/90-16 rear) are the same as those of the Judge.

The new 24-spoke wheels are a nice touch, teaming with “Suede Titanium” paint and a 25-inch-high solo seat to give the Gunner its distinct look.

Removing parts also helps with price, and the Gunner's MSRP of $12,999 is only $500 more than 2014's lowest-priced Victory, the Vegas 8-Ball. That means the Gunner slips under the 2014 Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bob ($13,349 for a non-ABS model) and is considerably less expensive than the ergonomically similar Softail Slim at $15,899.

Victory plans to offer demo rides during Daytona Bike Week in March, and Gunners are expected to hit dealerships in April.

Studio front 3/4 left-side view.
On-road action shot.
Studio right-side view (customized version).
SPECIFICATIONS
|2015 Victory Gunner
MASSES & DIMS
WEIGHT|649 lbs.
OVERALL LENGTH|93.4 in.
OVERALL WIDTH|37.0 in.
OVERALL HEIGHT|44.7 in.
SEAT HEIGHT|25.0 in.
WHEELBASE|64.8 in.
GROUND CLEARANCE|4.7 in.
RAKE|32º
POWERTRAIN
ENGINE TYPE|Freedom 106 / 6 V-twin
DISPLACEMENT|1731cc
BORE & STROKE|101 x 108mm
COMPRESSION RATIO|9.4:1
VALVE TRAIN|4 valves per cylinder, hydraulic lifters & cam chain adjusters
ELECTRONIC FUEL INJECTION|Closed loop 45mm
COOLING SYSTEM|Air & oil
EXHAUST SYSTEM|Dual-staggered slash-cut
FUEL CAPACITY|4.5 gal.
WHEELS / TIRES
FRONT TIRE|Dunlop 491 / 130/90 B16 67H
FRONT WHEEL TYPE|Cast aluminum / 16" x 3.5"
REAR TIRE|Dunlop 491 / 140/90 B16 77H
REAR WHEEL TYPE|Cast aluminum / 16" x 3.5"
CHASSIS
TRANSMISSION|6 speed overdrive / constant mesh
GEAR SHIFT PATTERN|1 down / 5 up
FINAL DRIVE|Carbon fiber reinforced belt
LIGHTS
HEADLIGHTS|High H4 (W5W)
TURN SIGNALS|Auto-cancel system

On-road action shot.

Static rear 3/4 right-side view.

Static right-side view.

Static rear 3/4 right-side view.

Studio front 3/4 right-side view.

Studio right-side view.

Studio rear 3/4 right-side view.

Studio front 3/4 left-side view.

Studio left-side view.

Studio rear 3/4 left-side view.

Front view.

Front wheel/brake.

Fuel tank.

Air intake.

Tail section.

Studio left-side view (customized version).

Studio right-side view (customized version).

Front view (customized version).

Rear view (customized version).

Accessories: V Drag bars

Accessories: Rad III rear view mirrors

Accessories: Billet grips

Accessories: Billet cam tensioner covers

Accessories: Billet engine cover (right side)

Accessories: Billet engine cover (left side)

Accessories: Straight Stage 1 exhaust pipes

Accessories: Red Solo Mission seat

Accessories: Solo luggage rack