VICTORY GUNNER (2015-on) Review

Published: 12 August 2015

The Victory Gunner is a stripped-back Bobber based heavily on the firm’s Judge

VICTORY GUNNER  (2015-on)

The Victory Gunner is a stripped-back Bobber based heavily on the firm’s Judge

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

The Gunner is a good cruiser, and continues Victory’s quest to add a little bit of performance to the sector, but doesn’t offer anything unique.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The seating position is sportier than most cruisers, with the pegs slightly further back than your stereotypical chopper, but there’s still a bit of a reach to the wide bars. You can’t help but slide into the seat, and once you’re in position you can’t really move around much, you just slide back down. With just a single clock providing protection from the wind, this seating position has a tendency to turn the rider into a sail at high speeds. The Gunner comes with ABS as standard, and while it does work, it’s far from the smoothest system on the market. It all feels very mechanical and agricultural – stamping on the rear brake results in a slight chirp from the tyre, before all is brought back in check abruptly. There’s only a single 300mm disc up front, so the back brake gets called into action constantly.

Engine 4 out of 5

On the move the Gunner regains a bit of poise with its 1731cc V-twin engine pumping out 103ftlb of torque. Even though the Gunner is no lightweight at 296kg, it makes for grin-inducing getaways from lights and junctions. While the gearbox is often noisy (there’s a great thud as you click into first especially) it’s smooth and precise, with no false neutrals.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Like all Victories the Gunner is put together exceptionally well. Paint is thick and everything feels solidly put together. Although the Gunner is a new model it uses the same engine as the all other bikes in the Victory range, an 1731ccengine that never missed a beat in our long term Victory Judge in 2013.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

The Victory Gunner is a stripped-back Bobber based heavily on the firm’s Judge, but it’s lost a little in translation. In fairness it’s lost a chunk of the Judge’s price tag too – and is pretty reasonable but it lacks a bit of attitude you’d expect from a cool-looking cruiser.

Equipment 2 out of 5

With ABS being the only additional extra as standard, you don’t get too much bang for your buck although you can choose from a range of optional accessories at additional cost.

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their VICTORY GUNNER (2015-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your VICTORY GUNNER (2015-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
5 out of 5

04 December 2017 by TTWFO

Perfect! Thats exactly what you expect from the cruiser. If one's afraid od the wind shall go for sport bike or touer.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
After change of tyres to Avon's Cobras just perfect ride. Lacking cornering clearance a little. Perfect handling, response and willing for the turns, unlike most Harrys or other cruisers.
Engine
5 out of 5
Best V-twin ever! Powerful and with loads of torque to take off like a bullet. Endless second gear to enjoy revs! On the other hand, enough torque for cruising on sixth at nearly any speed
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Serious piece of the machinę. Not agricultural at all. Just strong and solid as a rock (even if some plastic can be seen here and there)
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
Just what you need to enjoy the ride! No gizmos, no bullshit, no fancy electronics.
4 out of 5

The 2015 Gunner is an amazing bike for the cost

21 March 2016 by Mark Handler

The only thing to make it perfect would be a rear seat. The bike handles better than my; Suzuki Boulevard, Kawasaki Vulcan 1700, Harley Sportster, my Yamaha V Star and my Yamaha VTX 1800.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Front Brakes suck
Engine
5 out of 5
It is a beast
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Solid
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
3 out of 5
-
Buying experience

Nothing great

5 out of 5

gunner

30 October 2015 by jeannie bridges

I would recommend this bike especially to shorter riders as the seat height is only 25 inches.its a brilliant fide and a head turner.especially with a set of straight thru exhausts fitted. makes it sound like a large v-twin should sound.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Abs fitted as standard on UK models
Engine
5 out of 5
-
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Solid built not had a problems.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
This is only an approximate number only had its first oil change. So I can only assume the next service will be about this including labour costs.
Equipment
5 out of 5
I got a small rack and sissybar fitted you need something to stop your saddle bags touching the back wheel and rear sprocket.
Buying experience

Bought it from alba customs can't fault the staff who are all brilliant.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2015
Year discontinued -
New price £9,999
Used price £9,000 to £9,800
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £120
Performance
Max power 93 bhp
Max torque 103 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 1731cc
Engine type Four-stroke V-twin, air/oil-cooled
Frame type Tubular steel with engine as a stressed member
Fuel capacity 103 litres
Seat height 635mm
Bike weight 296kg
Front suspension -
Rear suspension -
Front brake -
Rear brake -
Front tyre size -
Rear tyre size -

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