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2014 Victory Motorcycles Announced: 8-Ball Versions of Cross Roads and Cross Country

2014 Victory Ness Cross Country

2014 Victory Ness Cross Country

Victory Motorcycles announced its 2014 lineup today. Nothing earth shaking, but value priced 8-Ball versions of both the Cross Country and Cross Roads will be available in 2014 at MSRPs starting at $17,999 and $15,999, respectively. Both models, of course, feature the powerful Freedom 106/6 V-twin engine.

The Ness family worked together on a special Cross Country model (pictured at top) for 2014. This model will be priced at $22,999 and is detailed in the following press release, along with other 2014 changes (including lower pricing on some models). Here is the press release:

Medina, MN – July 29, 2013: Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Victory Motorcycles announced their 2014 lineup at the Polaris Industries dealer meeting in Washington DC. Headlining the new model year motorcycles are the Cross Country 8-Ball, the Cross-Roads 8-Ball, the new Cross Country Factory Custom Paint program and a stunning, limited-edition Ness Legacy Cross Country.  MSRP reductions and model enhancements offer greater value on Victory’s industry leading style, performance, reliability, comfort and storage.

Leading the news is a striking range of baggers from the Medina, MN based brand. The Cross Country 8-Ball and the Cross Roads 8-Ball wrap themselves in black and offer the rider a pure, elemental riding experience. With low MSRP’s starting at $17,999 and $15,999, respectively, the new 8-Ball baggers offer convenient, easy-access storage, athletic on-road handling and hard-charging power propelled by the high-performance Freedom 106/6 V-Twin powertrain. Riders seeking high style and more features have several new options this year with the announcement of the Victory Cross Country Factory Custom Paint program. A range of paint schemes produced from the handcrafted themes of Victory’s design team allow more individualized expression with quick ordering and limited production. The Factory Custom Paint designs are expertly applied in the Spirit Lake, Iowa manufacturing plant and can be special ordered and delivered to a rider’s local dealership in just a couple of short weeks.

2014 Victory Cross Roads 8-Ball

2014 Victory Cross Roads 8-Ball

Those seeking an expert’s take on how to style a Victory bagger need look no further than the Ness Cross Country featuring Ness Legacy Paint. For 2014 the skills of three generations of Ness come together to co-design this stunning bagger that features a striking red and black paint scheme loaded with detail. A well-chromed engine features diamond-cut cylinder fins for a sparkle that exudes custom and detail in a way only the Nesses can. In addition, each Ness Cross Country comes with an original autographed and framed photo of Arlen, Cory, and Zach Ness featuring a limited-edition plate uniquely numbered to match the machines.  This explosion of style comes at a new low price of only $22,999.

“We worked hard to add features and attain price points that make 2014 Victory motorcycles more desirable than ever before,” said, Steve Menneto, Vice President for Polaris Motorcycles. “Riders know that a Victory is a riders bike, and now we have loads of options for them, whatever their style. We’re offering that with more value than ever before in making our motorcycles more attainable while increasing features and options. Victory Motorcycles has never had the diversity and approachability that it does for 2014.”

Price reductions and other great refinements define the Victory cruiser line-up. The popular Victory High-Ball now comes in two versions.  Both feature a new, round headlight while the Suede Black and White version features cast wheels and the low starting MSRP of $13,499. A new Suede Black with Flames version of the High-Ball features traditional spoke rims, but pops with a custom inspired red flame on suede black paint job that wears its attitude on its cut off-sleeves.

2014 Victory Cross Country 8-Ball

2014 Victory Cross Country 8-Ball

The Victory Judge features a new ergonomic layout and styling cues, but maintains the powerful muscle-car inspired look that defines an adrenalin-producing ride. The Victory Jackpot now features a round headlight, a color-matched frame and striking Sunset Red and Gloss Black paint and comes in at the lowest price it’s ever had, $15,999.

The Victory Boardwalk brings high style to laid-back cruising with a new two-tone paint and pinstripe detail that doesn’t cost a penny more than last year’s model.

The crown jewel of the 2014 Victory Touring Line-up, announced in January, is the 15th Anniversary Cross Country Tour Limited Edition that features a limited build but unlimited features and style, while the 2014 Cross Country Tour continues to define class-leading storage capacity, style and performance and now comes with the option of its first two-tone paint scheme in Sonic Blue & Silver.

The high-style Victory Vision continues to offer the finest feature-laden ride for all-day-in-the-saddle comfort in three color options including the new Nuclear Sunset.

Riders can find their nearest Victory dealer, specs, pricing, and more on the full 2014 Victory Motorcycles lineup, as well as a comprehensive collection of Victory motorcycle accessories and its full line of technical and casual riding gear at www.VictoryMotorcycles.com.

78 Comments

  1. carl says:

    I have been riding for 34 yrs and have had gixxers, kawizx14, Harleys, Hondas and traded my Honda Goldwing for Victory CCT. Now I’m no fan of underpowered V-twins but I will say this about Victory, like or hate them, they make one of the most comfortable touring bikes out of the box. The wind management, 18 inch floor boards etc make one of the most comfortable all day riding rigs out there.

  2. BlackCayman says:

    With the name “Victory”…there could’ve been so much more than just cruisers and baggers. How about a dirt track styled bike from the 70s?

    Where are the Standards, Street Trackers, Sport-Tourers and singles?

  3. david says:

    Looks so big for me. I hope the upcoming Indian does not have this styling.

  4. kjazz says:

    Have never owned a cruiser, the whole concept just doesn’t get traction in my thinking… but, I do find these bikes to be elegant in their lines. With a clean, crisp appearance and they look like they are moving even while parked. Very suggestive styling. The paint (1st bike pictured) isn’t that intereting to me… but that’s just my opinion. The Vision from Victory is the most innovative cruiser of all time IMO (Better than the Honda Rhune even; neither of which may be worth a damn, I dunno, but for pure design/lines/etc. the Vision is killer). So I can appreciate the product, but it’s not for me.

  5. Fuzzyson1 says:

    There was so much hope for Victory in the motorcycle world when they started out. It’s too bad they didn’t take their “newness” and run with it, far and in a different direction! Instead they chose to follow in the shadow of the big Hog by making the same thing over and over, just in a different color.

    • paul A says:

      It’s all about the money. They have the ability to make smaller bikes, but they don’t generate as much money.

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        Yes, I think that they figured a small piece of the biggest pie was more profitable than a small piece of several smaller pies.

        • paul A says:

          Polaris needs to think outside the box and come up with a bike that will help establish brand loyalty. Make a 500cc air cooled, hydraulic valve bike with fuel injection and a large gas tank. Make it look cool and affordable (no tubeless tires). Give it a centerstand and a kick starter (along with electric start). And don’t let the Ness family near the bike.

  6. mechanicus says:

    A truly odious styling theme that just won’t go away… I’ll bet Ness drives a Pontiac Aztek around with a Chinese Hairless hanging out the window….

  7. Gronde says:

    Looks like somebody at Victory has spent too much time at Disney’s Toon Town.

  8. Bob L says:

    These are so ugly that I’m speechless!

  9. Austin ZZR 1200 says:

    The styling does absolutely nothing for me. Then again, I haven’t been excited about cruisers since my first bike, a 2000 Honda Shadow.

  10. jim says:

    What’s that pedal with a chrome cap under the seat?

  11. joe says:

    i can’t get past the headlight.
    the kingpin back in 2005 looked good.
    since then they all have that gigantic think on the front.
    and no i don’t want to drop 15K on a bike only to spend another 500
    on a headlight.

  12. takehikes says:

    Is it me or are their model names getting as confusing as Harley’s? I haven’t a clue what’s what any more. Especially since they all have the same engine/trans combo…….why can’t they just name them “bags” “no bags”?

    • Norm G. says:

      how ’bout bilbo baggins…?

    • Auphliam says:

      I think its the way they write press releases…

      Baggers: Cross Roads (no fairing) and Cross Country (fairing)

      Touring: Vision and Cross Country Tour (trunk, lowers and other amenities added to CC)

      Cruisers: Jackpot, Hammer, Vegas, Boardwalk and Highball

      This year’s limited runs: Ness Cross Country and 15 Anniversary Cross Country Tour

      All the ‘8-Ball’ malarky is just an appearance package

  13. vitesse says:

    What’s up with this fetish for pronounced haunches.

  14. Jay says:

    They all look the same to me.

    I don’t care for the down-turned, crescent shape of the tank. I don’t care for Victory’s or Ness’s styling.

  15. Jeremy in TX says:

    These bikes look absolutely ridiculous to me. That must mean it strikes the right cord with cruiser riders.

    • Auphliam says:

      Really? What exactly looks “absolutely ridiculous”?

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        The fairing, the tank, the cases, the headlight shroud and the overall lines of the bike. It is just my opinion. It looks like something you might find in a comic book. On the plus side, I’ve always thought the Victory engine to be visually elegant compared to their competitors.

        • Cory says:

          Agreed. The newest version of the Victory engines are great looking (I even have a soft spot for their 1st gen engines) but styling always seems to be lacking. It’s almost like they are trying too hard, forgetting an important of design: take away everything until you are left with what is essential. Believe it or not, this drives HD’s design philosophy, giving rise to a huge aftermarket so customers can add elements back to the bike. Polaris/Victory needs to pay attention.

          For the record, I am not really an HD fan, but not a hater, either.

  16. Auphliam says:

    Was personally hoping for more than just new paint options (Indian must be using up all the R&D dollars), although the new Boardwalk skin is pretty bad ass. Only line that got any variety is the Cross Country. Didn’t like to see them move away from “Sport” and closer to “Cruiser” with the updates to the Judge. Was really hoping any improvements to that bike would’ve seen them keep pushing in the other direction.

  17. Mike Simmons says:

    I hope the new Indian styling is not as grotesque, but I’m not optimistic.

    Mike

  18. Pete says:

    New color, new year….You should newer underestimate the bad taste of American people…
    Here in Europe, we build our bikes for driving.

    • pistoldave says:

      Hey, thanks for the heads up because you know, all us American idiots are all the same. Guess I better get rid of my KLR, street motarded WR450, ZRX1200, B-king, SV650, etc. and get me a Victory, a billfold on a chain, and a couple o’ wife beater t-shirts so I can make sure I conform to your stereotype.
      I will grant you there are a lot of folks with what might be considered bad taste in the States, but we are not all like that. I had never owned a cruiser and was curious about them, so a few years back I purchased a used 2008 Kingpin 8-ball because it was a smoking hot deal on a practically new bike. I discovered that I do not care for the feet forward riding position at all, and the styling is not everyones cup of tea, but the bike itself was pretty impressive from a riders point of view. It rode and handled way better than I expected, had good brakes and a very smooth powerful engine, and the level of build quality seemed to be quite high. If Victory would put this powerplant in something like a Yamaha MT-01 (ie Non- cruiser) I would be in line to purchase one.

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      I coincidentally found myself in Rome this past June during a European HOG rally. Except for all the helmets, it looked like any HOG rally in the States. Bad taste is not exclusive to Americans. That said, I sure am glad Europe and Japan are in the motorcycle business!

    • powermad says:

      And you should never underestimate the arrogance of a European.

    • TimC says:

      There in Europe, you build your keyboards for being an online dips–t.

    • Halfbaked says:

      In the future feel free to confine your trolling to European websites where they have a better understanding of motorcycle drivers like yourself.

    • david says:

      Looks like history is forgotten. American and Canadian allies lost thousands of lives to help liberate European from Nazi occupation. Grow up and stop stereo-type.

  19. andy1300 says:

    Ok, Now if you drop in the new Indian 111 motor in it then your have something..

  20. Norm G. says:

    i think now might be a good time for a reminder regarding our lesson on “tribalism”…

    http://www.motorcycledaily.com/2013/05/tribes/

  21. joe says:

    there is nothing left in the way of design or wow factor for cruiser manufacturers.
    same old same old

  22. Don E. says:

    Looks like prototypes for the next Batcycle. Ness knows how to make good bikes ugly.

  23. goose says:

    I like everything about Victories but the styling. It is sad when a Japanese company (i.e. Yamaha) can style a more attractive and more original American style bike than a company based in Minnesota.

    Too bad, they seem to be doing everything else right. I really, really hope they get the Indian right.

    Goose

  24. Provologna says:

    Buh
    Buh
    Buh
    Buh
    Boooooooooooorinnnnnnnnnnng…………

  25. ApriliaRST says:

    I like the styling. These bikes not only look good, but give riders another option in the cruiser segment… one without a pinched seam on the gas tank! It’s not my personal preference, but if you can live with typical cruiser seating position, these bikes look awesome. Nice work, Victory.

    I can hardly wait to see what the parent company releases with the Indian engine. I like its looks better… even if I’ll never warm to cruiser ergos.

  26. todd says:

    hideous, terrible styling; it’ll fit right in with the bagger crowd.

  27. Louis says:

    “Riders know a Victory is a riders bike”? I thought a BMW or Ducati was a riders bike?

    • Provologna says:

      If this is a “rider’s bike” then Rosanne Barr is a beauty queen…

    • Max Wellian says:

      I’ve owned a couple of Ducs and rented a couple of BMWs for extended vacations and now own a Victory. It is more comfortable than the Euro bikes, is far less upset by crosswinds, is adequately powered (though with a cam it’ll make more power that either of the above), has a ton of storage, and has very good ground clearance and excellent suspension.

      The Victory Cross bikes are indeed “rider’s” bikes. When you see me on your six in the mountains, please be kind and move to the right.

  28. Krisd says:

    I friggin love that Ness Cross Country!

  29. endoman38 says:

    As they say south of the border, “much uglamente.”

  30. paul A says:

    Victory Motorcycles, the answer to the question that nobody asked.

  31. xootrx says:

    Half the fun of these articles is reading all the hate posts. Buckle up.

    • Tuskerdu says:

      Roger that. . .

    • Auphliam says:

      Ain’t that the truth. I guess its easier than actually riding a motorcycle.

      • xootrx says:

        Fact is, years ago, whenever I went touring, I started taking note of the bikes I saw on the road. The cruisers easily outnumbered everything else combined, a good 5 to 1. Most of them were Harleys. Makes me feel kinda distinctive on my little Versys, but the fact remains, it’s the cruisers who are doing the hard core riding. Everyone else seems to be doing the complaining.

        • Tuskerdu says:

          Roger that too. . .

        • Ralph says:

          Seriously? I commute daily on my MTS1200S Touring, including the piss pouring o’dark thirty ride in this morning. How many bikes do I see on a rainy day? None. I do see a few young bucks on sportbikes commuting on sunny days. Cruisers out on a weekday? Not in my experience. But on a sunny Sunday? Yup, the they’re out there, the closer to a bar you get, the more cruisers you see.

          • xootrx says:

            Yes really. While there are plenty of poseurs, the fact remains that what I said is true. On longer rides, they’re out there, bikes loaded down, and covering the miles. Deny it all you want, but I have no reason to lie about it. And yes, there are the pretty boys who ride a whole 20 miles to a local bar, just as there are tons of sport bike snobs, riding equally as far as the local hills, to their respective hang outs as well. And they’re just as phony as the rest.

        • Jeremy in TX says:

          I observe the same. And when the weather gets nasty, I see even more cruisers in relation to other bike.

        • Joe Bogusheimer says:

          I’ve seen the same thing when touring. A lot of the bikes I see being ridden fairly long distances in all weather are H-D Big Twins (not necessarily baggers) and comparable Japanese cruisers. Not what I’d choose, but they’re out there. Sure a lot of cruisers rarely get ridden any further than the local bar, burger joint or show and shine, but then a lot of sportbikes never get ridden any further than the local ramps, or posing in front of some hangout. Actually, I haven’t gone much of anywhere on my ‘Strom for a couple years.

  32. xlayn says:

    Dying for looking at the comments at this one…

  33. Gronde says:

    How exciting. Another gaudy 800# barge from the other American bike factory. Can’t they build anything other than a ridiculous cruiser?

    • Michael H says:

      Why yes, yes they can. A full line of personal watercraft, snowmobiles, all terrain vehicles, electric vehicles, military equipment and so forth. And a second line of motorcycles is being added in two weeks.

      Want a sport bile? An adventure bike? There are plenty of manufacturers. Want to buy a v-twin that competes head-to-head with motorcycle’s big gorilla? Only Victory stepped up to that challenge. And they build very good motorcycles. In America.

      As usual, your mileage may vary, professional driver on a closed course, read instructions before using product.

    • powermad says:

      Companies only build what they are convinced will sell.
      If they build you a little plastic repli racer rocket will you buy it? I mean buy it at list,not fire sale prices.