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2016 Victory Magnum X-1 Preview | Measured in Miles & Decibels

2016 Victory Magnum X-1 at Daytona Bike Week Launch
Victory Magnum X-1

Using the 74th edition of Daytona Bike Week as a backdrop, Victory Motorcycles unveiled its newest – and loudest – creation, the Magnum X-1.

But it wasn’t any typical unveiling; the Polaris-owned Victory launched the bike while hard-rockers Godsmack crunched power chords at the iconic Full Moon Saloon on Main Street.

There was much significance to debuting the bike during some heavy-hitting music. The Magnum X-1, released as an early 2016 model, takes the base Magnum – a blinged-out production bagger – and adds monstrous sound and bolder styling.

How monstrous is the sound? Four-times louder than the Cross Country, and two-times louder than the base Magnum. The X-1 features 10 speakers and 200 watts of power – one of the most powerful systems offered on a production bagger. Victory sums it, saying “trips on the Magnum X-1 are measured in miles and decibels.”

The other main differences between the X-1 and the base Magnum are the black-billet wheels, which are machined from a single block of aluminum for strength and lightness. Like the Magnum, the X-1 arrives with a massive 21-inch wheel up front, and a 16-inch wheel out back.

The X-1 also features a smoke-tinted LED headlight that is 74-percent brighter than the cross country, and a custom paint scheme – Electric Red over Gloss Black and Platinum.

All else is typical Magnum, from the Freedom 106 that produces 106 ft/lbs of torque to the one-inch slam out back. The Magnum X-1 has 4 inches of rear-suspension travel compared to 4.7 inches on the Cross Country – the model all Magnums are based off – and sits just 25.7 inches off the ground.

As for pricing, the Magnum X-1 is offered at an MSRP of $24,999 – $3,000 more than the base Magnum. Following are the specs and a photo gallery.

2016 Victory Magnum X-1 Specs:


  • Displacement: 106 ci / 1731 cc
  • Bore x Stroke (mm): 101 x 108 mm
  • Engine Type: 4-stroke 50° V-Twin
  • Compression Ratio: 9.4 : 1
  • Valve Train: Single overhead camshafts with 4 valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters
  • Cooling: Air / oil
  • Drive/Driven Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
  • Exhaust: Split dual exhaust with crossover
  • Fuel System: Electronic Fuel Injection with dual 45mm throttle body
  • Transmission Type: 6-speed overdrive constant mesh
  • Transmission/Final Drive: Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt
  • Transmission/Primary Drive: Gear drive with torque compensator
  • Valve Train: Single overhead camshafts with 4 valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters
  • Battery: 12 volts / 18 amp hours
  • Charging System: 48 amps max output



  • Front Suspension: Inverted cartridge telescopic fork, 43 mm diameter, 4.4 in / 113 mm travel
  • Rear Suspension: Single, mono-tube gas, cast aluminum with constant rate linkage, 4 in / 103 mm travel, air adjustable



  • Brake System Type: Conventional w/ optional ABS
  • Front Brakes: Dual 300mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers
  • Rear Brakes: 300mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper



  • Front Tires: 120/70R21 Dunlop Elite 3 Front
  • Front Wheel: 21 x 3.5″ Front
  • Rear Tires: 180/60R16 Dunlop Elite 3
  • Rear Wheel: 16 x 5.0″



  • Fuel Capacity (gallons/liters): 5.8 gal / 22 ltr
  • Oil Capacity: 5.0 qts / 4.73 ltr
  • Ground Clearance: 5.3 in / 135 mm
  • Rake/Trail: 29.0° / 5.6 in / 142 mm
  • Seat Height: 25.7 in / 653 mm
  • Wheelbase: 65.7 in / 1670 mm
  • Overall Length (in./cm.): 104.6 in / 2657 mm
  • Dry Weight: 761 lbs / 345 kg
  • GCWR: 1310 lbs / 594 kg


2016 Victory Magnum X-1 Color & MSRP:

  • Electric Red over Gloss Black and Platinum/$24,499


2016 Victory Magnum X-1 Gallery:

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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