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:Engine/Drivetrain:
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
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.