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YEARS SOLD: 2003–2017 MSRP NEW: $14,999 (’03) to $13,999 (’17) BLUE BOOK RE­TAIL VALUE: $4,555 (’03) to $10,380 (’17) BA­SIC SPECS: Early Ve­gas mod­els are pow­ered by the Vic­tory Free­dom 1,508cc air-/oil-cooled 50-de­gree V-twin with a five-speed gear­box. Drivetrain up­dates in­tro­duced in ’06 in­clude a dis­place­ment in­crease to 100ci (1,639cc) and six-speed trans­mis­sion. The cur­rent Free­dom 106 (1,731cc) en­gine has been in ser­vice since the 2011 model year. All Ve­gas mod­els fea­ture low-main­te­nance hy­draulic valve lifters, elec­tronic fuel in­jec­tion, and belt fi­nal drive. The chas­sis uti­lizes a con­ven­tional 43mm fork with 5.1-inch travel and a sin­gle shock of­fer­ing 3.9 inches of rear travel and cast wheels (19-inch front, 18inch rear) each car­ry­ing a sin­gle disc brake.

WHY IT’S DE­SIR­ABLE: Pre­ceded by only the Vic­tory V92C cruiser, the Ve­gas is the model this then-fledg­ling Amer­i­can cruiser builder bet the farm on. It has gone on to be­come the most ven­er­a­ble mem­ber of the Vic­tory line. And for good rea­son, as each gen­er­a­tion of the Ve­gas plat­form has de­liv­ered im­proved per­for­mance, re­fine­ment, and en­dur­ing styling to the cruiser seg­ment. Its lin­ear power de­liv­ery, low seat height, pre­dictable han­dling, stylish low-slung looks, and af­ford­able price have all proved ac­ces­si­ble for ca­sual rid­ers yet stim­u­lat­ing for the sea­soned en­thu­si­ast.

THE COM­PE­TI­TION: Over the past decade and a half the Ve­gas and Har­ley-david­son Sof­tail Deuce and Dyna Wide Glide mod­els have en­gaged in a long-stand­ing turf war. Ja­panese con­tenders in­clude the Honda VTX1800, Yamaha Star Raider, and Suzuki Boule­vard M109R.

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