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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.