Dynamic. Defiant. Ground-breaking. And something only Victory could do.
All are apt descriptions for the motorcycle Victory unveiled at its National Sales Meeting in the summer of 2002: The 2003 Victory Vegas.
There was nothing else like it. There was no other brand that could deliver it. It remains to this day one of the most historic – and enduring – symbols of the boldness and vision that define Victory.
Turn the clock back to 2002. The cruiser world is awash in retro styling. Even manufacturers who could produce the world’s fastest, most technologically sophisticated race bikes were building cruisers with dated equipment like pushrods, and bulbous, tractor-like styling.
Victory at the time offered the V92C, a classic cruiser that was the brand’s original model, and the V92TC, the Touring Cruiser. But Victory was not content to go forward in the same lane as the rest of the motorcycle world. Victory forged its own path with the introduction of the most progressively styled American cruiser ever – the Victory Vegas.
The Vegas was – and remains – sleek, with smooth, flowing lines and clean, integrated design elements. The split-tail fuel tank integrated with the front edge of the seat. The tank had sculpted sides that hosted the tank badges. The bike practically strutted down the street with its high-profile 21” wheel and small front fender. At the rear, the stylish taillight was flush-mounted in the fender.
Plus, running along the top of the sheet metal – from the forward tip of the front fender, on the fuel tank, and the length of the rear fender – was a raised spine, unique styling a rider would expect from a custom shop but not from a major manufacturer’s assembly line.
Yet Victory did it. Victory declared it would deliver progressive, modern styling that complemented the brand’s impressive performance. Victory would give riders outstanding style – Victory style – as well as a phenomenal riding experience. The Vegas showed the direction Victory would go, and set the stage for milestone Victory models that followed.
Victory dealers and riders embraced the Vegas. So did motorcycle magazines and a prominent design group. Among the many honors the 2003 Vegas received were these:
• Cycle World
Magazine, Best Cruiser
• Cruising Rider
Magazine, 2003 Bike of the Year
Magazine, Best Cruiser
Magazine, V-Twin Bike of the Year
• GOOD DESIGN Award for 2003 from the Chicago Athenaeum
The Vegas has been a favorite for customizers, it has been accessorized for long-distance travel, and most of all, it has provided countless outstanding riding experiences around the world.
Learn all about the 2013 Vegas 8-Ball at the Victory website.
The 2003 Vegas (next two photos) featured laced wheels and smooth, flowing lines.
This 2006 Vegas (next two photos) shows how good the bike looks with a two-tone paint scheme.
This Vegas features custom paint, custom mirrors, extra chrome, a throaty Stage 1 Exhaust and the passenger seat has been removed for ultra-clean styling.
A 2009 Vegas.
Victory and the Minnesota Wild of the NHL teamed up to create this Vegas custom that was auctioned off as a charity fundraiser.