By Bryan Harley, Cruiser Editor

With this bagger, louder is better

200 watts. 10 speakers. And the distinction of being the bane of your neighbors. Victory Motorcycles put the boom in bagger with the introduction of its latest model, the 2015 Magnum X-1. “4X louder than the Cross Country, 2X louder than the Magnum. Trips on the Magnum X-1 are measured in miles and decibels,” claims Victory’s PR machine. The boom is supplied by two 6×9 woofers in the top of the saddlebags to go along with two small tweeters. Mounted inside the front fairing are two 5.25-inch mid-bass speakers, two 2.5-inch mid-ranges, and two more tweeters. To celebrate the launch of its latest rock-and-roller, Victory threw a raging party Saturday night at the Full Moon Saloon on Daytona Beach’s Main Street with Godsmack laying down the hot and heavy licks to a standing-room-only crowd.

In addition to the enhanced audio system, the Magnum X-1 gets a set of new Black Billet wheels accented by contrast cuts. Machined from single blocks of billet, the wheels of the X-1 still feature the same dimensions as its namesake Magnum, a 21-inch front teamed to a 16-inch, 180mm-wide rear, both shod in Dunlop Elite 3 rubber. Another new wrinkle is a smoke-tinted Projector LED headlight claimed to be 74% brighter than the lights on Victory’s Cross Country. The 2016 Magnum X-1 also sees exclusive paint, with a black gloss base, platinum highlights and “Electric Red” striping.

The rest of the ride rings with familiarity – Victory’s torque-laden 1731cc Freedom 106 providing the punch teamed to a six-speed overdrive constant mesh transmission. An air-adjustable rear shock with 4 inches of travel and a 43mm inverted fork with 4.4 inches of travel will sort out the ride. The large-and-in-charge upright riding position sees riders situated 25.7 inches off the ground, arms reaching out for wide-placed bars, feet on floorboards in the forward position. Reining in the 761-pound (claimed dry weight) bagger are dual 300mm floating rotors with a four-piston caliper on the front paired to a single 300mm floating rotor with a two-piston caliper on the back. ABS comes standard. A 5.8-gallon tank should provide decent range between trips to the gas station.

Factory-ready accessories include a Tri-Oval Stage 1 Exhaust for even more bark and bite, an attitude-inducing Apehanger handlebar, and floorboards from the Victory Beveled Collection. The 2015 Victory Magnum X-1 starts at $24,499, not including freight and setup charges. Harley’s fork-mounted bagger, the 2015 Street Glide Special with the Project Rushmore treatment, lists for $22,899.