All too often we forget about the sacrifices that are made for us here in this great country of ours. I know I do. Our Armed Forces endure things that I have nightmares about and still put on a brave face for their friends and families. This is something that I don't know if I could do.
On this day, a day that is reserved exclusively to honor those men and women that have fought for the freedoms that we enjoy on a daily basis, Victory Motorcycles partnered with the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans Associassions (IAVA) to help some veterans make a lasting impact on the 96th Annual Veterans Day parade in New York City.
There were more than 20,0000 participants in this year's parade. Many of which are current and former soldiers from the various branches of the armed forces. The veterans associated with the IAVA had the opportunity to ride alongside their fellow veterans on Victory motorcycles as they marched up Fifth Ave.
Victory had photographers on hand to capture the amazing sight. My words are generally not enough to properly express how grand moments like this are. As they say, "A picture is worth a 1,000 words." I will simply post the photo essay of the day's events and tip my hat to those that fight to keep me free.
The Gunner has been one of Victory Motorcycles’ best-selling cruisers this year – and it’s one of the easiest models to customise too.
There’s a line-up of official accessories that are simple to fit, yet can transform the look of the Gunner.
A suggested set-up is to fit the red leather ‘Solo mission seat’ and a fix the ‘solo luggage rack’ directly behind.
Solo Mission Seat in red
Solo Luggage Rack
Up front, the standard handlebars can be swapped for the ‘Hammer Vee Drag bars’ fitted with ‘Victory Billet Grips’ and ‘Arlen Ness Rad III mirrors’.
Hammer Vee Drag Bars
Arlen Ness Rad III mirrors
Victory Billet grips
With the seat and riding controls taken care of, next in line is the engine. A simple fitment of ‘Cam Tension Covers’, ‘Black Finned Engine Covers’, ‘Tracker Intake & Ignition covers’ and ‘Coloured Plug Wires’ is enough give your Gunner more grunt.
Cam tensioner covers
Black Finned engine covers
Tracker intake and ignition covers
Coloured Plug wires for Gunner
To finish it off, owners can fit officially approved Akrapovič exhausts.
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All of the motorcycles in Victory Motorcycles’ cruiser category can now be fitted with performance Akrapovič exhausts.
Owners of the Gunner, Judge, Hammer S, Hammer 8-Ball, Vegas 8-Ball and the High-Ball can simply make a straight swap of their standard exhausts for these new Akrapovič ones.
The exhausts come in either matte black or chrome and have a two-year warranty.
Uroš Rosa, PhD and CEO Akrapovič d.d says: “This is a very a significant event for all of us here at Akrapovič, and we are extremely proud to be the performance exhaust of choice for Victory Motorcycles’ cruiser category. We have a history of creating innovative exhaust solutions using the latest technology, and it is this philosophy that we see in this collaboration. Victory Motorcycles has breathed new life into the American V-Twin cruiser market with its pioneering range of bikes, and we are delighted to align our own unique exhaust knowledge with them. Akrapovič will give part of its world and a whole new character to each and every bike fitted with one of its exhaust systems, and, through the performance, quality, design, technology, and unmistakable sound that we deliver with each exhaust system, all Akrapovič-equipped Victory Motorcycles cruisers will be bikes that stand out from the rest.”
Victory Motorcycles’ head of parts, apparel and accessories, Andreas Geisinger, said: “I was very excited to work with Akrapovič on this exclusive exhaust line for our Victory Motorcycles line up.
“Akrapovič, with their well-known class-leading quality and performance levels, goes perfectly with Victory Motorcycles’ push to produce machines with ‘Modern American Performance’. These handmade exhausts are like works of art.”
You can listen to the Gunner running with the Akrapovič exhausts fitted at...
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