While Victory has not enjoyed as much popularity as Harley in the United States, we have found owners of this brand to be fiercely loyal, perhaps more so than a Harley owner.
Like other brand owners, Victory owners like to mount things on their bikes. Like almost all other motorcycle brands, the most popular items mounted are cell phones and GPS units. The most popular location for most Victory models is the handlebar. Certain Victory models including the very popular Victory Vision can use the threaded hole used for the bike mirror.
Most Victory handlebars are 1 – 1.25 inches in diameter. As we always says, beware of inexpensive plastic mounts made for bicycles. While some plastic bicycle mounts will work well, there are others that are too brittle for motorcycle vibrations. A good rule is that if it costs $5 and ships from Asia, it’s not a good choice for your motorcycle. Victory motorcycles vibrate a lot so stay away from the real low end.
Garmin is by far the most popular GPS brand and not surprisingly, most GPS mounts will deploy a 17mm ball at the end that will mate with the cradle that came with the car mount that matches up to the windshield mount. A well made entry-level mount with that 17mm ball that is marketed for motorcycle use is the Arkon handlebar mount. A higher priced but better made handlebar mount from RAM and can be supplemented with a custom cradle to fit your GPS. Both of the mounts mentioned fit handlebars up to 1.25 inches in diameter. I like the RAM entry for the metal construction of the mount plus the lifetime warranty but if you don’t feel like spending about $40 on a complete RAM kit, the Arkon entry has a 2-year warranty and for a plastic mount is well made.
A phone handlebar mount has some other requirements versus the GPS. We recommend using a case on your phone so purchase a mount that deploys a well made universal cradle that will grip your phone very firmly and can optionally be tethered to your handlebar. Select a mount that can swivel into portrait or landscape. If using your phone as a GPS, you will likely use it in landscape but if using it for other applications, there’s a good chance portrait mode will be needed. My favorite mount for a handlebar continues to be the RAM X-Grip mount. We wrote a very detailed article on the X-Grip series which you can read here. These fit a 1.25 inch handlebar and carry RAM’s lifetime warranty. Most components are made of metal and hold up real well to the vibrations of your ride. If interested in seeing a shake test conducted by the manufacturer, click here.
Earlier in this article, I mentioned that a nice alternative mounting location on many Vision models is the threaded hole that is normally used for a mirror. Many Victory owners do not use the mirror hole and the resulting vacancy can be used as a mount point for your device. The threaded hole has a M10 1.25 pitch hole. A threaded post mounting ball is available to fit this hole. This part is made by RAM Mount. Simply add one of the RAM 1″ arms such as the RAM-B-201U and your favorite cradle and you are good to go.