2012 Victory Hard-Ball

Motorcyclist Online helps you research the used 2012 Victory Hard-Ball before buying this Touring bike. The 2012 HardBall is made in USA. Victory first introduced the HardBall model in 2012. With front Dual Hydraulic Disc brakes that will securely ...     read more
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2012 Victory HardBall

2012 Victory Hard-Ball Base


With approximately $2 billion in revenue, the Minnesota based Polaris company is obviously doing quite well in terms of nabbing a lion’s share of its chosen market niche. With a history that stretches back to the post-war economic boom of the early 1950s, Polaris was one of the earliest companies to manufacturer snowmobiles. Since then the company has diversified its lineup to include ATV’s, as well as various other types of neighborhood-friendly electric vehicles. More recently, Polaris has thrown its hat into manufacturing motorcycles under their Victory subsidiary located in northwestern Iowa.

Looking to steal a bit of thunder from the Harley-Davidson lineup of internationally recognized motor bikes, Victory launched its own canon of bikes in 1998 with the release of their V92C. The 1999 version of the Victory V92C featured a 92-cubic inch, 1500cc engine which at the time was the largest production engine available and a solid testament to Victory’s strategy of assembling big, powerful cruisers and tourers, which was more than enough to give American motorcycle giant Harley-Davidson a run for their money.

Fearlessness is almost a companywide motto for the mid-western manufacturer, with Victory unafraid to take plenty of styling risks as it’s shown over the years by releasing bold new bikes like the Vegas, Kingpin, Vision, Hammer, and High Ball designs. Victory also offers special Ness Signature custom model motorcycles such as the Arlen Ness Victory Vision, Zach Ness Vegas, and the Cory Ness Victory Cross Country.

As the company’s second venture into the realm of the ‘high-bar’ bike, their first attempt being 2011’s steel frame Vegas platform High Ball, Victory unveiled the Hard-Ball a year later in 2012. Sharing the cast aluminum structure used for the Cross Roads tourer, the Hard-Ball is a visually striking, all matte black with sleek red pinstriping, retro-looking beauty that’s about as bad as a motorcycles comes . . . ""bad"" as in good. Loaded with a modern engine that packs a good wallop of power, excellent brakes with ABS, an impeccable fit and finish, and an eye-catching design sure to turn heads, Victory’s Hard-Ball is genuinely ""bad to the bone.""

New For 2012
  • As a member birthed from the Victory’s decade old touring family, the 2012 Hard-Ball relies on a different chassis design than the brand""s previous cruiser models, with the rake angle now tighter (29 degree), which improves the vehicle’s road agility.
  • 106 cubic-inch Freedom V-Twin engine, packing 97 horsepower and 109 pounds of torque.
  • Victory’s Hard-Ball black-spoked wheel size also differs from the High-Ball, with an 18-inch front hoop and 16-inch rear.
  • Dual 11.8 disc brakes both up front and in the rear, which allows the driver to stop the weighty Victory Hard-Ball with minimal pressure from the index finger and right foot.
  • Height adjustable ape hangers.

2012 Victory Hard-Ball Specs

  • Model: 2012 Victory Hard Ball
  • Engine Type: four-stroke 50 degree V-Twin
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.97 inches and 4.25 inches
  • Compression ratio: 9.4:1
  • Valve Train: Single overhead camshafts with 4 valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, and hydraulic lifters.
  • Induction: Liquid
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: six-speed overdrive constant mesh
  • Final Drive: Carbon fiber reinforced belt
  • Fuel Capacity: 5.8 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: NA
  • Brakes (Front): Dual 11.8 inch floating rotor with four-piston calipers
  • Brakes (Rear): 11.8 inch floating rotor with two-piston caliper
  • Suspension (Front): 5.1 inch inverted cartridge telescopic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): 4.7 inch air adjustable single, mono-tube gas, cast aluminum with constant rate linkage.
  • Wheelbase: 65.7 inches
  • Rake: 29 degrees
  • Trail: 5.6 inches
  • Seat Height: 26.25 inches
  • Curb Weight: 758 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 130/70 B18 Dunlop 491 Elite II with Red Tire Strip
  • Tires (Rear): 180/60 R16 Dunlop Elite 3 with Red Tire Strip


  • The 2012 Victory Hard Ball comes with plenty of storage space, 21 gallons worth both up front and in the rear, plus a pair of hard locking Cross Road saddlebags for even more storage.
  • The Victory’s gauges consist of a small round analog speedo with basic diagnostic symbols incorporated into the face like a Neutral indicator, ABS engagement indicator, low fuel warning, high beams, cruise control and an engine problem warning light.
  • Larger pillion pad and passenger foot pegs, floorboards, and highway bars plus a larger air-deflecting battery cover.

Key Competitors For The 2012 Victory Hard-Ball

  • BMW K1600GT
  • Kawasaki Concourse 14
  • Honda Goldwing Airbag
  • Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad
  • Harley-Davidson FLHRC Road King Classic
  • Yamaha Star Royal

Available Hard-Ball Sub Models

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