Victory Hard Ball | First Ride

Retro Roller

By Brian Catterson, Photography by Andrea Wilson

Tech Specs

Combine the Cross Roads with the High-Ball and this is what you get.
None: No-one else makes a "naked bagger." Yet.

Price $18,999
Engine type a/o-c 50-deg. V-twin
Valve train OHC, 8v
Displacement 1731cc
Bore x stroke 101.0 x 108.0mm
Compression 9.4:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 92 bhp
Claimed torque 109 lb.-ft.
Frame Cast aluminum
Front suspension 43mm inverted fork
Rear suspension Shock with air-adjustable spring preload
Front brake Dual four-piston calipers, 300mm discs with ABS
Rear brake Two-piston caliper, 300mm disc with ABS
Front tire 130/70B-18 Dunlop 491 Elite II
Rear tire 180/60R-16 Dunlop Elite 3
Rake/trail 29.0?/5.6 in.
Seat height 26.3 in.
Wheelbase 65.7 in.
Fuel capacity 5.8 gal.
Claimed curb weight 793 lbs.
Colors Matte Black
Available Now
Warranty 1 yr., unlimited mi.
Contact Victory Motorcycles
2100 Hwy. 55
Medina, MN 55340

Verdict: 3 out of 5 stars.

More fun than a barrel of apes.

By Brian Catterson
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The Hard Ball handlebars are not the stock Cross Bars rotated up. They do share the same cables and lines but are shaped entirely differently to be up that high. the stock bars rotated up put the wrist at a very unnatural angle that is very uncomfortable. I had done this to my stock bars. I have since swapped to the Hard Ball bars on a regular Cross Roads, the reach is farther but at 6ft1 not terribly so. If you ride the stock Cross Roads back to back you would also notice the reach at full lock is roughly the same, the more laid back regular bars are wider giving the same overall reach in a turn. If you move the foot levers back with the built in slide adjustment the bike has a more mid control feel with the ape hangers and a much sportier off the tailbone seating position.
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