2013 Victory Hammer Review - Motorcyclistonline Magazine


Victory Motorcycles, which started in 1998, is an American motorcycle manufacturer based in Iowa. This successful venture into the world of biking was started by its parent company, Polaris Industries, in an effort to compete with the ever-popular Harley-Davidson The Victory Hammer is such a beautiful and powerful bike, it may just leave hardcore cruiser fans saying, ""Harley-Davidson who?"" .

The 2013 Victory Hammer is a stylish cruiser that provides an upscale driving experience. The bike was redesigned in the 2005 model year, and at one time had three different model options: the Hammer, Hammer SI, and Hammer 8-Ball. In 2013, however, only the Hammer 8-Ball continues. The Hammer is notable for the long nose and the eye-catching V logo that is visible on profile view. Although it does not come cheap, the Hammer is powerful, sleek, and up to the task of everyday use. In fact, it is one of a select group of cruisers that provide the performance of a muscle bike. The 2013 Victory Hammer comes with an all-new Freedom 106 V-twin engine that offers a full 97 horsepower, as well as 110 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed manual transmission offers drivers a sporty feel and the shifting is very responsive.

One potential drawback to the 2013 Victory Hammer is that it has an extremely low seat. While the height is sure to satisfy those who like to position themselves low to the ground, tall drivers are certain to have a very difficult time remaining comfortable, particularly on long road trips. Additionally, the seat height is not adjustable. Still, the performance should offset some of the quirks inherent in the seating specifications.

Victory is also to be commended for including so many customizable options for all of their bikes. The 2013 Victory Hammer can reflect the personality of its owner, and buyers should avail themselves to the many options available. Although there are not multiple color options, options such as the chrome handlebar clock, tachometer, and Ness custom mirrors enhance the instrumentation and visibility. For those who live in cold weather climates, Victory offers heated grips as an option as well. Those looking for added storage and seating features will also find plenty of available options, such as the saddlebag brackets, luggage rack, and bandit seat.

If you""re looking for a stylish, American-made cruiser, the Victory Hammer may be worth considering.

New For 2013

  • There are no updates for this model year

2013 Victory Hammer Specs

  • Model: Victory Hammer 8-Ball
  • Engine Type: V-twin, four-stroke 1730cc
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.98 inches and 4.26 inches
  • Compression ratio: 9.4:1
  • Valve Train: SOHC configuration
  • Induction: N/A
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual
  • Final Drive: N/A
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Dual hydraulic, 11.8-inch disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic, 11.8-inch disc
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin-sided swing arm
  • Wheelbase: 65.7 inches
  • Rake: 32.7 degrees
  • Trail: 5.5 inches
  • Seat Height: 26.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 672 pounds
  • Tires (Front):130/70-R18
  • Tires (Rear): 250/40-R18


  • Removeable passenger cowl
  • Blacked out pipes and headlight
  • Chrome handlebar clock
  • Touring seat with passenger backrest, or Bandit flame seat
  • Ness custom mirrors
  • Superfly windshield
  • Heated grips
  • Storage cover
  • Garmin Zumo 660 GPS

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