Monday’s Motorcycle: Victory Vegas 8-Ball

America’s Other V-Twin Motorcycles… VICTORY.  All Victory bikes are clean, slick and smooth with lots of power on tap.  High build quality without the Harley Baggage.  I really like the Victory line… and my favorite, is the Vegas, Baby!  The 8 Ball is the one I love the most because it captures what the Vegas is all about… low slung, bad and all black.
If I was going to go back to riding a Cruiser… and one day I will… as a secondary bike… I would be looking for one of these Vegas 8 Ball machines.  I just love the look of this bike.  The lines.  The balance.  It’s a work of art.  I could just look at this bike all day.  In fact, this one photo alone I posted just encompasses everything that “Victory Motorcycles” is all about.  It’s not just all about looks though, Victory built these machines to be ridden.   Fantastic engines.  Great power delivery that never gets boring.

Battery 12 volts / 18 amp hours
Bore x Stroke 101 x 108 mm
Charging System 48 amps max output
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Compression ratio 9.4 : 1
Cooling System Air / oil
Displacement 106 ci / 1731 cc
Engine Type 4-stroke 50° V-Twin
Exhaust Split dual exhaust with crossover
Final Drive Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal / 17 ltr
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection with dual 45mm throttle body
Oil capacity 5.0 qts / 4.75 ltr
Primary Drive Gear drive with torque compensator
Transmission 6-speed overdrive constant mesh
Valve train Single overhead camshafts with 4 valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters
Dry Weight 638 lbs / 290 kg
Ground Clearance 5.3 in / 135 mm
GVWR 1,151 lbs / 522 kg
Length 96.0 in / 2439 mm
Rake/trail 32.9° / 4.9 in/ 126 mm
Seat Height 25.2 in / 640 mm
Wheelbase 66.3 in / 1684 mm
Front Suspension Conventional telescopic fork, 46 mm diameter, 5.1 in / 130 mm travel
Rear Suspension Single, mono-tube, cast aluminum with constant-rate linkage, 3.65 in / 92.7 mm travel, air adjustable
Brake System Type Linked
Front braking system Dual 300mm floating rotors with 4-piston calipers
Rear braking system 300mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper
Front Tire 130/70R18 Dunlop Elite 3
Front Wheel 18 x 3.0 in
Rear Tire 180/60R16 Dunlop Elite 3
Rear Wheel 16 x 5.0 in
Colors Solid Black

Unfortunately Victory doesn’t do a Sport Bike.  I’d love to see a Sport Bike with a Victory Twin shoe-horned in there.  Make that a Naked Sport, because it would be a shame to hide that gorgeous engine.

4 thoughts on “Monday’s Motorcycle: Victory Vegas 8-Ball”

  1. Out of all the bikes I’ve ridden, my Kingpin 8ball is my favorite. A heck of a lot lighter than the VTX1300r I traded in and a LOT more power. Great powertrain warranty and SO MUCH FUN TO RIDE!

    What’s not to like? Well, except for the Sport crowd 😉

  2. Ogre-San: I have to agree. My personal favorite is the Hammer 8-ball, because that is the one in the garage.. And yes, the bike has proven itself in all weathers between maritime canada and the Hudson valley, and is bulletproof. Now if Polaris could just get their head out of their ass….

  3. Love them! I’m working on getting a Cross Country this year. All I have to do is jump on a Harley to remind myself why I love Victory Motorcycles!

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