Victory of Mesa
by Kirk Johnson
as tested $13,999.00
Base Price of Victory Vegas 8-Ball $13,399.00
parent company is Polaris. In the 1990s Polaris introduced the new
American motorcycle, the Victory Motorcycle. The powerful Victory
Cruiser was introduced in Planet Hollywood at the Mall of America
in 1997. They have continued to expand the line of motorcycle and
continue to grow in market share percentage. After riding the Victory
Vegas Jackpot I now understand why they have been so successful.
Vegas 8-Ball that I test drove was upgraded with the Arlen
Ness Slingshots Exhaust system. It had a single seat configuration,
but it can be upgrade for a passenger. And as noted in the name,
8-Ball, the bike was completely done in triple black. From frame
to tank, fenders, engine and even the exhaust there was nothing
but black and some chrome. Some people think this is the only color
a bike is supposed to be. Well, it looks great.
a fuel-injected, counterbalanced, torque-laden 100/6 Freedom V-Twin
power plant. The engine has 4-valves per cylinder with an overhead
cam. On the power side the 100 cu. inch V-Twin is frame mounted,
counterbalanced and is coupled to a five-speed transmission. It’s
air and oil
cooled and features a silent chain-driven oil pump to reduce
engine noise. It produces 104 ft-lbs of torque and 86 horsepower.
According to the charts and feel of the performance from the test
ride the torque of the engine peaks out about 2,500 PRM. The seat
height is 26.5” and dry weight of the Vegas 8-Ball comes in
at 620 pounds and has a 4.5-gallon fuel tank. Here
is a complete list of all of the specs.
very familiar with the Victory line of motorcycles, I was impressed
with some of the nice little surprises that I found as I looked
over the motorcycle. For the braking the Jackpot was equipped with
a 300 mm floating rotor with a 4-piston caliper from Brembo
on the front and a 2-piston Brembo caliper on the rear. Also, Victory
has taken the extra step to assist the owner with a single
tool for adjusting the handlebars, belt-tension and removing
and replacing the optional windscreen and or bags. It has a very
accessible oil filter and that same tool will remove the oil drain
plug and can be used to access the headlight and signal lights.
What more could you ask for?
would like a little more color in your ride and a six-speed transmission,
you can upgrade to the Vegas model for about $2,500. This is a lot
of bike for under 14K
this is like the entry level Victory or the Sportster of the Victory
line, I was impressed. You get a 100-ci engine, Brembo brakes and
many of the features that are on the high end Victory motorcycles
for under 14K. Now, that is a lot of bike. How does it ride?
climbing into the pilot’s seat I notice that the layout of
were very nicely laid out with turn indicators, oil and fuel lights
and a nice sized analog speed indicator with a digital odometer.
Missing was a tach. Later, I found out you have the option of putting
a tach on any of the bikes for about $200.00. I would recommend
that on any bike.
firing up the 100-inch mill I spent about 15 – 20 minutes
cruising around Mesa to play in traffic and warm up the engine.
It doesn’t get much easier then this. This bike you can almost
wear. It fits great and is just a little heavy for a Sportster but
handles like one. Obviously it rides a lot smoother and has a lot
less vibration then the old Sportsters. I have not been on the new
sportsters with the rubber-mounted engines as of yet so I can’t
compare it to them. Now that I think about it, I guess this is more
like a Harley-Davidson Dyna. About the same weight and size. Obviously
this 100 inch mill would run circles around a stock Dyna.
touring Mesa I was ready for a little fun. I headed over to the
new 101 South to find some on-ramps. And of course with the first
on-ramp, I get behind someone that thinks the on-ramp is the entry
way to a parking lot. It did not take long to blow past this obstacle
and get on with life in the fun lane. I hit several on and off-ramps
just to see how the bike performs. I was not disappointed. Although,
it is not a rocket, it does do a great job of getting from slow
to cruise in just a matter of seconds. Just like the Vegas Jackpot,
this ride should come in around the 13-second mark in the quarter
mile. Just enough to have a lot of fun with in the traffic.
notice that the exhaust really popes or cackles whenever you let
up on the throttle. It cackles more then any bike that I have ever
been on. I assume that there is no baffling in the pipes to get
that loud of a cackle.
say enough good about the ride of this bike. I t was smooth riding
in town; smooth under full acceleration and cruising down the highway.
This bike would be happy as a round the town good easily maneuverable
and parking bike to cruising down the road all day. Although it
only has the standard 5-speed tranny, it did not seem to be much
of a concern. Now if you are going to cruise all day on the interstate
at 80 or so, I would cough up the extra $ for the six speed.
is a great deal for only 14K. The Vegas 8-Ball is the basic Victory
motorcycle. But it still has the same engine and brakes and fuel
capacity as most all of the other motorcycles in the Victory line-up.
Performance was about what I expected. I really liked the low-end
torque. This is a motorcycle that you can use to scout out around
town or cruise down your favorite highway with.
were to make any changes, I would go for the 6-speed and ad the
tach. If you want a little more color in you life then you can opt
for the Vegas with some color options. And of course you can add
a buddy seat on any of the models. Yes I still think the convenience
and forethought of a single tool designed for the owner for making
the sometimes-needed adjustments is a great idea.