2006 Victory Vegas Jackpot
From Victory of Mesa
by Kirk Johnson
Price as tested $20,048.00
Base Price of Victory Vegas Jackpot $19,349.00
Victory’s 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.
The Victory Vegas Jackpot that I test drove with was equipped with
a stock fat 250 mm rear tire – custom-designed for maximum
handling specifically for Victory by Dunlop®. It has a fuel-injected,
counterbalanced, torque-laden 100/6 Freedom V-Twin power plant.
The engine has 4-valves with an overhead cam.
On the power side the 100
cu. inch V-Twin is frame mounted, counterbalanced and is
coupled to a six-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 25.7” and dry weight of the Jackpot comes
in at 644 pounds and has a 4.5-gallon fuel tank. Stock exhaust on
the Jackpot is a staggered slash-cut dual exhaust with common volume.
The test ride bike pictured and the one I rode was upgraded with
Arlen Ness “Slash-Ness Exhaust”
Not being 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. One thing that set off the great
appearance was that on all of the Vegas Jackpots they have the
frame and swing arm powder coated to match the paint scheme. For
the braking the Jackpot was equipped with two 300 mm floating rotors
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?
Lastly if you can’t get the color options and upgrades that
you want from the factory, they have a catalog full of parts and
accessories from Arlen Ness for the Victory motorcycles. There are
more, but enough about the features, how does this machine ride?
Not having a lot of background with Victory motorcycles, David
Friend, GM with Victory of Mesa, gave me a very informative walk
around on the Vegas Jackpot before the test ride. He was very confident
that I would like the motorcycle. “If you ride it you will
like it,” he said.
I did notice that the seat height was almost right for my short
frame. I was just about 1 inch short of having both feet flat on
the ground while stopped. He informed me that they have a lowering
kit available for the bike. He also said that the controls and
pegs could easily be adjusted for just about anybody. Not a problem,
the controls seemed just right.
Starting out in Mesa for the test ride I headed north on Country
Club and rode around some of the main streets for several miles
so I could become more familiar with the new motorcycle and let
the engine warm up. The first thing that I noticed was a slight
whine in the engine. Not sure what that was – but remembering
that this engine only had about 10 miles on it, so I was not too
The exhaust sounded great and I did notice that the motorcycle
had great low-end response. Turning, stopping and starting in traffic
was a breeze, just what I expected. The little Victory was performing
just great. I even had several cars come up next to me and give
me the thumps up sign. That always makes your day.
After about 15 minutes I was sure the engine was warmed up so I
headed towards the freeway. Just my luck – as soon as I get
on the on-ramp there were about 4 cars going 10 mph. It seemed as
though they were entering a parking lot not the freeway. Not to
worry, after I got on the freeway, it was easy to make them appear
in the mirror.
There was a lot of traffic on 60 at this time of day so I did not
get a lot of time to play with the ride. I just rode for about
20 minutes heading towards Apache Junction playing in traffic as
though I was on a commute. The bike had very little vibration and
behaved about as well as you would expect. I felt very comfortable
on this bike.
I only got into 6th gear several times. It seems that you have
to be going 60 to 70 before you want to hit the last gear. Even
with the great low-end torque, around 60 mph the bike is a little
sluggish for commute type of traffic. But once in that gear and
going 70 or faster, it is great. No vibration at all, I really
liked that tall gear for cruising.
Now, someplace out east, I got to play with the on-ramps. I headed
down and back on several on-ramps and was very pleased with the
performance of the motorcycle. Again, even under full throttle
the bike hade very little vibration. Performance was very good.
I would put this motorcycle some place in the low thirteen’s in the
quarter, not sure of the speed. Also remember, it was not broken
Now that I got to play with the bike for a while, I headed back
to the barn, thinking that this is a pretty nice bike. I did notice
that the upgraded exhaust pipes got a little warm on the right
lower leg while stopped. You just learn to move your foot a little
ways out from the exhaust. Small price to pay for this good-looking
I spent about an hour on the motorcycle and came to the conclusion
that it was a pretty darn nice ride. It rode somewhat like a sport
bike, for performance and handling and at the same time was as
smooth as some touring bikes that I have rode. I know I could easily
ride this all day on a road trip.
Performance was about what I expected. I really liked the low-end
torque. Not sure what the redline was for this engine, but I know
I did not hit the rev limiter. That is one thing that I would like
to change, and if you read any of my other test rides, you know
that I like to have instruments to read, like a tach, for feedback.
The 6th gear is great for cruising.
I was very impressed with the thought that went into thi bike on
the manufacturing side with concern of the rider. By this I mean
there were a lot of adjustments on the motorcycle to accomadate
a wide variety of body sizes. Also the convenience and forethought
of the single tool designed
for the owner for making sometimes-needed adjustments.
Lastly, my thanks go out to David Friend at Victory of Mesa for
the really great service and hospitality he provided. I do know
that you will be in great hands with these people.