2009 Victory Vegas 8-ball

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Victory Vegas 8-Ball

2009 Victory Vegas

September 9, 2009 Posted in Bike Tests | Comments: 0

It too long ago that everyone in the States was complaining about costing more than $4 a Of course some took and changed their driving and/or vehicles while did not. The cost of gas subsided for a but it’s slowly creeping up and as we all know goods and services get cheaper as time passes.

If like me then you’re to find a balance between a gas truck or an electric econo-box for Thankfully we as motorcyclists have an where the normal driving does not: we can commute to on a two wheeled vehicle that not gets good gas mileage but puts a smile on our face the process. To that end Victory has the 2009 Vegas 8-Ball in I dub as their “commuter special”

Victory, for those that aware, was created in 1997 and is by Polaris Industries based in It’s difficult to believe Victory’s only been for a little over ten years as that time frame created some outstanding

If you can imagine that the Cory version of the Vegas Jackpot is the paid supermodel of the bunch you can think of the 8-Ball as the girl door. The 8-ball isn’t with chrome this or that but rather its style is and practical. The latter is especially with these optional added: windshield, detachable luggage rack, leather bag and electronic cruise control.

Even though the 8-Ball may not be out” like some cruisers it has a distinctive style the less. I personally like the out theme which makes the look more closely for all of the that this model The mirrors, hand controls, guard, triple tree’s and chrome bits that are on the Vegas receive the blackout for the 8-Ball.

There is a sprinkling of however (e.g. exhaust, cover and speedometer bezel and so those that need fix won’t have to go elsewhere.

easy to see that from the 5 cast-aluminum wheels to the scalloped tank Victory shows it can produce an attractive motorcycle won’t put a hole in your There’s also no mistaking this is an 8-Ball since the fender has an 8-Ball decal it.

If you take a moment to examine the you’ll notice a large and a small digital trip/odometer within it. The standard warning for engine, oil and low fuel along lights for high beams, indicator and turn signals are all and accounted for. One thing is missing is a tachometer which if used to shifting via a shift or at a certain point on the tach, might take some to get used to.

It’d be nice if Victory incorporate this into dash but in the meantime we’ll have to shift when the 100 starts screaming.

Similar to Victory cruisers the 8-Ball has a low of 26.5 in. which makes it for both men and women riders who graced with NBA height. The position is comfortable but with no seat your journey have to be a solo one. is good or bad if you have a significant who either wants you out of the house or to go with you on a ride.

I’ll it to you to decide.

Powering the 8-Ball is Freedom 100/5 v-twin with a displacement of 1,634 cc. 4 valves per cylinder and a compression of 8.7:1, this 4 … 50° engine produces 85 hp @ 4,750 rpm and 106 of torque @ 2,500 rpm. The is loads of fun and has enough power you want to ratchet it up a notch.

The exhaust makes a loud sound when in the mid to upper rev which is exactly where you keep the rpm’s for maximum (e.g. growl — — repeat).

Victory has on dual 45 mm throttle bodies air into their engines and as their EFI (electronic fuel was perfect. Even during top roll-on’s there was no sluggishness high humidity and hot temperatures.

The 8-Ball features a 5 speed (with a carbon fiber belt) instead of a more 6 speed transmission. Although that 6 th gear is sometimes on some motorcycles it’s not at all on the 8-Ball. The stock gear are ideal for cruising and there was little buzzing (normally due to high rpm’s or light bar end felt in the handlebars or foot while traveling at highway

Those that want a with a large rear tire might be disappointed to out that the 8-Ball only with a 180mm. Sure big rubber looks cool but Elite 3 rear (size: R18) and matching front 90/90 R21) worked well. So well in fact you’ll find yourself the 8-Ball a little harder in the than it should be pushed.

OK, maybe that’s just me but certainly notice how flickable the is and how easy it is to maneuver it around lots or through city

That skinny (by comparison to a rear tire not only in the handling department but it also disguise the 662 lbs. (full of that the 8-Ball weighs in at. Of shedding a hundred pounds or so be beneficial but for a motorcycle that the scales at over 600 lbs. you think that you’re a bike half its size.

Suspension wise the 8-Ball has a 43 mm style front fork a single mono-tube shock in the (adjustments for preload only). I’m getting used to cruiser supplying suspensions with adjustability I still believe there are riders (yours included) who would want a adjustable suspension package on cruiser. Then again I be wrong as just like the the 8-Ball’s factory setting’s to be a worthy competitor for the back I took it on.

The 8-Ball comes with a single 4 piston grabbing a 300 mm disc in front and a 2 caliper squeezing another 300 mm in the rear. Having steel brake lines instead of lines helps in the removal of mushiness that can sometimes be when squeezing the brake While I’m glad to see this the brakes overall could be

The 8-Ball has a fuel tank of 4.5 gal. and with all sorts of conditions (including heavy I was averaging about 35-38 So if you put on less than 170 miles a in commuting to and from your job you theoretically fill-up only while using the 8-Ball as a commuter. Filling this even with premium should cost about a 1/3 of it would cost you to fill up car or truck.

Victory Vegas 8-Ball
Victory Vegas 8-Ball

Since you’re to be doing much more and more extended riding on the let me reassure you that having the bags, cruise control and are features you’ll soon accustom to. You’ll then ask “ How did I ever ride without ?”

The saddle bags provide storage; so much so I was finding to put in them just because. bags aren’t the biggest but not the smallest either. Each bag 11.5 in. x 16 in. (at the widest point) and stored my laptop with to spare.

Combine the 12 in. x 7 in. luggage and leather tool bag and you have of space for almost anything the couch at home though).

The 17 in. x 10 in. gave ample protection the wind at highway speeds and did a job of deflecting the rain when the didn’t call for a cloud in the sky (at they were 50% right). admit I never understood why control would be necessary on a but after using it I can definitely see the Droning along for miles and while keeping your on the throttle is far from fun.

that need with technology is fine by me. However isn’t an open invitation to it on when you see a small opening in of you while you’re on the way to 7-Eleven.

8-Ball proves that you can be your enthusiasm about into your everyday If I could ride to work day the words: “ Where do I sign up ?” come out fast enough. the weather in my area isn’t conducive for that (i.e. black ice, freezing etc.) but for those months out of the that Mother Nature blue skies with golden sunshine I’d be taking the to work every chance I

The 2009 Victory Vegas has a manufacturer’s suggested retail (MSRP) of $13,799. This is cheaper than the standard $16,299 MSRP because it some of the chrome and styling from the Vegas. Still the 8-Ball is a head turner and the money saved you now have gas for the entire year.

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Model Type: Cruiser

MSRP(US): $13,799.00

Dealers: Dealers

Victory Vegas 8-Ball
Victory Vegas 8-Ball
Victory Vegas 8-Ball

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