2010 Victory Vision 8-Ball

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Victory Vision 8-Ball
Victory Vision 8-Ball

2010 Victory Vision

April 13, 2010 Posted in Bike Tests | Comments: 0

Victory Vision 8-Ball

Photos by Mark Frankenfield

be they bare bones Street brawlers or dressed-up cruisers, are all about one thing; Acceleration, handling, stopping and even comfort play fiddle to that basic of cruiserdom – looks. If its not hot, a fit bird, a stunna, sick, a cherry, or any other slang for good looking, it just going to sell.

Victory this the hard way with the bike it produced in 1999 – the Decent power, great and handling but a complete snooze in the department (and that’s generous) all equaled-up to the bike used mostly as a paperweight by the Victory rallied somewhat in with the V92TC Touring guessing rightly that interested in actually going isn’t quite as concerned how they look as they are getting there and being

For their next act Victory to Arlen and Cory Ness to the styling cues and the Vegas was Victory has never looked Which brings us to the 2010 Vision 8-Ball. The V8, its nickname Victory Vision 8-Ball is so to say over and over, is born the full-boat touring Vision but to include less “touring

While the looks scream bike” the amenities, or lack clearly define the V8 as a touring albeit one with much wind protection than one finds in this class.

Victory adds “8-Ball” to the of a motorcycle it means black; of black. On some bikes it a little bit of a difference but on the Vision it a whole lot of difference. The one part of the Vision styling I never (the chrome and silver is gone replaced by black that, to my eye, allow the lines of the design to be better

I’m not the only one who thinks so, apparently, as I never ridden a motorcycle got more attention while riding. Or hiding behind a

Even people that you think would be into couldn’t seem to restrain from commenting – mostly in a fashion; from the 5′ foot Vietnamese man who thought the bike “very nice-big-very smooth”, to the in the minivan who gave me a thumbs-up at a light. As a matter of fact the negative reactions about the were heard from motorcyclists; usually those ride the “other” American I’ll let you draw your own for the reasons behind their

In trying to create a bike would completely break the when it comes to styling, made one misstep; the saddlebags. bikes and touring cruisers are going places and going means taking stuff you; even if it’s a day trip you’ll want with you. If you ride the 8-Ball you’d better be really good at packing a lot of in a little space, or willing to down what you have to with you.

To be fair, the aren’t really, really it’s just that the bag themselves are so big that it’s a to open them and find a compartment. Plus the doors open very far. I looking for a secret latch, key or handshake that would the bag doors to open fully – but if it I never found it.

Dropping off the V8 at Motorsports (great guys by the I started talking to Tom, a rider who had bought the first Country that the dealership got in – to his V92TC that he decided look better wadded-up being ridden off the side of a Turns out that he was wrong but it did the way for him to get a new bike so it wasn’t a total

Plus he got an award that the chapter gives every for the person who trashes their the worst on the mountain trip – odd those Victory riders.  speaking to him for a while he told me the bags were a driving in his decision to purchase the Cross instead of the Vision. Made me vindicated in thinking that the were a major “form function” moment for Victory.

Besides looking good major rule of cruiserdom is the – it’s got to either be big or look It doesn’t have to actually a lot of power it just needs to be – and a twin – preferably a v-twin. is better and air-cooled is king to a lot of riders and the Victory Vision doesn’t disappoint.

Packing a 106 cu. in. 50 v-twin delivering 92hp and 109 of torque, the Vision not only the part but also delivers performance to keep those of us who actually like a little with our “show”. Riding a big cruiser always reminds me of a musclecar; not the fastest, not the best but loads of low-end oomph, looks, and just a hoot to

If you are more of the high-revving exotic type you probably wouldn’t – big-twins and musclecars speak to soul and not your mind.

A of things connected to the motor did let me a little on the V8 though. One was the exhaust; too I’m not looking for a lot of noise but I’d like and the lack of noise from the of the Vision 8-Ball borders on the for a cruiser.

A super quiet bike is nice, a super cruiser or touring cruiser is a little more attitude be perfect. Of course Victory offer two stages of proprietary exhaust (creatively labeled 1 and 2) so you could tailor the bike to liking if desired. Here’s a nit to though; on a bike of this and expense, would it have the bank to put actual chrome on it instead of just chrome shields?

I know this minor but once again are everything and having just heat shields covering the even if you are the only one who knows there, just looks

The other area connected to the that bugs me is the throttle; it almost ¾ of a turn to go from to full throttle. This that if you are riding around in 5th or 6th with your hand in a wrist down position and try to go to throttle, you’ll end-up your palm almost towards the sky. I don’t how you’re built but my arms and don’t twist that way

Since this is a touring and the thought is that the rider actually use the bike to go somewhere the local bar, Victory a true overdrive 6-speed on the Vision 8-Ball. Gear are firm yet stop just of being harsh while ratios, for the most part, are on; the “for the most part” to 1 st gear.

With over a pounds (800 pound [dry] plus fluids and to get moving from a … Victory had to create a steep gear. Coupled with the desire to rev (and rev, and rev some more), I found banging off the hard rev limiter time I accelerated in anger. The 6th gear, on the other hand, for a very smooth and relaxing even at speeds over

Power is delivered to the rear wide wheel via a carbon-fiber belt.

Victory could just created a bike looked good and had a big enough to “impress” other cruiser on Main Street but they Instead Victory also a chassis that imbues the 8-Ball with some handling chops without ride or comfort levels. means that those few who want to explore the handling can, while those who aren’t penalized with a that is too sporting.

It took me the last week of the loan before I finally started the floorboards through the turns and then I had to force myself to go enough to do so. Thinking of the bike as a bike and riding it to suit get the boards to drag. Thinking of the like a cruiser and riding it to didn’t drag the boards

It wasn’t until I said “Oh the with it” and just started the V8 into corners that I shaving some metal.

The 8-Ball benefits from a touring cruiser built a stripped-down touring rig instead of a cruiser in the braking department; at spec wise it does. Up you’ll find twin floating rotors being by   three piston calipers in the rear you’ll find an another floating rotor, 300mm in size but being by a two piston caliper.

Specs-wise the are everything you could want in a of this type – in practice leave a bit to be desired. Oh they well enough and will the bike in short order but little feedback and require a pull, or in the case of the rear – a good press, to reach potential.

Exacerbating the issue is the of the front brake lever. In the seat on V8 (more on that in a Victory created an odd angle where your fingers comfortably and the brake lever I wear a size large or glove so my hands are not small by any of the imagination and I found myself able to grab the brake with my fingertips unless I my hand around the throttle than was comfortable.

Victory Vision 8-Ball
Victory Vision 8-Ball

After to rotate the lever perch master cylinder) upwards and I asked Victory about it and was that the engineers thought it was as high as it would go due to the handlebar and housing design. I’m sure an owner with a Dremel modify it to better suit hands but why should they to? As a side note – I sat on a regular Vision when I took the 8-Ball back and the lever was

In creating the Vision 8-Ball, chose to lower both the air-adjustable suspension and the seat Doing so resulted in a seat that is downright low – 24.5 low to exact. The seat is both contoured and wide with a lot of back support due to being out of the standard Vision seat.

The seat is also very and places the passenger almost 8 above the rider. This is but because there isn’t a rest of any type the passenger is to sit almost against the rider’s causing a lot of helmet bumping is bad. Lowering the seat does pay dividends in the legroom as well allowing the rider’s to stretch out comfortably in front.

I like I was riding a big recliner of a motorcycle.

While you’re in your recliner on wheels you do sit in this bike and not on it) you’ll be to a view of a clean and tidy cluster. White-ish faced faces look clean and in the daytime but it’s at night you’ll be treated to what is the prettiest dash in motorcycling. times I found myself looking at the blue lights and that it just looked – pictures just don’t do it

Maybe a Star Trek LED dash with blinking would go better with the styling of the V8 but I really like the of the current layout and the blue at night.

Victory also a trip computer with tripmeters, range till avg. fuel mileage (I 41 mpg with a heavy right – meaning about 200 miles to a avg. speed, etc. is controlled by a switch on the left Also on the left handlebar is a to control the electric motor moves the windshield up and down……except on the Vision 8-ball there is no

The cut down shorter shield can be manually according to Victory and you can the motor in if you like. There was little buffeting even a full face helmet so I had the need to figure out how to adjust the the brake pedal and shift as they are both adjustable and aft) as well.

Throughout the test period I myself torn over the Vision 8-Ball. Sure the could be better (OK they be a lot better), and the engineers and designers who let the lever go out the factory door like it is and unable to be moved be flogged, and the lack of a radio is silly on a bike like (and then not even it as an option!), but……

My God, bike is a hoot to be seen on. And the is nice. And the handling is superb. And does one need to have brake feel on a bike this? I mean it does well so who cares about the of feedback when that girl over there is at me like I’m Brad Pitt.

And a having a radio just to people that I have no taste in music? But still the could be a bit better……….

For more zip over to Victory’s website at to see all the specs. You can even spec-out own Victory as well (registration

Also thank you to the suppliers of the worn during this

Jeans: Shift Low-Down

Footwear: Shift Fuel Shoe

Gloves: Shift gloves

Jacket: Leather Jacket

Victory Vision 8-Ball
Victory Vision 8-Ball

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