2012 Victory High-Ball New Motorcycle Review — Motorcycle Magazine

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Victory High-Ball

2012 Victory High-Ball New Review

Last summer, showed you how to build a kit bobber. We with an inexpensive, used stripped off probably more than we put on, and ended up with a bob-job full of attitude. It was an build you could duplicate at with simple hand

The series was wildly popular readers, and I was sad to see the project bike go.

manufacturers have tried to go the route before, some scattered the word bob in model But sadly, they’ve missed the and up to now they’ve all been disappointments. calling something a bob does not it so.

Then, last winter, announced its factory-built bobber; the an obvious indication (to me) that engineers are faithful readers and of RoadBike magazine. (I know, I’m I’ll tip my hat to Victory. It did a pretty job trying to be “like my bike” putting its own spin on the bobber

I’m flattered, guys, really, nice of you. And Victory came up with an original, name. So I thought I’d give the a ride and see how close it came to the character of cool.

The High-Ball is on a basic Victory Vegas although it’s not referred to as a High-Ball, just High-Ball. And it use the fat tire Victory chassis as on the but it does have a fat tire — that is. So let’s start The shorty front fender plenty of protection from debris, and is of course required by law on all new built by OE manufacturers. So if you’ve got to run a fender, Victory made one look the part.

It hugs a gargantuan, 130-profile, wide-whitewall Dunlop Cruisemax on a 16″ x 3-1/2″ wire-laced wheel. a matching wheel and whitewall out but it’s a 150 profile. The wheels attractive stainless steel and Gloss Black wheels and hubs.

Follow the blacked-out forks up to the wide-spread triple and you’ll find a satin headlight housing protruding up Just above that, the minimalist, single-gauge cup and one of the signature features: adjustable apehanger It puts the rider’s fists in the and the mirrors up high where provide plenty of view to the

The blacked-out apes are 50-state depending on where you have set. You can adjust them for a more relaxed position, but I them way up in the air. All you need is a 5mm and 6mm wrench, and a screwdriver to rotate the

The bars are predrilled and hash-marked for the two orientations. Hoses and cables need to be changed. I was surprised and to find the bars provided of leverage for both low- and maneuvering, and looked cool it.

Moving back from the you’ll find the familiar gas tank, but coated in satin with white cove surrounded by a red stripe. Hope you the color; it’s the only one on the High-Ball. The Victory tank is dropped in lieu of a vintage-looking logo.

The bodywork features a spine running the length of the atop the fenders, tank, rear fender struts, and the taillight that keeps the smooth out back. The High-Ball a low seat height of 25″; it has a driver seat and forward layout for a comfortable stretched-out position.

Underneath it all sits the work of Victory’s entire line of although this one’s in The fuel-injected 106″ Freedom churns out a healthy 97 hp and 113 ft-lbs. of Power is sent to the rear rear wheel through a trans and belt drive.

Victory High-Ball

The over-under exhaust pipes straight back to the rearmost tip of the Even the triangular engine covering the fuel injection on the and housing the ignition switch on the are black with only a of red and white identifying the engine Pretty much a minimal of chrome here from to tail, just the way I like it.

A deviation from the High-Ball’s agenda is the presence of a thoroughly and seriously strong set of brakes. the single front and rear are discs in a huge 300mm Both are worn on the left of the bike.

Front caliper is 4 pot, is 2. It’s quite rare to a floating rotor on the rear of a and this setup brings the to a quick stop, although screeching. I experienced rear lockup a couple of times; no ABS available, judicious brake is a must.

Victory shared an High-Ball with us on a recent A blacked-out 2-into-1 exhaust is and most Pure Victory accessories designed for the Victory including passenger seats and floorboards or pegs, also fit on the So even a lone wolf can his significant other.

Imitation is the form of flattery. I don’t Victory riding my coattails. I it did a first-rate job with the High-Ball. The makes a strong argument doin’ it yourself.

It’s stripped down and it looks cool, handles has hellacious brakes, fits the mold right off the showroom doesn’t cost a lot, and with a factory warranty. You go wrong. RB

Words By Steve Photos By Alfonse Palaima

as printed in the July 2011 of RoadBike magazine.


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