2012 Victory High Ball Review — Ultimate MotorCycling

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Victory High-Ball
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2012 Victory High | Review

2012 Victory Ball

2012 Victory

The addiction began with the drag.

A web of adrenaline cocooned me as I the clutch, allowing 80-percent of gear to light up the 150mm in a murky cloud of smoke.

I I blew this light-to-light with a helmet-less punk a V-Rod, but by the time I slammed gear, there was no Harley in

This was the situation about 10 into my five-week test the machine that would much to one who needs daily of sportbike performance. Under cruiser circumstances, if you throw a rider whose used to speeds and high horsepower V-Twin thumper, gloom surely surface.

But the 2012 High Ball changed attitude.

And quickly.

It all began my friends at Country Roads in New Jersey delivered the High to my Northeastern Pennsylvania residence. I was in the week of recovery from hernia surgery, and since my involved no full-leather sprotbike (aka: hanging off a bike or a knee), a cruiser was a welcoming

I figured it’d be laid-back on this minimalist-styled factory with the complaint of sore due to the 15-inch ape hangers, the element gives the High Ball its With this thought in I immediately began wrenching. I the high bars back an inch.

But there’s room for the handlebars are fully adjustable or rearward, the cables providing for even jet-ski style

Since there was just 700 miles on the High Ball it arrived, I gave it an once-over, sure all bolts were Sure enough, a bolt on the linkage was loose. Although I it, this caused a slight during a photo shoot a 1000 miles later…but on that later.

I threw on the cruiser-style leather jacket I a Weise Hydra, and my ¾ Bell 500, and headed downtown. my driveway, the pegs scrapped, that continued until I ground them off within 100 quickly opening extra clearance.

A few miles later, the exhaust was scrapping on a sweeping hander, something that continued until the roads it a bit, flattening out the bottom.

The thing easily noticed piloting this Victory is the power of the 106 ci (1731cc) Stage 2 Victory claims 97 horsepower and 114 ft. of torque, and there’s no arguing the Even in fully stock I knew the High Ball from this “other” motorcycle manufacturer would shame to its competitors regarding

And as stated before, this was true after my first race with that on his V-Rod.

2012 Victory Ball

There was no match. And I proved the High Ball’s power over and over a few later, as the Victory got into a few with many Harleys, others, at the Roar on the Shore in Ocean City, New Jersey.

Throughout my test, in which I up around 1200 miles, the 106 and 6-speed transmission remained of any mechanical issues. And it ran smoothly not a hiccup heard from the Fuel Injection with 45mm throttle bodies. And smooth EFI system allowed for 40 mpg, even while the High Ball ballsy

OK, so we have a reliable engine proved its prowess among its in the straight lines, but how about My garage is packed full of that easily carve providing me with that confidence to ascend my cornering to new levels.

And I was going to push cruiser around the canyons the same aggression. Nothing a man more than that edge of madness one feels a motorcycle is used for exactly the intention of its original design. I’ve proven the merit of a VFR on trails built for quads, and a V DL1000 on coal banks for motocross machines, why not push the as I would my sportbikes?

My proving were a 50-mile loop I my personal Isle of Man TT “Mountain the route allowing for safe, riding. I had to develop a unique for hanging off the High Ball its long 64.8-inch wheelbase and of ground clearance, but once the bike proved its handling

After about two rides on Mountain Course, the pegs ground down, opening up (much needed) ground And for the speeds I’m talking, I can see why the Victory has a one-seat setup, which is comfortable, although you can order a similar to a pad for the rear fender and pegs…that’s if you want to bring a and kill the enjoyment of solo

Although a lengthy 5.1 inches of the 43mm forks respond to spirited cornering situations, but were many moments I for some adjustability. The rear-suspension’s gas shock allows the aluminum 3.0 inches of travel; this setup works brilliantly for a allowing comfortable bounce traveling the boulevards, but enough when cornering.

Of course, into these faster I had to load up the front 130mm with much weight, and the 300mm floating rotor four-piston caliper worked after some hard although I’d much rather a dual-disc setup.

But when at normal speeds, there no issues. I used a 50/50 concept, relying on the front as as the rear. The rear brake is a 300mm floating discs, but a two-piston caliper.

Mid-way my testing period, I had to adjust the brake to lessen its strength. was the most I ever relied on a brake for stopping power, and it proved to be a hoot when the bike into a sideways for parking…

Speaking of sideways, one to look out for on the High Ball is fasteners. I don’t understand how running the bike completely through dirt roads?), but I tightened the shift-linkage bolt delivery, it must have once again throughout my

2012 Victory High

While doing some at Giants Despair, where the Northeastern Pennsylvania Hill takes place, I cranked up the for third and felt no shifter. when I pulled over, the was still there, but the nut had vanished. a little help of a plastic from a friend’s GPS unit, I was to finish the photo session.

Victory High-Ball
Victory High-Ball

returning home, I had a nut in the garage, and some Loctite to fasten it, having troubles again. But this was minor…and we’re to recheck our fasteners in increments

With that said, leaves styling to discuss, was very controversial from people’s perspectives. It was a love/hate with overall body with half of my acquaintances it, the other half despising it, only few denied the classical paint the gas tanked dons and the black colors.

And of course, it was the Harley crowd that the styling, although many deny the performance. On a personal I’ve always liked the look, and can say I despise anything (and “bling”).

Simply everything from the mirrors to the exhausts on the Victory High-Ball is handlebars, headlight bucket, trees, frame, fender and cylinder head covers. is no-nonsense style to me, a true to the Victory’s “Balls” out performance.

Victory could have some wiring clips, such as the one atop the left and the scattered wires at the back of the And I really wish those O2 weren’t so damn ugly, out amid the blacked-out design of the

And although the apes protrude into the air, allowing the to discover much wind, a few miles they weren’t bad. Of course they’re a to hold onto while I was a high speed run (indicated 120 then I couldn’t bare to on), but these bikes built for all-out speed.

The handlebar was obviously a selling for the machine, so it’d be a shame to put bars on the a bike named for high apes, but it’d be the first thing I’d do. That, or similar-style bars (but with internal wiring.

But is what we do when we buy machines, eh? when they arrive in form such as the High We customize to our liking, even if it the original intention of something as as a name.

Who knows…maybe the “High” had to do with handlebars. Maybe Ball had something to do with a certain mindset for riders a machine built by Victory’s competitors.

Like that guy and a few others who peered over the Ball as they began their loud machines at the Maybe, just maybe the with the name was exactly these guys were thinking – “What’s this high?”

But after the smoke clears, and the Ball is bike-lengths away, other Victory-less riders realize that this Ball with the quiet exhaust was designed to handle a bit better…a bit more smoothly…a bit efficiently.

But there is another on the High Ball’s name. an MSRP of around $13,500, the guys at this “other” motorcycle manufacture Victory are considering the bike’s cheaper many of its competitors machines by

But regardless of the name’s meaning, if on one, the High Ball soon become an addiction. And will know you’re from the machine because the will simply not cease, and continue as the problem-free miles along.

There’s likely a when addictions are this why back away? Especially it’s all about the thing the High Ball was designed for – healthy fun.

Photos by C. Biscotto

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