Victory High-Ball

7 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Victory High-Ball
Victory High-Ball

The ultimate bare-bones badass bobber.

Among custom cruiser motorcycles, nothing touches the Victory High-Ball. This cruiser with custom wheels, bobbed fenders and ape hangers brings out an attitude that can’t be matched.

It’s impossible to reach up to the High-Ball handlebars and not exude attitude. You’re riding the baddest, most wickedly fun bike on the street, so your smirk and sneer go well with your leather jacket. Stretch out and show the city who’s boss.

And if the mood suits you, these bars can also be set back in a lower, relaxed position.


The High-Ball is a fascinating mix of cutting-edge performance technology and some of motorcycling’s most timeless style elements, such as its 16” wheels with whitewall tires. This is exactly how this modern bobber should roll. Along with their classic style, these wheels and tires deliver a great ride and smooth, easy handling.


The High-Ball was designed with a “less is more” approach: If you don’t need it, it’s not here. That includes the bodywork, which is spare and minimal in classic bobber style. The short front fender blocks rain and gravel but doesn’t demand attention.

It leaves that for the High-Ball ape hangers, whitewall tires, Freedom® V-Twin, and clean, stylish graphics.


The Victory Freedom® 106/6 V-Twin is smooth, efficient – and extremely powerful. It’s fuel-injected, counter-balanced and it delivers 110 ft-lb of torque you can use for great cruising or dominating at stoplights. You’ll have instant throttle response and outstanding power you can unleash on demand.


Do the math: Stripped-down High-Ball + Freedom® 106/6 V-Twin with 110 ft-lb of torque = Incredible high-performance fun. That’s a lot of power for a bike that consists of little more than engine, wheels and rider. Put the power to good use at stoplights, in traffic and wherever else you raise hell.


Every gear shift is smooth and defined with the Victory 6-speed transmission with true overdrive. It syncs up with the outstanding power of the Victory Freedom® 106/6 V-Twin and its helical-cut gears ensure that each shift is smooth and sure. When you leave the streets behind for interstate cruising, the 6th gear overdrive drops the RPMs and cranks up your High-Ball attitude.

This Victory High-Ball’s minimalist, tough guy appearance results from its tip-to-tail matte finish black-out treatment, chopped fenders, ape hanger style handlebar, solo saddle and 16-inch spoke wheels carrying plump whitewall tires.

It’s a look that unabashedly draws inspiration from the lowbrow bobber scene, where riders and bike fabricators in that two-wheeled subculture eschew brand loyalty, and instead fashion motorcycles into no-nonsense machines that seem to make some kind of anti-moto-establishment statement.

This latest cruiser from Victory sports a bobber motif and gives the Minnesota-based bike manufacturer a total of 16 models for 2011.

While this latest offering from Victory is ultimately still mainstream, it does an impressive job of mirroring the “just gimme what works, man” sentiment that seems to issue forth from the bobber crowd.

It’s a look that unabashedly draws inspiration from the lowbrow bobber scene.

Powered by Victory’s 106-cubic-inch, sohc, 50-degree V-Twin with 6-speed gearbox, this 106/6 is also graced with Stage 2 cams, and is likely the same engine design the Hammer, Hammer S and Vegas Jackpot models run with. Victory says this engine platform is good for 97 hp and 113 ft-lbs.

The High-Ball looks as though it may have started life as Vegas 8-Ball. But aside from atypical Victory cruiser styling and the hot-rodded Freedom 106/6 powerplant, the High-Ball’s chassis dimensions also help define it as a new model.

A shortest-of-all-Vic-models 64.8-inch wheelbase joined by a 31.7-degree steering rake make for a pretty aggressive combo of steering dimensions when compared to most other current Victorys, but the High-Ball’s longest-in-the-lineup 6.7 inches of trail helps tame those assertive numbers, and will likely serve up a somewhat quick steering but stable cruiser. The new Victory’s 25.0-inch seat height is second lowest in the line – only the Vision 8-Ball and Arlen Ness Vision have lower saddles at 24.5 inches.

The High-Ball’s over-under slash-cut exhaust, and headlight and tank shape are standard Victory fare, but on this new bobber-themed Victory just about every visible component is given the black-out treatment, much like the price-conscious 8-Ball lineup. Victory’s most powerful standard engine, the Freedom 106/6 Stage 2, powers the new High-Ball.

The High-Ball’s 43mm telescopic fork with 5.1 inches of travel, and rear suspension providing travel of 3.0 inches, is the same setup as on the Vegas, Vegas Jackpot, Vegas 8-Ball and Kingpin 8-Ball.

Unique among Victorys is the High-Ball’s adjustable handlebar position that allows a rider to hang ‘em high in true ape hanger style, or rotate the bar into a lower, laidback setting. Victory says all that’s required to reposition the bar are simple hand tools, while control cables – and presumably switchgear wiring – are already setup to accommodate either position.

Get on yer bad motorscooter and ride.

Victory isn’t the first big brand to the ol’ skool motocool party. Harley-Davidson delivered the Cross Bones in early 2008, reaching into its own heritage for design inspiration, with touchstone features like a springer front-end, bobbed fenders, blacked-out motif, chubby tires and solo springer saddle that recall Harley’s post-war past.

Yep, once again, H-D was there first.

However, the 106 c.i. mill in the High-Ball is more powerful (although certainly not smoother) than the 96 c.i. counter-balanced Twin in the Cross Bones, and the High’s seat is a whopping 5.1 inches lower than the Bone’s springy saddle.

Although the turnkey nature of the High-Ball’s style and attitude is likely the antithesis of the true bobber ethos, the bike nevertheless artfully mimics the genre.


Most Performance: It’s got the largest-displacement engine, the most horsepower and the most torque.

Lowest Seat Height: Cruise in comfort down low while reaching up to the too-cool high-rise bars.

Best Value: The High-Ball delivers the most performance at the lowest MSRP.

Coolest Styling: Sure, judging styling is subjective, but come on – look at this bike

– it’s as much fun to look at the details as it is to twist the throttle.

High-rise handlebars are adjustable and can be set in the upright position or laid back. The controls mount on the bars in either position and the cables reach in both positions, needing only simple hand tools

to adjust.

16 lace wheels with 130 and 150mm Dunlop tires with whitewalls. Stainless steel spokes and Gloss Black wheels and hubs.

Freedom 106/6 V-Twin: Fuel-injected, counter-balanced, 97 hp 113 ft-lb of torque.

Features a solo driver seat and footpegs.

Single-gauge instrumentation with speedo, tach, tripmeter, warning lights more.

A 2-into-1 exhaust (black, naturally) will be available and most Pure Victory Gear accessories designed for the Victory Vegas, including passenger seats and passenger floorboards or pegs, also fit on the High-Ball. It’s easy to personalize the bike to the way you want it, and build the perfect bike for you.

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