2012 Victory High-Ball
You can call it a Bobber, or a custom, or a blacked out custom bobber, and you can have it in any color you want as long as it’s matte black. However, Victory calls it the High-Ball. Victory took their basic Vegas, blacked out just about everything, bobbed the front fender, added some serious ape hangers (adjustable for both high and low positions) threw in some black rims with stainless steel spokes and some fat white walls, and viola, they nailed the bobber look.
The heart of the bike is of course Victory’s 106 Freedom V-twin. If you’re not familiar, Victory’s –twin is an air oil cooled single overhead cam 4 valves per cylinder dual throttle body fuel injected motor. The 6 speed transmission puts power to the rear wheel via belt drive. Victory claims 97 HP and 113ft lbs. of torque at the crank. About 85 of those horses and 98 pounds of torque make it to the rear wheel. That combined with 700 lbs. of weight make for a very quick cruiser. Especially when taking off from a stop light.
I was fortunate enough to get a High-Ball from Victory to cruise around Daytona during Bike Week. As anyone that’s been to Bike Week knows, you spend a lot of time at red lights especially on Speedway Blvd where unless you accelerate to exactly 109 miles per hour when the light turns green, you’re going to catch all 56 red lights between the speedway and US 1. Ok, I’m exaggerating, but only slightly.
The point I’m making is the High-Ball has lots of power in every gear. And, despite it’s very low seat height of 25 inches, the High-Ball has a pretty good lean angle and enough suspension travel to keep the ride comfortable. In other words, when the road gets twisty, the Highball is still plenty of fun.
When you’ve got to stop in a hurry there’s a 300 mm single disk up front and the same out back. Together they do a pretty good job of bringing the bike to a quick stop. They’re easy to modulate though the front brake requires a bit of pressure as does the clutch lever. This could be due in part to the ape hangers which were set on the high position on the bike I rode. With your hands up above your shoulders and your arms stretched way out, you don’t have much leverage. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to try the lower position. However, if it were my bike, I’d go with a flat drag style bar since I’m not crazy about the ape hanger look to begin with.
I do like the stripped down blacked out bobber look and the matte black paint. The High-Ball not only looks great, but you’ll spend a lot more time riding than polishing and washing the bike, and that’s a good thing.
Keep in mind the High-Ball is a solo ride as it comes from the factory. There’s no passenger pillion or passenger foot pegs though both are available from Victory. In fact, almost all the Vegas accessories will fit the High-Ball as well. An open element air filer and a two into one exhaust for even more power are also in the accessory catalog.
Riding a motorcycle is supposed to be an enjoyable experience and the High-Ball is certainly that. It’s got lots of power corners very well, has minimal vibration, a comfortable ride and it looks great. Plus, Victory motorcycles are known to be virtually trouble free. At $13,499 you can’t go wrong. For a closer look and a test ride, head over to St. Pete Power Sports at 555 34th St South. 727-456-6088. Tell ‘em Motorman sent ya.
Copyright ⓒ 2011 Jerry “Motorman” Palladino
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