2012 Victory Hard-Ball Preview

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Joining the High-Ball in Victory’s expanding stable of models is the 2012 Hard-Ball. The black-as-night iteration of the High-Ball’s ape-hanger profile brings a touch of touring convenience with the addition of saddlebags.

In addition to the black and pinstriped luggage are obvious additions such as the two-person seat, crashbars, floorboards, lower fairing and split exhaust. Not as immediately apparent are some of the changes Victory incorporated into the Hard-Ball to better suit its longer-mileage persona.

The re-styled fuel tank holds 1.3 gallons more petrol, and the wheels, while still spoked, increase in size as well. The front grows in diameter to 18 inches, from 16 inches on the High-Ball, and carries a 130/70 R18 Dunlop 491 Elite II, while the rear grows in width from 3.5 inches on the High-Ball to 5.0 inches on the Hard-Ball wearing a 180/60 R16 Dunlop Elite 3. The span between wheels grew by nearly an inch to 65.7 in from the High-Ball’s 64.8 in.

Rake and trail figures are more relaxed, 29.0° / 5.6 in vs 31.7° / 6.7 in, weight increases by 92 lbs (dry), and so does ground clearance by 1.1 in. Seat height, at 26.25 inches, is 1.25 inches higher the High-Ball’s.

Up front the the Hard-Ball features an inverted fork and gains a second brake disc while the braking system is of the ABS variety. Engine and drivetrain remain unchanged from the High-Ball model.

Price and availability are TBA.

ENGINE
Battery 12 volts / 18 amp hours
Bore x Stroke 101 x 108 mm
Charging System 48 amps max output
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Compression ratio 9.4 : 1
Cooling System Air / oil
Displacement 106 ci / 1731 cc
Engine Type 4-stroke 50° V-Twin
Exhaust Split dual exhaust with crossover
Final Drive Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt
Fuel Capacity 5.8 gal / 22.0 ltr
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection with dual 45mm throttle bodies
Oil capacity 5.0 qts / 4.75 ltr
Primary Drive Gear drive with torque compensator
Transmission 6-speed overdrive constant mesh
Valve train Single overhead camshafts with 4 valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters
 

CHASSIS

Dry Weight 751 lbs / 340 kg
Ground Clearance 5.8 in / 148 mm
GVWR 1360 lbs / 618 kg
Length 104.4 in / 2652 mm
Rake/trail 29.0° / 5.6 in / 142 mm
Seat Height 26.25 in / 667 mm
Wheelbase 65.7 in / 1670 mm
 

SUSPENSION

Front Suspension Inverted telescopic fork, 5.1 in / 130 mm travel
Rear Suspension Single, mono-tube gas, air adjustable, constant rate linkage, 4.7 in / 120 mm travel
 

BRAKES

Brake System Type ABS
Front braking system Dual 300mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers
Rear braking system 300mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper
 

WHEELS & TIRES

Front Tire 130/70-18 67H Dunlop 491 Elite II
Front Wheel 18 x 3.5 in Spoked
Rear Tire 180/70-16 Dunlop Elite 3
Rear Wheel 16 x 5.0 in
 

COLOR

Colors Black with Red Pinstriping
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  • Rion

    Victory’s new motto: The former new American motorcycle, that now is just another Harley Davidson.

  • http://None Greg

    This is NOT an iteration of the High-Ball; it is a “black-as-night iteration of the Cross Roads.” I guess that Victory felt since the Cross bikes are a hit, and the High Ball is a hit, combine them and you’ll have a home run. I have a Cross Roads and would’ve considered the new paint job and rims of a High Ball, but not for $2,500 more dollars.

  • Joe

    Nice bike. HD is light years behind Victory, in terms of technology and design. Anyone that makes that comparison cannot see past the paint.

  • Michael

    H-D is light years behind EVERYONE, not just Victory!