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2013 Victory Judge First Look

Friday, January 20, 2012
Victorys new muscle bike  the 2013 Judge  looks ready to rumble.
Meaty tires, drag bars, new fuel and oil tanks, and plenty of blacked-out componentry add to the menacing disposition of Victory's new muscle bike, the 2013 Judge.
“Hear ye, hear ye, here comes the Judge!” Victory Motorcycles 2013 Judge, that is.
Victory introduced the latest addition to its cruiser line of motorcycles today at the New York Progressive International Motorcycle Show, a new muscle bike with meaty tires, drag bars and new bodywork. Blacked-out components and a potent Freedom 106/6 V-Twin round out its lean, aggressive stance.

What’s that, you say? Doesn’t Victory already have a power cruiser in the form of the Hammer S? Yes, it does. But the 2013 Judge has a tighter rake and a little less weight to carry than Victory’s reining muscle bike. The big difference is on the backside though, as the Hammer S pushes a wide 250mm rear while the Judge sports a svelte 140mm Dunlop Elite II. Tighter, lighter and slimmer on the backside, the Victory Judge should really grip the road. The new 5-spoke cast wheels look like the Cragar mags that were popular on hot rods when I was growing up. They even raised the white lettering on the Dunlop Elite II’s, just like wheels from back in the day.

2013 Victory Judge Specs
The 2013 Victory Judge comes in Gloss Black  Sunset Red or Suede Nuclear Sunset with an MSRP between  13 999 -  14 399  depending on color.
Engine - 4-Stroke 50° V-Twin
Cooling - Air / Oil
Displacement - 106 ci / 1731 cc
Bore/Stroke - 101 x 108 mm
Compression Ratio - 9.4 : 1
Valve Train - Single Overhead Camshafts with 4 Valves per Cylinder, Self-adjusting Cam Chains, Hydraulic Lifters
Fueling - Electronic Fuel Injection with Dual 45 mm Throttle Body
Fuel Capacity - 4.5 gal / 17.0 ltr
Exhaust - Staggered Slash-cut Dual Exhaust with Crossover
Clutch - Wet, Multi-plate
Transmission - 6-speed Overdrive Constant Mesh
Final Drive - Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt
Length - 92.0 in / 2337 mm
Wheelbase - 64.8 in / 1647 mm
Seat Height - 25.9 in / 658 mm
Ground Clearance - 4.7 in / 120 mm
Rake/ Trail - 31.7° / 6.7 in / 170 mm
Dry Weight (claimed) - 660 lbs / 300 kg
Front Suspension - Conventional Telescopic Fork Travel 5.1 in / 130 mm
Rear Suspension - Single Shock Absorber Swingarm Cast Aluminum with Rising Rate Linkage Travel 3.0 in / 75 mm
Front Brake - 300mm Floating Rotor with 4-piston Caliper
Rear Brake - 300mm Floating Rotor with 2-piston Caliper
Wheels - Front 16 x 3.5 in Rear 16 x 3.5 in
Tires - Front 130/90 B16 67H Dunlop 491 Elite II-RWL
Rear - 140/90 B16 77H Dunlop 491 Elite II-RWL
Colors - Gloss Black, Suede Nuclear Sunset, Sunset Red
MSRP - $13,999 - $14,399

Rounded and stretched, the low-profile 4.5-gallon tank sports a recessed tank similar to the Victory Cross Country but with small cut-outs for a rider’s knees. Its round, color-matched side panels fooled us into thinking Victory had slapped on a vintage oil bag, but the panels look primed for a race plate nonetheless. The fenders have been cut down so the chunky 90mm-thick Dunlops can attract more attention and feature the signature raised spine of the Vegas. The rear fender has a new taillight that’s been integrated into the fender itself. New fender struts complete the revised look of the rear.

The front end of the bike is highlighted by new drag bars and a small, round headlight. Mid-mount controls team up with the bars to provide an aggressive, slightly-forward riding position. With a 25.9-inch seat height, the motorcycle should allow riders of all statures to get two feet firmly planted on the ground at a stop.

There’s no surprise in the engine department as the Freedom 106/6 powers all of Victory’s motorcycles. Fuel-injected and air/oil cooled, the powerplant is mated to a six-speed overdrive transmission with helical-cut gears. A new wrinkle is a smaller EFI cover which allows a little light between the cylinder heads in an engine that’s otherwise spooned in tightly between the double rails of the frame.

Most of its components are black, a list that includes the frame, dual pipes, triple trees, cases, handlebars, and cylinder heads. A shimmer of chrome on the fork tubes, shaved down cylinder fins and a chrome ring around the derby cover add a touch of contrast to the otherwise dark design.

The 2013 Victory Judge will be available in Gloss Black, Sunset Red or Suede Nuclear Sunset with an MSRP between $13,999 - $14,399, depending on color choice. Pure Victory Gear already has a handful of accessories for the new Judge, while Zach Ness of the famed Ness clan got his hands on the first pre-production model and has already worked his magic on it to demonstrate the customization potential of the Judge. They’ll pull the sheet off Zach’s custom tomorrow at high noon at the Victory Motorcycles display with help from Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey, aka “The Gunny.”

Look for a First Ride review of the 2013 Victory Judge at the beginning of February as Motorcycle USA heads to Palm Springs to take a spin on the latest Victory Motorcycle.

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phxrider   April 2, 2012 05:23 PM
@Piglet2010 - I agree on the starter bike sizes, and IMO trying to buy the $15000+ 800 lb bike you're going to keep long-term as a new rider is just stupid. Best thing is to get a 250 cruiser, a Rebel or GZ250 or Virago and ride it until *it* limits *you* in all situations... which might only take a couple of months, depending on how fast you learn and much you ride, but that's all good. Then get a middleweight, i.e. Vulcan 500 or Hyosung 650 or something similar, and do the same thing. THEN get the heavyweight beast of your dreams, now that your skill level is up to it.
phxrider   April 2, 2012 05:15 PM
I rode the Judge this weekend at Arizona Bike Week... and I never expected to like a cruiser this much - I mean this bike had me laughing evil laughs out loud in my helmet. What a ride! For reference, I currently own a KTM 990 SMT and a 690 SMR, if that says what kind of rider I am. I like the style and the sound of cruisers, but riding them has always been another story. I have never liked the riding position of most cruisers, the bars and feet are too far forward, forcing the body into a weird "C" shape - moving the pegs back a bit, as Victory has done with the Judge, makes all the difference in the world to me, by eliminating the stretching of the back and hamstrings that the "C" position causes, I find it comfortable, and you can bend down and move side to side behind the bars and get to the side on the seat very easily too. Torque is immediate and strong. Sounds great and the controls and steering feel tight and direct... kinda like if KTM decided to build a cruiser (and it's even available in orange, LOL). The sales guy told me after the ride that the sportbike guys tend to love the bike, while the cruiser guys are less enthusiastic. I'm not overly surprised by this. Anyway, ride one, it's a blast. I could actually own this one.
Blitztour   February 8, 2012 07:22 AM
PS (and everybodies pipe comments are dead on. What about acarbon fiber 2 into 1 to enhance performance?) Anybody else miss the SC?
Blitztour   February 8, 2012 07:16 AM
The thing that kills me is that Victory invented the “Sport Cruiser” category back in 1999 when they introduced the 92SC. I owned both the 2000 and 2001 and for their size and weight, they were the best handling large displacement twins I’d ever ridden. But as soon as the Japanese saw the viability in this demographic and entered the market with their “power cruisers”, Victory rolled over and showed their pink parts. Early on I’d be able to call the factory and I actually spoke several times to Bob Von Vett. I'd beg him to resurrect the SC line. But they bought into the “Bling” thing and have really come up with some non functional, under powered and aesthetically questionable bikes in the past 5 years. The quality of craftsmanship in second to none as they are beautifully constructed motorcycles. But performance wise, everything passes them and they suck in a corner. Anybody who’s ridden a Hammer S, knows what I’m talking about. (And that’s their touted Sports model) So, come on Victory! Drop 100lb off this thing, suck in the rake and trail and shorten the wheelbase to 60”, move the mid controls back another 1.5”, inverted and fully adjustable front forks and min 105 hp at the rear wheel and a 5.5 gal gas tank so we can go someplace and I guarantee you they’ll be a line around the block to buy em! (I know, I have a rich fantasy life : 0 ) IMHO, it’s a step back in the right direction and a sign that Victory may be realizing this segment of the ridding population has money to spend. But for the love of God, will somebody at Victory please send the Ness Family home and hire Eric Sands full time to start designing?
PapaBear   January 28, 2012 02:25 PM
I think this is the best looking cruiser to come out in years, especially considering the ugly beasts that Victory has been pushing on us. I love sportbikes, my old standard Wing and my cafe Wing, which between them I've ridden over 250k miles, but with my bum hips and back, I need the lower sitting cruisers. I even like my tourer, but this cruiser does it for me. Put a decent 2-into-1 pipe on her, goose the ignition and injectors, bump up the cam to a stage two and it'll put out over 100 ponies. If it handles like the 8 Ball, it'll do just fine, and even that can be tweaked. Someone mentioned Victory should come out with a sub-liter bike. Absolutely. A neat little V-twin cafe or street tracker in the 750 to 900cc range. They could also use one of their multi-cylinder snowmobile power plants and build and nice light-weight naked sportbike / full on sportbike platform in the 400 to 600cc range.
jtm45   January 26, 2012 09:15 AM
nice bike,get used to big pipes per EPA sound regs and inspection testing
red is cool price is ok i never rode a polaris vic would like to but i wont buy just too heavy
put a 600 4 cylinder in a old school style frame aka a 78 honda cb750 or just bring them back online especially '73 kaw z900,77 cb750,yamaha midnight 1100 special suzuki 1100gs
sololobo   January 25, 2012 10:45 PM
The guys are right, the pipes look big and heavy, and cheep in black. The tires and those ugly wheels actually look like they really did rip them off a car and put them on this bike. I can't get past how ugly that front end looks because of that and that front fender. The way that weird seat has to wrap around those ugly plastic looking oval number plates really is unappealing to my eye as well. They look like something a first year design student would come up with. Hey, no offense to a guy that loves it's looks, but this guy cant even imagine getting one for free and keeping it.
RJ   January 25, 2012 11:00 AM
Let's see, Yamaha/Star retired the RS Warrior after a decent run and now it seems Victory has a new idea. Important to note the Warrior could have been picked up for 10-11K in it's final years too much less than their current price tag and probably handled twice as well too. I guess no different than the cruisers Honda or some of the other manufactrers are putting out these days. If I hadn't seen all the hoopla at the NY IMS I'd really start to question is this really a 2013 introduction? Seems that lame = safe in this economy and the industry is really struggling with reduced R&D to increase any profitability and it shows in the dull products delivered. Maybe raised white lettering on tires and blacked out components attract some riders but I just think it lacks imagination and vision. What I fear most is this same group of decision makers now influences decisions made for Indian. When they bought Indian they bragged about what their engineers would bring to the table, hopefully they can do better... Maybe the knowledge sharing needs to bleed off in the other direction...
GB   January 25, 2012 02:54 AM
@Piglet2010, i meant middle weight. my first was a cb350 honda
AndyVH   January 23, 2012 11:52 AM
I agree about the mufflers. I have never liked the twin long mufflers on the right of all the Victory models that feature them. They seem too far out to the side, too long, too "pipe" looking. Just kind of "hanging out there" like in the picture above. It would be the first thing I would change on a Victory, and model.

Otherwise, I think this is a FAR better looking bike than the HD V-Rod of last year that looked like a Mattell Hot-Wheels design gone bad.

But Victory has proved itself with this powertrain, so its about time to introduce something in the sub 1000cc range for the smaller, beginner rider. Yamaha did it very well with the V-Star 650. Kawasake likewise with the 800cc Vulcan. C'mon Polaris, show your stuff!

Piglet2010   January 22, 2012 04:23 PM
@ GB - When did 800-1000cc become a beginner's bike? A 250cc "metric" cruiser is the best choice for a newbie who eventually wants a larger cruiser. Cheap to buy (and you will get most of your money back as a trade-in), cheap to insure, cheap to run, and you won't be so upset the first time you dump it at an intersection. And it won't kill you if you twist the throttle the wrong way at the wrong time.
GB   January 22, 2012 03:52 AM
change the pipes and I love it!! BUT.... Vic still needs to build a 800-1000cc beginner bike.
Piglet2010   January 21, 2012 06:21 PM
@ buellv - Agree that Polaris needs to build something other than cruiser variations on the same basic chassis and drive-train. A smaller engine and chassis in middle-weight cruiser, standard, and AT versions would be a good start. Also, with the large presence they already have in the off-road market, 250cc, 450cc, and 650cc class dual-sport bikes would be a good fit; either as Polaris or Victory.
FRANK121   January 21, 2012 07:21 AM
First off I have a 2006 Vegas and love it, but this Judge is absolutely fugly? The side plates look more like dirt bike number plates and since when does anyone take their 14 thousand dollar cruiser on a gravel road to sling gravel? You guys would never test one of My bikes! Sorry, you missed the design mark on this one Victory. I'll keep My 06 another year!
ironzo   January 20, 2012 06:21 PM
I absolutely hate the pipes. I think a shorter 2-1 style might work better. Not sure if I like the "Oil Bag" side covers. I do like the round headlight. I wish the whole line would go back to the round light, instead of that hideous thing that most of the newer Victories have.
Mitch   January 20, 2012 05:57 PM
Classic look with a modern twist. I like the integrated tail light and oil tank/number plate inspired body work. Put on some drag style pipes (Sorry Victory your stock pipes look out of place on the Highball and Judge.) and you got a pretty bad ass looking back roads brawler with some actual muscle to back it up.
PaddyMcQ   January 20, 2012 03:40 PM
"Its round, color-matched oil tank is a fresh wrinkle and looks primed for a race plate" Huh? Victory doesn't use oil reservoirs like Harley. The battery, fuses, and ECM are hiding behind those covers.
Rocky R   January 20, 2012 02:51 PM
I agree with Buellv, more of the same old thing. I wish designers of American V Twins would step outside the same cookie-cutter mentality that HD, Victory and Indian are more than capable of doing. Just making more bikes might add to the bottom line, but does little to add character to a brand...
buellv   January 20, 2012 01:30 PM
Just another bike, with a few changes. Another Cruiser bike, with mid controls. Likes..I like the Round Headlight, I like the bigger tire up front and the smaller tire in the back. More of a natural riding stance. Dislikes...Same old thing. Too Heavy, Too big, Too Cruiser, Exhausts too big, chopper seat, Front forks should not be as wide. Should have inverted forks. Come on Victory. you have the smarts to make a bike other than a chopper, cruiser. You can blow Harley DAvidion away, with other bikes in your line up too. You already blow them away in the chopper, cruiser world. they cannot match you. If you too were racing like in the old days, they would be long gone. Lets build a normal street bike. Sport Touring? Hot Rod bike like the Buell? You can do it!
Scoot   January 20, 2012 10:58 AM
Real nice and I like the bars but the exhaust could look a little better. I do not like the mufflers. This is something that would look good in my garage and the price is right also.