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2012 Victory High-Ball First Look

Thursday, January 20, 2011
It may have started out as a Vegas  but the High-Ball has an old school look that sets it apart.
Victory Motorcycles has taken a cue from garage builders in the retro-styling of the 2012 High-Ball.
Bobbers and hot rod bikes have ridden a wave of resurgence recently. More garage builders are chopping fenders and stripping bikes down to the essentials than ever before in modern interpretations of old themes. Victory Motorcycles, who has established a reputation for itself by changing the perception of what an American V-Twin cruiser should be, seeks to capitalize on this movement as it draws upon styling cues of the past for its 2012 Victory High-Ball.

At the core of the 2012 High-Ball is a Victory Vegas, one of Victory's best-selling bikes. The High-Ball's basic architecture comes straight from the Vegas DNA – a raised spine that runs the length of the bike down the middle of the tank and fenders along with a Victory Freedom 106/6 Stage 2 V-Twin. But that’s where the similarities end.

The 2012 Victory High-Ball features high-rise handlebars, a chopped front fender, smaller, chunkier spoked-down wheels with whitewalls and the blacked-out treatment. Cool thing about the bars is that they can be quickly adjusted with simple hand tools to a lower, more “laid-back” position. Victory ensures us that this won’t affect the control mounts and that the cables reach fine in either position.

The old school whitewall tires are a nice contrast to the blacked-out treatment of the engine, frame, bars, headlight bucket, triple trees, fender struts and cylinder head covers. Victory made the recess of the tank more prominent by painting it white as well. The High-Ball has a solo seat slung low at 25 inches and in photographs, the rider’s position looks to be slightly leaned forward grasping the bars at shoulder level with mirrors mounted at eye-level. A single round gauge is mounted high between the bars and the all-in-one unit serves as a speedo, tach, tripmeter, warning lights and includes a few other functions.
Introducing the 2012 Victory High-Ball.The 2012 High-Ball has a 25-inch solo seat  riders arms hang almost shoulder high and mirrors are eye-level. Heres a peek at the handlebars of the 2012 High-Ball in the low position.
Introducing the 2012 Victory High-Ball. It has two-way, manually adjustable handlebars, either high-rise (M) or low slung (R).

The High-Ball’s 16-inch front wheel is five inches smaller than the Vegas’ front hoop but 40mm wider at 130mm. Victory uses a 16-inch wheel on the back too, but dropped its width from the standard Vegas by 30mm to a measurement of 150mm. The stainless steel spokes assist the conversion from custom cruiser to retro roller. The stainless steel stands out between the gloss black of the wheels and hubs while the whitewall Dunlop Cruisermax tires also contribute to its hot rod styling.

High bars  high mirrors  even the speedo sits high on the 2012 Victory High-Ball.
Victory tightened the rake and wrapped the HIgh-Ball's front in a smaller, wider tire in comparison to its standard Vegas model. 
The 2012 High-Ball is also more compact than the standard Vegas. The High-Ball’s overall length is 3.5-inches shorter and its wheelbase is 1.5-inches more compact. Victory also dropped the rake to 31.7 inches, 1.2-inches tighter than the Vegas, and bumped up trail to 6.7 inches. Add it all up and you’ve got a shorter bike with a tighter rake, a tire combo that’s shorter and wider up front and more svelte out back, then throw in the power of Victory’s Freedom 106/6 V-Twin with Stage 2 tuning that puts out a claimed 97 hp and 113 lb-ft of torque and you’ve got a stripper-style bike that should be loads of fun to ride.

Victory says it’s got a black 2-into-1 aftermarket exhaust already in the works. Accessories designed for the Victory Vegas like a passenger seat and pegs will fit on the High-Ball, too. Its $13,499 MSRP means it’s a grand cheaper than the Vegas and puts it in a favorable price point in comparison to Harley-Davidson’s Dark Custom competitor, the Crossbones, which has a sticker price of $16,999.

2012 Victory High-Ball Specs 
Engine: 4-stroke 50-degree V-Twin
Cooling: Air/oil
Displacement: 106ci/1731cc
Bore/Stroke: 101 X 108mm
Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
Valve Train: Single overhead camshafts w/ 4 valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters.
Fueling: EFI w/ dual 45mm throttle bodies
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gal.
Exhaust: Staggered slash-cut dual exhaust w/ crossover
Oil capacity: 5.0 quarts
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission -6-speed overdrive constant mesh
Final Drive: Carbon fiber reinforced belt
Length: 92.5 in.
Wheelbase: 64.8 in.
Seat Height: 25 in. 25.2
Rake/trail: 31.7 in. / 6.7 in.
Dry Weight (claimed): 659 lbs.
Suspension Front: 43mm telescopic fork/5.1 in. travel
Rear: Preload adjustable single shock/3.0 in. travel
Front brake: 300mm floating rotor w/ 4-piston caliper
Rear brake: 300mm floating rotor w/2-piston caliper
Wheels: Front & Back: 16x3.5 in.
Tires: Front - 130/90-16 67H Dunlop Cruisermax
Rear: 150/80-16 71H Dunlop Cruisermax
Colors: Solid Black
MSRP: $13,499 

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1Percenter   November 24, 2011 05:57 AM
buell984   April 15, 2011 06:31 AM
Im 34 and just now looking into the cruiser market. Love my Buell and will never get rid of it! I will never forgive Harleys closed minded shut down of Buell. My Dads Vic has 40k on it and it looks and runs like a new bike! This new Vic is for me!! Modern and cool. the crossbones is one scary piece of crap to ride belive me!!
highball9   April 12, 2011 10:26 AM
VicFan where is the $1500.00 promo?

VicFan   March 28, 2011 11:21 PM
Heres the best news about this bike. Victory is doing test rides at local dealerships for the introduction. If you come in and try one theyre taking $1500.00 of msrp!!Are you kidding me! That puts this bike at $12000.00 Thats alot of money for upgrades the way I see it...Going to put down my deposit Friday...@ into 1 pipes and stage 2 air and were talking 105++hp and around 120 tq with no engine mods...You Harley guys can tell me what my bike will look like from behind...lmao
Drunkula -Nice!  January 26, 2011 10:27 AM
I'm not much for cruisers but that is a good looking bike! Good job, Victory.
CJ 05 8 ball -bobber look  January 25, 2011 05:32 PM
Ive been riding the 05' 8 ball for 3 years now and love the way it rides. I have alway's loved the bobber look, but cant aford to buy the high ball and modify it. I think ill go with bobbing my 8 ball for now. Sh^t talk all yall want. A bike is a bike....Love the American made and talk sh^t about the cagers.
jonesy -birth defect  January 24, 2011 05:05 PM
There's just something fundamentally ugly about this thing. I think it has to do with the fender height, fat front tire of too small a diameter, and insufficient rake. This has nothing to do with brand loyalty. I just think this has got to be the ugliest production bike out right now.
Uller -Real bikes  January 24, 2011 01:26 PM
It is really funny hearing the HD morons bash Victory. Their excuse for bashing the better built metrics was because the metrics weren’t American made. Now Victory IS American made but they use the same old lame criticism like AHH…it looks like a Harley, it’s not a real bike, and so on. Anyone who honestly thinks Victory’s bikes look like HD need to sober up. If any motorcycle isn’t a real bike it would have to be Harley: overpriced, overweight, underpowered, under engineered, unreliable, unremarkable, embarrassment to the USA, buyer’s remorse for the sad owners, dime a dozen in the used market, and the laughing stock to the rest of society including other motorcyclists.
Dan K. -Vic Highball and Harley Crossbones  January 24, 2011 09:37 AM
I don't mean to sound crass but I don't think there is any other way to say it. If you think that the Highball is at risk of being mistaken for a Crossbones or vice versus you either know little about cruisers, are blind or nearly blind, or may possibly be mentally disabled. If you wish to disagree with my statement I strongly suggest you look at the two bikes side by side first. Thank you.
Mike in WV -LA Idiot  January 23, 2011 05:37 PM
LA Rider is not only an idiot, but he's also a liar. His comment that no one could make a worse motorcycle "Than" Harley (it's a comparison moron, not inferring chronology) is actually saying that Harley makes a crappy bike. Of course this part is subjective as well as the inference that Victory makes a worse bike. The lie comes where he tries to convince us that he is knowledgable that "all" Victory owners knows the previous inference to be true. A lie is an intentional attempt to deceive. Therefore LA Rider...I'll flat out call you a liar and send your sorry a$$ to the pits with Milwaukee Moron. I don't mind the similarities of this bobber to Harley's bobber. There's still plenty of room to cut and customize this bike...and bottom line it's still going to perform way better than a Harley.
Waldo -What are they thinking?  January 23, 2011 01:05 PM
I put 10,000 miles on my Vic last year. The most dependable bike I've ever had. The Vision put a shot right across Honda and BMW's bow... told them Victory was a world player. The cross bikes with their "core" chassis, said "We can play in the world market, but we'd rather copy Harley." This bike, say's "We're a lost, Harley wanna be." It a shame.
topcat 2002 -H/D  January 23, 2011 10:25 AM
ive owned 11 H/D 4 buells 3victorys vics run good no problems last 2 H/d drove me mad with problems oil leaks blowing headgaskets corrosion, price but god they look good.......lol.
GB -LA_Rider  January 23, 2011 09:55 AM
gotta disagree with ya. of every Vic rider i know, and i know quite a few, no one has ever had to have their bike worked on because something failed. JD powers ranks Victory as #1 in customer satisfaction and dependability. like i said i have 70k miles on my bike and never had a thing go wrong. and there are lots of Vics out there with twice that milage and still running strong. of course every company puts out a lemon here and there but all in all Vics quailty and dependability is beyond reproach.
LA_Rider -Lemon  January 23, 2011 08:03 AM
We thought no one could produce a worse motorcycle then Harley. Victory proved us wrong. Anyone who has ever owned one knows this to be true.
Scooter -skip1380@yahoo.com  January 23, 2011 07:46 AM
Harley has a "new" parts bin bike they call the Blackline that will sell for $15,500. This bike will make the parts bin Harley look pretty sick. Of course Harley is busy thinking up new color combinations and stupid names for there "all new" 2011 parts bin line up of 1960 motorcycles.
GB -04 vegas  January 23, 2011 07:33 AM
i got a 04 vegas with 70k miles on it. i finally have to change the fork seals this winter. that is the only thing i've ever had to do it. i wish everything i had was as dependable. if i could i'd have a cross country and th high ball in mu garage.
Sammy Blair -PhatV92  January 22, 2011 06:33 PM
Just what I'm talkin' about! I love it..yeah,it needs a round Vegas BLACK HEADLIGHT,and a 2 into 1 Car Chemistry pipe on it,I have that pipe on my old 2000 V92C with stage 1,low 13's in the 1/4 not bad for a 700 lb bike.And it sounds GREAT,I have white wrap on mine.$13,500 hell I paid that for my V92C in 2000,so in todays money,what is that,a Highball for about $9K ?? And to the "real biker dude" he ain't no biker..a wanna be...LOL I've never rode a BMW in my life,but those guys ride in any weather and put incredible miles on those bikes! THEY'RE the real bikers...hey, this is Victory's "modern interpretation" of a bobber,besides..I'll take that 106 stage 2 motor over anything Harley has :) And I've been a Harley guy all my life til 2000 when I got my Vic.. any Harleys out there 12 years old over 40K miles and NEVER a problem??? Yeah,I'd love to hear that!
JS -Thumbs up  January 22, 2011 04:25 PM
I have been ready to pull the trigger on a new Vic until I saw this preview, I'm going to wait & test rise the High-Ball. No doubt that it looks better than an HD and I bet more reliable. Metric or mot, Made In America, Baby!
Bill Bates -real bikers milwaukee mike ?  January 22, 2011 10:44 AM
What makes a real biker? Let see has to be white trash be fat and ride a Harley? And stop being a ass you ass god i wish i could have you banned from here. Get out of your trailer go for a walk and work that fat off so you can ride a real bike Made in Japan you wont be so bitchey about it then, cause your to fat to ride one now.
GB -change the headlight  January 22, 2011 07:02 AM
to a round one and put on a set of black swept pipes and home run baby!!! still not my style but it's nice to see Victory take chances and not just slap a new paint job on a exsisting bike and call it new like Hd does. and me-wank-ee mike, do you ever say anything nice about anything that is not harley? your attitude is exactly what turns people off about HD.
EZE -Looks good to me!  January 22, 2011 06:15 AM
I fell in love w/ the 04' kingpin and have been riding it till my 2010 king pin. Victory is right on time with all this stuff they're doing. 1%er, real biker, wannaber, It's all crap. Ride what you like to ride and do to it what will work for you. Ya'know, " Damn the torpedos".
Todd -A move in the right direction  January 22, 2011 05:20 AM
Innovation from American manufactures has been lacking for years. Some may not think this looks the best, but at least they are trying to do something a bit different. You have to give them kudos for that.
Real Biker -My Comments  January 22, 2011 03:23 AM
Milky Mike has asked me to post my comments to those who would buy this bike, so here goes: It's a bike, not a cage. Ride what you like, not what somebody else tells you to like. If you're riding to impress others, as Peter Fonda said in Easy Rider, you "blew it." Sure, I might laugh at your choice of bike and you might laugh at mine, but that's part of the brotherhood of riding. Just ride and enjoy. I'll wave.
Alan -Milwaukee mike got it right  January 21, 2011 05:00 PM
Like he said - a bobber is a bike that you take, strip of everything you don't need, and customize the rest. If you want a bobber, build one, or buy one that someone else did right. A factory bobber is a contradiction in terms.

All you have to do is look at that headlight, to know that this bike is all wrong.

As for not caring what the pirate crowd thinks, isn't someone who buys something like this, trying to be part of that crowd? Forget it, won't work.
Randy in the smokies -bad namesake  January 21, 2011 04:45 PM
I'm afraid the worst part of the bike is the thing that makes it a "highball", namely the bars. They have a stupid shape. Standard mini-apes would have looked just fine. And the same goes for the headlight shell. I love the freedom engines, but those ex GM design engineers are famous for using whatever parts are in the bin, and sometimes..? It just don't work.
Tom Brooks -Nice Nice & Very Nice  January 21, 2011 04:23 PM
I love it!!! I was planning to convert one the bikes in to something like this, but Victory did it for me. An available in accessories a matching cool not too tall windscreen would be a perfect addition. No more HD for me!
Nick -Neat bike  January 21, 2011 12:56 PM
I like it.

Milwaukee Mike is a trip and a half. Apparently, if something doesn't have a bar and shield logo on it, it's not "real." To Milwaukee Mike, this is a fake bike built by terminator-like simulated humans, riddeen by holographic people who apparently live in some parallel United States on a duplicate planet in a shadow universe. And if you reach your hand out to touch it, you will hear a kind of faint buzzing sound, and your hand will pass through the surface without resistance.
Vince XB -Great looking American bike  January 21, 2011 12:29 PM
I love how competitive Victory is, and this bike is just another example of contemporary styling with superior performance (compared to HD). I love the black, I rattle-canned an old Sportster this way long before you could buy one on the showroom floor and now I'm a little jealous of how good this Vic looks. One thing I really like is the lines of the Vic as opposed to the dated lines of a typical HD. And since I don't give a damn about what some 1%er or wannaber 1% thinks about what I ride, I'd be totally thrilled to add one of these to my stable. I applaud Victory for continuing to offer superior performing bikes at better prices than HD.
Bill -S2R  January 21, 2011 11:38 AM
Looks like a Fast Bob
Real biker -Nice  January 21, 2011 11:11 AM
This "Real biker" thinks its pretty cool. And yes the milwaukee moron will find it impossible not to rant. Just more background noise. Keep up the good work Victory!
BaxterBlue -High Ball  January 21, 2011 10:32 AM
So, is this the direction the herd is going now?
Mark -Wait and see.  January 21, 2011 07:20 AM
Was looking at getting a new Street Bob but our local Harley dealer always sells their bikes with a lot of pricey add-ons and refuses to sell them stock without charging $400 to take the extra parts off! I think I am going to wait till April and check out the High Ball. So far I'm digging the clean look.
milwaukee mike -Go out and buy it  January 21, 2011 05:26 AM
A psuedo-bobber for those that have no personal creativity. May those buyers are afraid of using flat black spray paint,...but they will probaly look for chrome doo-dads.

But like I said; go out and buy it, then see what kind of comments you'll get from real bikers.
Mike in WV -Excellent!  January 20, 2011 08:00 PM
Love this bike...especially the blacked out components and the white walls. Before the Milwaukee Moron starts ranting about it being a copy of the Harley, I think we can all agree that there are some similarities, but ALL bikes have similarities. The fact that Victory can once again produce a better made bike with better performance at a cost well below that of HD...well...that's why they will continue converting pirates. lol I would love to see this bike in a matte olice drab paint with the white army star on the tank like they did on the military tribute bikes a few years ago.

Thanks Victory for coming out mid-season with another great option for those who love to ride, purely for the love of riding! I'll never be a slave to a T-shirt collection.
Niki -Low Ball  January 20, 2011 06:09 PM
Cool, I wonder when the pro-street style 'Low Ball' is coming out ;)
TomY -Modern Bobber  January 20, 2011 06:04 PM
I think this one is my new fave of Vic's customized cruisers. It's nice that it has a tach as well. The only thing I would change is the pipes but for well under $14k that is a pretty easy fix. Anyone know when they come out?