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2016 2017 Victory High Ball

Twenty sixteen to twenty seventeen victory highball victory is something of a johnny-come-lately in the american motorcycle seen since 1998 its main competitors indian motorcycles which falls under the polaris umbrella along with victory and harley-davidson boasts over 100 years of experience each in the us market so there can be no doubt that victory has its work

Cut out for it the factory usually uses its lack of deep roots as a springboard for a more progressive design but the high ball is something of a departure from a norm let’s take a look at this ride and see what victory does with the modern retro combo continue reading for my review of the victory highball to be honest victory bikes are usually a little to nephi for

My taste a little too flowy a little too alien meets predator oddly enough the highball maintains many of those attributes but manages to dial back the clock a bit with some custom touches from america’s custom culture circa mid 20th century similarly sized whitewall tires cat lace trims for a down-to-earth symmetry and a cut-down front fender blacked-out headlight

Can and other black features interrupt the flow in a curious blend of then and now the layout and rider triangle leave no doubt after the designed purpose of the highball this is a straight-up cruiser that makes no pretenses of trying to serve as a weekend bagger convertible just brutally honest transportation a deep scoop seat forward controls and eight hangers

Leaves us with a large ryder triangle that places the rider in a super windsock position a position better on the boulevard than the highway to be sure yeah you could adjust the bars a bit but at some point they stop being handlebars and start being a killer it look that would not work on this sled so don’t let the low appearance fool you this bike will swallow up

Shorter riders to compound that problem the bike is relatively thought heavy especially with a belly full of fuel and can present a bit of a wrestling match in certain low-speed situations leave this one to the stretched out crowd frame design swings well to the southward with the 25 inch seat height a number normally reserved for pho rigid softail frames and it

Manages to suggest the lines of a rigid without a triangular swingoff or the steering head is set at 32 degrees for that raked custom vibe and it leaves us with six point seven inches of trail sure to make it nice and stable on the streets and still be reasonable in the corners the wheels are a nice touch good old gangster white wall dunlop d 421 with chrome lace

Trims just doesn’t get any better than that the cut down front fender and right side up front forks with blacked-out fork sliders reinforces this custom dated look though it lacks the softail style swing got or it does follow the same stealthy mindset and buries the preload adjustable monoshock to keep it out of sight and the rear end clean for pot caliper up front

And the twin pot in back handle bind dodge acting on 300 millimetres discs yeah only one front brake but one simply does not cover up wheels like that the brakes are honest with no abs or any other fandangled contraptions to complicate the plumbing i like this but i have to admit that i am starting to see the merits of rear only abs the 64 dot 8 inch wheelbase and

93 dot 4 inch overall length puts the high ball squarely in the mid-range category and the four dots 7-inch ground clearance keeps it low is enough clearance for cornering honestly i think the apes will be more of an impediment to comfortable cornering than clearance and lean angle issues victory favors big v twins that not only sit within the american-made mold

But also deliver their power with a thumping staccato beat engine paint follows the black outlook but the polished cooling fin edges accentuate the big v shape and keep the engine from disappearing into the black hole far from being an all show and no go model the 106 cubic inch freedom engine cranks out 110 pound feet of torque not the most among american-made

V-twins but close and anything over 100 pound feet is good enough the engine dumps waste heat through those air and oil cooling rather than ruin a look with a big radiator yeah liquid cooling is superior but it’s ugly and i’m glad victory didn’t go that route a pair of 45 millimeters throttle bodies feed the engine and dual / cut pipes carry off waste gases as

With the other big us manufacturers you can change the exhaust air cleaner and fuel delivery a little too open the engine up and let it breathe as it was designed what some circles call the harley tax equivalent to a stage one modification power flows through a gear primary drive rather than a high maintenance chain and sprocket type used elsewhere and a torque

Compensator smoothes out the power pulses ahead of the six-speed overdrive ratio constant nesh transmission the high ball comes with relatively little sticker shock and is a lot of bike at thirteen thousand four hundred ninety nine dollars plus freight and set up just one hundred fifty dollars over the 2016 price no need to grip about which color to pick 4 2016

The high ball only came in suede black with a white tank graphic for 2017 victory ads map nuclear sunset orange so at least you have a choice even if it’s only a choice between halloween colors staying stateside for my competitor i had to look no further than the dyna street bob from harley-davidson the bikes are close enough in design and hd surely represents

The alliance two victories david at least as far as market shares go visually the highball splits between classic and futuristic extremes while the harley kind of rides a mellow middle with a more neutral panache functionally those are set up as cruisers and you will need to visit the accessories catalog if you even want to carry a few groceries home you could

Call them the bear bikes of the cruiser world which means they are a blank canvas for your own custom touches power wise there isn’t much to choose between the two the harley twin cam 103 puts out 98.8 pound-feet versus 110 from the freedom 106 not enough to be a deal breaker or maker and both follow the big twins look so the engine design doesn’t detract from the

Visuals aside from a slew of visual details the bikes are fairly similar all the way to the bank harley offers its vivid blackstreet bought at thirteen thousand six hundred ninety nine dollars just a trifle more than a highball at thirteen thousand four hundred ninety nine dollars hd offers a number of alternative colors the most expensive of which can drive the

Price up to fourteen thousand four hundred forty nine dollars oh yes vanity is expensive i kind of like this ride though i got to say i ate feeling the apes there comes a point of diminishing returns and in some areas it’s illegal to have your hands higher than your shoulders anyway overall the custom touches temper the future flow a bit to make this an interesting

Looking bike my wife and fellow writer alan hinton says anyone who follows me knows i am a shorty while i usually go for bikes with low seat heights this high ball is a bit top-heavy between the forward controls and the ape hangers i do not feel comfortable or confident if i really wanted a highball i’d have to explore some options luckily for me i’m not a big

Fan of victory simply on an aesthetic level

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