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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Victory Hammer S is the latest product of America’s fledgling ‘second’ motor company with a slightly sportier stance and image than the stock Hammer due to mean black slathered everywhere and gorgeous Performance Machine Gatlin wheels, the rear wearing a massive 240-section tyre. Performance cruisers don’t come any flashier than the Victory Hammer S.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Victory Hammer S's ‘Freedom’ V-twin is a stormer, the brakes and suspension shame anything from Harley and all the controls are smooth and slick like only a quality, factory bike can be.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

All things considered (huge weight, ridiculous back tyre) the Victory Hammer S's handling is pretty good. Yes, its tracking, steering and manouvrability can be something of a handful and take some getting used to but most cruiser riders will never try throwing it around in a way it wasn’t really intended for anyway.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

There are no common or garden, or in any way crude cycle parts and components, on the Victory Hammer S. Performance Machine wheels are the cream of the US custom scene and usually retail for well over £1000. Brakes are Brembo, hoses braided steel. Flash and brash it is.

Victory Hammer S (2007-current)

Detail Value
New price £14,495
Dealer used prices
£8,720 (2009) - £10,220 (2011)
Private used prices
£7,850 (2009) - £9,200 (2011)
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Engine size 1634 cc
Power 88 bhp
Top speed 120 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

At standstill, the Victory Hammer S is simply stunning: Mouth-watering, gorgeously-applied paint and chrome; Masses of sublimely-crafted alloy; and finish and detailing that wouldn’t be out of place at the best custom chows on the planet. The Victory Hammer S is, quite simply, exquisite.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

At £14,495 the Victory Hammer S is £500 more than the stock Victory Hammer, but then those wheels are worth more than that. That also makes it more expensive than any Harley bar the Ultra Classic Electra Glide. But think on this: the Victory Hammer S has a far better motor and is much better equipped, only you can judge the value, or not, or their respective badges. Find a Victory Hammer for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2007: Victory Hammer S launched.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.98 secs
Max power 88 bhp
Max torque 110 ft-lb
Weight 298 kg
Seat height 670 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption 48 mpg
Tank range 130 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 1634 cc
Engine specification Air-cooled 8v V-twin 6 gears
Frame Steel tube double cradle
Front suspension adjustment 43mm inverted telescopic forks, no adjust
Rear suspension adjustment Single shock, preload adjust
Front brakes 2 x 300mm front discs with four-piston Brembo calipers
Rear brake 300mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Front tyre size 130/70 x 18
Rear tyre size 250/40 x 18

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • Hammer S

    Pauld999

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I'm not quite sure how the previous write of the review above can make comments without either owning or even riding a Victory. I have a 2009 Hammer S which has a slightly larger engine, a 106 cu.inch V-twin. I find the build quality superb and the paint finish second to none. The engine has a great deal of torque and will pull with vigor in all gears at almost any speed. I was surprised at how well it handles and it has a fair amount of ground clearance unlike other bikes in the 'cruiser' category. I wouldn't class this bike as your typical cruiser and more of a muscle bike, it shrugs off the typical image of the cruiser by it's aggressive styling and performance. The brakes are very positive and bring the bike to a stop with a feel of confidence. All of the bike uses premium parts and a build quality that puts a Harley to shame. I would not have considered a Harley as I don't like the whole image that it brings and the Victory looks almost a custom build that seems to attract the buyer that wants a bespoke looking and modern bike with attitude. I never really considered this style of bike until I rode one and after that I was hooked. Try one and you might well be pleasantly surprised.

    16 January 2010

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XB12tt08

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Hammer S

I don't know what you been smoking in that pipe, I roded the plain Hammer and I wpuldn't want one. If I wanted a bike that was nonharley it would been the Honda VTX1800.  when you talk about Harley and that Hammer, see how much money you get for it in 25 years.   Keep smoking and tell about the great KIa motorcycles.

26 January 2009 22:03

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