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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

This is Victory’s exciting air/oil-cooled 1634cc chopper-style V-twin Vegas. It’s American made, but unlike a Harley Davidson has a much more modern level of performance, while still looking stylish. It might be missing the Harley badge, but it has everything else, including an affordable price tag.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Vegas isn’t just quick for a cruiser, but the acceleration is proper, stomach churning, ‘laugh out loud’ quick. With 106ftlb of torque exploding to the rear tyre and relatively little weight to push along (for a cruiser) it hits so much harder than you’d imagine. It has a smooth five-speed gearbox, but you barely need to trouble it as there’s big dollops of grunt whenever you twist the throttle, at any revs and in any gear.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

It can handle spirited riding through the bends, has decent ground clearance and won’t wobble or weave too, much, impressive for this type of bike. Although there’s only one brake upfront it does a decent job of stopping you, although you need to supplement the front brake with a foot-ful of rear if you really want to stop quickly. It’s more a Sunday morning machine on the comfort stakes as you’re exposed to the wind and the cruiser ‘hanging off the bars’ riding position isn’t that comfy.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3

There’s not much in the way of bells and whistles here, the Vegas is minimalist at best, but there’s a whole industry dedicated to aftermarket bolt-on accessories. Compare and buy parts for the Vegas in the MCN Shop.

Victory Vegas (2003-current)

Detail Value
New price £10,695
Dealer used prices
£6,410 (2009) - £9,830 (2012)
Private used prices
£5,770 (2009) - £8,850 (2012)
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Engine size 1634 cc
Power 123 bhp
Top speed 100 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Overall the Victory is very well built and overall better than an equivalent Harley, but it’s built down to a price so there’s a few cheap looking bits lurking like the Japanese-style plastic indicator housings. We haven’t heard of any major problems with reliability.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Compared to an equivalent Harley, Triumph or even Kawasaki, the Victory is superb value for money. For the price you get a lot of stylish metal for your money, not to mention scintillating performance. Find a Victory Vegas for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

Vegas model introduced in 2003

Other Versions

Victory Vegas 8 Ball
Victory Vegas Jackpot 

Specifications

Top speed 100 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 123 bhp
Max torque 106 ft-lb
Weight 301 kg
Seat height 640 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 1634 cc
Engine specification V-twin four-stroke
Frame Double cradle steel frame
Front suspension adjustment Non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Preload-adjustable
Front brakes 300mm disc
Rear brake 300mm disc
Front tyre size 90/90 21in
Rear tyre size 180/55 18in

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(3 reviews)

  • Off road cruising

    nexthorizon

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Summer 2011 I rode my 2003 Vegas from London to the Iran/Irag/Turkey border. The journey was 13,000 miles of which at least 1000 miles was off tarmac. This wasn't from choice - the roads simply ran out and into gravel, hard sand, rock etc. One particular night was in the mountains, on gravel, 4 hour tropical storm with rain splashing down and 8 wheelers overtaking each other. Not fun. But the Vegas coped with it all. Solid on the gravel at 30 mph it just went on and on. Mountain after mountain - up to 4,000 metres, twisties, motorways, village tracks with huge potholes. I forgot to change the oil - and did so after 20,000 miles on the odometer. When I got back to the UK I had to get a new clutch, new rear tyre and clean the throttle bodies 'cos of the dreadful petrol. No other engine or bike failure whatsoever. These Victory bikes are just amazing. Reliable, fast - mine does 110 mph with stage 1 air and exhaust, 36+ mpg if I'm steady and a tank range of 180 miles. And when I stopped next to Transworld Beemers guess who got the Wows! Full story at http://www.derekmansfield.co.uk

    24 September 2011

  • Awesome ride

    bikenutter

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Absolutely great bike, cannot be faulted, maybe down on equipment but if your in the market for equipment this isnt the style for you. The handling is sublime unless compared to a blade. It's the ultimate cruiser.

    14 April 2011

  • Victory Vegas Road Test

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Having road tested the Victory Vegas in 2009, I am surprised by the comments made above regarding the handling of the machine, which may be OK for a cruiser but you will be scraping the footpegs every roundabout as they are set low wide and forward. Also the combination of the narrow, but large diameter front tyre with the ultra-wide but averag diameter rear wheel and the shallow rake of the steering, means that the bike has a vague feel at the rear as you roll into corners. The long wheel base means that 'U' turns are a combersome affair also. The engine is a beauty however, as stated above, but maximum horsepower is just 85hp for the 1634cc version and 97hp for the 1731cc version, not the ludicrous 125hp as shown above. Furthermore the indicated top speed above is also wrong. The 1634cc version I tested reached an indicated 115 mph easily and still had more to give. It is an exciting bike to ride in a straight line or through sweeping bends but would be tiresome through narrow city streets with tight turns and lots of mini roundabouts.

    27 April 2010

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petervoros

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Nothing wrong with the VN 900, but it along with other similar sized bikes are like the Ford Fiesta of the cruiser world where as the Victory Vegas is more like an Audi.  I know which I would prefer.

18 April 2012 20:44

MrButterscotch

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Isn't the VN900 a comparative bargain?  Granted, a smaller engine but very similar looks... which in a bike like this is what you're looking at rather than the masses of kit or outright performance.

21 April 2010 22:26

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