VICTORY V92C CRUISER (1999-2003) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

First generation Harley rival decent but crude and lacks style

Victory V92C motorcycle review - Riding

First generation Harley rival decent but crude and lacks style

  • At a glance
  • 1507cc  -  65 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  130 miles range
  • Insurance group: 16 of 17
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  • Low seat height (712mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Victory V92C makes an interesting alternative to owning a Harley, but it's still made in America and has a distinctly cruiser look and feel about it. The 1500cc engine is torquey, not especially powerful and the ride, except on the SC variant, is easygoing and on the soft side. The Victory V92C has good overall build quality, with later models being generally better to ride.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

It's a heavy old bike, at over 600lbs dry and apart from the SC model, which has beefy 50mm forks, the Victory V92 series handle like older, 1990s type cruisers. So long as you take your time, the Victory V92C behaves itself in a predictable manner.

Engine 3 out of 5

The Victory V92C engine makes just 65bhp and although it was revamped for 2000, just before it arrived in the UK, it's still an understressed, laidback unit. The gearbox and clutch are OK on the Victory V92C series, but nothing to write home about.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Early models suffered from Victory/Polaris trying to rush the bike into production after teasing the US bike press for a few years with prototypes. The last 2002-2003 Victory V92 series were the best in terms of build quality and had a host of engine and chassis tweaks.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

The Victory V92C was cheaper than a big Harley when it was launched, but not by much. If you want an early Victory V92C UK model, you'll find very few secondhand, as it was a poor seller brand new. It has a rairity value, but some Japanese cruisers - and Victory's own 2003 onwards models - offer a much better combinatio of ride, power and looks. Find a Victory V92C for sale

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Equipment 4 out of 5

The Victory V92C comes with old school features like proper mudguards, wide handlebars and a comfy seat. The Classic has all the touring kit you'd need too. But the stock Victory V92C has substantial 45mm forks and adjustable rear suspension, plus large 310mm discs - it's a cut above the average.

Owners' Reviews

5 owners have reviewed their VICTORY V92C CRUISER (1999-2003) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your VICTORY V92C CRUISER (1999-2003)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 3.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4.4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.8 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.2 out of 5
Equipment 3.8 out of 5
5 out of 5

Love this 2001 Victory Sport Cruiser!

22 August 2016 by Steve Mack

This is my first American cruiser. It is also my first bike over 1000cc. I fell in love with this Sport Cruiser the very first time I took the test ride. In February of 2016 it only had one owner who rode it only 5K miles. Since February I put over... Read more 5K miles on it in NYC, including trips upstate. I love the power, the way it handles in city traffic. It has such a smooth ride on the highway, I can ride non-stop with no discomfort. It is responsive and I can accelerate without downshifting to pass cars. It gets attention wherever I ride. It sounds great and as long as you take your time, it performs well.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Brakes are amazing. I've had several panic stops and kept under control with my feet on the pegs the whole time.
Engine
5 out of 5
The engine is responsive, reliable and gets me up to speed on the highway with ease.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Another rider who pulled up alongside me at a red light said my Victory was "bullet proof". I agree the build quality is solid, no plastic body parts on this baby.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Have not had it for a year yet, but based on my estimates with oil changes and preventive maintenance.
Equipment
3 out of 5
The bike is basic, no frills but the cluster on the front is amazing. I get compliments on the headlight, tac, speedo cluster all the time. It's great to have a gas gauge that actually works.
Buying experience

I've only owned one other bike, a Kawasaki 400 in the early 80s. This Vic is a big jump since then. It fits my style.

4 out of 5

15 July 2016 by JimmyJ

Great power and throttle response. Handles twisties quite well for big bike. Leaves the comparably sized Harleys in the dust easily. Keeps up with average crotch rocket riders but not even close if rider knows his stuff. I rode to Chicago in 4 days... Read more and back to LA in 5. Should've bought a new seat but otherwise purrs for hours.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
3 Brembos, stops just fine. Ride is fine around town and in mountains. After 2 hours straight in saddle is when the pain starts.
Engine
5 out of 5
Purrs. It just loves it around 3200rpm. 6th gear would've been good but not having it kept me from speeding too much on the freeways.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Paint on front fork started to peel after ride to Chi. Plastics are well, plastic and cheap. Speedo needle came off and no way to fix without breaking glass. Only thing happened during ride was right blinker indicator stopped working. The "Motorcycle" is very well made.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Oil change, 6 qts and filter $60-$100 depending on brand you want to buy.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Windshield is OK. I cut mine down to see over it easily. Not designed in a wind tunnel for sure. A bat fairing would be cool.
2 out of 5

Looks like a good bike untill......

02 July 2016 by Ben101

Well, first off i have been riding and turning wrench on motorcycles for about 18 years, from HD wideglide to suzuki rg 250. The ride is not bad at all, a little torque on the low end but over all a good ride. suspension is on par with any HD counter... Read more part and as far as comfort, no complaints. Now getting to the negative, for some reason Victory has engineered this bike thinking that it will Never need maintenance, EVER! Any part that you may need, you have to go through Polaris, any questions that you may have, you have to go to a Victory dealership for service, anything custom that you want to add, Unless its done through Victory, it voids warranty. The engineering of this bike is over complicated and too specific. Other than a Victory dealership, their is no other source for information. If you have a problem with anything, the answer is always, " upgrade to the new motor/trans" Or " we have newer bikes that don't have that problem". Victory/ Polaris customer service is a complete Joke, if i had the means to buy a new bike every 3 years I would expect the new bike to work flawless. Now with all that being said I understand, Its an Older bike, Things breakdown and even the best designs can be flawed, But with under 30,000 miles the bike should be considered "broke in" not "over the hill".

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
2 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
2 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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4 out of 5

02 April 2016 by phil green

the only complaint is the front brakes Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

15 June 2015 by Bill

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Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1999
Year discontinued 2003
Original price -
Used price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 16 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £540
Performance
Max power 65 bhp
Max torque 112.21 ft-lb
Top speed 115 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.3 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 130 miles
Specification
Engine size 1507cc
Engine type 8v, V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Steel cradle
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 712mm
Bike weight 287kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 310mm disc
Front tyre size 150/90 x 16
Rear tyre size 160/80 x 16

History & Versions

Model history

1998: Victory V92C launched in USA.
1999: Model delivered to US customers, Victory V92C and SC at NEC show.
2000: Victory V92C and SC have engine tweaks, new fuel injection, exhausts, airbox.

Other versions

Victory V92SC:  50mm forks, extra front disc, different cams, fuel injection map etc.
Victory V92C Deluxe:  Screen and saddlebags added.
Victory V92 TC:  Bigger engine, longer chassis.
Victory V92 Classic:  Fully loaded tourer.

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