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

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

Insurance group: 16 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

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

1 owner has 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 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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 £5,200 to £5,300
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 16 of 17
Annual road tax £59
Annual service cost -
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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