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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Victory’s second generation customs (which also includes the Vegas, 8-Ball etc) are a world on from the original V92 clunkers and, on paper at least, have more than enough to give Harley-Davidson a run for its money. The Victory Hammer is no exception


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Rec-styled Victory Hammer engine came under the remit of custom legend Arlen Ness when he redesigned the whole Victory range and the results are fabulous. The Victory 50-degree V-twin was always modern and stompy enoughy to embaress Harley’s old warhorses with oodle of grunt, now, in the Victory Hammer, it looks the part, too.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

With decent suspension, brakes and a purpose-built modern turbular steel cradle frame, Victory’s customs have always been respectable handlers. But the new Ness range is truly impressive. The Victory Hammer  is distinguished from the lithe and low Vegas by wearing a massive 250-section rear tyres, smaller 18-inch front wheel (in place of the Vegas’s skinny 21-in hoop) and decent usd forks and twin discs. So if you want a handler, the Victory Hammer is the one.



MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Victory Hammers live by the mantra ‘less is more’ but again, what they do have is generally very high quality: Polished billet aluminium abounds as does thick paint and chrome. Switchgear, clocks and brakes are all higher spec than equivilent Harleys too. All told, the Victory Hammer is a quality item.

Victory Hammer (2003-current)

Detail Value
New price £12,995
Dealer used prices
£8,740 (2009) - £10,110 (2011)
Private used prices
£7,870 (2009) - £9,100 (2011)
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Engine size 1634 cc
Power 88 bhp
Top speed 120 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Still fairly early days for Victory (and they’ve got an awful long way to go to match 100-years-plus Harley) so, to a degree, the jury is still out on the Victory Hammer. No massive reliability issues, though, the Victory Hammer's engineering is all on the durable side and finishes and components are good, however.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

These latest Victorys are truly impressive pukka American customs. Victory Hammers look the biz have a great engine and chassis, are well built and ride well too. The only question is, if you’re going to spend £12,000 on an American cruiser is it good enough to prise you away from Harley. Logically, the answer’s yes, but logic rarely plays a part in these sorts of decisions… Find a Victory Hammer for sale


Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2003: Victory Hammer launched.

Other Versions

Victory Vegas: As Victory Hammer but with skinny 21-inch front wheel, convemntional forks, single discs, black finished engine.
Victory Vegas 8-Ball: As Vegas but even more stripped down with single seat and tempting £1500 reduced price.
Victory Vegas Jackpot: Long and low extreme custom version of Vegas.


Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.6 secs
Max power 88 bhp
Max torque 98 ft-lb
Weight 298 kg
Seat height 669 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 142 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 1634 cc
Engine specification 50-degree 4v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame Steel tube double cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 2 x 300mm discs
Rear brake 300mm disc
Front tyre size 130/70 x 18 in
Rear tyre size 250/40 x 18 in

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