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Victory Hammer 8-Ball (2010-current)



Detail Value
New price £11,495
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Engine size 1731 cc
Power 92 bhp
Top speed 115 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Victory Hammer 8-Ball is basically a lower-seat, cheaper specification version of the Hammer muscle bike. It still has the same gutsy motor, but instead of twin front brake discs it has a single caliper and rotor, plain black paint instead of the more upmarket finish usually seen and the suspension is lowered front and rear to drop the seat 17mm. The footpegs are further back to suit short riders too. The result is a loss of ground clearance and braking capability for the £1000 saving. 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Unlike Harley-Davidson’s pushrod engines, Victory’s DOHC 1731cc twin is a modern feeling engine. It sits in a happy middleground between the characterful but crude Hogs, and the smooth but anodyne parallel twin of the Triumph Thunderbird. There’s just enough thudding vibes to give it a bit of character, but it’s happy to rev hard to its redline without rattling the fluid out of your spine. 90-odd bhp and 113lb-ft of torque is serious shove.        

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The standard and S-model Hammer are relatively useful through the bends. The Hammer 8-Balls’ chassis is equally capable, and more manageable at low speed, but the lower chassis calls time on fun very early – the pegs can be scraped doing u-turns. It’s a serious limit on what can be done. The single disc has less feel too. If you feel the need for the lower seat, you have to accept you can’t ride it through turns so hard.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The 8-Ball is the cheaper version of a simple bike, so you get very little. There’s no rev counter, you get one less brake disc, and there’s very little else to it. There’s pillion seat under the cowl, but it’s barely worth mentioning, let alone using. It’s a muscle bike: buy a tourer if you want loads of features and gadgets. Compare and buy parts for the Victory in the MCN Shop.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

One of the key attractions of Victorys, especially next to H-Ds, is the build quality. There are very few nasty or crude details, and paint/metal finishing is to a very high standard. Reliability issues are almost unheard of – the odd niggle, but nothing more than you’d expect from any manufacturer.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

It’s an expensive bike – but there’s a lot of metal, a lot of engine and a lot of road presence. But unless you really need the lower seat height and can’t stretch an extra £1000 for the standard model, the ground clearance and braking sacrifice isn’t worth it. Find a Victory Hammer for sale

Insurance

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Model History

2010: New model

Other Versions

Victory Hammer: The standard model. Muscle bike with 240-section back tyre and lurid paint for 2010.
Victory Hammer Sport: Lighter wheels, all-black chassis detailing and hot-rod paint finishes make the Sport model the one to have if you can stretch to the price.

Specifications

Top speed 115 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 92 bhp
Max torque 113 ft-lb
Weight 305 kg
Seat height 660 mm
Fuel capacity litres
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 1731 cc
Engine specification 8v DOHC air-cooled v-twin, 6 gears. Belt drive
Frame Steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment none
Rear suspension adjustment Preload only
Front brakes 300mm disc, 4-piston caliper
Rear brake 300mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Front tyre size 130/70-R18
Rear tyre size 250/40-R18

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(3 reviews)

  • Hammer 8 Ball one month on

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Done 1000 miles and fitted a stage one slip on exhaust kit, it now sounds like it should. Cracking the throttle at traffic lights produces a wide grin and lets all traffic know you're there. Servicing is very reasonable because intervals are now 5000 miles, there are no major services and current rates are £160 a pop. I'm surprised this is not publicised more. The ride is firm well controlled and comfortable. Pegs grounding early is a cruiser trait that sportsbike fans need to get their head around and accept. The only things I would like added is a fuel guage and a second front disc. It is a bike that is otherwise difficult to fault. Fit and finish are excellent compared to other bikes in this class and overall although not a cheap bike it represents good value for money.

    28 May 2012

  • First impressions Hammer 8Ball

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Had the bike a week, only managed about 200 miles so far because of the weather but I'm very pleased. The motor is a peach with plenty of lazy power to give serious shove in any gear and there are enough vibrations to give some character without becoming uncomfortable. The gearbox is very precise and and easy to use with 6th giving 60 mph at about 2000 rpm. The intruments are all contained in the one chrome covered unit, giving an clean unfussy look that I like. There is a digital rev counter and you can scroll through this with the odometer and trip by use of the headlight flasher type switch on the left bar which is a sensible and convenient. There is a gear indicator and a clock with the usual idiot lights included withing the dial also. It's a shame a tank guage wasn't included in the scrolled displays instead of just a fuel light. Handling is excellent for this type of bike just needing a bit more counter steering than a roadster type bike, this is good considering that 250 mm rear tyre. Being 6'3" I am swapping the foothangers for standard Hammer ones to give me the important 2" extra legroom. I'm also swapping the handlebars for Dragbars because it's no fun hanging on with bent arms on the motorway. The build quality seems top notch and I'm hoping to have a long association with this bike to prove it.

    26 April 2012

  • johnsmail

    johnsmail2k

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had bike for a year, never worried about single front disc, brakes fine. Does tend to ground cornering too fast but you get used to that. Previously had the Vegas 8 ball and prior to that a string of Kawasaki cruisers. Love the bike.

    11 October 2011

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Hammer 8 Ball

I'm about to take delivery of a new Hammer 8 Ball.  There wasn't a demo one to try but I had a go on a 2010 model Vegas Jackpot which had the same engine and only one front disc, I found the braking to be adequate even with the skinny 21" front wheel.  The demo had a stage one kit with leaf blower exhaust which I found to be headache inducing in town with the sound bouncing off all hard surfaces and that was using custom fit earplugs!  The standard exhausts are if anything too quiet but aftermarket exhausts to add a little more attitude are currently very rare if not at all available, come on guys get it sorted. 

That motor has immense shove when you give it a handful in any gear and the gearbox is very accurate and positive needing smooth inputs from the rider.  This is what this bike is all about along with superb build quality.  Victory is a consistent winner of JD Power satisfaction surveys in the US so they must be doing something right. 

Oh and there is one fact that is rarely reported on by the press about servicing, the 2500 mile intervals of the 5 speed models has been extended to 5000 miles on the new 6 speeders, this helped me make my mind up between a Streetbob and the Hammer.  Harleys are fine and I wouldn't knock them but the Victory is far better built and suited to todays requirements for a reliable and stylish ride.

I can't wait to get my Hammer.

18 April 2012 19:19

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