VICTORY HAMMER (2003 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £500
Power: 88 bhp
Seat height: Low (26.3 in / 669 mm)
Weight: High (657 lbs / 298 kg)


New £12,995
Used £7,800 - £11,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.



Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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


4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.


Engine size 1634cc
Engine type 50-degree 4v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Steel tube double cradle
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 669mm
Bike weight 298kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 2 x 300mm discs
Rear brake 300mm disc
Front tyre size 130/70 x 18 in
Rear tyre size 250/40 x 18 in

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Annual road tax £111
Annual service cost £500
New price £12,995
Used price £7,800 - £11,000
Insurance group 15 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 88 bhp
Max torque 98 ft-lb
Top speed 120 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 11.6 secs
Tank range 142 miles

Model history & versions

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.

Owners' reviews for the VICTORY HAMMER (2003 - on)

1 owner has reviewed their VICTORY HAMMER (2003 - on) 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 HAMMER (2003 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £500
5 out of 5 Victory Hammer lost to the "Easy Rider" movie promotion.
12 December 2022 by "RockyDog"

Year: 2007

Annual servicing cost: £500

Have owned and rode my victory hammer for over 7 years now and with over a 120,000 miles on it still runs as well as it did when new. No oil being burnt or leaked; bike has original clutch and starter. Most reliable and low maintenance bike I have ever owned. Every where I go people often come from all the way across a large parking lot just to look at the bike. Many men who don't know that the bike is no longer being made have made the statement to their wives "that's the bike I want to get" So sad such a well built American made bike fell from the " Easy Rider" movie promotion of a much less performing turd called Harley Davidson! I love blowing them off every time one of them challenges the Hammers reality! If it wasn't for the Easy Rider movie made in the sixties Harley Davidsons antiquated ole motors would have never survived to this day! Bored and stroked for that Harley sound instead of performance becomes quite evident to their owners as they hear the Victory's beast leave them behind........

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Certainly not as comfortable as the heavy loaded down cruisers with their soft mushy suspension; but I have gone 3 times across the states and ride close to 20,000 miles per year. The handling and the braking have several times kept me from accidents that I am sure a big loaded touring bike would have left the riders very injured if not dead. A few Harley fanatics have left the road trying to stay in the curves with "The Beast".

Engine 5 out of 5

Engine delivers plenty of everything the rider needs; most of all dependability.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

120,000 miles and oh well the gas pump in the tank started to get a little noisy...

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

tires oil and brakes.

Equipment 5 out of 5

The engine and brakes are my favorite features of any bike and the Hammer definitely has both.

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