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VICTORY JUDGE (2012-on) Review

Published: 09 July 2015

Updated: 15 July 2015

Thumping engine and half decent ground clearance make the Judge surprisingly fun and engaging

VICTORY JUDGE  (2012-on)

Thumping engine and half decent ground clearance make the Judge surprisingly fun and engaging

  • At a glance
  • 1731cc  -  85 bhp
  • 41 mpg  -  154 miles range
  • Low seat height (658mm)
  • New: £11,395
    Used: £7,700 to £8,000 See all VICTORY JUDGEs for sale

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Judge is a surprisingly engaging and fun bike to ride. It's not a sedate cruiser, it has attitude and can surprise plenty of people on country roads. Although it's a heavy bike the thumping great engine makes light work of moving all that weight in a swift fashion.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Ground clearance isn't too bad on the Judge and for a long, heavy bike it can be hustled through corners rather well if you're prepared to put a little bit of effort in. The single front disc isn't enough to bring the 300kg of American muscle to a stop in a hurry - you'll have to use plenty of rear brake too. Bumps could be dealt with better, as sitting right above the shock bumps travel straight through the shock and straight up your back.

Engine 5 out of 5

The 1731cc V-twin kicks out 110ftlb of torque which makes overtaking cars, racing away from lights and firing out of corners addictive. It's no superbike of course, but the short, punchy gobs of torque are more than enough to make any ride entertaining. It'll happily sit at 80mph all day with no issues.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Although Victory are a relatively little known brand, they know how to make a solid motorcycle and the Judge is no exception. Build quality is excpetional, with thick paint and solid fasteners. Over 8000 miles in 2012 our long-term test bike never missed a beat.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

The Victory Judge was just shy of £11,500 when it was released in 2012, and five years later used prices can range from £7500 to £9000 depending on the mileage and what parts they have bolted on. Good value for money if you're looking for a simple cruiser that's fun and eye catching.

Equipment 3 out of 5

As with most cruisers equipment is basic. There's no ABS or traction control and the dash gives you the bare minimum information you need. The lack of goodies takes nothing away from the bike, though. It is what it is.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2012
Year discontinued -
New price £11,395
Used price £7,700 to £8,000
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost -
Max power 85 bhp
Max torque 110 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 154 miles
Engine size 1731cc
Engine type Air-cooled 50˚ V-twin
Frame type -
Fuel capacity 17.8 litres
Seat height 658mm
Bike weight 300kg
Front suspension 43mm forks with 130mm travel
Rear suspension Monoshock, preload adjustable
Front brake 300mm single disc with four-piston caliper
Rear brake 300mm disc with two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 130/90 R16
Rear tyre size 140/90 R16

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their VICTORY JUDGE (2012-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 JUDGE (2012-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

29 June 2016 by Dave

Great bike but came with dunlop elite tyres which are useless. It's like riding on 2 big balloons.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Buying experience

private sale.

4 out of 5

27 October 2015 by Lard belly

Great bike, oodles of fun, surprises many other bikes from the line or out of corners.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
forget the front brake - its for show purposes only! however a good kick of the back plus the engine braking brings the bike to standstill ok.
5 out of 5
stonking engine, pulls like a train
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
so far so good, no issues in the first 2k miles.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
can easily get 50+ mpg on a long run
4 out of 5
i added Akra's and a re-map for deeper tone and a bit more oomph! standard pipes too quiet.

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