VICTORY JUDGE (2012 - on) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||Air-cooled 50˚ V-twin|
|Fuel capacity||17.8 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||41 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||-|
How much to insure?
Top speed & performance
|Max power||85 bhp|
|Max torque||110 ft-lb|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||154 miles|
Owners' reviews for the VICTORY JUDGE (2012 - on)
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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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Great bike but came with dunlop elite tyres which are useless. It's like riding on 2 big balloons.
Buying experience: private sale.
Great bike, oodles of fun, surprises many other bikes from the line or out of corners.
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.
stonking engine, pulls like a train
so far so good, no issues in the first 2k miles.
can easily get 50+ mpg on a long run
i added Akra's and a re-map for deeper tone and a bit more oomph! standard pipes too quiet.