VICTORY VEGAS (2003 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Annual servicing cost: £140
Power: 123 bhp
Seat height: Low (25.2 in / 640 mm)
Weight: High (664 lbs / 301 kg)


New £10,695
Used £6,500 - £7,000

Overall rating

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

This is Victory’s exciting air/oil-cooled 1634cc chopper-style V-twin Vegas. It’s American made, but unlike a Harley Davidson has a much more modern level of performance, while still looking stylish. It might be missing the Harley badge, but it has everything else, including an affordable price tag.

Ride quality & brakes

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

It can handle spirited riding through the bends, has decent ground clearance and won’t wobble or weave too, much, impressive for this type of bike. Although there’s only one brake upfront it does a decent job of stopping you, although you need to supplement the front brake with a foot-ful of rear if you really want to stop quickly. It’s more a Sunday morning machine on the comfort stakes as you’re exposed to the wind and the cruiser ‘hanging off the bars’ riding position isn’t that comfy.


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

The Vegas isn’t just quick for a cruiser, but the acceleration is proper, stomach churning, ‘laugh out loud’ quick. With 106ftlb of torque exploding to the rear tyre and relatively little weight to push along (for a cruiser) it hits so much harder than you’d imagine. It has a smooth five-speed gearbox, but you barely need to trouble it as there’s big dollops of grunt whenever you twist the throttle, at any revs and in any gear.

Reliability & build quality

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

Overall the Victory is very well built and overall better than an equivalent Harley, but it’s built down to a price so there’s a few cheap looking bits lurking like the Japanese-style plastic indicator housings. We haven’t heard of any major problems with reliability.

Value vs rivals

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

Compared to an equivalent Harley, Triumph or even Kawasaki, the Victory is superb value for money. For the price you get a lot of stylish metal for your money, not to mention scintillating performance. Find a Victory Vegas for sale


2 out of 5 (2/5)

There’s not much in the way of bells and whistles here, the Vegas is minimalist at best, but there’s a whole industry dedicated to aftermarket bolt-on accessories. Compare and buy parts for the Vegas in the MCN Shop.


Engine size 1634cc
Engine type V-twin four-stroke
Frame type Double cradle steel frame
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 640mm
Bike weight 301kg
Front suspension Non-adjustable
Rear suspension Preload-adjustable
Front brake 300mm disc
Rear brake 300mm disc
Front tyre size 90/90 21in
Rear tyre size 180/55 18in

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Annual road tax £111
Annual service cost £140
New price £10,695
Used price £6,500 - £7,000
Insurance group 15 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 123 bhp
Max torque 106 ft-lb
Top speed 100 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 150 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

Vegas model introduced in 2003

Other versions

Victory Vegas 8 Ball
Victory Vegas Jackpot 

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

7 owners have reviewed their VICTORY VEGAS (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 VEGAS (2003 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 3.9 out of 5 (3.9/5)
Engine: 4.9 out of 5 (4.9/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Equipment: 3.6 out of 5 (3.6/5)
Annual servicing cost: £140
4 out of 5
07 August 2023 by Jesse

Year: 2004

I love my bike, it is heavily customized with a 240mm rear tire and bobber styled bike. I love it

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 V is for Victory
22 January 2021 by Stephen Rhodes

Version: Special

Year: 2011

Annual servicing cost: £175

Best features are it's capabilities as a bobber and as a toured or even a stylish commuter. The reliability of its engine if serviced regularly is on a par in my mind with Honda and Yamaha. I have recommended these bikes to many a friend.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Since purchased I have found that my ride duration has increased. This has been due to my investment of a commissioned seat for touring.

Engine 5 out of 5

I love the smooth acceleration of the massive V twin 106 cubic inch engine with the 6 speed gear box. My only dislike is if you put the hammer down a little too much the gear change isn't a smooth and quite clunky.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

So far the only issue I have has is with the stator, this was not a problem as I simply phoned the dealership in March England for a new one.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Regularly serviced by a Indian, Victory mechanic with an oil change twice yearly. With using premium 98 obtain with Iridium spark plugs I safe due to the increased mileage.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Favourite feature has to be the shape of the design,the way that it flows from front to rear. I feel that to improve confidence in handling the front wheel could have been a little wide. I have stuck with the stock Cobra tyres, however will be putting on Dunlop next. Try and avoid after marked sissy bars, they don't fit too well.

Buying experience: Purchased from a dealer, £ 7,500 with less than 9000on the clock

4 out of 5
14 December 2015 by mick


Year: 2013


Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 Victory Vegas - American V Twin Bargain !!!
10 September 2015 by AndyT

Version: 8 Ball

Year: 2009

Annual servicing cost: £100

Well we are competing with a Harley, of which I've had many and at this price point especially pre-owned probably Sportster money . Hands down this a better bike than a sportster, and probably a a big twin, better handling ride and engine and I've lost count of the compliments and questions I get when I'm out on it. Only negative is it doesn't have that engine beat of the Harley and that I do miss.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Rear brake is good but front brake is poor but adequate. Ride is hard on the rear and soft on the front but its ok and comfortable. Fit a small screen and you don't feel like a sail.

Engine 5 out of 5

Superb torquey engine, powerful and feels bulletproof!

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Engine is superb, the bike feels exceptionally robust, although the paintwork is not on par with the Harley's. Reliability is excellent, no problems whatsoever. The engine pulls like a train.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Oil change and plugs you can do yourself, as can brakes so far cost me less than £100 per year to service, although its a bit thirsty on the petrol. Depreciation is minimal when you buy 2nd hand.

Equipment 3 out of 5

Hardly any on an 8 Ball but its on par with a Harley.

Buying experience: Bought privately around the 6k, a bargain for what you get.

4 out of 5 Off road cruising
24 September 2011 by nexthorizon

Summer 2011 I rode my 2003 Vegas from London to the Iran/Irag/Turkey border. The journey was 13,000 miles of which at least 1000 miles was off tarmac. This wasn't from choice - the roads simply ran out and into gravel, hard sand, rock etc. One particular night was in the mountains, on gravel, 4 hour tropical storm with rain splashing down and 8 wheelers overtaking each other. Not fun. But the Vegas coped with it all. Solid on the gravel at 30 mph it just went on and on. Mountain after mountain - up to 4,000 metres, twisties, motorways, village tracks with huge potholes. I forgot to change the oil - and did so after 20,000 miles on the odometer. When I got back to the UK I had to get a new clutch, new rear tyre and clean the throttle bodies 'cos of the dreadful petrol. No other engine or bike failure whatsoever. These Victory bikes are just amazing. Reliable, fast - mine does 110 mph with stage 1 air and exhaust, 36+ mpg if I'm steady and a tank range of 180 miles. And when I stopped next to Transworld Beemers guess who got the Wows! Full story at

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5 Awesome ride
14 April 2011 by bikenutter

Absolutely great bike, cannot be faulted, maybe down on equipment but if your in the market for equipment this isnt the style for you. The handling is sublime unless compared to a blade. It's the ultimate cruiser.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
3 out of 5 Victory Vegas Road Test
27 April 2010 by

Having road tested the Victory Vegas in 2009, I am surprised by the comments made above regarding the handling of the machine, which may be OK for a cruiser but you will be scraping the footpegs every roundabout as they are set low wide and forward. Also the combination of the narrow, but large diameter front tyre with the ultra-wide but averag diameter rear wheel and the shallow rake of the steering, means that the bike has a vague feel at the rear as you roll into corners. The long wheel base means that 'U' turns are a combersome affair also. The engine is a beauty however, as stated above, but maximum horsepower is just 85hp for the 1634cc version and 97hp for the 1731cc version, not the ludicrous 125hp as shown above. Furthermore the indicated top speed above is also wrong. The 1634cc version I tested reached an indicated 115 mph easily and still had more to give. It is an exciting bike to ride in a straight line or through sweeping bends but would be tiresome through narrow city streets with tight turns and lots of mini roundabouts.

Ride quality & brakes 2 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 2 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
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