Victory High-Ball – first look

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Victory has released details of its new High-Ball custom – a ‘bobber’ based on the successful Vegas model.  

While Victory’s parent company Polaris Industries promised American dealers the High-Ball would roll off production lines in April, the High-Ball won’t appear in the UK in an official capacity until 2012. For this reason no official UK price has been given but today’s US $13,499 list price converts to £8500. 

With import tax etc the Hard-Ball would most likely appear with a price of in keeping with the Vegas range at around £8999-9500 – well under the price of Harley-Davidson’s new and similar ‘bobbed’ £13,895 Softail Blackline.

With 16in wire-spoked laced-rims, white-walled, chunky Dunlop tyres (130/90 front, 150/80 rear), and shorty front mudguard, the High-ball pays homage to the early fifties ‘bobbers’ – the name given to bikes of the era that had been stripped by owners (usually former servicemen) of bodywork and weight within the rules of the law.

Other High-Ball highlights are:

  • 1731cc air-cooled 50° V-twin with 97bhp and113ftlb of torque, 6-speed gearbox and fuel injection
  • Black ‘Ape-hanger’ bars but position adjustable for comfort
  • Matt black and white colour scheme with painted Victory logo
  • Black exhaust system to match frame and engine cases

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Trevor Franklin

By Trevor Franklin