By Troy Siahaan
By 2005 Victory had been around for slightly less than a decade and in that time the company knew it had (and continues to have) a big mountain to climb in order to upseat Harley-Davidson, the king of the cruiser market. From the start, however, the company has put out strong challengers centered around a 92 cubic inch V-Twin we’ve long enjoyed. By 2005, though, the muscle cruiser craze had taken shape and Victory already had an engine to bring to the table – the same one it’s always had. And in these reviews of the 2005 Victory Hammer and 8-Ball, Big Dirty Sean Alexander explains what made (and continues to make) Victory viable alternatives for those who want more performance and attitude in their cruisers. To see more pictures of both models, be sure to visit the photo gallery.
2005 Victory Hammer & 8-Ball Intro
By Sean Alexander Jul. 20, 2005
Touring Cruiser, Vegas, Kingpin, they’re all equipped with an excellent 92 cubic inch overhead cam V-twin and they all tend to posses superior dynamic qualities compared to typical cruisers. This is because Victory hasn’t been mired in “tradition”, instead they’ve tried (successfully) to balance function with form. For 2005, Victory introduces two new models with drastically different executions. Their star player is the new “Hammer” with an extra-w-i-d-e- rear tire, a new 100 cubic inch V-Twin and a 6-Speed gearbox. The other new model is a blacked-out and de-contented Vegas based cruiser called the “8-Ball”. I was fortunate enough to ride both of these new models at a recent Victory Press Intro, held in the rolling foothills surrounding Austin Texas.
Victory hasn’t been mired in “tradition”, instead they’ve tried (successfully) to balance function with form.
2005 Victory Hammer – MSRP $16,499
Victory labels the new Hammer as a …read more