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If you want to talk about a true one-of-a-kind classic Ducati, it doesn’t get any better than the Ducati 860 GT Polizia. On the same vein that the American police rode Harley-Davidsons for years, its European counterpart used Ducatis.

This particular 860 GT Polizia, which was put on auction at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco, was built on a 750GT frame, with 750 tanks and side covers. In addition, it carried a powerful 864 cc SOHC V-twin engine that was mated to a five-speed transmission.

As a 1981 model, this 860 GT Polizia - CN: DM750S/755495 - was used by the Bologna Police Department and came with a windshield, leg shields, and side panniers, as well as a black paint and chrome finish.

Its condition is still impeccable even after all these years, and is highlighted by a relatively low mileage considering its age and the purpose it was used for (patrolling the mean streets of Bologna, Italy back in the 80’s).

Expected bid price for this 1981 Ducati 860 GT Polizia was pegged at around €4,000 - €6,000, which is about $5,200 - $7,800 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price was $10,606.

You can pretty much put the nail in the proverbial coffin because Victory’s new Hammer 8-Ball cruiser is poised to take the next step in becoming one of the premier cruiser motorcycles in the world.

For the 2012 model, the Hammer 8-Ball returns with the ideal platform for the motorcyclist who wants a bike that he can customize to his heart’s content. As always, Victory offers many custom accessories to personalize the Hammer 8-Ball. As far as aesthetics go, the Hammer 8-ball comes dressed with a sporty bodywork, highlighted by a short front fender and a high-cut rear fender that shows off the 250mm rear tire. This bike also has inverted forks and a removable black cowl that covers the passenger seat during solo riding.

The Hammer 8-Ball’s powertrain system also allows you to travel far distances, thanks to the Freedom V-Twin power plant that delivers 97 horsepower and 113 ft lbs of green-light torque with ultimate authority. The dark heart of the Hammer 8-Ball lies in this system, informing the world of your arrival with every crack of the throttle. Mated to this engine is a 6-speed transmission that comes with true overdrive and neutral assist, making it easy to find neutral when stopped.

Victory is also offering a host of accessories for the Hammer 8-Ball, including windshields, backrests, saddlebags, Vegas passenger seat, grips, performance exhausts, and more.

Find out more about the Victory Hammer 8-Ball after the jump.

The name suggests a risky proposition, but when it comes to the Victory Vegas 8-Ball , there’s nothing risky about riding this classic cruiser on the road.

For the 2012 model, the Vegas 8-Ball gets refreshed styling, courtesy of a Blackline on the design and components, showing off a look that’s very classic in styling. The spherical-shaped accessory headlamp and the very small speedometer located above it exude even more of the classic look that Victory was going for.

More than just the classic styling, the Victory Vegas 8 Ball Cruiser is also powered by the Freedom 106/6 stage 2 V-twin, a fuel-injected, counter-balanced, air-cooled engine that produces 113 ft.-lb. of torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission that has true overdrive and neutral assist, making it easy to find neutral when stopped. The best performing transmission on the street collects the power generated by the massive V-twin and allows the Vegas 8-Ball to roll fluidly between the curbs. Likewise, helical-cut gears ensure that each shift will be as smooth and clean as the bike itself, while the starter lets you feel the deep, unbridled power of the bike like an eruption of low-end torque on your chest.

With each precision-tuned piston stroke, the Freedom V-Twin’s 4-valve overhead cams and perfectly matched 6-speed overdrive transmission promise to provide unmatched throttle response, acceleration, and passing power.

Find out more about the Victory Vegas 8-Ball after the jump.

"Judge" is a fitting name to give to a bike like the Victory Judge.

When Victory introduced the latest addition to its cruiser line of motorcycles at the New York Progressive International Motorcycle Show, they did so knowing that this was a bike that was going to redefine the market. With meaty tires, drag bars, and new bodywork, the Victory Judge represents an important addition to the cruiser lineup. One glance at the bike and you’ll know that it’s undeniably a Victory. The machine features unique elements and horsepower typical of the Victory brand, but with styling cues that pay homage to the muscle-car era, including the deeply cut lines, paint offerings - Gloss Black, Sunset Red, Suede Nuclear Sunset - and 16" five-spoke mag wheels. The 2013 Victory Judge also rolls on 16x3.5" rims with Dunlop Elite II tires with raised white lettering to further enhance the muscle-car styling.

Besides the sculpted bodywork, the Judge’s aggressive looks are enhanced with minimal badging, Victory’s signature headlight and side covers, and a host of blacked-out items, including the frame, dual exhaust, triple trees, cases, and cylinder heads.

At the heart of the Judge is Victory’s famed powerhouse: the Freedom 106/6 V-Twin that produces 113 ft. lbs. of torque. The engine features single-overhead camshafts with four-valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cams, and hydraulic lifters for ease of maintenance. The 106 also features Electronic Fuel Injection with a dual, 45mm throttle body for crisp throttle response.

The Judge delivers pleasing road performance on par with its cruiser rivals. In looks and pricing, however, it’s easy to see how Victory is gaining more and more loyal adherents to the brand.

Find out more about the Victory Judge after the jump.

Elegant, strong, and powerful: That’s what the Victory Kingpin is all about. Despite being relatively new - the bike only arrived on the motorcycle market in 2004 - the Kingpin has become known as a classic cruiser that provides the perfect platform for accessorizing. For the 2012 model, the Victory Kingpin cruiser motorcycle just added more strength to its already formidable arsenal without losing any of the classic styling that has made it a signature of the company’s custom cruiser motorcycle lineup.

By adding the all-new 106 cubic-inch Freedom V-Twin engine and 100k transmission to the Kingpin, the bike has once again upped the bar in the classic cruiser motorcycle market, providing everything you want - performance prowess tied with a unique style that begs to be driven - in a classic cruiser. The machine is also powered by a 4-stroke 50 ° V-Twin, 106 ci / 1731 cc that’s capable of providing optimal power.

In addition, the Victory Kingpin is equipped with a strong and smooth suspension system. The front suspension uses an inverted cartridge telescopic fork, 43 mm diameter, 5.1 in / 130 mm travel while the rear suspension uses, single, mono-tube gas, cast aluminum with rising rate linkage, 3.9 in / 100 mm travel, preload adjustable spring. To handle the bike’s unrelenting power, the Kingpin is also armed with a good braking system with a 300mm floating rotor, a 4-piston caliper on the front brakes and a 300mm floating rotor with a 2-piston caliper on the rear. There’s nothing out there in the classic cruiser motorcycle market that compares to the combination of style and performance you get with a Kingpin.

Find out more about the Victory Kingpin after the jump.

A classic touring cruiser needs to exude the kind of attitude that tells everybody it means serious business. Any which way you look at it, the Triumph Rocket III Touring is all that and more.

Combining classic touring cruiser style with the awesome performance of the legendary 2.3-liter Rocket III engine, the Rocket III Touring has been designed specifically for riders who demand serious long-haul capabilities.

In terms of its design, the Rocket III Touring stands loud and proud. The cruiser comes in two classic color options: Metallic Phantom Black with hand-painted silver coachlines or a two-tone Phantom Black with Crystal White infills and gold coachlines. Teardrop-shaped rider and passenger footboards are also standard features, while a long list of optional fittings, including alternative touring screens, sissy bars, racks and auxiliary lighting, make this already distinctive motorcycle even more striking. The well-appointed seat of the Rocket III is constructed using two separate layers of cushioning of different densities, providing for a comfortable ride in any capacity.

Inside this beautiful mix of metal and chrome is Triumph’s iconic 2,294cc triple engine, delivering 150 lb/ft of torque at 2,000 rpm and tuned specifically for the needs of the touring rider. The engine delivers a mighty 150 lb-ft. of torque through the low-maintenance shaft drive system. Triumph has also endowed the Rocket III Touring with its advanced anti-lock braking system, offering additional security for riders.

The Rocket III Touring’s chassis has been developed specifically to offer a nimble ride, which is helped by the bike’s low center of gravity, 16" wheels, and 180 section rear tire. The finely tuned suspension has been developed with comfort and control in mind, while practicality is enhanced with the standard fitment of a quick-release screen and 36-liter saddlebags.

Find out more about the Triumph Rocket III Touring after the jump.

There’s a reason why the Triumph Rocket III Roadster is considered the world’s largest mass-produced motorcycle. More than just its beyond reproach 2,294cc three-cylinder engine, the Rocket III Roadster is a machine that delivers a riding experience that’s virtually unmatched in any class.

The Rocket III Roadster takes on a streetfighter stance and delivers an attitude-laden ride that all motorcyclists should experience at least once in their motorcycle-riding exploits. The ergonomics alone ensure that the Roadster delivers a completely different riding experience from any other Rocket IIIs – one that is easier to hustle through the corners. The plush seating configuration allows both the rider and passenger to sit comfortably, whether for short-distance rides or long-haul escapades.

Up front, the Rocket III Roadster sports Triumph’s trademark twin headlights to make what already looks like an imposing motorcycle even more striking. The aggressive, stripped down look carefully balances the black and chrome detail while the comprehensive instrumentation – including fuel gauge, gear selection indicator and clock – creates an appearance that rocks in every sense of the word.

The Rocket III Roadster also comes with special color options. In addition to the popular metallic Phantom Black, it comes in two flamboyant color schemes: Phantom Red Haze and Phantom Blue Haze. These are hand-painted in Triumph’s Hinckley factory and contain high sparkle content which creates an impression of incredible depth in sunlight, transforming from near black to a vibrant red or blue.

And then there’s that powertrain. If it’s jaw-dropping enough that the Rocket III Roadster comes with such a whopping powertrain, the fact that it delivers 146 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 163 lb/ft of torque at 2,750 rpm makes this Triumph monster a true bike that’s in a class all its own.

Find out more about the Triumph Rocket III Roadster after the jump.

The Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Custom is as all-American as any bike can get. Built for the long and winding roads of the country, this custom cruiser was designed with the idea of being an all-around companion for the most ardent of riders.

A wide front end and chunky 16" tire gives the new Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom a strong and contemporary stance. It features plenty of all the trademark Harley amenities, including new wheels, a pull-back handlebar, and a reshaped LED tail lamp. All these elements give the Sportster 1200 Custom an exciting new look that should be an eye candy to a lot of riders. The headlamp offers a reshaped classic Sporter "eyebrow" look while the taillight comes with a new shape that features a bright, low-maintenance LED element. The pull-back handlebar, a critical piece of Harley’s design engineering, is mounted on a curved riser that likewise incorporates an LED warning light display. The bike is then finished off with a pair of chrome, 5-Spoke cast aluminum wheels on the front and rear and wrapped in Michelin Scorcher “31” tires.

In terms of powertrain, the Sportster 1200 Custom is far from a push-over, thanks to a mighty and rubber mounted 1200cc Evolution V-Twin powertrain with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) and mated to a five-speed transmission and a dual staggered exhaust system.

On top of all of its features, the Sportster 1200 Custom also comes with an H-D1 factory customization, a new opportunity that allows the customer to choose from seven option categories to optimize fit, function and style. By selecting from available factory-installed wheels, handlebars, seats, paint, foot control position, security system, and engine finish, the customer can create a 1200 Custom that is a truly personalized motorcycle that oozes of power and attitude.

Find out more about the Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom after the jump.

Some bikes are made to thrill while others are made to shrill. The Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200N Nightster is both - and a whole lot more.

Ever since its introduction in 2007, the Nightster model has prowled the streets with a deep, menacing growl. Its low, dark, and aggressive, and its styling has brought back some serious attitude to Harley’s Sportster family. With chopped front and rear fenders, a side-mounted license plate, a low 25.3" seat height, old-school front fork gaiters, and raw-boned graphics, the Sportster Nightster has become the ideal no-nonsense cruiser bike Harley-Davidson fans have come to love.

Other design details of the Sportster Nightster include a chopped front fender with black brackets and lightening holes, a chopped rear fender with black supports, black fork sliders and fork gaiters, a Sportster Classic solo seat, a black headlamp body with a black visor and satin trim ring, a low-rise handlebar and black riser, and a new pair of laced steel wheels with chrome spokes and black hubs.

What makes the Sportster Nightster all the more impressive, apart from its design, is its performance capabilities. To ensure that the Nightster upholds its bad-ass reputation, Harley fitted the bike with a rubber-mounted 1200cc Evolution V-Twin powertrain with an Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) system and mated to a five-speed transmission.

Unlike the rest of Harley’s family of models, the Nightster has been around for a little over four years. But in that time, it has become one of the most sought-after cruisers on the market, mainly because it’s stealthy look matches well with the customer’s need for a powerful and versatile cruiser.

Find out more about the Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200N Nightster after the jump.

The Harley-Davidson Dyna FXDF Fat Bob comes with a pretty unique name, but what’s more unique than its tag is the bike itself. This custom cruiser is made from the stuff that riders of all shapes and sizes absolutely crave.

With forward-mounted foot controls, a drag-style handlebar, and a sleek, two-up seat, the Fat Bob motorcycle creates an aggressive riding position that commands respect wherever it goes. Though it looks the part of a ’fat’ cruiser, the Dyna Fat Bob’s characteristics emphasize character aggression, highlighted by a 130 mm wide front tire with a gnarly, robust tread pattern. Fat Boy also sports a sporty front fender with painted brace supports, a Bobtail rear fender with chrome supports, a one-up, two-piece Dyna classic seat, a stainless steel drag-style handlebar, polished aluminum triple clamps, and a chrome, "Tommy Gun" 2-1-2 collector exhaust system with dual mufflers.

At the belly of the Dyna Fat Boy lies a powerful and new rubber-mounted 1690cc Twin Cam103 V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). The engine is capable of delivering 92 lb/ft of torque, providing enough meat and grinds power to make other bikes of its class envious. Making it more impressive for the Dyna Fat Boy is that its engine has been mated to a six-speed Cruise Drive transmission, making that ride that much more impressive.

When Harley-Davidson designed the 2012 Dyna FXDF Fat Bob, they had one clear-cut mission in mind: to make the bike as fat and meaty as possible. Thanks to an aggressive neo-retro style and a spectacularly powerful engine, the American bike maker managed to exceed even their own lofty expectations.

Find out more about the Harley-Davidson Dyna FXDF Fat Bob after the jump.


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