The thing with Victory motorcycles in generally is that by being relatively new on such a competitive and continuously growing market, they must feature absolute top notch features in order to get the appreciation that consecrated brands effortless obtain. Although, from our point of view Victory has long passed that critical point and is indeed a well played card by Polaris Industries, the 2009 Hammer S pushes further the boundaries of style and performance.
For starters, get hold of those x-factor custom wheels and that custom paintjob. These are the shiny new bits that get our attention in the first place, but the 106-CI 50° V-Twin engine is also impossible to pass unnoticed. Displacement has been upgraded from 100-CI (1634cc) to 106-CI (1731cc), resulting into a 9.4:1 compression ratio (previously 8.7:1) and the powerplant also gets a different, tow-into-one exhaust, not only to mark the upgrade, but to retune the power range.
Victory first introduced the Hammer S in 2007 as a stand-out machine that was entirely based on the simple Victory Hammer model which first made an entry in 2005. The idea was to offer diversity and slightly stand apart from that classic, chromed look so that was achieved with the use of a blacked-out 100-CI four-stroke 50° V-Twin engine, handlebars, gauges and inverted forks. The red, power-coated Gatlin wheels were supplied by Performance Machine, but the new Hammer model also stood out thanks to a custom-inspired headlight.
The 2008 Victory Hammer S was all about Black. Despite not being the subject of a major revamp as it was only a year old, the custom bike featured Black/Silver with SS Stripe coloring while the Performance Machine wheels were now black translucent powdered coated.
Harley hasn’t been resting on their laurels for 2009, so the all-new V-Rod Muscle has been introduced. The bike is an ideal competitor for the Victory Hammer S even though it only features a 92.8-CI (1250cc) engine. That is a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, Revolution, 60° V-Twin and we all know what such a motor is capable of: 86 ft-lbs at 6,500 rpm. Harley’s suggested retail price for the new Rod is $17,199 so if you’re out looking one of these machines I know you won’t be facing an easy decision.
An alternative that doesn’t come from the United States, but one that does meet displacement comparison requirements is the 2009 Suzuki Boulevard M109R. Powered by a fuel-injected 1783 cc (108.8 cu. in), 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 54-degree, V-twin engine and priced at only $13,099, there is no mistake in going for it as long as you’re looking for the best quality-price ratio.
But probably the fiercest opponent of the Hammer S is the 2009 Star Midnight Warrior. This is practically a cruiser built to perform like a sportbike and one that totally meets the goal of its creation as it is backed up by the twin-bore electronic fuel-injected 102-cubic-inch (1670cc) air-cooled 48° V-twin; pushrod OHV, 4 valves per cylinder motor. Like the 2008 Hammer S, the Midnight Warrior is entirely Black painted, pointing the category to which it addresses and, if we dare, the precise bike. MSRP in this case is $13,390.
Kawasaki also offers a performance cruiser, by its name, Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak. This is kind of a midway choice as it features a digital fuel injected 95-CI (1,552cc) Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder, 50-degree V-twin engine and bad boy looks. It also comes with the lowest manufacturer’s retail price: $11,099 for the simple version and $11,299 for a special edition that is available.
The 2009 Victory Hammer S is mostly about looks and comfort so that was the design team’s task when turning to their previous schemes. But what is so outstanding is the fact that even though at a first glance you would think that they’ve changed everything, the fact is that they haven’t changed anything, but colors.
The 2009 model year features an easy remarkable Blue and White color combination in a strong contrast with the Matte Black mechanics. Do you know how those competition stripes applied on bright painted custom cars make them stand out from the crowd? Well, this is the same kind of magic adapted by Victory for the 2009 Hammer S. So on the sides of the fenders and gas tank as well as on the lower half of the headlight, they’ve applied that awesome Blue while the top is a simple White with stylish contour lines.
The wheels haven’t been excluded from this treatment so they are entirely covered in that very same Blue. The rider seats on a spacious seat and the cowl can be easily removed in order for a passenger to find its place on that rear seat.
Overall a low, sleek and mean looking bike, the 2009 Victory Hammer S indeed stands away from its competitors, just like custom made cars.
With the 2009 MSRP going as high as $18,499, the Victory Hammer S is the most expensive motorcycle in its class, but does offer many impressive features to justify those demands. Simply take a look at it and then go through the specs and features page and you’ll understand what I mean.
Victory turned the expected into the unexpected as nobody ever could imagine the all Black 2008 model ending up into a worm colored, but still aggressive motorcycle. And with the evolved, now 106-CI (1731 cc), V-Twin engine created to back up those looks, the 2009 Hammer S is an unbeatable package with much more left to prove during a future test drive.
Engine and Transmission
Displacement: 106 ci / 1731cc
Type: 4-stroke 50° V-Twin
Cooling System: Air / Oil
Bore x Stroke: 101 x 108 mm
Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
Valve Train: Single overhead camshafts with 4 valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters
Fuel System: Electronic Fuel Injection with 45 mm throttle bodies
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gal / 17.0 ltr
Exhaust: Staggered slash-cut dual exhaust with crossover
Oil Capacity: 5.0 qts / 4.75 ltr
Charging System: 38 amps max output
Battery: 12 volts / 18 amp hours
Primary Drive: Gear drive with torque compensator
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed overdrive constant mesh
Final Drive: Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt
Chassis and Dimensions
Front Suspension: Inverted cartridge telescopic fork, 43 mm diameter, 5.1 in / 130 mm travel
Rear Suspension: Single, mono-tube gas,cast aluminum with rising rate linkage, 3.9 in / 100 mm travel, preload adjustable spring
Front Brake: Dual 300 mm floating rotor with 4-piston caliper
Rear Brake: 300 mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper
Front Wheel: 18 x 3.5 in
Rear Wheel: 18 x 8.5 in
Front Tire: 130 / 70R18 Dunlop Elite 3
Rear Tire: 250 / 40R18 Dunlop Elite 3
Length: 93.1 in / 2366 mm
Wheelbase: 65.7 in / 1669 mm
Seat Height: 26.5 in / 673 mm
Ground Clearance: 5.8 in / 148 mm
Rake/Trail: 32.7 / 5.5 in / 140 mm
Dry Weight: 669 lbs / 303 kg
GVWR: 1173 lbs / 532 kg