We don’t know if people are gonna ride this bike around the bright Vegas streets or not, but we do know they’ll be accommodated in a much comfier riding position as a result of Victory’s efforts to make it a little more forgiving on the back and legs and so allow riders to take it down the open road more often. In fact, three Vegas models are available: the simple model, the 8-Ball and a Limited Edition claimed to be their baddest motorcycle yet.
85-hp fuel injected V-twin engine
Victory took a thorough look over the Vegas models before calling them 2010 model years and the fact is they didn’t had much to improve in the engine and tranny department. As a result, you’ll find the 2010 Victory Vegas being powered by the same consecrated, counter-balanced 100 ci / 1,634 cc, 4-stroke, 50° V-Twin engine, also called Freedom. The 85 horsepower and 106 ft-lb of torque motor is mated to a six-speed overdrive transmission on the simple Vegas and to a five-speed transmission on the new Vegas 8-Ball model. Basically, this last one is nothing more than a demonstration of power (or muscle, if you will) and it will most likely get to be ridden down the boulevards rather than on highways.
For 2010, the seat of the new Vegas has been lowered with 1.4 inches and it is now found at 25.2 inches from the ground, just like on the Vegas 8-Ball. On both models, the footpegs have been brought 2.25 inches closer to the rider, while the Vegas gets 2-inch pull-back handlebars. Given these changes, we’re expecting a rather comfortable riding position and can’t wait to actually get on one.
Like on all 2010 Victory models, you get electronic fuel injection and belt final drive, while chassis engineers can brag about the 43 mm diameter conventional forks offering 5.1 in /130 mm of travel and a single, mono-tube gas capable of 3.0 in/76 mm travel and working together with a preload adjustable spring.
Looking at the eye-catching rims, it’s hard to spot the brakes, but the 300 mm floating rotor with 4-piston caliper at the front and 300mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper at the back aren’t there to look nice, but to actually provide the needed stopping power in all riding situations. More on that later!
Victory Vegas Limited Edition
Meanwhile let’s see what makes the 2010 lineup even more special: Victory Motorcycles introduces its quickest motorcycle ever produced. The 2010 Victory Vegas Limited Edition motorcycle represents the leanest and meanest Victory ever offered. Featuring the Freedom106/6 with Stage 2 cams, The Vegas LE pumps out 97 Horsepower and 113 ft/lb of torque, and features a Bonneville Salt Flats inspired paint scheme to let everybody know how serious it is.
“We wanted to honor racers that have brought Victory Motorcycles to the Bonneville Salt Flats,” says Victory Product Manager Gary Gray. “Bonneville is one of the most harsh racing environments on the planet, and racers such as Gregor Moe, Laura Klock of Klock Works, Matt Waring of MBW and others have helped show the potential of our motorcycles to the world. So we started with our lightest bike and our largest most powerful engine and added a Limited Edition paint scheme to create a unique motorcycle, plus we priced it aggressively.”
A particularly unique feature of the Vegas Limited Edition is that each owner will choose from one of four color schemes at the time of ordering. The order session will close in February and motorcycles will be delivered in March. A total of 100 Victory Vegas LE motorcycles will be built, each one featuring a limited edition plate on the motor.
Given these facts, the 2010 Victory Vegas models come with much better credentials and yet don’t drift away from their unique style and still get a fair share of competitors.
The Harley might come with a fairly smaller V-Twin engine (96 ci / 1584 cc) developing 92 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm, but it has a big fan club to stand by it, while Victory is just working on that. The bike also has a low seat (25.5 inches) and weighs in at a decent 647 lbs dry.
2010 Star Raider S
The Stars are probably the best customs to put against the two Victory Vegas motorcycles simply because the style is very appropriate, not to mention the 113 ci / 1854 cc, air-cooled, V-Twin motor, which is fuel injected (like the Harley’s) and is coupled only to a five-speed transmission because of the massive torque developed by the big V-Twin engine. You get belt final drive as well, a higher seat (27.4 inches) and a wet weight of just 692 lbs.
2010 Victory Vegas
Victory originally started to produce the Vegas as a pretty regular custom, but this model gradually grew to become one of the most representative in the American manufacturer’s motorcycle lineup. Today, the base model is still being characterized by the smooth flowing lines of the fenders and gas tank, while the even lower seat contributes to the aggressive allure that this bike has. Probably Victory’s most inspired move in what concerns the Vegas is the black Stingray pair of wheels. These make the thing look like it’s moving even when it’s not. Both the tip-to-tail spine and the split-tail gas tank are Vegas characteristics, while anybody can live with a generous headlight and taillight. The colors available for the 2010 Victory Vegas are both solids (Solid Pearl White) and multiple (Two Tone Sunset Red & Pearl White) and look enhanced by the multitude of chrome pieces.
2010 Victory Vegas 8-Ball
The first thing that sets the 2010 Victory Vegas 8-Ball apart from its simple sibling is the Solid Black color and the lack of chrome. Instead, it has a blacked-out 100 ci Freedom V-Twin engine, blacked-out bars and also black Stingray wheels. You get the classic headlight, no passenger seat and a little bit more attitude I guess.
Victory Vegas Limited Edition
The 2010 Victory Vegas Limited Edition motorcycle comes in four limited edition colors – Fireball Red, Competition Yellow, Pearl White and Turbo Silver – all adding up to the bad boy look this cruiser can give even to a nerd.
"Although lacking the overdrive sixth gear of Victory’s Freedom 100/6 powertrain, the 8-Ball’s SOHC, 50-degree V-Twin still impresses. With 1634cc of displacement, the New American Motorcycle’s engine compares favorably with The Motor Company’s 96 cubic-incher, offering a wide spread of torque and bigger horsepower numbers." – motorcycle
"The 8-Ball weighs the same as a regular Vegas so performance remains. On our test ride in the Texas Hill Country, the 8-Ball was a willing companion even when we leaned it down to the footpegs. Dial it back to a more relaxed pace and the 8-Ball happily eats up the miles." – popularmechanics
2010 Victory Vegas 8-Ball
"We noticed that when we leaned into the turns the bike responded accordingly. If we wanted to make a sharp turn, we could. And for the gradual sweepers, a slight shift with our seating position was all it took to keep it tucked tightly into the curves, sticking to the asphalt." – hotbikeweb
"Though not terribly roomy front-to-rear, the saddle is wide and firm enough to provide support for more than a test-sit in the showroom. The riding position, which places your feet forward on pegs, remained comfortable after a couple of hours on the highway." – motorcyclecruiser
Although Victory offers two special Vegas models in 2010 – the 8-Ball for an MSRP of $13,799 and the Limited Edition at a starting price of $15,999 – it is the standard bike that is the most expensive with its $16,599 price tag.
With the 2010 Vegas models, Victory simply made it possible for riders to benefit of the same riding thrill for more miles than even before, while looking bad ass and leaving everybody wondering which custom bike builder pulled that off. Little will they know that you’re riding a mass produced model…at least until they start asking around and turn into Victory fans themselves.