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.
BLACKED-OUT 106 CUBIC-INCH FREEDOM V-TWIN
Whether you’re finding your way across town or cruising the city’s glass canyons, the Freedom V-Twin power plant delivers 113 ft lbs of green-light torque with ultimate authority. The dark heart of the Hammer 8-Ball, it informs the world of your arrival with every crack of the throttle.
6-SPEED OVERDRIVE TRANSMISSION
The best performing transmission on the street collects the power generated by the massive V-twin and allows the
Hammer 8-Ball to roll fluidly between the curbs. Helical-cut gears ensure that each shift will be as smooth and clean as the bike itself.
113 FT LBS TORQUE
Press the starter and you can feel deep in your chest an eruption of low-end torque. 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.
INVERTED FRONT FORK
The Hammer 8-Ball’s classic look pleases every rider walking up to his machine, but that feeling is turbocharged when taking it through the twisties. The beefy inverted front fork sends more rigidity forward, providing better handling at every turn.
250-MM REAR TIRE
Put a 250 mm tire on the back of a muscle cruiser like the Hammer 8-Ball, and rider and machine will both look like they are ready for anything the road has to dish out. In this case, looks aren’t deceiving. This tire will stick to the road no matter the condition, and make any rim proud to be associated with it.
REMOVABLE PASSENGER COWL
Even the most independent of riders feels the need for human interaction once and a while. When that time comes yank the stylish, color-matched cowl and there’s your passenger’s ticket to ride. When ready to get back to that drag bike demeanor, simply reattach the cowl and return to one-up heaven.
BLACKED OUT PIPES AND HEADLIGHT
Leave it up to the Hammer 8-Ball to take you where no bike has gone before. Blacked out pipes and black bullet headlight take you to the dark side, which leads to the kind of performance that has every other motorcycle scurrying for the light.
|Battery||12 volts / 18 amp hours|
|Bore x Stroke||101 x 108 mm|
|Charging System||38 amps max output|
|Compression ratio||9.4 : 1|
|Cooling System||Air / oil|
|Displacement||106 ci / 1731 cc|
|Engine Type||4-stroke 50° V-Twin|
|Exhaust||Staggered slash-cut dual exhaust with crossover|
|Final Drive||Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt|
|Fuel Capacity||4.5 gal / 17.0 ltr|
|Fuel System||Electronic Fuel Injection with dual 45mm throttle body|
|Oil capacity||5.0 qts / 4.75 ltr|
|Primary Drive||Gear drive with torque compensator|
|Transmission||6-speed overdrive constant mesh|
|Valve train||Single overhead camshafts with 4 valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters|
|Dry Weight||672 lbs / 305 kg|
|Ground Clearance||5.3 in / 135 mm|
|GVWR||1,173 lbs / 532 kg|
|Length||93.1 in / 2366 mm|
|Rake/trail||32.7° / 5.5 in / 140 mm|
|Seat Height||26 in / 660 mm|
|Wheelbase||65.7 in / 1669 mm|
|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, 3.0 in / 76 mm travel, preload adjustable spring|
|Brake System Type||Conventional|
|Front braking system||300mm floating rotor with 4-piston caliper|
|Rear braking system||300mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper|
|Front Tire||130/70R18 Dunlop Elite 3|
|Front Wheel||18 x 3.5 in|
|Rear Tire||250/40R18 Dunlop Elite 3|
|Rear Wheel||18 x 8.5 in|
Ultimatemotorcycle ---- "The Victory Hammer 8-Ball arrives stock with solid black bodywork, and following blacked-out features: engine, headlight, handlebars, exhaust, wheels, belt guards, frames, side stands and more."
Totalmotorcycle---- "Victory 8-Ball models have the least chrome and the fewest frills. The most black and the greatest value. Victory pioneered the 8-Ball approach to provide riders with the best values among cruiser motorcycles. Same great ride and performance as the standard models, but in basic black."