2012 Victory Hard-Ball

Victory Motorcycles isn’t playing hard-ball with its customers; they just have a bike called Hard-Ball that they pulled the covers off recently in Long Beach, California.

In typical High-Ball fashion, the 2012 Victory Hard-Ball arrived in one no-nonsense color: Matte Black with tasteful red pin striping. For an old-school look, the bike received black spoke wheels - 18" on the front and 16" on the rear - shod with blackwall Dunlop Elite tires. The Hard-Ball’s triple-disc brakes with standard ABS are fully modern binders.

The 1731cc Freedom 106 provides a spirited ride with a wide spread of power on the High-Ball, and despite a little larger fender on the front end, steering is still light enough, even with the absence of a fairing most baggers or tourers sport. The Hard-Ball also features a single-overhead cam with four valves per cylinder and self-adjust cam chains with hydraulic lifters. The 106 Freedom V-Twin also breathes through a modern Electronic Fuel Injection with dual, 45mm throttle bodies, and split dual exhaust with a crossover pipe for enhanced performance. The powertrain is mated to a 6-Speed overdrive transmission with "Neutral Selection Assist and helical-cut gears to ensure every shift is as quiet and smooth as the one before."

As for handling, the chassis design of the bike comes with a longer wheelbase (65.7" worth), a higher seat (26.25"), and more ground clearance (5.8"). The Hard-Ball also adds some touring amenities, safety and comfort, including a larger air-deflecting battery cover, split dual exhaust, and a longer rear fender.

Find out more about the Victory Hard-Ball after the jump.


Victory Hard-Ball

At the heart of Hard-Ball sits the Freedom V-Twin power plant, expertly balanced for perfectly controlled explosion that delivers 109 ft. lbs. of hole shot torque. Maestro of the motorcycle world, it’s what keeps man, machine and highway working together in perfect harmony.


Victory Hard-Ball

The highest performing transmission on the road receives the power generated by the massive V-Twin and seamlessly turns it into something you can use. Neutral Selection Assist and helical-cut gears ensure every shift is as quiet and smooth as the one before.


Victory Hard-Ball

Make a statement with two fists in the air. These blacked-out apes are what give the Hard-Ball its signature profile. Feel a little less simian? Pull ‘em down low for a more relaxed, but no less intimidating riding position.


Victory Hard-Ball

Old-school lace design with a red tire stripe. A style that sets the stage and informs the world what riding is still all about. Throw a leg over a Victory Hard-Ball. Wherever you want to go from here, these wheels will take you.


Victory Hard-Ball

Custom style never came so dark. The Victory Hard-Ball and its custom pinstriping design lets everyone know that this bike is built to cross the line.


Victory Hard-Ball

21 gallons of hard bag storage allows you to hit the road for as long as you want. You’ll have plenty of cargo space for yourself and another rider’s carry on if you choose to leave the solo gig behind.


Victory Hard-Ball

Standard on the Hard-Ball, the Victory Anti-Lock Brake System doesn’t discriminate between dry, wet or rock-strewn pavement. ABS is not for sissies, it’s allowing you and your Hard-Ball to own the road more than anyone else. No matter the conditions, ABS monitors what the wheel is doing and gives you consistent, smooth braking from the handlebar lever down to the rubber on the road.


Victory Hard-Ball
Engine Type4-stroke 50° V-Twin
Cooling SystemAir / oil
Displacement106 ci / 1731 cc
Bore X stroke101 x 108 mm
Compression Ratio9.4 : 1
Valve TrainSingle overhead camshafts with 4 valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters
Fuel SystemElectronic Fuel Injection with dual 45mm throttle body
Fuel Capacity5.8 gal / 22 ltr
ExhaustSplit dual exhaust with crossover
Oil Capacity5.0 qts / 4.75 ltr
Charging System48 amps max output
Battery12 volts / 18 amp hours
Primary DriveGear drive with torque compensator
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Transmission6-speed overdrive constant mesh
Final DriveCarbon Fiber Reinforced Belt
Length104.4 in/ 2652mm
Wheelbase65.7 in/ 1670mm
Seat Height26.25 in / 667 mm
Ground Clearance5.8 in / 148 mm
Rake / Trail29.0° / 5.6 in / 142 mm
Dry Weight758Lbs / 345 Kg
GVWR1360 lbs / 618 kg
HandlebarsApe Style Bars
Storage21.3 Gallons
Front SuspensionInverted cartridge telescopic fork, 5.1 in/ 130 mm travel
Rear SuspensionSingle, mono-tube gas, Cast aluminum with constant rate linkage, 4.7 in/ 120mm travel, Air adjustable
Brake System typeABS
Front Braking System TypeDual 300mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers
Rear Braking System Type300mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper
Front Tire130/70 B18 Dunlop 491 Elite II with Red Tire Strip
Front Wheel18 X 3.5 in Black Spoked
Rear Tire180/60 R16 Dunlop Elite 3 with Red Tire Strip
Rear Wheel16 X 5.0 in Black Spoked
Color OptionsMatte Black with Red Pinstriping


Victory Hard-Ball

RiderMegazine ---- "After presenting R. Lee “Gunny” Ermey, the former Marine Corps drill instructor best known for his roles in Full Metal Jacketand on History Channel’s “Mail Call,” with a custom USMC-themed High Ball on December 9 at the International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California, Victory Motorcycles pulled the covers off a new model, the 2012 Victory Hard-Ball."

Ultimatemotorcycle ---- "No matter what motorcyclists decide, there’s one thing not so debatable: it’s definitely one bad-ass machine. And it should be, considering its basically a baggified High Ball with over 21 gallons of cargo space, a different exhaust, a passenger seat and a huge safety-enhancing feature - Victory ABS."

Motorcycle-Usa ---- "Victory Motorcycles made a Hard-Balling bagger out of its High-Ball and Cross Roads. Victory again thumbs its nose at conventionalism and throws a hard-riding bagger with apes out there. Not everybody wants to hide behind a front fairing but can appreciate having the convenience of some bags when it’s road-trippin’ time. The 2012 Victory Hard-Ball is the happy median."

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