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.