Church Of MO: 2009 Victory Vegas 8-Ball Review

Victory had enough staying power that I actually thought it was going to give The Motor Company something to worry about. With the might of Polaris behind it, that theory actually had a little weight to it. We all know how that turned out, though one can make the argument that the challenge is stronger than ever with Polaris resurrecting Indian.

Nevertheless, nipping at the heels of the Harley Softail in 2009 was the Victory Vegas 8-Ball. Coming at Harley with a cheaper price tag, its 100 cubic-inch V-Twin (of which the aesthetics I have always liked), and its stealth black treatment, the Vegas 8-Ball got a host of updates for 2009. Here, former E-i-C Kevin Duke takes one for a spin in and around the beaches of Daytona and tells us what it’s like to ride.


A commuter-ized cruiser

Like many of our moto brothers, we often succumb to the power of bling. Bigger often seems better, so much so that we sometimes forget some of the appealing motorcycles that support a manufacturer’s flagships.

Case in point: the Victory Vegas 8-Ball. Cynics might say it’s simply a de-contented Vegas and therefore not worthy of consideration. However, this elitist attitude would overlook what is a very competent and stylish cruiser priced about $2,000 cheaper than a comparable Harley-Davidson Softail.

The Vegas 8-Ball first appeared in 2005, but it’s since had plenty of updates. Key among them is the addition of the powerful 100 cubic-inch engine which now produces a claimed 85 hp and 106 ft-lbs of torque. This mill got a host of enhancements in ’08, including larger 45mm throttle bodies as part of a new, sequential, closed-loop fuel-injection system.

We cruised Bike Week day and night on the Victory Vegas 8-Ball.

A reduction in the compression ratio to 8.7:1 allowed more aggressive ignition timing, bumping up power marginally. A redesigned oiling system allowed the use of a smaller oil cooler that is less obtrusive. An annoying ticking sound from early Freedom motors was alleviated by slower valve closing speeds and longer closing ramps, and extraneous noise is further damped by additional sound-deadening ribbing on the engine’s primary cover.

The 8-Ball’s dark theme is offset by a few shiny components. Note the accessory bags and windshield fitted to our test bike.

The Vegas 8-Ball is distinct from the upmarket standard Vegas primarily by its black theme. Many of the Vegas’ chrome bits receive dark finishes on the 8-Ball. The only remaining chrome is found on the exhaust, headlamp nacelle, instruments and the clutch and brake levers. The 8-Ball also does without the Vegas’ sixth gear, cool headlight and removable passenger seat (and footpegs). As compensation, the $13,799 8-Ball comes in at a price $2,500 cheaper than the Vegas’ $16,299 MSRP.

Bolt-on Versatility
Saving money on the 8-Ball’s original purchase cost has the potential to give a rider customization options. In the case of our 8-Ball test bike, it is
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Mecum Las Vegas Motorbike Auction adds 5th working day

The world wide collecting of classic bike fanatics will return Tuesday by Jan. 28 to South Stage in a major way, as Mecum Auctions’ 32nd yearly Vintage & Antique Motorbike Auction reaches new heights with an believed 2,000 bikes to be provided. Headlining consignments are a lot of, with highlights from extra than 15 private collections leading the way, like bikes from Jim’s For good Selection, Mike Wolfe’s As Discovered Collection and the BMW Centennial Variety From the Black Forest Assortment.

Wolfe, the very well-recognised frontman of television’s “American Pickers,” has amassed an extraordinary selection of some of the world’s rarest and most very sought-soon after bikes in very authentic problem, a team that is now slated to turn out to be a after-in-a-lifetime presenting christened as Mike Wolfe’s As Located Selection. The assemblage incorporates additional than 60 two-wheeled icons, including mainly authentic and unaltered Harley-Davidsons and Indians, all to be made available at no reserve, these types of as a 1919 Indian Military Twin and a 1936 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead.

Yet another nicely-acknowledged title in the motorcycling milieu is Jim Godwin, the former Harley-Davidson dealer driving Jim’s Forever Museum — a 60-calendar year collection of some of the American builder’s finest. Godwin will provide a lot more than 100 bikes from his personal selection at no reserve, as perfectly as the remaining part of his Harley-Davidson memorabilia selection.

Amid the most appealing motorcycles from Godwin’s vault are a handful of the celebrated Knucklehead line, led by a restored 1947 Harley-Davidson FL Knucklehead offered in a bold pink coloration scheme. A 1946 Harley-Davidson FL Springer Knucklehead is completed in two-tone crimson in excess of black with matching fenders and driven by a 74 CI air-cooled V-twin motor.

One more collection consigned to this year’s Mecum Las Vegas Bike Auction is the BMW Centennial Range From the Black Forest Assortment of 10 motorcycles, eight of which were restored by assortment operator and curator Hubert Fehrenbach, including a a single-of-152 1925 BMW R37 that was discovered 25 several years in the past at the Marxzelle Museum in Germany in really primary condition, and a 1926 BMW R42 that is purported to be the earliest R42 even now in existence, boasting Body No. 4 and Motor No. 7.

Between other headlining tons consigned for the Las Vegas auction is a 1908 Harley-Davidson Strap Tank that is among the the oldest surviving designs of this particularly uncommon breed and was learned as a total motorcycle in a Wisconsin barn in 1941, wherever it remained for 66 many years. It’s 1 of only 450 motorcycles produced by Harley-Davidson in 1908 and contains the initial tank, wheels, engine belt pulley, seat go over and muffler sleeve with its sale.

These fascinated in consigning a motorbike for auction at Mecum’s 2023 Las Vegas Bike Auction can find entire details about the consignment method and pricing at Mecum.com. Bidder registration is available online in advance and on-site at the auction starting at $100, and common, in-person bidding involves

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