Did you want a Victory High-Ball set up for touring straight from the factory?
Well, somebody must have been asking for one, because that’s essentially what Victory’s new Hard-Ball is. It’s not exactly the “all-new” machine fans were hoping for, but it’ll have to do.
Here’s what you get for your $20,699 Canadian. First, there’s hard bags on the Hard-Ball, but no windscreen. You can tour with it, but most guys laying down long-distance miles will probably consider aftermarket wind protection.
The Hard-Ball has the same air-cooled, 1731cc, fuel-injected V-twin that’s found in the High-Ball, and has that same long and low look, with a 65.7-inch wheelbase and 26.5-inch seat height. It has the same adjustable ape hanger bars as well.
The Hard-Ball has a six-speed transmission and a belt final drive reinforced with carbon fiber.
The bike slows down with dual 300mm discs in front, with four-piston calipers. The rear brake is a single 300mm disc with a two-piston caliper. The bike also features ABS.
Dry weight is a hefty 751 pounds. Fuel capacity is 5.8 gallons. The front fork is an inverted telescopic unit, and the rear shock is a single, gas-adjustable monotube arrangement.