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Last updated 17 December 2018
I owned a 2009 Victory Vegas 100 as a second bike from Oct 2013 to Feb 2015
In Sept 2013 I sold my CCM to buy a secondhand Cruiser as my alternative bike. It was difficult to decide between a Triumph Thunderbird 1600 and a Victory 100/106. I like both bikes
but in the end I went for a Victory Vegas because I like the feel of the big 1634 cc “V” twin motor. The Victory Vegas is handsome, low and narrow and weighs 40kgs less than the
Thunderbird at 295kgs. Back to back I find the Victory a bit more manageable. The Victory engine is narrow and the footpegs are closer together which I prefer when riding. In the
summer of 2013 I test rode a Jackpot 106 which is a great bike however the huge 245 rear tyre means you have to man handle the bike through the curves, the fat rear tyre looks cool
however I buy my bikes to ride. The Victory Vegas has a narrower 180 section rear tyre which makes it more neutral to ride, one handed through a fast S bend is no problem. I collected
my bike from Edinburgh and rode it home 324 miles with 2 stops for fuel (Could have done it with one fuel stop). I had a great trip through the Scottish borders. The Victory has good
ground clearance for a cruiser and I can sweep through curves safely at seven tenths without touching anything down. Personally I cannot understand why anyone would buy a big
cruiser, tune it up then and then chuff along at 45mph never leaning beyond 5 degrees off vertical. (Queue images from American Chopper on TV and Harley ride outs being overtaken
by HGV’s on the motorway). With the screen fitted my Vegas is happy cruising at any speed up to 80mph. The footpegs are well forward but this was not a problem on my first ride. At
75mph I was turning around 2,500 revs and sipping fuel at 45+ mpg. When I opened the bike up it felt like a motorcycle fitted with a 1600 cc motor, lovely.
I appreciate good engineering and in my opinion Victory’s are well designed. The finish is good, the exhaust pipes have the deepest chrome I have ever owned. The engine has 4
valves per cylinder with hydraulic tappets so no top end work expected for 100,000+ miles. The primary drive is geared so it runs quiet and trouble free with none of the regular rebuild
woes affecting HD’s. One oil compartment instead of three on a Harley. The motor feels sophisticated, strong, looks well built and best of all it runs smooth.
I hope that the low seat will mean my wife will actually ride pillion. She will ride on the back of a scooter all day but she has never been on a big bike and she finds the Tiger pillion perch
too high. Update - No she won't.
|My Vegas with standard exhaust, pillion pad and sissy bar
|My Vegas with Supertrapp Fatshot silencers and Victory chrome rack
Pictures of my Vegas from behind showing the slim, low, elegant profile.
1. With standard exhaust, pillion pad & sissy bar 2. With new rack 3. New rack +
My Vegas is fitted with the Freedom 100 Cubic Inch engine - 1634cc
|To me all motorcycles should have a sexy looking engine fitting snugly in a light frame with nice forks, wheels, headlight and exhaust. I like the minimalistic look of the Vegas. So many cruisers are
bloated with unnecessary extras.
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