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Last updated 29 July 2015
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 lovely 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. I want to ride my bikes not polish them.
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