Doesn’t matter to me and to most of you the label you put on on the brand new Victory Hard-Ball model. Just make it both your bass ass cruiser and tourer. Hit the street, the road or the highway with the long (65.7 wheelbase), low platform (26.5″) that let you either carve sharp corners or do comfortable long riding. For sure, the Hard-Ball is the big brother of the successful High-Ball model for all those who always want more of a good thing. Same stance, same powerful 4-stroke 106″(1731 cc) / 6-speed 50˚ EFI V-Twin with dual 45 mm throttle bodies, same height-adjustable ape hangers, but of course with the benefit of all the space you need, and probably more most of the time, in a pair of hard bags.
Darker end to end than his High-Ball little brother (Victory keeps the red pinstripes so that you can find your bike in the dark of night…), it seems to me that the Hard-Ball could fill a big market segment, the one of riders wishing a dual purpose bike but refusing the candy/over chromed/over gadgeted big cruiser/tourer.
Could the Hard-Ball become the new “Hard Core Dresser”. I thing that it’s a very good play by Polaris. This new 2012 model will appear at your Victory dealership first week of January.
Full tech sheet is below. MSRP: $18,999 (48 US states), 19,429 (California), $20,699 (Canadian dollars) Victory Motorcycles.