Victory Hard-Ball




Make Model

Victory Hard-Ball


2012 - 13


Four stroke, 50° V twin SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters


1731cc /106 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 101 x 108 mm
Cooling System Air/oil cooled
Compression Ratio 9.4:1

Split dual exhaust with crossover

Oil Capacity 4.73 L / 5.0 US Quarts


Electronic Fuel Injection with dual 45mm throttle bodies


Battery 12V, 18 Ah

Max Power

96.9 hp / 71.3 kW

Max Torque

144 Nm / 14.6 kgf-m / 106 ft-lb
Clutch Wet, multi-plate


6 Speed 
Final Drive Carbon fiber reinforced belt

Front Suspension

43mm Conventional telescopic fork
Front Wheel Travel 130 mm / 5.1 in

Rear Suspension

Single, mono-tube gas Cast Aluminum with rising rate linkage, Preload adjustable spring
Rear Wheel Travel 75 mm / 3.0 in

Front Brakes

2x 300mm floating rotor 4 piston caliper, ABS

Rear Brakes

Single 300mm floating rotor 2 piston caliper, ABS

Front Tyre

130/70-18 67H Dunlop 491 Elite II

Rear Tyre

180/70-16 Dunlop Elite 3
Rake  32°
Trail 170 mm / 6.7 in
Dimensions Length 2372 mm / 93.4 in
Wheelbase  1647 mm / 64.8 in
Seat Height 667 mm / 26.2 in
Ground Clearance  120 mm / 4.7 in
GVWR 1151 lbs / 523 kg

Dry Weight

340 kg / 751 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

22 Litres / 5.8 US gal

Joining the High-Ball in Victory’s expanding stable of models is the 2012 Hard-Ball. The black-as-night iteration of the High-Ball’s ape-hanger profile brings a touch of touring convenience with the addition of saddlebags.

In addition to the black and pinstriped luggage are obvious additions such as the two-person seat, crashbars, floorboards, lower fairing and split exhaust. Not as immediately apparent are some of the changes Victory incorporated into the Hard-Ball to better suit its longer-mileage persona.

The re-styled fuel tank holds 1.3 gallons more petrol, and the wheels, while still spoked, increase in size as well. The front grows in diameter to 18 inches, from 16 inches on the High-Ball, and carries a 130/70 R18 Dunlop 491 Elite II, while the rear grows in width from 3.5 inches on the High-Ball to 5.0 inches on the Hard-Ball wearing a 180/60 R16 Dunlop Elite 3. The span between wheels grew by nearly an inch to 65.7 in from the High-Ball’s 64.8 in.

Rake and trail figures are more relaxed, 29.0° / 5.6 in vs 31.7° / 6.7 in, weight increases by 92 lbs (dry), and so does ground clearance by 1.1 in. Seat height, at 26.25 inches, is 1.25 inches higher the High-Ball’s.

Up front the the Hard-Ball features an inverted fork and gains a second brake disc while the braking system is of the ABS variety. Engine and drivetrain remain unchanged from the High-Ball model.

Victory Hard-Ball Features and Benefits

106 Cubic-Inch Freedom V-Twin
At the heart of Hard-Ball sits the Freedom V-Twin power plant, expertly balanced for perfectly controlled explosions that deliver 97 horsepower and 109 ft. lbs. of hole shot torque. Maestro of the motorcycle world, it's what keeps man, machine and highway working together in perfect harmony.

6-Speed Overdrive Transmission
The highest performing transmission on the road receives the power generated by the massive V-Twin and seamlessly turns it into something you can use. Neutral Selection Assist and helical-cut gears ensure every shift is as quiet and smooth as the one before.

Ape-Hanger Handlebars
Make a statement with two fists in the air. These blacked-out apes are what give the Hard-Ball its signature profile. Feel a little less simian? Pull 'em down low for a more relaxed, but no less intimidating riding position.

18-Inch Laced Wheels
Old-school lace design with a red tire stripe. A style that sets the stage and informs the world what riding is still all about. Throw a leg over a Victory Hard-Ball. Wherever you want to go from here, these wheels will take you.

Red Pinstriping Paint Finish
Custom style never came so dark. The Victory Hard-Ball and its custom pinstriping design lets everyone know that this bike is built to cross the line.

Hard Bagger Storage
21 gallons of hard bag storage allows you to hit the road for as long as you want. You'll have plenty of cargo space for yourself and another rider's carry on if you choose to leave the solo gig behind.

ABS Brakes
Standard on the Hard-Ball, the Victory Anti-Lock Brake System doesn't discriminate between dry, wet or rock-strewn pavement. ABS is not for sissies, it's allowing you and your Hard-Ball to own the road more than anyone else. No matter the conditions, ABS monitors what the wheel is doing and gives you consistent, smooth braking from the handlebar lever down to the rubber on the road.