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2012 Victory Hard-Ball – First Look

2012 Victory Hard Ball

The new Victory Hard Ball is a mean-looking machine.

Greg Drevenstedt
December 28, 2011
Filed under Cruiser + Touring Motorcycle Reviews, Victory Motorcycle Reviews

After presenting R. Lee “Gunny” Ermey, the former Marine Corps drill instructor best known for his roles in Full Metal Jacketand on History Channel’s “Mail Call,” with a custom USMC-themed High Ball on December 9 at the International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California, Victory Motorcycles pulled the covers off a new model, the 2012 Victory Hard-Ball.

The blacked-out, Vegas-based High Ball, unveiled in January 2011, quickly became one of Victory’s top sellers. Sticking to a winning formula, the Hard-Ball is a blacked-out Victory Cross Roads with height-adjustable ape hangers. Except for minimalist red pinstriping, the entire bike is slathered in flat black paint. Like all models in Victory’s 2012 lineup, the Hard-Ball is powered by the 106-cubic-inch, 50-degree, air/oil-cooled Freedom V-twin, which is fuel-injected and belt-driven with six gears to choose from.

For an old-school look, it gets black spoked wheels (18-inch front, 16-rear) shod with blackwall Dunlop Elite tires, but the Hard-Ball’s triple-disc brakes with standard ABS are fully modern binders. Baggers picked up where choppers left off, and the Hard-Ball’s top-loading, locking hard saddlebags that hold 21 gallons’ worth of loot.

The Hard-Ball will be available in dealerships starting in February 2012 for $18,999 (add $250 for California). For more information, visit


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One Response to “2012 Victory Hard-Ball – First Look”

  1. John on February 2nd, 2012 6:25 pm

    Ahh cr@&! The ape bars, front cowling, giant saddlebags, and 4 ft. long pipes make me wretch. With everything painted “rattle-can black”, I wonder what this thing will look like in a year.

    If this is all meant to look sinister, why am I laughing so hard?


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