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MOTORCYCLE REVIEW: Victory Introduces the New Vegas Low

Plus other 2008 models you should know about

By Genevieve Schmitt
2/6/2008

Victory thought of nearly everything in creating a motorcycle that's designed for smaller riders. The new-for-2008 Vegas Low features a seat height that's 1 inch lower than the standard Vegas at 25.2 inches - that's just slightly higher than the lowest Harley, the Softail Deluxe at 24.5 inches. 

Narrow profile: The stretch to the footpegs and the ground is made easier by scalloped side covers that make the bike more than 1.5 inches narrower.
Narrow profile: The stretch to the footpegs and the ground is made easier by scalloped side covers that make the bike more than 1.5 inches narrower.

Those who normally lose leg inches because of a wide profile (like with the Softail Deluxe) will appreciate the narrower profile of the Vegas Low. In addition, the footpegs have been brought closer to the rider so short legs won't have to stretch to reach the brake and shift levers. And the handlebars have been angled back toward the rider about 2 inches over the standard Vegas making those with shorter arms able to reach the grips without stretching.

The footpegs have been brought in 2.25 inches closer to the rider from the standard Vegas position. Plus, the reach to the grips and controls is easier thanks to 2-inch pullback handlebars.
The footpegs have been brought in 2.25 inches closer to the rider from the standard Vegas position. Plus, the reach to the grips and controls is easier thanks to 2-inch pullback handlebars.

Smaller riders often have small hands so the finger reach to the brake and clutch lever is usually an issue. Victory set up the brake lever so the reach is adjustable. Finally, this more compact Vegas is set up for solo riders. There's no passenger seat or passenger footpegs. The Vegas low comes in three colors: Solid Midnight Cherry, Solid Boardwalk Blue, and Solid Black. Price starts at $15,999. 

The Vegas Low's custom profile gives the bike a more imposing image. We suspect it's much easier to ride than it looks. A full test ride is forthcoming.
The Vegas Low's custom profile gives the bike a more imposing image. We suspect it's much easier to ride than it looks. A full test ride is forthcoming.

Our first impression after sitting on the bike is very favorable. We can definitely feel a difference over the larger Vegas. By the way, the Vegas is one of Victory's most popular models. It combines an ultra smooth, low profile ride in a sparkling custom package. We're excited that Victory chose the Vegas on which to add its "low" touches. These photos are taken from the Victory press kit so we've not actually ridden the bike yet ourselves. We're looking forward to doing a complete test ride.

Power in Black: Kingpin 8-Ball 

Like all the Kingpins, the Kingpin 8-Ball boasts a low 26.5-inch seat height.
Like all the Kingpins, the Kingpin 8-Ball boasts a low 26.5-inch seat height.

Victory scored a home run when it unveiled the blacked out, lower priced 8-Ball a few years ago. It also had a winner with the Kingpin, a larger, beefier bike. The new-for-2008 Kingpin 8-Ball combines the best of both bikes, producing a black-out, low chrome Kingpin. Black wheels are standard, as are black handlebars, mirrors, triple trees, belt guard, sprocket, and front forks. It retails for $13,999.

The Kingpin 8-Ball, like all the new 2008 models, features a new Victory brake system for better overall stopping power. New handgrips and end caps are styled to complement the new switch housings, and new grips can accept a heated grip accessory available on Victory Custom Order Program models.

The Touring Bike: Kingpin Tour 

Beside the luxury Vision model, the Kingpin Tour is Victory's next in line touring model starting at $18,399.
Beside the luxury Vision model, the Kingpin Tour is Victory's next in line touring model starting at $18,399.

Packing More Punch
All Victory models, except the Vision are powered by the 100 cubic inch Freedom V-twin engine, Victory's proprietary powertrain that's been refined for 2008. The 1634cc engine produces a claimed 85 horsepower and 106 foot pounds of torque. A new airbox enhances air intake to help produce more power, and a new Engine Control Module (ECM) with Closed Loop Fuel Injection reduces emissions.

Here's what else is new:
- New throttle body, fuel injectors, oxygen sensors & idle air control
- New cooling system has newly styled oil cooler & new internal & external oil routing
-New engine components that reduce NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) include: New cam shafts, pistons, rods, crankshaft,balance shaft, crankcases & engine covers
- New transmission has new 1st and 6th gears
- New 6th gear has slightly higher ratio & runs more quietly   
- New 1st gear has lower ratio amd delivers improved low-speed drivability and acceleration
- New primary drive with new torque compensator reduces operating noise & improves smoothness    

Cream of the crop #1: The Arlen Ness Signature Series bike for 2008 has Arlen's custom treatment splashed all over the fat-tired Vegas Jackpot. Pricetag: $23,699.
Cream of the crop #1: The Arlen Ness Signature Series bike for 2008 has Arlen's custom treatment splashed all over the fat-tired Vegas Jackpot. Pricetag: $23,699.

Cream of the crop #2: This is the Cory Ness Signature Series Vegas Jackpot for 2008 dripping in custom touches unique to Arlen's son, Cory. Retails for $23,699.
Cream of the crop #2: This is the Cory Ness Signature Series Vegas Jackpot for 2008 dripping in custom touches unique to Arlen's son, Cory. Retails for $23,699.

To read more about the new 2008 Victorys, visit VictoryMotorcycles.com.

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