Victory Vegas Jackpot Review
It’s no secret the boss is in man-love with Victory, so when the guys at TMG asked him if he wanted to take a Jackpot for a couple of weeks, he fairly busted the door in his haste to pick it up…
- Great handling
- Quality bling factor straight from the box
- Minimalistic instrument display
- Long and low stance
With the upcoming ride to Okoroire planned out, it was with some relief that yours truly received the offer from Victory's Marketing Manager Peter Harvey to take the latest Vegas away. And what's even better, the good blokes and sheilas at TMG stuck some funky aftermarket pipes on for extra sex and aural appeal.
In addition to being eye candy straight off the production line, the new Vegas Jackpot features several key improvements, including the Next Generation Freedom 106/6 V-Twin - an engine that's found its way into the majority of the Victory lineup for 2011.
It's specifically calibrated to deliver peak performance in the Jackpot, and features stage two cams. It is mated to a six-speed constant mesh manual transmission with overdrive. The motor makes 97 horses at 5000rpm while generating 153Nm (113lb-ft) of torque at 2500rpm. That's transferred to the meaty 250mm rear tyre via the gear with torque compensator primary drive and carbon-fibre-reinforced-belt final drive.
The ride quality is controlled by conventional 43mm telescopic forks with 130mm of travel up front and single, mono-tube gas shocks with cast aluminum swingarm. Braking is effectively handled hydraulically by a 300mm floating rotor with four-piston calliper forward and a hydraulic 300mm floating rotor with two-piston calliper in the rear.
Tyres are courtesy of Dunlop with Elite 3s - 90/90 21 x 2.15" up front and 250/40 R18 x 8.5" in the rear, mounted on five-blade-spoke chrome Anvil billet alloy wheels.
The Jackpot sports several styling cues from the Vegas, but with a more extreme treatment, sitting long and low with a squat 653mm height for the one-piece seat. The bodywork displays a raised spine theme down the bike's centerline, appearing on both the fenders and the split-tail 17-litre fuel tank.
Traditionally, big V-twin cruisers are less than brilliant in the handling and braking department, but then no-one buys them expecting race-bike performance in these areas. The Jackpot though isn't half bad when it comes to carving up the twisties, better than most in fact.
Back braking is the go here when it comes to slowing the 309kg beast, with input from the front of course. The bike tends to get the weave on a tad if you're pushing harder than you should around corners. Take it down a notch and it's one of the most rewarding rides around.
Engine 4-stroke 50° V-Twin, Single overhead
camshafts with 4 valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains,
Bore x stroke 101 x 108mm
Compression ratio 9.4:1
Fuel system Electronic fuel injection with dual 45mm throttle body
Final drive Belt
Frame type Pipe
Front suspension Conventional telescopic for 43mm with 130 mm travel
Rear suspension Single, mono-tube gas with cast aluminum rising-rate linkage swingarm (76 mm travel) and preloaded adjustable spring
Front brake 300 mm floating rotor with 4-piston caliper
Rear brake 300 mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper
Wet weight 309kg
Seat height 653mm
Fuel capacity 17lt
Max power 72.3kW (97hp)@5000rpm
Max torque 153Nm (113ft-lb)@2500rpm