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High Ball vs Vegas 8 Ball? Just a couple of quick Q's...

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I had the opportunity to test ride the high ball and vegas 8 ball. For the most part, these bikes look 99% identical. Differences seem more cosmetic like the handlebars, tires, rims, etc.

The foot controls for the high ball seemed a little further, my knees didn't appear to rise up as high on the tank. Is this my imagination? The sales guy told me that their identical (he mentioned the different handlebars may be causing this "feeling"). Minor, but I'm just curious.

How hard is it to switch out the stock handlebars of the vegas for the ape bars?

Besides cosmetic differences, is there a significant difference between these two bikes that I'm not realizing?

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Hi,

I had the opportunity to test ride the high ball and vegas 8 ball. For the most part, these bikes look 99% identical. Differences seem more cosmetic like the handlebars, tires, rims, etc.

The foot controls for the high ball seemed a little further, my knees didn't appear to rise up as high on the tank. Is this my imagination? The sales guy told me that their identical (he mentioned the different handlebars may be causing this "feeling"). Minor, but I'm just curious.

How hard is it to switch out the stock handlebars of the vegas for the ape bars?

Besides cosmetic differences, is there a significant difference between these two bikes that I'm not realizing?

THANKS!!
Changing the handlebars is easy. There are things that you won't be able to change, like the wheels and tires: wide front tire on High Ball (16x3.5"), pizza cutter on Vegas (21x2.15") and the inhert handling due to different wheel sizes. Rear wheels: 16x3.5" on High Ball, 18x5.0" on Vegas. Tubeless tires on Vegas, tubed on High Ball. Longer wheel base on Vegas (+1.5"), and there are other minor things that you won't actually notice (slightly different rake, slightly different seat height, 0.5" more ground clearance on Vegas, less dry weight on Vegas (-21lbs), and more rear suspension travel on Vegas (+0.65").

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It will cost a pretty penny to put apes on the Vegas. if you want the Highball bars from Victory, the kit includes the cables, wires, and I think even the controls. But it costs 400 dollars. And if you have the dealer do it, it'll cost you another 400 in labor. I would just buy the Highball and have it all ready done.

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Thanks for the responses guys.

The high ball is out of my price range. Used ones are going for $11.5k+, whereas a used vegas can be had for around $8k. The only mods I'll end up doing is moving the forward controls out a couple of inches, exhaust, and handlebars (I'll do on my own). I priced these mods to be around just slightly over $1k. A nice winter project.

It looks like both bikes use parts from the same parts bin (e.g., controls, engine, lights, etc), so I can't go wrong with either one.
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It will cost a pretty penny to put apes on the Vegas. if you want the Highball bars from Victory, the kit includes the cables, wires, and I think even the controls. But it costs 400 dollars. And if you have the dealer do it, it'll cost you another 400 in labor. I would just buy the Highball and have it all ready done.
I've gotten a pair of high ball / hard ball apes from a fellow forum member, for $200. Since he's local, he even installed them for me in his garage. Reused all OEM wires, and I did end up replacing the front brake line ($40.00) to route it for a better look, a few weeks after the apes went on.

If I had the money to get a hard ball, I would strongly consider a leftover or slightly used 2011 Kingpin (or Kingpin 8Ball), add the apes and call it a day - but I am partial to the handsome Kingpin.


But, if you like the Vegas 8Ball better, here's what it would look like with the high ball apes on:
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As much as I love the look an feel of the hb bars I think the 8b looks better with rounder apes just seen one a bike week a few weeks ago and it looked awesome u could also pick them up cheaper than hb bars


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