With the introduction of the muscle-car-inspired Judge, Victory has taken a sharp and deliberate turn from its well-worn path of creating blingy cruisers, bagger/touring rigs, and bobber-themed rides like the High-Ball and the new Hard-Ball that melds bobber with touring.
The Judge marks a change in Victory's recent product offerings, but where the Minnesota-based company continues to stick to business-as-usual thinking is by placing its powerful Freedom 106/6 50-degree air/oil cooled, fuel-injected V-Twin with six-speed gearbox in yet another Victory motorcycle. This same engine that motivates many Victorys now also gives the Judge its go power. We've ridden the Freedom 106/6 many times over the years, and always come away impressed by how much bang for the buck it gives.
The Judge's drag-style handlebar and bodywork are all new, as is the styling of the taillight, fender struts and new EFI covers between the cylinders. But it's perhaps the new headlight that's the biggest departure from Victory's usual styling cues. The large, angular headlamp – a signature Victory styling element – seen on all other models, save for the touring models with full front fairings, is replaced by a more traditionally shaped, round headlight. A single instrument gauge sits just above the new headlight.
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