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Hey guys and gals. Can anyone tell me the pros and cons of these two bikes? Will be between years 2011-2013. Anyone thats drove both have opinions on how they ride/handle compared to each other. I usually drive sport bikes but i have a 10 month old daughter and another on the way. My sr22 insurance finally drops off in 7 days. Thinking its best i get a cruiser to keep me outta trouble. After looking around i like the victory's the best, esp 8 ball editions. Anything you can tell me will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
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these bikes are completely different from each
other in appearance,handling,and comfort.
the vegas has a lower center of gravity,seems
lighter,and turns easier than the hammer,and
has a slightly more comfortable seat.
the hammers seat is a little higher,and is not
as comfortable,and takes more effort to initiate,
and hold the bike into a turn.
this being said,the only way to find out what
bike is the best for you is to test ride them.
ps:while you are there test ride the high ball
i think you will be pleasantly surprised.
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I personally don't like the feel of the big tire on the Hammer (or any bike for that matter) in the twistys. Yeah you can get used to it, but a 180 seems to be the sweet spot for me.

With that said, the Hammer is a pretty awesome "profiling" bike and when you whack the throttle, the power all gets to that big back tire pretty quickly. No idea if Victory changed the gearing on the Hammer from the Vegas, but it seems to have much more of an on / off feel to it which I found appealing on that bike.

While not exactly an apples to apples comparison, since you came from a sport bike world, my wife had a GSXR 750 (think Vegas) and I rode a ZX14 (think Hammer) before I bought my XR. Of course she could get into the turns quicker and it took me considerably more effort, but in the end, we both ended up at the same stopping point.....after I passed her in the straights.

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i am going to have to find out when there doing any riding events around my area. ive called everywhere within 150 miles from me and no one has a hammer 8 ball. theres a vegas 8 ball 30 miles away. im only 5"7", idk if the difference in the seat height would make a difference or not. ive sat on the vegas and thought it was comfortable but im assuming id think anything is comfortable when your used to riding a rocket. my dad has an 03 harley fatboy with ape hangers. ive drove that a couple times. not really my cup of tea. not to bad tho. hopefully i can find a place thats doing test rides!! i was set on a vegas 8 ball till i seen pics of the hammer. i just love how that fat tire looks
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i am going to have to find out when there doing any riding events around my area. ive called everywhere within 150 miles from me and no one has a hammer 8 ball. theres a vegas 8 ball 30 miles away. im only 5"7", idk if the difference in the seat height would make a difference or not. ive sat on the vegas and thought it was comfortable but im assuming id think anything is comfortable when your used to riding a rocket. my dad has an 03 harley fatboy with ape hangers. ive drove that a couple times. not really my cup of tea. not to bad tho. hopefully i can find a place thats doing test rides!! i was set on a vegas 8 ball till i seen pics of the hammer. i just love how that fat tire looks
I love my Hammer, and almost bought a new 8 ball version. You don't have your location listed so I dont know where you are. My closest dealer (Richmond KY) has a 2012 Hammer 8 Ball in stock.

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I love my Hammer, and almost bought a new 8 ball version. You don't have your location listed so I dont know where you are. My closest dealer (Richmond KY) has a 2012 Hammer 8 Ball in stock.
sorry im in plainview nebraska. ill go update my info
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I purchased the Vegas 8 because of how it felt in the seat and because of the way it can move in the turns.


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Just jump on any model Hammer that you can in the years you are looking at. Doesn't have to be an 8 Ball to at least give you a feel for the Hammer as a bike.

Looks like the demo tour isn't coming to Nebraska until October but it is stopping at three dealers.

http://www.victorymotorcycles.com/en...demo-tour.aspx

Check the schedule for other states if they are close enough.

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If you like sport bikes then maybe you should test ride a judge. The riding position is closer to a sport bike.

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