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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 12-05-2015, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Im looking at buying a Victory but i have not decided on a model. Im leaning towards a Hammer or 8 Ball. Is there a difference in the final drive ratio of the 5 vs the 6?
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Sure is..
6th is an overdrive that drops revs by 500 at cruising speed.
Depending on your cruising speed and speeding laws you may be ok with a 5 speed.
I could certainly live with one if I had to.
Rarely use 6th its only really justified over 70 mph

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yes OD is nice at 65 mpg its right around 2500, 70 is around 27ish00 rpms.

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If you don't do a lot of high speed cruising, a 5 speed will do fine. I only use 6th gear at speeds above 65mph. It runs smoother in 5th than 6th anyway.

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My old Kingpin was a 5speed. Here in Arizona 80-90 mph isn't uncommon. I had no problem keeping up. They do fine. Although the 6 speed is nice over 65-70, but not necessary.

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I'm glad I don't have 6 because I'd always feel like I need to use it.

Five gears get plenty of work out on mine.
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I have a 6 and I only use it if I am cruising at over 65MPH - which is rare for me.



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Thank you so much for the replys. I'm still undecided on a model also budget is of course a big issue. I'm really leaning towards the hammer. I want something that has a smooth ride and can handel descent in the curves.
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Thank you so much for the replys. I'm still undecided on a model also budget is of course a big issue. I'm really leaning towards the hammer. I want something that has a smooth ride and can handel descent in the curves.
Not knowing your riding experience or past bikes owned....

I would tell you that the large rear tire on the Hammer does take a bit more effort to rangle thru twisties.....

That said ...there are many things you can do to help this .....

I know ... I have one.

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Thank you so much for the replys. I'm still undecided on a model also budget is of course a big issue. I'm really leaning towards the hammer. I want something that has a smooth ride and can handel descent in the curves.
Not knowing your riding experience or past bikes owned....

I would tell you that the large rear tire on the Hammer does take a bit more effort to rangle thru twisties.....

That said ...there are many things you can do to help this .....

I know ... I have one.

Peter
Long story short. I use to have a Harley Superglide and a Yamaha Vmax but sold everything when I lost my riding buddy. I swore I would never ride again. 12 years later I'm starting to get the itch for a bike.

I just keep gravitating to the hammer. So far it's my favorite. I just love the look and profile of it. How comfortable are they? Riding position etc. I'm 5'6" and 140lbs. I also have a bad back from a car accident 23 years ago. I'm 43 now. I'm also having to take my wife into consideration because I want her to be comfortable as well.

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