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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-08-2012, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Default First impression of my 2012 Hammer 8-Ball

For cruising around this bike delivers and is one cool ride. Everyone who sees it loves the thing and who can blame them?

I dont ride it like the sport bikes I have had but I put it through its paces. The first curvy road had me scraping my pegs and getting the rear tire pretty close to the edge. There are a few mods that are a MUST.

1. The seat is horrible.
2. The rear shock is horrible (may just need adjusting).
3. The front brakes lack initial bite and under hard braking dont quite cut it. 700 lb bike with 220 lbs of "me" means they have to work hard in a hammer on the brake type stop. The rear brake seems soft and lacking as well. Normal riding they are fine though.
4. It chugs A LOT if you are below 1800 rpms.

Would it be worth it to upgrade to the Hammer S rear shock with 3.9 inches of travel vs. just the 3.0 that it has now?

The engine has good power and for now its "ok" but I will have to have more. It is not what I would call a fast bike but it does make good torque and the power delivery is smooth and never jerky. The front forks are a little on the soft side for my taste but it helps to smooth out the ride on rough roads.

I am really nit-picking because it is THAT GOOD of a bike.

It handles well, has good power, got 45 miles per gallon, stops decent, looks amazing, and sounds good in stock form. It does nothing great but does everything well. I keep coming back to the brakes and will either upgrade the rotor and pad or perhaps go with a dual disc front set-up.

I cant wait to ride it again.

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Upgrade to the EBC pads now. The factory pads are inadequate.

As far as the motor upgrade, it's your money, so spend it as you see fit.

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Upgrade to the EBC pads now. The factory pads are inadequate.

As far as the motor upgrade, it's your money, so spend it as you see fit.
Thats just it. I need to decide what to do to my 2012 Corvette first. lol
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How does the 250 rear tire feel when leaning the bike into the turns?
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How does the 250 rear tire feel when leaning the bike into the turns?
It feels ok, takes some getting used to but its not bad. It takes more concentration and you have to be more attentive to your actions in the corner, more so than a sport bike or a more narrow rear tire bike that "glides" through the corner. If that makes sense. lol

Funny story.....I took it Saturday to get its first service and the one guy says "Did you ride sport bikes before this?" I said yeah and says "Makes sense." I notice that my pegs hit VERY early and well before I hit the edge of the tire. Left side of my rear tire has wear about 1/2 inch from the edge (peg barely touches at that point) but the right side of my tire had marks all the way to the very edge and the peg had some nice rash on it. I can hustle it through corners pretty well but no where near like my sport bikes.

Honestly, the bike is better and better each time I ride it and since the service (oil/filter/full check up...etc) its even better. The brakes are ALL I want to change apart from teh seat and rear shock. I had them adjust the rear shock and soften it a little bit as it was "Hammering" my butt pretty hard!

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I thought Hammer's had dual disks up front...

Yes. The EBC pads will help a lot. www.noemtz.com is a good source for them.
The 8-ball version only gets 1 up front and a 3.0 inch travel shock vs 3.9. I "think" they are the only changes as far as color....etc
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The 8-ball version only gets 1 up front and a 3.0 inch travel shock vs 3.9. I "think" they are the only changes as far as color....etc
That esplains it. I was thinking the Hammers had the taller shock too. Anyway, yes, the taller shock makes a dramatic improvement IMO. I rode a High Ball and a Kingpin back to back. The HB has your same short shock and the KP has the 3.9" as the Hammer S. The quality of the ride was much better on the KP.

I rode a Hammer S that had been lowered. I don't know what was used, but I didn't like it.

In another thread, someone mentioned an air adjustable shock for Vic cruisers made by Kewlmetal. Sound interesting to me.

I was also not a fan of the seat or the brakes on the Hammer S. I can't understand why the brakes didn't feel better being a dual front, but I actually liked the feel of the KP's single disc better. New pads would probably do wonders here.

As to the seat, I don't know how many good options there are. The KP has a very nice seat, so that may have contributed to my appreciation of its ride. I guess there is always the option of sending it out to a seat remodeler.




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I am looking in to some seats but spending THAT much is not want I want to do.

My dad said the same thing about having someone modify the stock seat. May have to do that.

It is a great bike thus far.
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It feels ok, takes some getting used to but its not bad. It takes more concentration and you have to be more attentive to your actions in the corner, more so than a sport bike or a more narrow rear tire bike that "glides" through the corner. If that makes sense. lol

Funny story.....I took it Saturday to get its first service and the one guy says "Did you ride sport bikes before this?" I said yeah and says "Makes sense." I notice that my pegs hit VERY early and well before I hit the edge of the tire. Left side of my rear tire has wear about 1/2 inch from the edge (peg barely touches at that point) but the right side of my tire had marks all the way to the very edge and the peg had some nice rash on it. I can hustle it through corners pretty well but no where near like my sport bikes.

Honestly, the bike is better and better each time I ride it and since the service (oil/filter/full check up...etc) its even better. The brakes are ALL I want to change apart from teh seat and rear shock. I had them adjust the rear shock and soften it a little bit as it was "Hammering" my butt pretty hard!

This bike is awesome.



The 8-ball version only gets 1 up front and a 3.0 inch travel shock vs 3.9. I "think" they are the only changes as far as color....etc
Stock Dunlop rear tire? Swap it for a Metz and you won't even notice it. The stock Dunlops suck.
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Stock Dunlop rear tire? Swap it for a Metz and you won't even notice it. The stock Dunlops suck.
I dont seem to have a problem with the stock tires....but to be honest I am not a fan of Dunslops. lol

In the past I have ran M1's and M3's on my sport bikes and I think those things would stick to the ceiling.
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