Well after waiting months for the opportunity to ride a Victory I finally got the chance as there was a manufacturers demo ride two weeks ago in Sudbury Ontario. I live in Sault Ste. Marie, so I had roughly a 200 mile ride. Unfortunately the dealer sold the Hammer 8 Ball they had in stock the week before, so I couldn't see one up close and the manufacturers demo ride didn't have a Hammer 8 Ball to test, so I took out the Gunner as I was advised it best represented the posture and seating position of the Hammer. As you obviously realize there is not a dealer for Victory in my home town.
Well first I must say the motor is everything plus more than I ever expected. "Absolutely incredible". However I was disappointed with the following;
1) lash or slop, when at speed when letting fully off the throttle and then accelerating.
2) very loud when shifting, all gears
3) disappointed that the extending of the side stand does not automatically shut down the engine (safety).
4) the quality of the foot pegs, shifter and foot break were very disappointing.
I only can wonder if I had the chance to ride the Hammer, regardless of my complaints if I would have left with one, but not having this opportunity and no close dealer I doubt that I'll ever know.
I ride a Honda VTX-C 1300 and although similar in looks I absolutely admit the Hammer is better looking and is one Bad Ass bike, but I feel the aforementioned complaints are better on the Honda. If only the manufacturer would have a factory billet foot brake peg and better quality foot rests, who knows.
I guess there still a chance..........