I picked up a 2009 Victory Hammer S from Polaris HQ today, June 15. I’ve noticed this particular bike is about Victory performance, and that my sportbike has tire envy.
After rolling 200 miles during the first few hours after pick-up, I do have a few qualms about riding position (see future posts). Of course, I’m traditionally more of a sportbike rider, so anything I ride foot-first seems a bit odd.
Still, this is the best of the four Victory I’ve ridden for an extended period of time. It accelerates impressively (for97hp, 20hp less than my sportbike) and I can maneuver no problem with the big 18-incher up front and 250/40R18 Dunlop rear.
My first Victory extended ride, the TC, was a bit of a dog; the first year Vegas was better, but still not tuned quite right (needed more breathing, found through the parts catalog); and the Vision I rode for a few months last summer was hugely impressive in handling and performance for its size.
One common theme I immediately found between the Vision and Hammer: Both attract a fair bit of attention at stoplights and while fuel filling. Another impression: the H-D, Kawi and Yamaha (Star) riders couldn’t quite keep up when I was coaxed at the stoplight northbound on 169 in Jordan, MN.
2009 VICTORY HAMMER S
Engine: 1731cc air/oil-cooled EFI SOHC V-twin delivering 97hp
Bore x Stroke: 101x108mm
Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Primary Drive: Gear drive w/ torque compensator
Final Drive: Carbon fiber belt
Front Brake: Dual 300mm floating rotor with 4-piston caliper
Rear Brake: 300mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper
Front Suspension: 43mm inverted cartridge telescopic fork
Rear Suspension: Single mono-tube gas, cast aluminum with rising rate linkage (preload adjustable)
Front Wheel: 18×3.5 w/ 130/70R18 Dunlop Elite 3
Rear Wheel: 18×8.5 w/250/40R18 Dunlop Elite 3
Wheelbase: 65.7 inches
Dry Weight: 669 lbs.
Color: Boardwalk Blue w/ white stripes
MSRP: Starting at $18,499