MOTORCYCLE REVIEW: Victory Introduces the New Vegas Low

Plus other 2008 models you should know about

By Genevieve Schmitt

Victory thought of nearly everything in creating a motorcycle thats designed for smaller riders. The new-for-2008 Vegas Low features a seat height thats 1 inch lower than the standard Vegas at 25.2 inches – thats just slightly higher than the lowest Harley, the Softail Deluxe at 24.5 inches.

Narrow profile: The stretch to the footpegs and the ground is made easier by scalloped side covers that make the bike more than 1.5 inches narrower.

Those who normally lose leg inches because of a wide profile (like with the Softail Deluxe) will appreciate the narrower profile of the Vegas Low. In addition, the footpegs have been brought closer to the rider so short legs wont have to stretch to reach the brake and shift levers. And the handlebars have been angled back toward the rider about 2 inches over the standard Vegas making those with shorter arms able to reach the grips without stretching.

The footpegs have been brought in 2.25 inches closer to the rider from the standard Vegas position. Plus, the reach to the grips and controls is easier thanks to 2-inch pullback handlebars.

Smaller riders often have small hands so the finger reach to the brake and clutch lever is usually an issue. Victory set up the brake lever so the reach is adjustable. Finally, this more compact Vegas is set up for solo riders. Theres no passenger seat or passenger footpegs. The Vegas low comes in three colors: Solid Midnight Cherry, Solid Boardwalk Blue, and Solid Black. Price starts at $15,999.

The Vegas Low#39;s custom profile gives the bike a more imposing image. We suspect it#39;s much easier to ride than it looks. A full test ride is forthcoming.

Our first impression after sitting on the bike is very favorable. We can definitely feel a difference over the larger Vegas. By the way, the Vegas is one of Victorys most popular models. It combines an ultra smooth, low profile ride in a sparkling custom package. Were excited that Victory chose the Vegas on which to add its “low” touches. These photos are taken from the Victory press kit so weve not actually ridden the bike yet ourselves. Were looking forward to doing a complete test ride.

Power in Black: Kingpin 8-Ball

Like all the Kingpins, the Kingpin 8-Ball boasts a low 26.5-inch seat height.

Victory scored a home run when it unveiled the blacked out, lower priced 8-Ball a few years ago. It also had a winner with the Kingpin, a larger, beefier bike. The new-for-2008 Kingpin 8-Ball combines the best of both bikes, producing a black-out, low chrome Kingpin. Black wheels are standard, as are black handlebars, mirrors, triple trees, belt guard, sprocket, and front forks. It retails for $13,999.

The Kingpin 8-Ball, like all the new 2008 models, features a new Victory brake system for better overall stopping power. New handgrips and end caps are styled to complement the new switch housings, and new grips can accept a heated grip accessory available on Victory Custom Order Program models.

The Touring Bike: Kingpin Tour

Beside the luxury Vision model, the Kingpin Tour is Victory#39;s next in line touring model starting at $18,399.

Packing More Punch
All Victory models, except the Vision are powered by the 100 cubic inch Freedom V-twin engine, Victorys proprietary powertrain thats been refined for 2008. The 1634cc engine produces a claimed 85 horsepower and 106 foot pounds of torque. A new airbox enhances air intake to help produce more power, and a new Engine Control Module (ECM) with Closed Loop Fuel Injection reduces emissions.

Heres what else is new:
– New throttle body, fuel injectors, oxygen sensors amp; idle air control
– New cooling system has newly styled oil cooler amp; new internal amp; external oil routing
-New engine components that reduce NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) include: New cam shafts, pistons, rods, crankshaft,balance shaft, crankcases amp; engine covers
– New transmission has new 1st and 6th gears
– New 6th gear has slightly higher ratio amp; runs more quietly
– New 1st gear has lower ratio amd delivers improved low-speed drivability and acceleration
– New primary drive with new torque compensator reduces operating noise amp; improves smoothness

Cream of the crop #1: The Arlen Ness Signature Series bike for 2008 has Arlen#39;s custom treatment splashed all over the fat-tired Vegas Jackpot. Pricetag: $23,699.
Cream of the crop #2: This is the Cory Ness Signature Series Vegas Jackpot for 2008 dripping in custom touches unique to Arlen#39;s son, Cory. Retails for $23,699.

To read more about the new 2008 Victorys, visit

6 thoughts on MOTORCYCLE REVIEW: Victory Introduces the New Vegas Low

  1. I would like to emphasize that the Vegas is not a bike for a novice. It's a powerful bike, with a quick throttle response that could easily get away from an inexperienced rider.

    I have an '05 8 Ball; we did everything to it that Victory later did to make the “Low” model. The exception is the narrower side panels only because they weren't even thought of. And mine is the 1502cc/92ci power plant.

    The year I rode her to Sturgis, I remember talking with one of the design engineers about what we had done to mine and the need for something designed for the inseam-challenged. I'm glad they did.

    1. Victory is known for really listening to its customers and taking that information and incoporating it into new designs. Seems the reps in Sturgis really listened to you.

  2. Good write up. Wish you had actually riding experience of the lower Victory.

    The Victory sounds like something that would fit me well and be a comfortable longer distance bike. Thanks for the excellent article.

  3. Great article! I actually purchased my Victory Vegas Low in midnight cherry a few days ago. It's awesome. I was riding a Sportster 1200 Custom Low. This bike has a lower center of gravity, handles the turns better, has lots of power and sits you lower. Thank you for the excellent article. I just found your site tonight and love it!

    The price was also perfect, about half of what you'd pay for the Dyna Screamin' Eagle. It has way more power and isn't as hot on your leg as the Dyna or Softail Deluxe. There really is no compairison to the Harleys. I'm now a Victory fan instead of Harley.

  4. I'm excited to see a Harley alternative. I hate following the crowd. I've never been attracted to the Harley price tag nor it's styling (although the V-Rodis pretty kick a$$ – visually, anyway).

    I now ride a Honda Shadow VLX Deluxe and have had three good years with her, but I think I'm ready to upgrade to the Kingpin 8-ball. The American-made part is an added bonus but definitely not a requirement for me. Hot, hot, hot!

  5. I picked my new Kingpin last summer in nuclear orange and pearl white and it has brought me 4,000 miles of much needed fun and excitement. It draws attention at every fuel stop and many stoplights. Unlike my 2004 H-D FatBoy, it brings out the question that I've heard of the Victory but haven't ever seen one. It is accepted by the other riders with its American Heritage in its upbringing as the New American motorcycle.''

    I would highly recommend the Victory nameplate as a new motorcycle choice. It will provide miles of trouble-free service, many great conversations and a ride and power unmatched by the big name motorcycle companies.

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