The "sport" label is used way too often for marketing purposes, which only makes consumers more confused. A number of large-displacement cruisers delivering impressive performance are immediately described as true sport machines. But there's more to sportiness than pure engine power, let alone accelerations times.
|Some cruisers can keep up with sportbikes in terms of overall performance.|
Nowadays, in order to deserve that label, bikes must be truly sporty in every respect. They need to offer handling worthy of a German sedan, outstanding rideability and, more importantly, ultra-short braking distances. In the motorcycling world, power is nothing without stability and control.
Despite their excessive weight, some cruisers can keep up with sportbikes in terms of overall performance. The V-Rod, M109R, Road Star Warrior and, of course, the Victory Hammer all come to mind. These motorcycles manage to deliver high levels of performance AND above-average stability. Notable improvements
The first Hammers used to be criticized for their lack of complicity. That's now a thing of the past: I found the new 2008 Victory Hammer very rider-friendly for such a high-caliber bike. It's easy to ride and never troublesome when you take off. The ultra-low center of gravity has a lot to do with it, making the Hammer feel lighter than it actually is.
Those who are familiar with this motorcycle will remain fans, while others will no doubt agree on its irresistible charm. Long and muscular, the Hammer wonderfully combines style and prestige. The beautiful parts, inverted fork, chrome cladding, striking wheels and gigantic rear tire complete a sharp, well-executed design.
|I found the new 2008 Victory Hammer very rider-friendly for such a high-caliber bike.|