Vic­tory plays High-Ball

NT News - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - By MARK HINCHLIFFE

IT’S high-stakes fash­ion in the world of Amer­i­can heavy metal cruiser bikes.

Vic­tory came along just over a decade ago to cash in on Har­ley David­son’s suc­cess and en­tered the Aus­tralian mar­ket less than three years ago.

The Vic­tory range ar­rived with loads of chrome and bright cus­tomised paint jobs like some­thing from an episode of US re­al­ity show Amer­i­can Chop­per.

But the lat­est cus­tom trend is meaner and leaner.

Har­ley was first on this band­wagon with its range of ‘‘Dark’’ bikes.

Now Vic­tory is fol­low­ing suit with its sleek all-black High-Ball due to ar­rive here early in the sec­ond half of the year.

One week af­ter its world­wide de­but in New York the grungy bob­ber-style bike made an ap­pear­ance at the re­cent open­ing of Vic­tory’s com­pany-owned Syd­ney deal­er­ship in Ash­field.

It is the sec­ond com­pa­ny­owned Vic­tory store in the world with the first be­ing in Mel­bourne. Vic­tory now has six deal­ers in Aus­tralia with the oth­ers in Bris­bane, Mackay, New­cas­tle and Perth, plus one in Auck­land. The High-Ball bob­ber has ad­justable high-rise bars, white wall tyres and a low 635mm seat. It comes in one colour scheme: matte black with a white tank cover.

Vic­tory mar­ket­ing as­sis­tant Robert Rosen­garten says they do not have a re­tail price ‘‘at this stage’’.

‘‘Peo­ple that will buy them may be look­ing for some­thing that is com­fort­able and easy to ride but is also all black and looks tough,’’ Rosen­garten said. ‘‘It is a bike that looks to the fu­ture while re­spect­ing the past.’’

One of the bike’s unique fea­tures is the han­dle­bars which can be ad­justed to be up­right or laid back.

In ei­ther po­si­tion, the con­trols and ca­bles can be quickly ad­justed with tools.

The High-Ball is pow­ered by Vic­tory’s 106 fuel-in­jected V-twin and fea­tures a solo seat and a two-into-one ex­haust.

Rosen­garten says Vic­tory sales are ‘‘above our tar­gets’’, es­pe­cially high-spec mod­els.

Last year they sold 198, com­pared with 37.5 per cent from 144 the pre­vi­ous year.

Vic­tory is owned by Po­laris, an Amer­i­can man­u­fac­turer of snow­mo­biles, and all-ter­rain as well as side-by­side ve­hi­cles.

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