Victory Motorcycles is one of the greatest examples of pure American iron, after the iconic Harley-Davidson brand, of course, and we know they are indeed headed to India. As if that wasn’t enough, there are updates in the pipeline and the first of the 2014 models to shake the segment up is the new Cross Country 8-Ball.
The new 8-Ball is meaner and incorporates sleeker lines, packing lean styling with a comfort-oriented design. Of course, performance is still top order. Bringing the horses is a big 106 cubic inch (1,731cc) V-twin heart, which pumps out a hefty 144 Nm of torque. A 6-speed transmission with overdrive sends the power via a carbon-fibre reinforced belt, while the 22-litre fuel tank will give you hours of cruising range. 300-mm brake rotors, two up front and one at the rear provide ample stopping power, especially when paired to the wide tyres: 130-section front and 180 rear. Whether on winding mountain roads or out on the open highway, the Cross Country 8-Ball will not leave you feeling wanting. And it does so with style!
Of particular interest are the low, touring-oriented seat, the lockable side boxes and the colossal fairing for protection against elements. You also get integrated speakers and a plethora of optional matching accessories to ensure that riders enjoy any trip as much as possible. Considering all of the kit on board, a dry weight of 339 kg doesn’t seem too bad, does it?
The 2014 Cross Country 8-Ball sports a base price tag of $17,999 (Rs 10.5 lakh approx). However, expect it to cost a “bit” more when it reaches Indian shores, especially if that is via the CBU route, owing to our import duty structure.
Story: Jim Gorde