2013 Victory Judge: American Muscle

2013 Victory Judge: American Muscle

Story: Gary Koz Mraz Photos: Ron Sinoy

_DSC0927Aptly named after the 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge, this American motorcycle delivers on its promise. I couldn’t pop a wheelie but burned some rubber. The Judge has lots of torque and power via the Freedom 106. The company claims 113 lb-ft of torque from the 106ci (1731cc) Twin. A 140mm rear tire and a fat 130/90 tire up front anchors each end of the bike. This big tire and 16-inch five-spoke wheel is even more pronounced because of a single front brake rotor. The foot controls aren’t really center nor are they forward so I shall christen them “Midward Controls.”

_DSC0636The café-cool trend rears its head with the oval “number plate” side panels, a nice touch, and the new taillight integrates cleanly into the fender line. The Judge has its own sporty disposition. The front end looks ready to drag, from the bars that team well with its beefy front five-spoke mag wheel. A fairly small front fender and single disc open the look of the front end from the left side. The tall jugs of its machined cylinder heads are nestled tightly between the frame rails and below the sculpted tank. Its frame, dual exhausts, engine cases, fender stays and chain guard are all done in black. The view between the bars is sparse, a small round digital speedo and small mirrors. Black housing controls, bars, wiring wrapped in black and a black triple tree are non-descript. The brake lever is five-way adjustable.

_DSC0685The sculpted seat keeps riders secure knocking through the six speed tranny and is very comfortable. All well and good, but I am concerned about its unusual shape that locks you in one position. I wonder if manufacturers (or Victory for that matter) will offer other options and choices. Based on how the stock seat hovers over the rear fender to keep the paint looking good, a solo seat is a natural accessory Victory may offer for the Judge.

_DSC0664I’d like to know how much gas is left in the tank when the fuel warning light comes on. I ran out of gas 20-25 miles after the low-fuel warning light came on. Yes, I did burnouts and you do want to hammer the throttle of this muscle bike, but all the other Victory bikes gave me a gallon or so after the warning light came on. I was racing around the mountain twisties and ground things down pretty well. It seems I took a little paint off the pipes too – sorry Victory press fleet.

_DSC0854I may sound like “judge” and jury but in fact, the Judge does what it’s designed for, and very well. Retro ‘60s look, and lots of America muscle. You be the Judge.

The 2013 Victory Judge is available in Gloss Black, Gloss Sunset Red or Suede Nuclear Sunset with an MSRP of $13,999 – $14,399, depending on color choice. Pure Victory Gear already has a handful of accessories for the Judge.

_DSC0870.jpg.tmpSpecial Thanks to super model Natalie K
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About Koz Mraz

Koz Mraz has published over 200 tour stories and articles for Quick Throttle Magazine, Baggers Magazine, American Iron, Cruiser and Bikernet. His book, Piers of the West Coast, explores piers from Mexico to Canada. In Motorcycle Mysteries, Koz travels to fascinating and unique destinations. His popular Tales of the Midnight Rider series: Midnight Rider on a Graveyard Run, Thundertaker, Hoka Hey and Neptune’s Net are available on AMAZON. “I’ve spent much of my life exploring the roads less traveled. Whether journeys are well planned or impromptu it’s always the unexpected that casts the spell of adventure.” Koz Mraz