2002 Victory V92C Review

A closer gander at Victory's 2002 eye-catcher

V92C
For 2002, the V92C comes in new colors in addition to the black, like this eye-catching yellow and black.James Brown

This article was originally published in the April 2002 issue of Motorcycle Cruiser.

The V92C is the original Victory model, introduced in 1998. Well, actually, this bike isn't exactly "original," since Victory has been making steady improvements and changes. Victory now has four models (and has discontinued a fifth, the Sport Cruiser) in two families. The new family is the TC series, which have a new, longer chassis. The 92C and the similar 92C Deluxe, which adds features like a windshield and saddlebags, complete the line.

All four bikes have the same 1507cc air/oil-cooled fuel-injected 50-degree V-twin that for '02 has been massaged to give 25 percent more claimed power. The profiles of the single overhead cam were changed, the four-valve combustion chambers have been tightened up to boost the compression ratio from 8.5:1 to 9.2:1, and the engine-management computer was recalibrated. Cooling load was shifted from the oil cooler, which has shrunk, to the cylinder fins, which are now more robust. Those changes also improved engine appearance. Victory calls the revised engine the Freedom. It retains the vibration-canceling counterbalancer system, automatic hydraulic valve adjusters, dual 44mm injector throats, five speeds and belt final drive on the right side. The Freedom package brings smoother, quieter shifting than previous Victory offerings. This year the exhaust system has been redesigned with a slash cut on the staggered dual mufflers.

Those familiar with previous V92Cs will retain that familiarity as the V92C enters its fifth year of production. It retains the 63.3-inch wheelbase rather than the TC's 65.5-inch axle separation and the same general ergonomic layout that we have liked so well in the past. Like the other Victory models, the V92C has a single shock on a triangulated swingarm, those beefy 45mm fork stanchions, a 5.0-gallon fuel tank, floorboards, and the unique instrument module. The single-face cluster includes a small-diameter tachometer set into the bottom of the speedometer, with an LCD that includes a host of useful functions, includes a clock, fuel gauge, voltmeter, and others in addition to the usual tripmeter and odometer functions. You select and adjust the various LCD functions with buttons on fronts of the handlebar switch housings. The instrument'sangle has been revised.

V-twin engine
The V-twin engine of the V92C gains a claimed 25-percent rise in power.James Brown

Victory's base model comes with 16-inch cast-aluminum wheels and tubeless tires, each with a single 300mm brake rotor. The front caliper has four pistons, the rear two. A noteworthy item is the fact that it uses plastic coated braided stainless steel brake hoses.

For '02, there are new colors in addition to black. Besides our eye-catching yellow and black version, there is also a red and white paint scheme, and a special-order multi-color flame treatment. Price has increased by $300 this year, with the V92C starting at $13,699 in solid black. With a fresh engine and new models, Polaris has renewed its commitment to the Victory brand, and sales are increasing.