One place where the Hammer will take no prisoners is its color palette. Victory chose attention-getting, aggressive colors to make the bike stand out--and attract riders of other classes of brightly colored bikes. The standard colors are black, Cosmic Sunburst (which bears a striking, though candy-colored, resemblance to Art Friedman's signature orange helmet), Flame Yellow, Indy Red and the custom-order-only color, Toxic Green. Both the red and green bikes can also receive a tribal tattoo pattern. Riding the Hammer is not to be missed. First, the seating position is open and relaxed. The engine starts willingly (though some preproduction starter motors had problems on the press intro) and idles with that characteristic Victory sound. The clutch lever requires a slightly stronger pull than previous Victories, but not tremendously so. The acceleration is strong, and like many bikes that have fairly flat torque curves, you don't have to spin the engine to its limits to make good time. The fuel injection is almost flawless, with no glitches or hiccups. Sixth gear drops the rpm to 2500 at 70 mph. Spin the engine higher and vibration becomes noticeable--but not bothersome--in the handlebar at around 3000 rpm. Higher up in the rev range, say near 4000 rpm, the vibration does begin to intrude in a way I don't remember experiencing on the Kingpin.