2009 Victory Cory Ness Signature Jackpot Review –

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Victory Cory Ness Jackpot

The New American Motorcycle goes big on bling

Photos by Alfonse “Fonzie” Palaima

It was a seemingly innocuous moment at Daytona International Speedway when a middle-aged man took a long look at the Cory Ness Signature Victory Jackpot as it slowly rumbled past.


But this was no ordinary man. It was Bill Davidson, son of the legendary Willy G. and the current VP of Core Customer Marketing for Harley-Davidson Motor Company. When a cruiser is able to capture his studied attention, the company behind it is certainly doing several things right!

Ness Family Tree

Motorcyclists who haven’t heard of Arlen Ness should be ashamed of themselves. The Motorcycle Hall of Famer began building custom choppers in the late 1960s and earned an international reputation for his radically creative rolling sculptures through the ’70s and ’80s and beyond. You can read his bio by clicking here .

In the late 1990s, Victory Motorcycles was launched as a Polaris Industries offshoot, and the initial models were met with lukewarm response as Victory struggled to develop its own style and identity. In 1999, while Victory designer Michael Song was working on an upcoming model called the Vegas that would later prove to be a stylistic hit, Ness was brought in for his opinion. Two years later, Ness officially entered a consulting role with the Minnesota-based company.

Victory Cory Ness Jackpot
Victory Cory Ness Jackpot

Ness’s exploration into the world of production bikes wouldn’t be made alone, as he also brought along his budding custom-building son Cory.

Although Ness has been inaccurately portrayed as the artist behind the successful Vegas line when it was actually the fruit of designer Song, the opinions of the Ness family were surveyed prior to its launch and every model Victory has since debuted.

“They look at every bike before it goes into production and give us guidance,” commented Victory’s project manager Gary Gray. “But the actual design work is done by us.”

In 2004, the Arlen Ness Vegas became the first of the ongoing Ness Signature Series. Cory Ness has also contributed his own signature models over the years (starting in ’05), and the current pattern is for both Arlen and Cory to have a new version of their namesake bikes in each model year. Consisting mostly of cosmetic additions, the Ness family nonetheless has “total design control” over the models, according to Gray.

The Ness family will likely continue to play a role in Victory Motorcycles, as a third generation of Ness, Cory’s son Zach, also has a consulting agreement with Victory. According to Gray, Zach helps the company have “better appeal with the younger demographic.” Last year the youngest Ness showed off a Kingpin model he customized, perhaps portending an eventual Signature Series bike for himself one day.

Victory Cory Ness Jackpot
Victory Cory Ness Jackpot
Victory Cory Ness Jackpot
Victory Cory Ness Jackpot
Victory Cory Ness Jackpot
Victory Cory Ness Jackpot
Victory Cory Ness Jackpot
Victory Cory Ness Jackpot
Victory Cory Ness Jackpot
Victory Cory Ness Jackpot

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