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2011 Arlen Ness Vision

By Steve Lita by Bob Feather

Around the RoadBike we utilize a powerful, universally reservation system. It’s the final word on entitlement for an possession, or activity. It’s dibs — a small word mighty meaning.

And while said that the early gets the worm, I’ve that being early to the allows me to scope out the scene and lay to not just the worms, but the cool too.

Pickin’ A Winner

In of 2010, I was invited to the Victory 2011 new model press at Gateway Canyons Resort. south of Grand Junction, The plan was to ride with a of wild-eyed journalists to Sturgis, Dakota, for the annual Sturgis and Races. My compatriot Joe Knezevic of Iron Magazine was on the invitee as well, and we journeyed to Colorado a day to be nice and fresh for the Victory When we arrived at the resort, we the

Victory staff buffing and the demo bikes in the parking and they took a moment to us. Once done with the they told us we could which bikes we wanted to for the photo sessions and, the ride up to Sturgis.

Like a kid in a store, I started pointing at all the objects that caught my “One of these! One of those! one over there!” But I knew I to save my ace-in-the-hole pick for the ride to Sturgis. Decisions, And there it was, sitting all by the 2011 Arlen Ness Series Victory Vision. number #001. “Dibs!” I out loud.

There. Done deal. I not be dethroned.

My scheme was to allow hired-gun photographers shoot me the variety of cruisers I selected, but I enlist RoadBike staff Bob Feather to shoot me on the Ness once we arrived in Sturgis. So I had no to spend much time on it we departed for the northbound two-day When time came for the ride, I looked around and nobody had jumped on the Ness What?

Were they The coolest bike on hand and it was behind? I was certainly hoping latecomers to the party weren’t they were going to MY Arlen Ness Vision up to

Because that was just not

The following day, after the presentations and test rides all completed, we departed for Sturgis. groups set out on several routes for an overnight in Fort Collins, after a ride through Mountain National Park. who followed the GPS-equipped group found themselves late for

So much for the power of GPS. Me, I was a leisurely ride, occasionally the map and asking directions at gas stations. I had a on my face the whole way, the Ness Vision.

I had made the right choice.

Not to you with the tales of my trip, but I even gotten to the cool yet. The meandering tour Gateway to Sturgis was about 800 add to that the several hundred I accumulated riding this in and around Sturgis during the and I had clocked well over miles on the odometer by the time I it in at the end of the week. This allowed me to acquainted with the Arlen Vision and, ultimately, Mr.

himself. More on that

This year marks the straight year master Arlen Ness has lent his to a Victory special edition. blacked-out Victory Vision received his Arlen Ness Series “Scrolled-Ness” design extensively, with appliqués on the milled into engine and on the custom-looking billet wheels and ends. Ness bolt-on abound and include chrome grips, shifter and brake and oil line cover.

There’s a windshield graphic on the shorter-than-stock, adjustable windshield, a Ness radio display, and a special ignition key head graphic. The and passenger floorboards are chromed, as are the The custom stitching on the leather mimics the body adornment.

the engines fins are modified for a look, and there’s a numbered on the engine with a facsimile of signature.

The Arlen Ness Signature is a cross between the Vision and the standard Vision Tour. It has the look and the lowered suspension of the but with the extra cargo-carrying of the Tour model’s tailpack. All versions of the Vision are powered by the 106/6 Stage 1 V-twin, produces an ample 92 hp and 109 ft.-lbs. of

That’s plenty of power on even for this 869-pound An engine and transmission upgrade for has resulted in a benefit for owners: now recommends oil change intervals for models at every 5,000 up from 3,000. Less-frequent oil result in a lower cost of

For model year 2011 approximately 40 percent of the drivetrain is and with the six-speed transmission so many improvements it’s a brand-new transmission. The goal was ridability and a more pleasant-sounding and it’s been achieved improved manufacturing efficiency and assurance; the larger shaft don’t hurt, either.

In and sixth gears in particular, infamous Victory gear has been reduced substantially. not completely eliminated, but the drone is and driveline lash has been by 66 percent. A “neutral assist” has been added as well, to it easier for the rider to shift neutral when stopped.

The Ness Vision can carry the thanks to integrated, dual storage compartments (not to be for saddlebags; these are much and a top trunk that offer a 29 gallons of cargo capacity. comforts include an audio featuring AM/FM radio (XM radio is available as an accessory) and an iPod music player can be added as an audio source. The is wired to accommodate CB radio and communicator systems.

Thanks to new handlebars, all 2011 Visions now accessory mounts and clamps, so you can add a cup and other trimmings. And the standard control functions are adjustable via a pod hangs from the right The rear passenger handholds a black textured finish so a has a better gripping surface, and no paint to nick or scratch.

The new shifter leaves the rear of the open for more comfortable movement.

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One of the few nicks I have the Ness Vision is the knurl on the metal handgrips and toe-pegs. The finish on the grips didn’t me too much as I always wear when riding, but the left-side toe-peg wreaked havoc on my leather. While the knurl trick and custom, long-distance which this Vision is capable of thanks to its 6-gallon tank, will necessitate of shifting and, therefore, wear.

It’s the cost of cool.

Antilock braking system is now standard on the Vision Tour and Ness Signature Series with dual-disc front and a linked braking system. for 2011, the redesigned exhaust now resemble those of the Victory Country. All in all, it’s a bagger, and I could easily get to touring on this version of the

The special Ness treatment it apart from a garden Vision Tour.

The Introduction

brings us to the big meeting. Once in I made an appointment with Bob Feather and spent a morning and photographing this Ness In passing, Bob mentioned that had also tricked out a Victory Country, and that he (Bob) was to shoot it the next day. The came and went without any bulbs going off.

the next morning.

After I thought I’d swing by Bob’s Sturgis photo shoot and meet the man behind my machine. I out to the countryside and there he was, the customizer, Mr. Arlen Ness

After exchanging greetings, we had a conversation about his work Victory and the tastefulness of the entire of Ness Victory customs: Vision, Cory’s Cross and grandson Zach’s Vegas — the model from our December issue. I appreciate the spot-on of all three.

Well, my buddy Bob was around, fiddling with his gear, and I figured he was eager to get shoot in the can, so I bid farewell and out. It was real neat to Arlen; I was a bit starstruck riding the he helped create. I was a good 10 away when it dawned on me to ask did Bob snap a picture of the two of us? Surely he a candid of Arlen and me chatting.


I flipped a U-turn and back to the scene. Arlen was there and when I questioned he said “Hey, that’s a idea, pose here.” I think I saw the light bulb his head. Afterward, I rode off thinking “Whew, almost a opportunity there.”

And that’s the of how I met Arlen Ness, and almost have the picture to prove it. RB

as it appeared in the May 2011 issue of .

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