Victory Vision 800 Concept promises a new era for American motorcycles

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Victory Vision 800

Victory Vision 800 Concept a new era for American motorcycles

Victory 800 Concept promises a new era for American

January 24, 2006 Victory have traditionally crafted of the big V-twin cruiser, Harleyesque but the signs are beginning to point to a diverse product range in the future. The boutique American manufacturer is beginning to flex of its parent company’s muscle and has a concept motorcycle that is different – a long-wheelbase, 800cc, liquid-cooled, parallel twin a cast aluminium alloy constantly variable transmission and yet arguably very practical Given that parent Polaris recently purchased a 24% in Austrian motorcycle manufacturer don’t be surprised to see a serious new in international motorcycle markets the turn of the decade.

The Victory 800 Concept Motorcycle emerged at the World International Motorcycle in Long Beach last

Firstly, let’s put Victory in because it’s easy to any motorcycle manufacturer you haven’t of. Victory motorcycles was established in and represents the first all-new motorcycle from a major in nearly 60 years. Its motorcycles are all of the big cruiser genre and with exquisite styling and sound the company is making in-roads the motorcycle cruiser marketplace by Harley Davidson and more joined by similarly-styled Japanese from Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha.

Victory’s motorcycles are in just one significant but limited of the overall two-wheeled mix, and they are gorgeous – see the image for some excellent images of the range – the competition between the Japanese quartet and the muscliest of them all, the Triumph III means that even a sales performance will grow the marque beyond the stage.

Victory Motoryccles is a small of Polaris, a much bigger with annual sales US$2 billion and a significant of global snowmobile, recreational and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and an obligation to its shareholders to continue to and create profits, so the Victory niche was never going to be This was confirmed last when the company purchased 24% of the Motorcycle manufacturer KTM, and no doubt that Victory/Polaris itself as a future force in the marketplace.

So the Vision is indeed a of the vision, or perhaps a subset of the of the company. It is showing its intentions to into new areas and the press of the company and representatives are all along vein.

The press release as follows: With its Victory division continuing to outpace growth, an ongoing strategic with leading European manufacturer KTM and a recent organizational of its motorcycle and international businesses, commitment to its motorcycle business has global — and has never greater. Driven by zealot-like to deliver on Victory’s positioning as New American Motorcycle”, the award-winning / Victory Industrial Design never pauses in it’s of both form and function.

“ We study global design as well as today’s motorcycle to better understand, and deliver on, expectations of the future,” says Brew, Director of Polaris Design.

“Polaris has assembled a best-of-the-best from around the world, and our for Victory is to drive the future of American motorcycle design. The 800 is but one example of the type of exploration our pursues in order to continue to the type of innovative design fuels people’s passion for

So watch this space – KTM and Polaris obviously intend to some new motorcycles some soon and the first concept is a

The nice thing about concept bike is that not the same-old-stuff. We rejoiced recently Yamaha looked outside motorcycle design with the and this bike, although more conservative than the electric Deinonychus. still boundaries and challenges the sameness of that has existed for 125 years.

The concept bike has a very wheelbase of 61 inches, mainly the 800cc motor has been from a Polaris Sportsman 800 ATV the cylinders are close to horizontal and the unit is very long the benefits of the very low centre-of-gravity by the motor have been added to by using a bladder tank behind the front leaving all the space traditionally up by the cylinders, heads and fuel for other things – namely

Storage on a motorcycle has never in abundant supply and although the may look a bit hefty in its girth, it has as storage space as those and top-box festooned tourers and handle infinitely better. For a dissertation on this subject, this article about handling and why Buell understands it than most and delivers on it than any.

The additional benefit of having all “boot space” without a tank in the middle means it can be aerodynamically and provide some for the rider. The layout of cruiser motorcycles with high and handlebars and feet forward that above sedate the riding position is not particularly unless there’s a fairing in the This motorcycle, although not in the sports bike category, like it will be comfortable at speeds and beyond.

Similarly, the is low weight and low height, meaning it can be comfortably by a small person the need for training wheels.

But the of the bike is the choice of transmission.

than three decades during a period of motorcycling due to a broken left hand, kindly lent me an automatic motorcycle concept bike on the I didn’t write anything it — it was a secret machine had been sent from for evaluation but they saw my dilemma and it under a permanent embargo. It was a gesture, but more than it was a fantastic motorcycle, with a motor and no need to think gear changing and clutching. The CB750 never got noticed it looked like a normal 750 and apart from an occasional biker enquiring where the lever was, I rode the for several months, parking it in bike parking areas and at gatherings and it raised not a whisper.

I was captivated with the sensation of the bike because I felt, and do, that the lack of the need to gears fitted perfectly the freedom afforded by riding a and to this day, with of road test bikes me, it still rates as one of the most ever. Indeed, I was so captivated the idea that I lobbied to produce it and could find within the organisational upper-heirarchy who agree with me.

At that the astute marketers within had the view that the testosterone-impregnated world (as opposed to the commuter-minded world) was not ready for an automatic though they’ve clearly their mind in recent as we have seen a spate of bikes (the Griffon. the and the Elysium ) with constantly transmissions (CVTs) and there’s no that niche markets for motorcycles with automatic as is evidenced by the existence of niche such as Ridley Motorcycle produces automatic V-twin

Of recent times, we’ve some fantastic concept with CVTs, such as G-Strider and we’ve ridden and about two bikes with in the Benelli Adiva and the Suzuki .

There’s much to be said for a CVT when outright ten-tenths is not required because it offers a ride. One day the CVT could become the alternative, but for now it’s just pleasant when enjoying the in your hair and without controls or clutch, it no doubt the learning curve of riding a motorcycle. Similarly, the bike has brakes, another simplification of the process and one which offers braking for 98% of riders.

Suspension-wise, the Vision is standard with 43mm inverted forks and a cast aluminium, swingarm controlled by a fully-adjustable rear shocker.

The promise of the

We’re a fan of KTM, so the Polaris of the razor-sharp Austrian bikes immense promise for the future of the Apparently the ownership will be in 2007 and at that time every possibility that the 24% will be raise considerably and ties forged. If that Polaris’ American dealer and market muscle will be with KTM’s race and knowledge and anything is possible.

KTM is recently becoming interested in road racing, but has already within a whisker of winning a 125cc Championship, has acquitted admirably in its debut 250cc and has even supplied a competitive V4 engine for the MotoGP class.

In all forms of racing in which it has it has quickly moved into competitiveness at the highest level, or domination – in the recent Dakar (the toughest off-road in history), KTMs filled ten of the eleven places.

Perhaps the interesting chemistry between and KTM is the similarity of their largest – both V-twins, and although the 50 Victory engine displaces 100 inches (1638cc), it produces a type of power to KTM’s 75 degree 990cc and 950cc which have been in some of the most delectable yet seen on two wheels – the RC8 Concept the 990cc Superduke. the 990 Adventure and the 950 Supermoto which has the world’s media raving. Indeed, a of the outside the square mentality at KTM can be with the company’s experimentation such concepts as 2WD motorcycles and protective gear.

Though the KTM motor wouldn’t well into the Vision’s it could certainly power interesting road bikes, and not beyond the realms of possibility the V4 KTM engine might find its way a road bike, and beyond all of it’s clear that companies have some assets to bring to the table in of collaboration on many fronts.

The Vision has helped to alert the beyond America’s shores to the of the company. Based on the promise in the concept, we suspect it will not be the the rest of the motorcycling world from Victory.

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Victory Vision 800
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