Victory to Unveil New Bike at Long Beach IMS
Monday, November 14, 2011
The Klock Werks crew customized a Victory Kingpin 8-Ball this past summer for the Legendary Buffalo Chip and GEICO.
Got a message over the weekend saying the worldwide debut of Victory’s latest motorcycle will be at the upcoming Long Beach IMS. Mark your calendars for Friday, December 9 at 5 p.m., because that’s when the American manufacturer will unveil its latest creation to the masses and hopefully when we’ll be going live with a first look article. The following day at 1 p.m. the crew at Klock Werks
will be unveiling a custom version of the new motorcycle. Brian and Laura Klock recently took a Victory
King 8-Ball and converted it into a custom “mini-bagger” for the Legendary Buffalo Chip and GEICO which was given away during a raffle drawing at Sturgis. Laura has set land speed records on a Victory Vision, and the Klocks have a reputation for making sick baggers, so is a new bagger in the works? With the success of the Victory Cross Country and the recent release of the Cross Country Tour
, I don’t think so. Besides, they just did away with a bagger when they nixed the Vision 8-Ball this year. So what could it be?
CORE is a concept motorcycle designed and built by Victory Motorcycles' Industrial Design team to show what the performance cruiser of the future could look like.
What I’d like to see is a production version of the Victory CORE Concept
. The bike is stripped down and raw, from its cast aluminum frame and raw metal finish to its rigid tail section. The alloy frame houses the fuel, air box, battery box and all the bike’s electronics are run through it. In Victory engineers attempt to deconstruct the bike, there’s no bodywork, the engine is a stressed member of the frame, there’s a short rear fender but no front, and its tank is stretched long and lean, mirroring the overall lines of the bike. Of course, the African mahogany seat on the original concept needs to be swapped out for something wrapped and padded. Will we see a production Victory CORE in Long Beach? We can only guess, but ponder this. The first sketches of Victory’s Visteon Vision originated in 2000, and eight years later the Victory Vision was in production. Will we have to wait that long for Victory to dabble into a niche market and bring this beast to market? Let’s hope not.
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