When asked why he picked the Victory Vegas 8-Ball for this year’s Allstate Motorcycle Sweepstakes bike, Fairless said because it’s a cool bike with a little edge to it and appeals to a wide range of riders, and he wanted something that would have mass appeal. Fairless knows Allstate insures a diverse group of riders and so he wanted something that would appeal to that group of riders.
To give the Vegas 8-Ball a little mean streak, Fairless added a 23-inch wheel called the “Southern Cross” on the front. Strokers also kicked out the rake angle, added fork gaiters, and slapped on a Fairless front fender. They fobbed up a hand-built exhaust called the “Fairless Collector” that gives it an extra kick in the pants, as does the new intake with a little Texas “Lone Star” flavor to its design. The controls and chin spoiler are also Fairless additions, as are the “Boogie Bars” that rise above the tank, the tank receiving a black and blue checkerboard design. Fairless is fan of mesh, so he said they did a lot of stuff with mesh to give it a rougher edge, from the mesh chain guard to the screen over the headlight. But the part he’s most proud of are the motor cages, an idea he had that he’s never seen before, an addition that ups the cool factor and gives a little edge to it. A front fairing from his good friend Arlen Ness completes the transformation.
Fairless is proud to say he’s been working with Allstate for three years now and enjoys their partnership because they’re not just trying to sell insurance but care about the motorcycle industry. He likes the fact that Allstate truly wants to make motorcycle riding safer, and at the end of the day that’s what we all want.
He also invited everyone to come out and see him at Strokers Dallas. Fairless said, “I don’t care if you’re riding a Harley or a Victory or a Hayabusa or a Honda, I could care less. I don’t care if you’re Ross Perot, who’s one of my customers, or you’re an unemployed ditch digger. Everybody is treated the same and everybody is treated good. It’s just a place where motorcycle enthusiasts can gather, hang out and have a good time.”