Victory Unveils Zach Ness Combustion Concept Powered by New 1200cc Engine

Bryan Harley | December 11, 2015

Victory Motorcycles unveiled the latest custom interpretation built around its new liquid-cooled 1200cc V-Twin last night during a private party at Unions Garage in Brooklyn, New York. The “Combustion” concept was built by Zach Ness and the Ness team, the motorcycle showcasing the engine in an American muscle bike. Ness’s “Combustion” is the second custom concept built around the liquid-cooled Victory engine which is based on the Project 156 prototype, a motorcycle and engine developed with the help of Roland Sands Design that raced up Pikes Peak last summer. The other custom concept, called “Ignition,” was unveiled at EICMA a few weeks back, this one created by European custom builder and drag racer Urs Erbacher.

“My take on the bike, the Combustion platform, it’s more of an American muscle-type take on the project. Where with Urs’ concept, which turned out killer, it’s more of the European version.

Zach Ness Victory Combustion Concept

“We want to see this platform, when you’re actually on it, you can see Victory’s commitment to performance, in the way the bike handles, the way it performs, the engine. You’ll be extremely surprised, especially with the size of the engine, I couldn’t say enough about it, just frankly I’m stoked they let me put my hands on it before everyone else could,” said Zach Ness before the official unveiling at the Long Beach IMS.

Ness’s take includes a sporty quarter-fairing, a popular trend in the American motorcycling scene. The engine is a 60-degree V-Twin with double-overhead cams and four valves per cylinder mated to throaty Arlen Ness/MagnaFlow exhausts (heard it in a video clip and it sounds mean!). It has a one-off stainless steel header “featuring an Arlen Ness by MF exhaust billet clamp” from Nesses’ Low Down series. A “Torque Box” air cleaner will keep the 1200cc breathing freely. It’s equipped with custom piggyback shocks and Brembo radial brake calipers front and back on custom caliper brackets, the brakes fitted with Goodridge brake lines. “Combustion” features RideWright spoke wheels with a billet hub. The Victory concept cruiser is outfitted with plenty of goodies from the Arlen Ness line of accessories, including knurled grips, shift pegs and foot pegs. Other billet accessories on the list are hand control clamps, top riser clamps, engine covers, and master cylinder covers. The handlebars have been custom made. Credit for the semi-matte paint and pinstriping goes to Eric Reyes.

Mike Song Roland Sands Urs Erbacher Zach Ness Combustion unveiling

Victory’s Lead Industrial Designer Michael Song stands with custom builders Roland Sands, Urs Erbacher and Zach Ness, all the players who’ve helped develop the upcoming production bike featuring Victory’s liquid-cooled 1200cc engine. 

The production version of the 1200cc-powered motorcycle is slated to come out sometime in 2016. The project is headed by Victory’s Lead Industrial Designer Michael Song, who gave a glimpse into the future of Victory’s American muscle cruiser in 2009 with the CORE concept bike. And while we can only speculate about the final product, we do notice a few constants between Erbacher’s “Combustion” and Ness’s “Ignition” concepts that will potentially be on the production version. Both bikes use the same sporty cut-out tank with a raised spine. The front of both feature radiator shrouds and lower chin scoops. The rear fender is trimmed down and each sports piggyback shocks. We expect to see powerful Brembo brakes and an engine with a wicked set of stainless steel pipes and a high-performance air cleaner. All three motorcycles, Project 156, “Combustion,” and “Ignition” will be on display at the Jacob C. Javits Center this weekend during the New York IMS, the first time the public can view all three together at the same time.

It’s little wonder Victory chose Zach to create a custom American concept of its forthcoming muscle bike. The Ness family has been designing a limited edition, production line of Victorys for years now.

“Our family has a long-standing relationship with Victory Motorcycles customizing many Victory production bikes in the past,” said Zach Ness in company Pr. Zach is a third generation custom builder and grandson of the “Godfather of Customs,” Arlen Ness.

“It’s always fun to look into the future – so to have the trust of Victory to create a more conceptual bike has been great. Also, as one of the first to ride this new engine it absolutely RIPS!”

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Bryan Harley

Cruiser Editor |Articles | Our resident road warrior has earned his stripes covering the rally circuit, from riding the Black Hills of Sturgis to cruising Main Street in Daytona Beach. Whether it’s chopped, bobbed, or bored, metric to ‘Merican, he rides ‘em all.