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Victory Motorcycles CORE Concept Bike

Friday, January 16, 2009
Is this the future of performance power cruisers
      Could this be the future of performance power cruisers?
The innovative group of industrial designers at Victory Motorcycles is at it again. The same team that brought us the striking Victory Vision in 2008 unveiled its latest project, the CORE concept bike, today at the New York City IMS show.

The design is the brainstorm of Victory’s gifted Lead Industrial Designer, Michael Song, the same man who spearheaded the Victory Vision’s development. And while the Vision features heavy bodywork and a ton of touring amenities, the CORE is a deconstructed motorcycle, stripped to the essentials, void of fluff and frivolities, all the way down to its raw metal finish. It features a cast aluminum frame (hey, where’d the downtube go?) mated to Victory’s newest Freedom 106/6 Stage 2 engine teamed with a proprietary six-speed gearbox.

Michael Song  Victory Motorcycle s Lead Industrial Designer  with early sketches of the CORE concept bike.
Michael Song, Victory Motorcycle's Lead Industrial Designer, works on early sketches of the CORE concept bike.
According to the Victory press release, the “design team felt the name CORE perfectly reflects the essence of this concept motorcycle. It is, in fact, the raw ‘core’ or center of a motorcycle. There is no traditional bodywork; the motorcycle is effectively turned inside-out with its architecture completely exposed. It also accentuates the innovative frame design and the process that is used to make the cast aluminum frame: the molten aluminum is poured into a sand core, which is removed when the casting process is complete.”

The aluminum alloy frame consists of five pieces and houses everything from the fuel, air box, battery box, to all of the electronics. The front is anchored by a Works Performance 48mm inverted fork with carbon fiber fork covers. And despite sporting a neo-board tracker design, hefty 320mm dual discs should be more than enough to bring the 469-lb bike to a halt quickly.

The 3.2-gallon tank has a neo-board tracker look reminiscent of Roland Sands  KRV5 Tracker.
The 3.2-gallon tank has a neo-board tracker look reminiscent of Roland Sands' KRV5 Tracker.
Having solid brakes is a good thing, because the concept motorcycle is powered by the same engine as the 2008 Hammer. Knowing first-hand how well that 1731cc powerplant launches the Hammer off the line, I can only imagine what 97 hp and 113 lb-ft of torque will do in a bike that weighs 200 pounds less. Short, stout stainless steel Scrambler pipes
The design is raw and elemental and the five pieces that compose the frame houses everything.
The design is raw and elemental,and the five pieces that compose the frame houses everything.
shoot off the left side, leaving the right side for the belt-driven primary drive.

On the backside, a tire-hugging carbon fiber fender snugs up to an Avon tire mounted on Victory’s lightweight 18-inch X Factor wheel. A single 240mm disc will give an assist to the dual set-up on the front. And look as long as you like, but you won’t find any rear suspension. No, it’s not a softail. We’re talking one rigid ride as the rear suspension has been nixed in Victory’s move to minimalism.

The slender 3.2-gallon tank has lines that remind me of Roland Sands KRV5 Tracker (of course, minus the Kenny Roberts MotoGP mill). The bars are short and tucked in tight and helps keep the CORE’s profile sleek and slender. You get a thin plank of African mahogany for a seat that has the LED tail/turn/brake lights integrated into it. It’s original and looks fantastic, but I’m sure my backside might have a different opinion.

So why take drawings and spend the time, money and resources to build a functional concept? Victory’s Director of Industrial Design, Greg Brew, sums it up best.

Like pieces to a puzzle  the CORE slowly comes together.
Like pieces to a puzzle, the CORE slowly comes together.
“The fact is a project like CORE is as important to the design team as winning Daytona would be to an engineering team. ‘Pushing the boundaries’ is just another cliché – CORE exists to show the world how dedicated Victory is to the art and science of motorcycle design,” Brew said.

It also provides a peek into what the performance cruiser of the future could possibly look like. Consider that the initial sketches of the Visteon Vision originated in 2000, and eight years later it was a production model. Using that time frame as a barometer, will we be seeing the first production CORE models in 2016? Only Victory can answer that, but hopefully we won’t have to wait that long.

Check out our 2009 Victory Motorcycles First Ride article for more information about Victory Motorcycles and the 2009 model lineup.

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Victory's CORE Features & Specs
Engine: Victory Freedom 106/6 106-c.i. (1731cc) 
  V-Twin with 6-speed overdrive
Frame: Aluminum alloy 356-T6 tempered 5-piece
Exhaust: 304 Stainless Steel left-side
  Scrambler high pipes
• Carbon fiber rear fender and fork covers
Wheels: Victory X-Factor Wheels
Tires: Avon 130/70-18 front; Avon 150/70-18 rear
Front Brakes: 320mm dual discs
Rear Brake: 240mm single disc
Suspension: WP 48mm-diameter inverted
   forks with 135/160mm travel
• 20mm Gates Drive Belt
• African Mahogany seat with integrated
  LED tail/turn/brake lights
Dry weight: 469 lb./212.7 kg
Seat height: 28 inches/71.1 cm
Wheelbase: 64inches/162.56 cm
Fuel Tank: 3.25 gal./12.3L

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Andy Innes -Australian Bike Head  June 20, 2010 09:15 AM
Where do I buy it??!! I'm? serious. Whack some padding on the seat, put small indicators and mirrors on it and SELL IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
not a pro -are you?  October 10, 2009 10:46 PM
I suppose that if this fine group of people got together we would all make the bike different from what we see above.... so instead of writing about it we would have to read other peoples reviews of our creation. Since this is not the case, I love the concept simple raw but far from production status. I'm sure the end result will be amazing. Plus if everyone had one and everyone loved them it wouldn't be cool...kind of like HD
if it doesn't make it stop faster or go faster why install it
peter -Desain  August 28, 2009 04:55 PM
Victory core, is the most beautiful bike I've ever seen until now. In Italy would definitely fashion... Thanks Victory!
Michael -CORE rip-off  July 2, 2009 03:25 PM
Geez, it looks just like the bikes from Confederate.
superman -motorcycle  June 14, 2009 06:25 PM
this thing is a beast
Gordon -Joke  March 26, 2009 06:25 AM
This bike is joke. Performance - yes, in case to want pull motorhome.
Erik -A great bike  March 13, 2009 10:27 AM
I owned a Confederate (which fell apart from the moment I brought it home from the dealership by the way), but still love the street-fighter/chopper look. This Victory does a great job of looking purposeful, without any extraneous add ons or fashion statement "theme" bike type items. In short, Victory did a GREAT JOB coming up with a truly bad looking bike that will probably work in the real world - unlike the Confenderate. As to the comments on the hard tail and the seat, remember that this is a concept bike, and those elements would unlikely be found in a production version of this bike. I would encourage Victory to bring this bike to market - if it is under 35K, I would buy it immediately.
BLooDSHoT -huh?  March 1, 2009 03:47 AM
OK-- Those wanting an African mahogany wedge jammed up your butt-crack repeatedly with no give- raise your hands! Hmm, not many... The pegs don't look TOO forward, but with the bar placement I doubt you can stand up enough to lift your weight off your butt. Concept or not, it's just ridiculous! I mean, really; Victory wants to torture it's customers? Even a leather/gel/whatever seat on hydro dampners would be something. But it still wouldn't be enough, not for real people on real roads. They spend all that $$ on a beefy fork, then ruin it's potential for cornering prowness, with the rear tire bang-kicking out on every leaned-over bump. Huh? I like looking at Victorys (even the Vision), and they have been known for better-than average handling, even with large rear tires. They must have known this would repel all but the so-called bad-asses (no doubt made so from riding hardtails), and garage showoffs. Most Victorys, except the the 8-Balls are out of most people's price range, but so far so good in the ride-ability area. Ihe low models are a nice concession for us not-so-big guys, and women (that is good!) Good news is- this bike will never make it to the market as is, so all this is moot rambling... BLooDSHoT
4camdeathtrap -Confederate clone  January 21, 2009 05:56 PM
This bike looks too much like a Confederate knock-off. I'm pretty sure that a bunch of Visions are sitting unsold at many dealerships. Too much of a niche bike for it to be profitable. Front end, wheels and frame could be used on other applications. Bottom line is, why spend 13 to 25 grand on a bike that will get you the performance of a 600 crotch-rocket? Don't get me wrong, I love Harleys and V-twins, but in this economy, people aren't going to spend the cash for mediocre performance.
Ken -Old game, new player  January 18, 2009 09:00 PM
This "industrial/techno-bobber" look is gaining speed. Confederate has been making a name on this for years, now BMW (Lo-Rider) and Victory. Victory took a shady way out though with lack of rear suspension (C'mon...it's not that hard to make a suspension with a "hard tail" look...Harley Rocker for example). The one manufacturer that I thought would JUMP on this look...hasn't. BUELL. Take an XB, lower the seat height, and "bob" it. Yep...THAT would be a true poor man's Confederate! C'mon Buell...step up to the plate (or does Roland Sands have to do it for you)!
D-man -Superlight - Victory Core  January 18, 2009 11:17 AM
modern choppers are more art than design. The definition of art is something created with no practical application, I'd venture to say that most choppers & or customs are verging on art. Lastly all roads have curves so if your bike is useless through the twisty bits well........
Superlight -Victory Core  January 18, 2009 06:56 AM
"whatever - look.. January 17, 2009 08:00 PM this bike is a concept..they dont care about mirrors and what not.... also it isnt make for 60 year olds that care about a ride, it is made for people who want the fastest most bad ass bike made. And if you dont think this is a performance bike you know nothing about motorcycles, this bike is state of the art technology, this bike ways 200 lbs less than a jackpot, and you with wet yourself riding that, this bike will be sickly fast." The fastest, most bad ass bike made, huh? That would depend on the intended usage, of course, but I'm pretty sure the chopper genre wouldn't be in the hunt. The Ducati Desmosedici would qualify for the road racing fans. I don't follow drag racing closely, but I'm sure there are a number of machines racing today you could call "bad ass". Fact is, choppers, as a category, don't have much to brag about in terms of straight-line performance, handling, braking or any other dynamics exercise, probably because they are more about art than function. Bad ass? In image only. My point about adding all the street equipment still holds. Its not that hard to make a cool looking bike that doesn't meet any federal laws. The trick is to do one that still looks great with all the required equipment and Victory, as a manufacturer, knows that full well.
Jimbolaya -More on the label "performance cruiser"...  January 17, 2009 08:14 PM
For American cruiser riders, apparently the word "performance" is related to either image only or straight-line. For instance, I'd not be surprised if some 250 Ninja rider could, while waving good-bye, go round an '09 V-Max rider mid-turn on an appropriate mountian pass. It would be interesting to compare lap times on an '09 V-Max vs. a 30-year old UJM in good running condition, then see how appropriate is the "performance" moniker applied to the 'Max. The best I can tell, if BMW goes ahead w/ the Lo-Rider concept bike, no other so-called "cruiser" would come near it in overall balanced performance, total real cost of ownership & long-term owner satisfaction. With the proper rider the Lo-Rider could probably give inferior riders of many modern race replicas a good scare.
whatever -look..  January 17, 2009 08:00 PM
this bike is a concept..they dont care about mirrors and what not.... also it isnt make for 60 year olds that care about a ride, it is made for people who want the fastest most bad ass bike made. And if you dont think this is a performance bike you know nothing about motorcycles, this bike is state of the art technology, this bike ways 200 lbs less than a jackpot, and you with wet yourself riding that, this bike will be sickly fast
Superlight -Victory Core  January 17, 2009 12:12 PM
Its good to look into the future, but I'd be a lot more impressed if this concept was more street-ready, with a rear suspension, realistic lighting, mirrors, etc. Its not that difficult to build a good-looking roadracer or chopper without the necessary street equipment, but much more difficult to do a looker with all the parts in place. Motorcycles are a bit different than cars on this score; concept cars don't have to look street worthy, but bikes combine style and function integrally, so that to really evaluate the result all the street parts must be in place.
Superlight -Core  January 17, 2009 11:20 AM
If Victory really wants to push the boundaries, do a performance cruiser a little closer to reality, with a rear suspension (hidden?), real lights, turn signals, mirrors and all the street amenities. Many can create a handsome chopper-like machine, but keeping that "look" while adding the necessary functional elements, now that's more difficult (and more impressive).
Dan the Canadian..... -Do It.....  January 17, 2009 06:08 AM
Manufacturer should start doing these bike......... But a hard tail design.....Won't be able to seld them in Canada....
aaron -core styling  January 16, 2009 05:41 PM
I like it, but if the styling dictates a hardtail, I fail to see why the rear section has such a jarring gap at the portion where it joins the frame. surely the join could have been extended up another 6" to where the seat is located? the seat would conceal the gap and fastners that way. same for the lower section - why not locate the join nearer the footrests, for more concealing effect? footrest position is arbitrary on a showbike anyways, they could have relocated these back a little also... absolutely LOVE the front end (maybe not the headlight) the air intake blending into the tank/frame? beautiful - and the raw metal works so well against the sparse graphics!
Paul -Form kicks the ass out of function again  January 16, 2009 03:29 PM
I know that this is a design exercise, but even the suggestion that any modern motorcycle should be a hardtail is ludicrous. Not to mention, if that thing made it to production, a rider would look ridiculous on it.
Jimbolaya -My bad; correction  January 16, 2009 11:43 AM
Excuse me, I stand corrected. Still, 64" wb, 469 dry wt (I bet that's extremely optimistic) & so much reciprocating mass still don't spell "performance" for me. I happily admit this & the new Fury are huge cosmetic upgrades from the current high-production cruisers. I'd almost certainly wait for the BMW Lo-Rider, which IMO (if produced) will have the best overall balanced performance because of lower weight & shorter wheelbase.
Jimbolaya -Laws of physics  January 16, 2009 11:37 AM
70" wheelbase & 600+ lbs do NOT spell "performance" in my dictionary.