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This year, at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, Victory Motorcycles® presents a concept motorcycle built around the first pre-production engine off the factory line in Osceola, Wisconsin. Featuring a lean and muscular design, the Victory® Ignition Concept represents the future of Victory Motorcycles’ production machines.
“We knew any production version of the Project 156 race motor would be a great centerpiece in any American bike, but we wanted to see a European take on the design for EICMA. So we sought out Urs Erbacher to see his vision.” explains Gary Gray, Director Motorcycle Product. “In the end I think we have a concept bike that both American and European consumers can get excited about.”
The new engine is born out of the one-off racing powerplant used in Project 156, which entered the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. And it’s no secret that this new engine will power a new model to be released in 2016.
Erbacher examined Victory Motorcycles’ existing cruiser line-up and created a concept that would put the new V-Twin engine at the heart of the bike.
This has the same base architecture in the prototype engine used in Project 156 – the crank-case, v-angle, rotating bottom-end, transmission and clutch set-up is all the same. The liquid-cooled four-valve engine has double overhead cams with the aim of making class-leading power. Additional details of the engine will be revealed in the months to come.
Erbacher and his team have handmade twin headers that snake out from the cylinders into a single pipe and then into an Akrapovic® muffler. The idea is to create the shortest exhaust for maximum performance.
The front and rear suspension are adjustable. Marzocchi forks stand proud at the front and Erbacher explains why: “We have used the same forks on our “Erbacher The One” custom bike for the past three years. The forks are really nice to ride with and they absorb a lot on bad streets. With the 50mm extra height in the front it gives you a more lean angle. The good thing is, we can also mount the Brembo® brake on this fork and it brakes like a race bike.”
Erbacher and his team put an Ohlins® shock at the rear between the frame and the swing-arm.
Erbcacher chose 17″ wheels made from aluminum. “These are superlight and are the right size for the Metzeler Racetec Interact tires we are using,” says Erbacher. “They give the bike a great look.We chose the red color as a nod to the Project 156 bike.”
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