New motors, transmissions for Victory Motorcycles' 2011 lineup


Victory Motorcycles has unveiled its 2011 model lineup, all of which now feature significant engine and transmission upgrades and new chassis changes. Additional changes include new paint schemes and features for various models as well as two new designs in the Ness Signature series.

Rounding out the announcement are a pile of Pure Victory accessories including a new trunk for Cross Country and Cross Roads models, and racks of new Pure Victory apparel — technical and casual.

And dealers, you may want to check out the Victory Cross Roads CORE Custom Program that allows a rider to customize one of the OEM's best-selling touring models in 48 possible combinations at a display on the showroom floor. The program lets the customer see how the bike will look with accessories such as saddlebags, highway bars and windshields and then ride home on the bike they create.

The highlight of the 2011 lineup is the the Freedom 106/6 V-twin motor that will now power each model. The powerplant will come in two tuning configurations: A Stage Two package for all the cruisers, a Stage One version for the touring bikes.

For 2011, Victory's drivetrain team has reconfigured about 40 percent of the transmission that's installed across the lineup, changes that the company says will reduce driveline lash by 66 percent, decreased gear whine, and improved operating sound. A "neutral assist" has also been added to help riders find neutral.

In all, the changes to the the motor and transmission have resulted in a 5,000 mile oil change recommendation and lower cost of ownership.

The newest addition to the Ness line comes from Zach Ness, the youngest member of the motorcycle designing dynasty. The grandson of Arlen and son of Cory has put his mark on the Victory Vegas 8-Ball, adding paint and graphics that he designed. The numbered, limited edition bike also features a number of Ness accessories.

The other new Ness model, the Cory Ness Cross Country is one of the company's long-distance baggers layered over with pure Ness bling. Like in years past, Cory has taken a stock model and added his own custom graphics and a mountain of his namesake accessories to create a limited, numbered edition.

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posted by Dennis Johnson