Like the European-designed Ignition concept revealed at EICMA and the competition-spec Project 156 that raced up Pikes Peak, the Combustion concept is built around Victory's new engine design. The fresh powerplant is a classic 60-degree V-Twin like a proper cruiser should have, but liquid-cooled and with four valves per cylinder to take it into the modern age – and with 1,200cc of capacity for plenty of grunt. The engine is slated to power a series of new models to come from Victory starting next year.
To showcase the new engine, Victory brought in Zach Ness – third-generation custom motorcycle builder and grandson of the legendary Arlen Ness. Zach and his team crafted as sleek a take on the classic American cruiser as we've ever seen, with sculpted bodywork rendered in semi-matte silver with subtle flame pin-striping. The headlight faring is taught, the fenders short, and the MagnaFlow exhaust kept high and tight. The whole thing rides on wire-spoke alloys with Brembo brakes to keep it all in check. Of course, it has no mirrors, 'cause who needs those, right?
Victory revealed the finished product this weekend at the International Motorcycle Show at the Javitz Center in New York. Having already visited Portland, Sacramento, and Long Beach, the traveling motorbike expo will next be touring to Miami, Dallas, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Phoenix. But if you won't be making it out, you can still check out Victory's modern steel stallion in the gallery above and the details in the press release below.
Victory Motorcycles has revealed the final instalment in its 1200cc concept series at the International Motorcycle Show (IMS) in New York City.
This concept, called 'Combustion', is powered by the new production engine that made its debut last month at EICMA in Milan, and was built by Zach Ness of Arlen Ness Motorcycles in Dublin, California.
"Our family has a long-standing relationship with Victory Motorcycles and has customised many Victory production bikes in the past," says Zach Ness, 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 Motorcycles to create a concept bike has been great. Also, as one of the first to ride a bike with this new engine, it absolutely rips."
This Combustion Concept follows the reveal of the Ignition Concept at the EICMA show in Milan, which was built by Urs Erbacher of Switzerland. While Ignition is a European take on what kind of bike could be powered by the new engine, Combustion is the USA's impression of what a new bike could potentially look like.
Both the Ignition Concept and the Combustion Concept are built around the same engine that will power a new model to be revealed in 2016. The engine is a 1200cc liquid-cooled 60 degree V-Twin with four valves per cylinder.
"This new engine offers the most versatility in American motorcycling," explains Motorcycle Product Director Gary Gray. "Both of the concepts, Ignition and Combustion, are intended to show what this motor is capable of in very distinct, visual forms. While the bikes are different, the powertrain is capable of delivering the performance in both cases."
Steve Menneto, President of the Polaris Motorcycles Division says: "Victory Motorcycles has taken a strong positioning as the 'Modern American Muscle' brand and we are excited about the path we are taking. Our latest work will complement our existing line-up of motorcycles powered by the award-winning Freedom 106 design."
Zach Ness created Combustion as an answer to what an American muscle bike could be. He says that legendary American muscle cars with high horse power and low weight were his inspiration.
Born into custom motorcycle royalty, Zach Ness is the third generation of custom builders. His grandfather Arlen, and Father Cory, established a relationship with Victory Motorcycles when Zach was only twelve, so the brand has been part of his entire adult life.
Surrounded every day by horsepower, style and innovation, Zach was the ideal builder to take on the challenge of creating the third concept around the new Victory Motorcycles engine (the first two concepts being Project 156 and Ignition).
Ness worked with the Victory Motorcycles' Industrial Design team, led by Michael Song, to create Combustion.
Ness adds: "This bike is awesome – loads of power, and an insane engine sound too. I wanted to create a bike that was fast, light and ready to attack the next green light."
Victory Combustion Concept highlights:
A quarter fairing
Intricate pin striping
A trim fender and the characteristic Victory Motorcycles raised spine that brings flows through the body
Shift pegs and footpegs
'Torque Box' Air Cleaner
Beveled brake rotors
Arlen Ness by MagnaFlow Exhaust: a one-off stainless steel header design featuring Arlen Ness by MF exhaust billet clamp found on its "Low Down" series exhaust
Custom piggyback shocks and billet accessories
Hand control clamps
Top riser clamps
Master cylinder covers
Custom Wright Spoke Wheels
Billet hub and rim with stainless steel spokes
Goodridge brake lines and fittings
Custom painted Brembo radial brake calipers on custom caliper brackets
Paint by Eric Reyes
For more information on the Combustion Concept bike, visit http://www.victorymotorcycles.com/en-us/COMBUSTION