Victory motorcycles rolled off the assembly line for the first time in 1998 by a subsidiary of Polaris Industries Harley Davidson. Polaris is a well-known trademark name for those owning ATVs, snowmobiles, and personal watercraft (sometimes called Jet Skids).
and have showed a modest profit since 2002 in competition with another American-made motorcycle still in production –
The first model was the V92C, debuted at Planet Hollywood in the Mall of America by Al Unser in 1997. It was a 92 cubic inches (1,500 cc), V-Twin engine in competition of the famous Harley engine with its unique idling sound and other popular factors. It also was when competition among motorcycle manufacturers began building bigger engines. Victory components were manufactured in Minnesota and Iowa [i]. It featured a five-speed transmission, which later would become six speeds, with a single overhead cam, dual connecting rods, hydraulic lifters and fuel injection components produced by GM [ii], and the engine holds five quarts of oil in the sump. Harley Davidson carries its oil in tanks, giving it a more streamline look than the Victory. Top speed is about 120 mph at 5500 rpm and its volume of oil (compared to most automobiles) reduces its chances in racing competition, according to the Wikipedia entry. [See Bibliography [iii]] The ECM (engine computer) has a rev limiter which can be changed or overridden by reprogramming the EPROM. It has an air-cooled engine and circulates oil from the crankcase through a cooler that is mounted between the front downtubes and the drive belt can be changed by removing a section of the rear swingarm or the rear wheel.
While the motorcycle is produced in the Spirit Lake, Iowa (United States), the original design is from several European manufacturers, the main one being Cosworth.
Those of you who remember the Norton motorcycle Victory also has a crankshaft that is geometrically aligned with the axles, developed in the late 1950s. The weight of the Victory engine is about the same as Harley Davidson, which is about 650 pounds (290 kg). The original engine (V92C) produced about 55 horsepower with high-performance cams and pistons, but this has now been boosted to be 83 horsepower and 85 foot-pounds of torque.
The 1999 Victory was priced around $12,000, a bit less than Harley Davidson and more than same-size Japanese motorcycles. Originally the reviewers, according to Wikipedia, did not find the V92C very attractive because the styling was designed for function – not looks. Also, it was in competition with the newly revived Indian Motorcycle of Gilroy, California, which was selling the modified S&S engines. Japanese producers, especially Yamaha, were making same engine-sized bikes at lower prices. This was also the period when Harley Davidson introduced the V-Rod engine. The advantage of Victory was that it is a subsidiary of Polaris, whose success in recreational vehicles on land and water provided them plenty of research and development funding, which motorcycles like the Titan and Indian didn’t have.
Victory dealerships were hard to find, at least dealerships that just sold Victory and nothing else because of limited sales. It takes a while to get motorcyclists’ attention from their chosen brands of Japanese made or Harley Davidson motorcycles.
The 1999 and 2000 Victory models experienced serious transmission problems, even with bikes with considerably less than 10,000 miles. This has been corrected with minor revisions in 2001 and a complete redesign in 2002. But, according to Wikipedia, Polaris was aware of the problem with the false neutral transmission from the beginning, and yet –
Polaris did not correct the transmissions in the 1999 and 2000 models and to date has not supported the owners of those bikes by replacing an apparently faulty design.
In 2000 and 2001, the V92Sc SportCruiser was offered with higher ground clearance, an adjustable 2-position bolt setup on the frame under the seat afforded the owner to customize the ground clearance. While this model can be still found on eBay, the SportCruiser did not sell well – mainly because of a weak market compared to the competition.
The V92TC Touring Cruiser was offered in 2000 and 2001 that featured a longer swingarm, re-designed seats, and the new Freedom Engine. The tall seat height was good for bikers with long legs. The Freedom Engine displaced 92 cubic inches (1.5 L), and put out more power/torque than the original engine. The Touring Cruisers made later would accept the 100 cubic inch (1.6L) big-bore kit, which increased torque with an additional upgraded exhaust system. Later models also featured rubber mounted handlebars and revised suspension settings. V92TCD deluxe versions offered extras that became popular; however the Touring Cruiser production ended at the 2006 model year.
|2010 Victory Cross Roads
In 2003, Victory introduced the Vegas, a more attractive motorcycle. The styling was designed by Arlen and Cory Ness, famous bike builders, and offered an entirely new chassis design. The Freedom Engine that was popular on the Touring Cruiser was used but everything else was new. It featured the 92ci engine and 5-speed transmission, upgraded to a 100ci engine and 6-speed transmission in 2006.
The Vegas was a success, which inspired Victory to build the Kingpin, released in 2004. Victory utilized the high-capacity tuning of the Vegas cartridge forks and revised the front and rear springs for damping and improving the quality of ride.
The Hammer was introduced in 2005, built on the Vegas platform, and featured the largest motorcycle tire available at the time – Dunlop 250mm tire on an 18-inch rim. The Hammer used a 100ci (1.6L) engine with a 6-speed overdrive transmission, Brembo disk brakes, and performance inverted forks. In 2005, the Hammer S was produced with better suspension components and a special paint job.
|Vegas 8-Ball Limited Edition
|The Vegas 8-Ball was designed from the original Vegas frame and was powder-coated in black where Vegas had chrome. It began with 1 92 CID engine and later upgraded to 100 CID in 2006. It is currently the only 100 CID engine available at Victory and still uses the 5-speed transmission, and is the least expensive Victory model in production.
|2010 Victory Cross Country
|In 2006, the Vegas Jackpot was introduced with an extreme custom design that has the 100ci Freedom Engine and 6-speed transmission, 250mm rear tire, color-matched frame and custom styling with different paint scheme offers. It is the top-of-the-line Victory motorcycle.
Motorcycle customizer Arlen Ness and his son Cory Ness teamed with Victory 2003 to create a limited edition model based on the Vegas design. Featuring the famous Ness billet aluminum accessories, as well as custom paint schemes, as well as their signatures on the side panels, this bike was featured in 2005 with the Kingpin line. In 2006, the Vegas Jackpot became part of the Ness Signature Series and offered many chrome accessories, a custom seat built by Danny Gray, custom billet aluminum wheels, and, of course, the signatures of Arlen and Cory Ness on the side panels. In the 2007 lineup, the Ness Signature Series is based on the Jackpot.
|2010 Victory Q2 Cross Roads Essential
The Vision Street and Vision Tour models were introduced in 2007 and became additions to the 2008 line of Victory motorcycles. The Vision models offer a low seat height and a wide range of luxury electronic equipment.
[i] Except for the Brembo brakes and the British-made electronic fuel injection system. [Wikipedia]