Victory Motorcycles has revealed the final instalment in its 1200cc concept series at the International Motorcycle Show in New York.
The 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 so-called ‘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 (pictured above) 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.
“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,” says Victory’s product director, Gary Gray.
“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,” adds company boss, Steve Menneto.
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 tradition, Zach Ness is the third generation of custom builders. His grandfather Arlen, and Father Cory, established a relationship with Victory when Zach was only twelve, so the brand has been part of his entire adult life.
Ness worked with the Victory’s industrial design team, led by Michael Song, to create Combustion.
Source: Victory Motorcycles