The Victory Ignition Concept

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  1. NickJ

    NickJ Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    SWISS BIKE BUILDER AND DRAG RACER, URS ERBACHER, CREATES A CONCEPT MOTORCYCLE WITH VICTORY MOTORCYCLES’ NEWEST V-TWIN ENGINE.

    After racing at Pikes Peak with Project 156, Victory Motorcycles knew that any production bike based on the prototype V-Twin engine would need to be something special. With this in mind, Victory sought to find a custom bike builder who might like to take this challenge – and that builder was the multi-time drag racing champion Urs Erbacher, based in Switzerland.

    The Victory Ignition Concept

    Erbacher infuses all of his custom bikes with a European style that has global appeal. His style is clean, powerful and dynamic, and his customs turn heads. Most importantly, his customs tempt riders to simply climb on and get on the gas…just as they will with his latest creation – the Victory Ignition Concept.

    An Idea Ignites

    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. “I’m proud not only of this build, but what it represents for the future of the Victory Motorcycles brand,” says Urs Erbacher who has given the bike a Project 156-inspired paint scheme. “Having an open invitation to wrap the new engine in an interesting bike is a real highlight in my career - and I imagine that any production bike with this powertrain will be a fantastic ride.”

    High Octane Antics

    Urs Erbacher is synonymous with custom bike building and drag racing throughout Europe. The 54-year-old has been customizing motorcycles to make them faster and better looking since he was 12 years old. “I have been playing with motorcycles for over 40 years,” enthuses Urs. “My brother is seven years older and we used to play around on mopeds
    that went 30km/hr. I modified them, doubling their speed to 60km/hr and changed their style. Very soon all of my friends wanted the same. I guess this is where it all started.”
    Erbacher took up drag racing in the 1980s. After winning three FIA European championships in the Top Methanol Funny Car class between 2003 to 2005, he then moved up in to the Top Fuel dragster class, winning the FIA European Championships in 2007, 2010 and 2011.
    The Swiss custom bike builder and champion drag racer has dedicated his life to seeking out more performance, building strong teams and winning races – as such he is the perfect partner for Victory Motorcycles to work with in Europe. Indeed, Victory Motorcycles sponsors his drag racing efforts and he owns a thriving Victory dealership in Arlesheim in Switzerland, just south of Basel. At Faak Am See in Austria earlier this year, Erbacher
    wowed Victory fans with a live firing of his nitro-fuelled dragster just meters away from the crowd. Today, Urs continues to compete in the Top Fuel class and still holds the European speed record of 514 km/hr in 4.74 seconds. He displays all of his winning trophies on the wall of his modern workshop in Switzerland.

    Fueling A Passion

    Urs has grown his bike-building business, Fat Attack Custom Bikes AG, into a renowned name on the biker scene. With gasoline and nitro in his blood, he leads teams that create
    unique motorcycle rebuilds in Switzerland for customers all over Europe.

    In the past Urs has sometimes had to push his team hard, working up to 20 hours straight to get a build finished. Leadership and motivating others are his strengths.

    In 2014, live at the Swiss-MOTO show, Urs and his team toredown, customized and re-built a Victory Motorcycles’ Hammer S in just four days – resulting in a show-stopping drag-inspired cruiser with Erbacher’s signature styling – that bike was called the ‘Erbacher Hammer Sport’.

    In 2015, Victory Motorcycles shipped one of its pre-production V-Twin engines to Erbacher’s incredibly well-equipped workshop along with a very simple brief; create a machine with the V-Twin at the heart of the bike.

    Erbacher was quick to recognize the potential for building a motorcycle more in tune with Victory Motorcycles’ existing line-up of cruisers, as well as paying homage to Project 156 – the bike that was the test bed for the new engine.

    The brand is thrilled with the end result and Victory Motorcycles General Manager Rod Krois says: “Project 156 was a purpose built racer that took our engine design to one of the most challenging races on the planet – it was a proving ground like no other that set the bar very high for our team.

    We will continue to take this engine platform and deliver on the promise of American muscle in every current and future
    product we sell.”

    Steve Menneto, President of the Polaris Motorcycles Division is proud of the brand’s direction and said: “Victory Motorcycles – from day one – has been a brand that delivers outstanding in-class-performance, reliability and handling.

    “Our new engine along with Urs’ Victory Ignition Concept and future concepts to debut in New York City will plot the direction not only of a fantastic new platform, but of this brand. We will
    continue to design and build the best cruisers in the class.”

    Ignition Concept Highlights

    FRAME

    This has the same base architecture in the prototype engine used in Project
    156 – the crankcase, 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.

    ENGINE

    Erbacher and his team have handmade twin headers that snake out from the
    cylinders into a single pipe and then in to an Akrapovicˇ muffler. The idea is
    to create the shortest exhaust for maximum performance.

    EXHAUST

    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. 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 fitted an ÖHLINS shock at the rear between the
    frame and the swingarm.

    SUSPENSION

    Erbacher 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.”

    Specifications

    Rake: 28°
    Trail (in/mm): 5.12in/130 mm
    Exhaust System: Erbacher handmade headers
    with an Akrapovicˇ muffler
    WHEELS AND TIRES
    Front Tire Type: Metzeler Racetec Interact
    Front Tire Size: 120/70 ZR17
    Front Wheel Type: Alloy
    Front Wheel Size: 3.5” x 17“
    Rear Tire Type: Metzeler Racetec Interact
    Rear Tire Size: 200/55 ZR 17
    Rear Wheel Type : Alloy
    Rear Wheel Size: 6.00 x 17”
    CHASSIS
    Suspension: Front - Type/Travel 120mm
    Front Fork Tube Diameter 50mm
    Suspension: Rear - Type/Travel 76mm
    Brakes/Front Dual discs, Brembo M4 Monobloc
    Brakes/Rear Single disc OEM
    LIGHTS
    Headlight: Erbacher
    Tail/Brake Light: Erbacher
    Turn Signals: Erbacher
    License Plate Light: Erbacher
    Speedometer & Indicator Lights: Motogadget
     

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    That's a beauty...
     
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    Wow that looks fantastic!
     
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    Not my cup of tea.
     
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    I see bagger aficionados rushing out by the millions to get one.

    Actually, I do see a potential sport touring bike in there. Bolt on a subframe with decent passenger accommodations, design some mountable hard luggage, put a handlebar with a reasonable rise on it, dump the silly pipe, and make provisions for a windscreen and that might actually be a pretty decent ride. As is, it's a trophy.

    Others have tried that concept, Ducati Sport Classics and Triumph Thruxton are a couple that come to mind. Don't see many (any?) on the roads though.
     
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    I'd buy this bike! Love the looks of it too!
     
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    So project 156 raced at pikes peak. What other manufactures and models are racing in the same class?? They claim it will have the best performance in its class but I'm not sure what the class is??
     
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    So project 156 raced at pikes peak. What other manufactures and models are racing in the same class?? They claim it will have the best performance in its class but I'm not sure what the class is??
     
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    I love how they marketed it as a 'concept' created by a foreign bike builder. That bike looks VERY close to production. I am betting there will be small tweaks here and there, but the production bike coming out in December will look very close to this model.

    The reason they released it in this way is to get some final feedback on the design before revealing their production model.

    I think it is a beauty. I already have a cross roads and a scout, so won't be adding it to the collection but if I didn't have the scout, I'd be picking this up.
     
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    Of course it does because you could make pretty much this exact same bike from a Scout. It's the production frame and engine with aftermarket forks, shocks, brakes, bars and controls and custom made fenders. Regardless what the press release says they shipped him more than just the engine, it's obvious by looking at the radiator shroud and steering head.

    It would be kick ass if the production bike has inverted forks with twin disk front brakes but I'm not expecting that.
     
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    I glad it has its own frame and isn't using the scouts. Less of a parts bin bike.
     
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