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Old 01-16-2009, 05:38 PM   #11
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It reminds me of BMW's "Lo Rider" concept. Super-minimalist bike; then the buyer can add components to suit their taste. Overall, I think it's a good looking machine. Less is more.
This is WAY better than the BMW Lo Rider. The design is more cohesive and flowing, IMHO. This thing screams "bad ass".
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Old 01-16-2009, 06:16 PM   #12
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I agree it looks like one and I like it. Needs a rear shock but I suspect I couldn't afford it even if they built it and my layoff notice got lost in mail room
I was pretty surprised at how well a hardtail rides. There was an AI ProStreet hardtail I used to "test ride" a lot when I worked at HD. Aside from really big bumps it was mostly pretty smooth. It's hard to believe that the first widely used rear suspension came along back in what, the '50's on the Duo-Glide? (Yes, Sachi, I know there were others before that one, ok?)
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:21 PM   #13
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I think it looks the shizzz, a buddy of mine built a bar-hopper Shovel back in the 80's with a Superglide tank that was pretty similar, nasty little f-k'r and fun as hell to ride. I don't like the shorty rear fenders though, hit a good size bump and land on that tire and you can kiss your balls goodbye.
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Old 01-17-2009, 06:14 AM   #14
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I really like this design. Very strong lines. To me, it shows just a sample of the design options that will be spawned from the Vision design.

Oh, and I know most of you are not that familiar with Victory. If you think this is a copy of the Confederate bike, I'm not so sure. Take a look here (Conquest Customs) to see where the idea spawned from. These guys have been building proper Victories for years and Michael Song (Vic lead designer) spent mucho time checking out their rides in Daytona last year.
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Old 01-17-2009, 06:28 AM   #15
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Cool design, even though it'll never see a production line, according to the article, intresting when they do these kinds of bikes.
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:39 PM   #16
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I was at the unveiling. Interesting concept, boring unveiling...

but, it's a CONCEPT. It's meant to push their design skills. I don't think that anyone in their right mind would want to ride a cast aluminum, rigid chassis with a rigid mounted wood seat, motorcycle more than about 5 miles.

The main thing is the cast aluminum chassis which has the motor mounts, air box, gas tank, and front fork head tube cast in one piece. I wouldn't doubt that we'll see Victory do this on a future line, since they're already doing some of it on the Vision.
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:09 PM   #17
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I thought the name would be the victory Confed when I first saw it. Total Confederate rip off sans carbon fiber.
So anything with a solo seat and a V-twin is a Confederate rip off?
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:20 PM   #18
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Old 01-18-2009, 03:47 AM   #19
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So anything with a solo seat and a V-twin is a Confederate rip off?
Um...no.

But the design is quite similar from the way the solo seat looks to the forks/headlight/handle bar design to the fat front tire with no fender to the industrial look to it.

I wouldn't call it a rip off, but the design similarities are prevalent.

Personally, I think it is a good thing.

Now, if we could only get a modern, full size cruiser to weigh less then 700lbs...Or at this point it seems anything under 800lbs is a manufacturing miracle.
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:28 AM   #20
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Um...no.

But the design is quite similar from the way the solo seat looks to the forks/headlight/handle bar design to the fat front tire with no fender to the industrial look to it.

I wouldn't call it a rip off, but the design similarities are prevalent.

Personally, I think it is a good thing.

Now, if we could only get a modern, full size cruiser to weigh less then 700lbs...Or at this point it seems anything under 800lbs is a manufacturing miracle.
The weights of these things are ridiculous. By shaving pounds and running a smaller parallel twin Triumph has a faster bike than most of the V-Twin cruisers. Worse, a 1969 Triumph 650 Bonnie with a home chop job would still out-perform most of the current run of V-twin cruisers. LOL!
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