Victory CORE Concept Unveiled at IMS
CORE prototype represents study in design, production
Victory Motorcycle Co. unveiled a new concept motorcycle Friday at the 28th annual Cycle World International motorcycle Show in New York City. Designed and built by the Victory Motorcycles Industrial Design team, the Core is an experiment to demonstrate the potential that can be reached by a performance cruiser as well as an ambassador to perpetuate the Victory brand.
Consisting of only the most raw, essential elements of a motorcycle, the name Core was chosen because it embodies the motorcycle in its simplest form - an engine, frame, wheels and front suspension. Lead Industrial Designer, Michael Song states that, “Core is pure motorcycle, we wanted to strip everything not critical and build a motorcycle that uses some of the production technologies we have incorporated into the Victory Vision.”
While the Vision may have served as a muse for the project in terms of styling and production, the Core is clearly an entity unto itself. As Song himself states, “The frame and engine architecture of the Victory Vision was our inspiration, but we wanted to make a statement beyond ‘custom’ and create something completely unique.”
Propulsion comes from the Victory Freedom 106/6 Stage 2 powerplant that churns out 97 hp and 113 ft-lbs of torque. The purposeful looking bike is elementary not only in design, but in execution. There is a theme of minimalism that is carried out across the entire bike giving the impression that is it all business. The sleek, no-frill design is reminiscent of the BMW Lo Rider or even the Confederate Wraith, but with longer, cleaner flowing lines.
While the lack of rear suspension and apparent lack of seat comfort allude to the fact that the Core would does not hold comfort at the top of its priorities, the bike is simply a design study and not a prelude to a production motorcycle. While elements of its design may be seen in future bikes, the Core will never see production, according to sources at Victory.