Motorcycle Rider Breaks 300 MPH

The 300 MPH barrier on a conventional motorcycle has been broken. Bill Warner of Wimauma Florida hit a speed of 311.945 mph Sunday at the Loring Timing Association’s land speed races at the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine.

Warner’s run aboard a turbocharged 1299cc Suzuki is the fastest speed obtained on a conventional motorcycle. Faster speeds have been recorded for so-called streamliner motorcycles, in which drivers ride inside an enclosed missile-looking device on wheels.

Warner, who is 42, says his motorcycle “is built for speed and that’s what it did.” He held the previous speed record of 278.6 mph, set last October in Texas.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2011/07/19/motorcycle-rider-breaks-300-mph/#ixzz1SkFMEDW7

Victory Releases a New Bobber – The High-Ball

Victory Motorcycles released a new bobber style bike tonight called the High-Ball.  Based on Vegas platform, Victory added spoked wheels, white walls, a short front fender and ape hangers to complete the cool retro look.  Although the bike looks like a vintage cruiser, the High-Ball still takes advantage of the Freedom 106 cu in engine.

Victory states that this bike is for the purist.  The rider who has a passion for old-school styling while also enjoying the reliability Victory has built into all of its models.  The Victory High-Ball will be available in April with an MSRP of $13,499.

Victory High-Ball

Were you a fan of Tron? Well … now own the bike!

Remember the movie Tron?  The movie was well ahead of its time.  The most memorable items in the movie were the lightcycles. Parker Brothers Custom Choppers built the lightcycles for the upcoming new Tron:Legacy movie debuting this month.  Parker Brothers is now building 5 limited edition street legal bikes to auction off on eBay.

“The Parker Brothers team is building 5 custom one off “Lightcycles” to the exact specs of the movie bikes. Each bike will be black with an accent color – 5 bikes with 5 different accent colors (red, blue, yellow, green, and orange). There will only be one bike made per color so if you must have a certain color, you better call now… Now, about the bikes themselves, the wheels are custom made 22″ x12″ dual hubless wheels with custom made tires (Hoosier is custom making 5 sets just for us specifically for this project). (Buyers will have the option of additional tires as needed) The frame is 2″ cold rolled and boxed hardened steel with carbon fiber/fiberglass bodies. Accent colors are neon glowing from behind frosted plexiglass and can be turned off or on with the flip of a switch.”

Although the bike looks absolutely huge and very uncomfortable, I’m sure the rider piloting this beast would be the center of attention at bike night!

Check out the test ride on YouTube by clicking here.

Lightcycle Road Test

Victory Commander I Police Bike Debuts

Victory Police Motorcycles, a Tucson AZ based company, debuts its new police cruiser built on the Victory Cross Country / Roads platform.  Victory Police Motorcycles has been building police cruisers since 2007. The company was co-founded by a motorcycle officer that wanted to extend the Victory handling and reliability into a police cruiser that could surpass other manufacturers.

Fast forward three years and it seems that Victory Police Motorcycles found the perfect platform with the cross bikes.  On November 1st 2010, the new Victory Commander I went into duty escorting Senator John McCain and Senator John Kyl.  Senator McCain reportedly was delighted that the new Commander I was being built in Arizona.

Read more about these police cruisers here: Victory Police Motorcycles

D&D “Boss” Slip-ons for Victory Cross Country / Roads : Full Review

D&D recently introduced their new “Boss” slip-on exhaust for Victory Cross Country and Cross Road bikes.  D&D claims to build these pipes on a dyno so we thought that performing a full installation review and then taking the pipes to the dyno would be a good test.  I am fortunate enough to live next to Kevin Cross, arguably one of the best Victory tuners in the country.  Kevin works  at Polaris of Gainesville and after receiving the pipes from D&D, I headed to see Kevin, ready to document the installation, fit and finish and of course the performance of these new pipes.

Fit & Finish
When the box arrived, I noticed first and foremost, the weight. This set of slip-ons is rather heavy. Close to twice the weight of existing stock mufflers. Now keep in mind that these slip-ons have integrated heat shields. You use the front stock heat shields but the back two are not used as the pipe and the heat shield is one unit.

The second thing I noticed after unpacking the pipes is that the welds are very smooth and it seems as though D&D spent a lot of time putting these together. The chrome was blemishes free (none that can be seen after mounting on the bike.)  All of the included hardware is stainless steel with hex fasteners. Each bag support rail is a machined steel plate and held in place by two stainless steel bolts that fasten to integrated threaded holes in the top of the pipe. The engineering of the bag support system is very sturdy and should have no problem supporting the bags.

The slips-ons are available with straight or slash cut tips. I received the 45 degree slash cut version. This tip follows the contour of the saddlebags perfectly. I also noticed that the exhaust fits much closer to the bottom of the saddle bag compared with the stock pipe. I thought that maybe heat would be an issue. However, after riding for an hour, I checked the heat on the bag and really didn’t feel any difference.

Installation
Not much here as the process is very straightforward. Basically remove the stock pipes and heat shields. Mount the bag support rails to the top of the D&Ds and insert the rubber pads from the stock pipes onto this rail. Slide the D&Ds onto the header pipe and secure with stainless pipe clamps that are included. Bolt the end of the pipe to the rear support brackets using the existing bolts from the stock pipe. That’s it. Once the stock slip-ons are off, the whole installation process took less than 45 minutes.

I’ve got to deduct points from the instructions, or rather lack of instructions.  While D&D did a good job outlining the process, there were no pictures or diagrams.  However, as most DYI’er know, once you get the process started detailed instructions with pics are really not essential, but they are a confidence booster.  I’d suggest D&D setup some YouTube installation videos to help make the job easier.

Performance
It’s always exciting to hear a new set of pipes and this set was no different.  I waited like a kid at Christmas once installation was complete. I was expecting loud and deep and, while the pipes do have a rather deep rumble, if you are looking for really loud, then look elsewhere. I can report that the D&Ds tend to blend into the wind noise at 80 MPH and I can now hear my tunes much better. When you dump the throttle, they do wake up and give you a nice deep note that really sounds good.

After a rather quick installation, we were off to Alachua Florida to Polaris of Gainesville for a dyno test.  The Cross Country that we were testing with has the following specifications:

2010 Victory Cross Country
Lloydz VFC III
Victory High Performace Air Filter

… and now the results!

MAX TQ – 108.4 @ 3652 RPM
MAX HP – 89.31 @ 4650 RPM

100 FT LBs TQ @ 2373 RPM
104 FT LBs TQ @ 3000 RPM

The torque curve carries well from 2500 – 4500 RPMs. D&D claims to have designed this pipe for max torque at the lower RPM range as they feel most riders spend the most time at this range. I can attest to feeling an increase in torque at a lower RPM range than any other pipe I have tested. In comparison, the stock pipes carry their max torque in the 4000 – 5000 range.  Also, keep in mind that these numbers are at the rear wheel and not crank numbers.  Most bike manufacturers market their crank numbers.  Rear wheel numbers in my opinion are much more accurate.


Keep in mind that weather can affect the results of any dyno test. Also, we suspect that the aluminum frames of the Cross Country and Cross Roads can retain a good bit of heat. We spent quite a bit of time between runs allowing the bike to cool down to get accurate numbers.  However, D&D claims a 10% increase in power over stock.  We were able to confirm close to those numbers with a fuel controller and the high flow filter from Victory.

Summary
Overall the D&D pipe is a good choice for riders that want a deeper pipe that is a bit louder than what a Victory stage one exhaust offers. The power on the exhaust is good and the fit and finish is excellent. I would have liked these pipes to be lighter but overall I think they are a great slip-on. You always hear that “you get what you pay for ..” Even though the D&Ds are a bit more expensive, you are getting integrated heat shield and tips. If you add up the Victory “Big Mouth tips” and any of the other aftermarket slip-ons currently offered, then the price is in line.

The D&D “Boss” slip-ons are available in both black and chrome finishes. Each is also available with either a straight cut or 45 degree cut tip. Chrome slash cut MSRP – $674
More information about this exhaust can be found at http://www.danddexhaust.com

Thanks again to Kevin Cross and the crew at Polaris of Gainesville – http://www.polarisofgainesville.com

Check out this video of the pipes on a dyno at D&D:

D&D Boss Exhaust Video

Victory Motorcycles Donates $27k to Fort Hood

This past Memorial Day, Victory Motorcycles auctioned off two custom Victory bikes to raise money for families affected by the Ft. Hood tragedy.  Victory donated $27, 900 to the Chapel Tithes and Offering Fund at Ft. Hood this past Friday morning.

“Victory felt compelled to do something to show support for Fort Hood following the horrible incident last year,” said Steve Menneto, general manger, Victory Motorcycles. “With everything our soldiers sacrifice to protect the freedoms we enjoy, organizing an effort to help those affected in the wake of that terrible event was something we saw as necessary. We want to be sure those soldiers and their families know how much we appreciate what they do for all of us.”

The Victory Industrial Design Team took a Victory Kingpin 8-Ball and a Victory Hammer S and painted

Custom Army Vics

them in Army themes.  The Hammer S was painted in a glossy black, gold and white with a current Army style.

The Kingpin was painted an olive white matte finish to represent Army’s past.  100% of the proceeds raised from these custom motorcycles were donated to the Chapel Tithes and Offering Fund, a non-denominational fund established for all soldiers stationed at Ft. Hood.

Victory Releases 2011 Models

Victory Motorcycles, a Minnesota-based company, continues to push forward with new products and innovations.  Each July, Victory debuts its line-up to the world and this year was no exception.  Victory is enticing buyers with big motors, updated transmissions, black-out components and new exhaust notes.  Other refinements include providing ABS standard on some of its models.  So, let’s take a look at some of the changes for 2011.

One of the biggest changes this year is the decision to include Victory’s 106 inch V-Twin in every model.  Based on the model of bike, Victory is including the 106 in two versions.  The first is a stage 1 106 V-Twin pumping out a claimed 92 hp and 109 lb-ft

Victory 106 V-Twin

of torque.  This motor is included in the Cross Country, Cross Roads, Victory Vision and Arlen and Cory Ness Signature bikes.  For more stump pulling power, Victory includes their 106 Stage 2 V-Twin that churns out 97 hp and 113 lb-ft of torque.  This motor is included in the Vegas, Jackpot, Hammer and Kingpin including the 8-ball versions.

Both V-twin motors are coupled to a 6 speed transmission which provides a true overdrive gear for smooth cruising at highway speeds.  Victory has re-designed its transmissions to reduce gear whine as well as lower driveline lash by a claimed 66%.  In addition, Victory has included a “neutral assist” feature that makes it easier for a rider to find neutral at a stop.

Victory rocked the motorcycle world in 2008 with the release of the Vision.  The

Victory Vision Tour

Vision is the company’s long distance touring bike.  The 2011 Victory Vision Tour

now includes the added advantage of ABS.  ABS provides the rider with an advanced braking system that minimizes lockup on heavy braking.  Additional enhancements

to the Vision line include round handlebars which allow for easier mounting of devices, easier opening saddlebag compartments and newly designed exhaust tips.

The Cross Country and Cross Roads continue to be an extremely popular bike for Victory.  Current owners have been hoping for a trunk for their long distance

machines.  Victory answered this year by providing a Lock & Ride trunk package for the Cross Country and Cross Roads.  This trunk has built-in speakers, LED tail lights and can be mounted or removed in seconds.  The trunk can hold two full faced helmets and provides a padded passenger

Victory Cross Country

backrest for the long hauls.  With cavernous saddlebags and a trunk that provides a combined 39 gallons of storage, just about everything can be brought along on that road trip.

Victory introduced a new program this year for its Cross Roads bike called the CORE Custom Program.  This program allows potential buyers to design a Cross Roads exactly to their liking before even leaving the dealership.  Buyers can add different types of accessories such as saddlebags, windshields and highway bars before they make their final purchase decision.   This flexibility allows the buyer to customize a bike without investing in stock parts that will be replaced later.

Victory continues to offer a no frills blacked out 8-ball version of its Vegas, Hammer, Kingpin and Vision.   8-Ball versions feature very little chrome but a lot of attitude.  With the same power plant and transmission as the other bikes in the lineup, the 8-ball versions provide a lot of performance at a reduced price.

The Ness family continues to provide signature series bikes for Victory.  Arlen and Cory have provided these masterpieces for several years, however, Zach Ness, Cory’s son, is now following the family trend. Arlen Ness continues to add his creative designs to the Victory Vision this year with a really impressive scroll design.  A true work of art that features a unique paint process that looks like engraved metal highlights the Vision.  Another addition to the Ness Signature Series is the Cory Ness

Victory Cory Ness Cross Country

Cross Country.  A beautiful Sunset Red paint job created by Cory Ness as well as an abundance of Ness chrome accessories adores this model.   The Cory Ness Cross Country even sports a custom suede leather seat.  Zach Ness has learned from his family and designed a really distinctive Vegas.  Diamond cut cylinder heads and precision cut wheels makes this Vegas stand out in the crowd.  Other enhancements include a custom seat, Ness chrome and stunning suede black paint with custom graphics.

The Victory Hammer, an aggressive fat tire muscle bike, continues in 2011.  The Hammer sports an inverted front fork, a 250 mm rear tire and dual disc front brakes.  With the addition of the 106 inch Stage 2 V-twin, this muscle bike is sure to please the high performance cruiser crowd.  The Hammer S continues show attitude with the addition

Victory Hammer S

of blacked out custom details and an aggressive paint scheme. Other models such as the Jackpot, Vegas and Kingpin continue to provide impressive components such as new paint and a new power train.

For more information about the 2011 models, including building your own custom Victory, check out www.victorymotorcycles.com