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An Awesome New Class Of Cruiser Bike From Victory Motorcycles

Last month we met the Victory Ignition Concept, today the Combustion Concept follows up on the same themes. Big bike, dramatic angles. Not Harley-Davidson old-school, not Ducati XDiavel space-age either. If Victory’s production cruiser is close, it’ll be like the Eleanor Mustang of motorcycles.

With a second concept bike leaning in this design direction, (the third if you count Roland Sands’ crazy Pikes Peak racer) I’m pretty excited about where Victory might be going with this thing.

Swiss bike builder Urs Erbacher did the details on the Ignition concept, to give us an idea of what the “European take” on Victory’s new cruiser would be.

Californian customizer Zach Ness designed the Combustion to “Americanize” the idea.

At the heart of both the Ignition Concept and the Combustion Concept is the engine Victory will use in their prodcution bike; a 1200cc liquid-cooled four-valve 60º V-Twin engine. The crank case, rotating bottom end, transmission, and clutch will be the same as what we saw on the Project 156 bike. So the engine may be brethren to the slightly-smaller V-Twin in the new Indian Scout.

Victory and Indian are both subsidiaries of the Polaris powersports brand.

Motorcycle Product Director Gary Gray says “This new engine offers the most versatility in American motorcycling. 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.”

Without much else being confirmed about the machine’s technical specifics, all we can do is stare. I see this style of cruiser as a contemporary middle ground between the retro look that’s dominated the scene forever and the crazy-futuristic stuff we’ve seen hints of before. What do you think?

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