This is the Victory Ignition – a concept bike that shows the direction the all American company is heading. But while the bike in itself is interesting, it’s the brand new engine inside that’s the real highlight. Housing a liquid-cooled, four valve 60 degree V-Twin, this is the engine that was used in the Victory Project 156 concept that ran at this year’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb.
The Ignition Concept has been created by European builder Urs Erbacher. Erbacher’s concept – dubbed the “Victory Ignition Concept” was custom built around the first preproduction engine off of the line in Osceola Wisconsin. “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.”
Unfortunately, Victory isn’t giving too much away on the specifications of the engine. It features 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.
And does this concept model actually represent what we might see from Victory next year? It’s hard to say and little is given away by Victory. Erbacher says he was given free reign to design the Ignition concept, but at the same time we’d be surprised if it doesn’t at least provide some hints as to future design cues of what to expect. More photos will follow below as soon as we get a hold of them.