2009 Victory Lineup

Text: Ken Freund • Photography: Victory

They so often say time flies when you're having fun, but it doesn't seem possible that a decade has gone by since the first Victory motorcycles rolled off the Polaris assembly lines. It has, however, and almost 50,000 Victory motorcycles have left those lines since 1999. To celebrate its 10th anniversary and introduce the 2009 lineup, the upstart Victory division recently hosted a media event at the Art Center College for Design, in Pasadena, California.

Vision

Although it just came out in 2008, the voluptuous Vision series sports several changes for 2009. Reverse (which uses the starter motor, not gears) is now offered as an accessory. The audio speakers utilize a new tweeter for improved sound quality and increased volume. An improved gauge unit with enhanced LED backlighting and more distinct "redline" warning areas can now be re-flashed for easier servicing. To save the battery, the headlight now stays off when the key is on until the starter switch is pressed. Billet wheels are standard and chrome forks are optional on premium models; for other models they're available as accessories. Vision colors for 2009 include solid midnight cherry, solid blue ice and solid black.

There will be an extremely limited edition 2009 Vision Tour (100 units) with a special paint scheme of Antares red with black-metallic accents and gold pinstripes. Components such as passenger grips, center console and dash are blacked-out, plus there's a custom-stitched seat and backrest. They will also be equipped with the reverse option, GPS, a CB and a communication system, including one headset, XM radio, an iPod cord, liners for the side compartments and trunk, plus a trunk mat.

Other Victory Models

The rest of the 2009 Victory cruiser models - other than the Visions - also receive several improvements and enhancements. Up front, a new aluminum headlight casts a brighter, more uniform pattern and on high beam both bulbs now light. A new "unitool," featuring a 4mm Allen wrench for headlight bucket servicing, stores in a new holder under the side cover. At the back an LED taillight doubles the brightness of the tail and brake lights. The bikes are also pre-wired for easy cruise-control installation (available as an accessory).

For improved sealing, engines will be fitted with new gaskets in certain locations, and stator-wire grommets and crankshaft-position sensor wire grommets have been upgraded. New monochrome Victory gas-tank badges will be used throughout Victory's second decade. There's a new fuel-tank design with a fuel-pump assembly that's easier to service too. For safety, a tilt sensor now shuts off the electric fuel pump if the bike is tipped over and keeps it off until the ignition key resets the system.

Where the rubber meets the road, new lightweight "Stingray" cast-alloy wheels have highlighted spokes for extra style. The new wheels are available with black or silver spoke highlights and on bikes with black wheels, both rotors and sprockets are black. For ease of service the sprockets are mounted using bolts rather than studs.

A new frame welding process produces higher-quality welds and the swingarm is now black; it was previously silver. New two-piece die-cast foot pegs provide improved durability and the brake and shift-lever pivots are now steel, so they're less prone to breakage if the bike is tipped over. All of these changes, with the exception of the new headlight design and "unitool," apply to the lowest-priced Vegas 8-Ball.

For 2009 the Vegas Jackpot, Hammer and Hammer S now have the next-generation Freedom 106/6 V-twin engine. In these models, the 106-cubic inch engine comes with Stage 2 camshafts, for a rated 97 horsepower and 113 ft-lbs of torque; and a six-speed transmission with overdrive promises comfortable highway cruising. Closed-loop fuel injection helps ensure efficient fuel delivery for good performance and low emissions.

Vegas and Vegas Low colors for 2009 include solid blue ice, solid pearl white, solid sunset red and solid black and two-tone blue ice/pearl white with carbon stripe, or two-tone midnight cherry/pearl white with carbon stripe.

For '09, the Vegas Jackpot's new one-piece seat has a clean, smooth custom look. Black cast wheels are standard while billet wheels are standard on the premium models. Vegas Jackpot colors now include solid boardwalk blue, solid sunset red, orange crush with extreme graphics, lucky lime with extreme graphics, and solid black.

The Kingpin Low is a new model for 2009. With a seat height of 25.2 inches, it is more than an inch lower than the standard Kingpin. Side covers make the bike more than 1.5 inches narrower, and the floorboards are set two inches rearward, putting the controls closer to the rider. Two-inch pullback handlebars give riders an easier reach and the front brake lever is adjustable, but the Kingpin Low has no passenger seat or foot pegs.

Kingpin, Kingpin Low and Kingpin Tour colors for 2009 include solid blue ice, solid super graphite, two-tone blue ice/pearl white with carbon stripe, two-tone midnight cherry/pearl white with carbon stripe and solid black.

All Hammer models get the bigger 106-inch engine for 2009, and the Hammer S gets exclusive blue "X-Factor" wheels, blacked-out features and custom paint. The X-Factor wheels are 15.8 pounds lighter than last year's Hammer S rims. Hammer colors include solid super graphite, sunset red with extreme graphics, nuclear sunset with extreme graphics and solid black.

Ness Models

Topping the line for the year is the Arlen Ness Vision with a slew of special features, including custom-billet hotrod wheels, handgrips and engine covers. The custom-stitched leather seat, which is an inch lower than the stock seat, is designed to use individual driver and passenger backrests (sold separately). Additionally, the Ness short windscreen comes with electronic height adjustability.

There is also a new Cory Ness signature Vegas Jackpot model with numerous Ness accessories such as handgrips, mirrors, engine covers, foot controls and hand levers, a unique taillight, custom "Landshark" billet wheels and rear sprocket. Handlebars are Ness Fly Bars and the stitched leather seat with contrasting stitching complements the bike's paint scheme.

Zack, the grandson of Arlen Ness, also displayed a nicely customized Victory he had built, indicating that the Ness legacy is in capable hands. Looking ahead, with one decade already in the books, it's certainly going to be fascinating to see how the Victory brand evolves over the next one. For more information, visit
www.victorymotorcycles.com
or your local dealer.