Victory Motorcycles has announced their 2011 model range, including several significant updates and refinements.
The biggest news has to be in the engine and transmission departments. Dropping their smaller displacement motor for 2011 Victory motivates every model in its line-up with the huge Freedom 106 cubic inch v-twin originally developed for the Vision Tourer a few years back. We have sampled bikes powered by the Freedom 106 and believe us when we tell you that it is one of the finest cruiser engines available. Although every single 2011 Victory gets one, the Freedom 106 comes in either Stage One or Stage Two tune.
The Stage One engine produces 92 hp and 109 ft/lbs of torque. The Stage One engine is found in the Vision Tourer, Cross Country, Cross Roads, the Cory Ness Signature Cross Country and the Arlen Ness Signature Vision Tourer.
The other Freedom 106 engine has the Stage Two cam package and it is a beast among OEM cruiser engines. The Stage Two puts out 97 hp and 113 ft/lbs of torque. It wasn’t that long ago that large displacement cruisers struggled to make 60 hp at the rear wheel. The Vegas Jackpot, Hammer, Hammer S, Vegas, Kingpin, all of the 8-Ball models and the Zach Ness Signature Vegas 8-Ball each get the Stage Two Freedom 106 engine for 2011.
The other big news for 2011 is the new transmission, which is featured on every single model. Victory dug into its already competent 6-speed transmission and made numerous changes and refinements. Aproximately 40% of the drivetrain is all new, and the changes have resulted in improved performance, reliability and even sound. Acording to Victory, driveline lash has been reduced by 66%, while unappealing gear whine has been reduced, or completely eliminated in each gear. A “Neutral Assist” has been added to make it easier for riders to find neutral when they come to a stop.
The fact that the new 6-speed transmission and the bigger Freedom 106 v-twin engine are available across the board brings a lot of added value to Victory’s lower priced models, such as the Hammer 8-Ball, Kingpin 8-Ball and Vegas 8-Ball.
All cruiser models now get the nicer, more complete instrumentation found on the Victory Cross Roads that includes analog speedometer, blue back lighting and a large LCD that displays clock, gear position, tachometer and diagnostic readouts. In addition to the normal indicator lights for high-beam, neutral and oil pressure, there is an always-visible fuel gauge.
Oil change intervals have been increased to 5,000 miles for 2011 as a result of proven reliability and the new transmission design. There are plenty of other detail changes that you can find on Victory’s website, and look for our discussion of the new bikes when we post our ride review in roughly two weeks.
Before we kick you over to the website, however, there is a cool new trunk being offered by Victory for both the Cross Country and the Cross Roads models that incorporates a passenger backrest, dual audio speakers and a lock. It is large enough for two full-face helmets, and can be both attached and removed quickly, without tools. It is available as an accessory for each of these models. Finally, we should mention that ABS is now standard on the Victory Vision Tourer and Arlen Ness Signature Vision.
Take a look at Victory’s website for all the other details and specifications on the 2011 models.