Medina MN – 1/17/2012: Victory Motorcycles rings in 2012 with an early release 2013 model motorcycle and legendary Marine Corps Drill Instructor, Hollywood actor, and TV host, R. Lee Ermey, better known as “The Gunny” making a special appearance in support of the Wounded Warrior Project. Other big highlights of the weekend include the reveal of two custom Victory Motorcycles. One of the bikes by the grandson of Arlen Ness, Zach Ness, and a second bike by the Klocks Werks Kustom Motorcycles led by Brian Klock in memory Vic Briggs, a former employee who passed away last summer. Additional attractions planned for the always entertaining International Motorcycle Shows weekend at the Javits Center in New York City include the Victory Girls, and the new Victory Touring Nation presented by RoadRUNNER Touring and Travel Magazine with editors from RoadRUNNER featured in Q&A sessions and free mini-magazines about touring in and outside of the New England area.
Victory Motorcycles will present the worldwide public debut of a new model motorcycle on Friday the 20th at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time in the Victory display. This new model features signature Victory style and is inspired by the muscle car era. Featuring outstanding power and handling, it promises to bring a new level of riding enjoyment to the class and will be comfortable for riders of all sizes. For a preview video, follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiGyOZdQCU8&feature=player_embedded
Victory grabbed the first 2013 pre-production motorcycle off the line specifically for Zach Ness to make his own. Given a new model and a clean slate, Zach promises that his custom will be unique and capitalize on the high-quality chassis and handling that Victory is known for. “I had to spend a weekend riding the new bike around the hills outside of Dublin to get a real feel for this bike,” says the third-generation custom bike builder. “We actually delayed starting to build the bike because there was so much inspiration gained after riding the stock machine – it changed completely what I first thought I was going to build, and I’m excited to reveal it to the public on Saturday.”
The sheet pull on Zach’s custom at high noon on Saturday the 21st at the Victory Motorcycles display will come care of none other than R. Lee Ermey. “The Gunny” is well known for his roles in numerous feature films and television, as well as his commanding ability to inspire. Ermey carries with him the wish to promote the Wounded Warrior Project during his appearance at the show from noon through the afternoon. “I challenged Zach to build a riders custom – not some sort of trailer queen,” says The Gunny. “I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s done and meeting friends and fans in New York City. I will ask for each person attending the show to bring in a donation for Wounded Warrior Project and come by the Victory display to say hello – it’s a simple, but important mission for every motorcycle fan.”
Yet another worldwide reveal is slated for 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Brian and Laura Klock designed and built a charity motorcycle to benefit the family of an employee who lost his life last summer. “Tattooed for Life is the name of the bike,” says Brian Klock. “Vic Briggs left this world too early and he was a big part of our extended family. We miss him every day and poured our hearts into this build. All of the money that this motorcycle brings will be donated to Vic’s family to take care of his kids down the road.” This custom is based on a Victory Kingpin that was donated by Victory Motorcycles.
The Gunny, Zach Ness, the Klocks and editors from RoadRUNNER Touring and Travel Magazine will all be interviewed for seminars over the course of the weekend inside the Victory display. “We have been telling motorcycle enthusiasts that Victory is on the gas and I think the new bike reveal this coming weekend will prove that.” says Vice President of Polaris Motorcycles Steve Menneto. “We’re also proud to bring attention to the Wounded Warrior Project organization and offer the Klocks an opportunity to honor Vic at our display.”
General Information for the International Motorcycle Shows including discounted online tickets can be found atwww.motorcycleshows.com. To get a sneak peek as Zach does the final build on his custom, log onto www.facebook.com/victorymotorcycles. Mark your calendars for the 11:30a.m. (Eastern) online debut of the new Victory and the 2:00 p.m. live public reveal at the show.