JAN 14th 2015

Conceptual Art: 2009 Victory Core

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As the name suggests, the idea behind this motorcycle was to pare it right down; anything that didn’t either make the bike go faster or help to scrub speed off was discarded.

It makes for a stunning piece of design, although the lack of any rear suspension and a seat carved from African mahogany may cause riders to stick to short journeys only, in order to minimise the devastation it could cause to one’s backside. 

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‘There is no traditional bodywork; the motorcycle is effectively turned inside-out with its architecture completely exposed,’ said the press release blurb at the time. Never mind bodywork, it also seems that they did-away with conventional lighting, too. Can you spot the brake and turn signal LEDs subtly incorporated into the back of the seat? Neat stuff.

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There’s no doubting that Victory created a fine-looking machine, although upon closer scrutiny it reveals itself to be a bit of an oddball. Starting at the front is a pair of USD forks with radially-mounted Brembo brake calipers – pure exotic superbike territory there. The aluminium frame is simply a work of art and shoe-horned in to it is a monstrous, air-cooled 1731cc V-twin motor. It’s more muscle-bike than superbike in its character, but still would be good for delivering much thumping oomph. At the rear of the machine though we see the aforementioned rigid frame (no suspension. Not even a little bit …) which is in stark contrast to the delectable array of goodies that make up the opposite end of the bike!

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No question really that function followed some way behind form in the creation of the Victory Core Concept. However, when the ‘form’ part looks this good, who cares?

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