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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Looking back at the Victory Vision 800 Concept

Victory Vision 800, a visionary motorcycle and built by Victory Motorcycles, a division of Polaris ATV's in 2005. This concept motorcycle used a flat parallel twin, running through a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) connected to an exposed shaft drive incorporated into the single-sided swing arm.
Victory Vision 800 Concept bikes shown at the 2005 Long Beach Interational Motorcycle Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1YmaBka)
The Vision is the brainchild of designer Tiger Bracy, who was set free in terms of stylistic restrictions from upper management. Long and low with expansive bodywork, it's the bulbous nose that dominates this wild concept's appearance.
The Victory Vision 800 derives its power from the fuel-injected 760cc engine shared with parent company Polaris' Sportsman 800 ATV. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1OvNoH4)
The bikes concept was shown at the 2005 Long Beach (California) International Motorcycle Show. "We constantly study global design trends, as well as today’s motorcycle consumers to better understand, and deliver on, their expectations of the future," says Greg Brew, Director of Polaris Industrial Design in that time.
The Victory Vision 800 is eye-catching above all else. It's a melange of sportbike, cruiser and scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1T2L91A)
The extreme, front end bias, bulky nose houses storage for two helmets, or anything else, while providing wind protection for the rider. This is in sharp contrast to the short and stubby tail section. 
Long and low with expansive bodywork, it's the bulbous nose that dominates this Victory Vision 800 wild concept's appearance. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2290xj9)
Victory's traditional cruiser style riding position appears on the Vision 800 with the use of long running boards and the lack of any foot controls. Presumably the lack of a clutch, or gears, allows the rear brake to be relocated to the handlebars.
Of course, this concept motorcycle still seem a bit rough and needs some changes, to be used legally in the streets, And it seems the company has no intention of producing the Vision 800, but the design is important nonetheless. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTORCYCLE USA]
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