Polaris Showcased Victory Motorcycle at Auto Expo 2012

As mentioned earlier, this year will be much more promising than the previous year for the superbike segment. Apart from Triumph Motorcycle, we are now going to see Victory Motorcycle in India very soon. Victory Motorcycle is a subsidiary of Polaris Industries which is known for its snowmobiles and ATV (all terrain vehicle).  Victory Motorcycle is known for its touring, sports touring and cruiser motorcycles. Its motorcycles come with an American style V-Twin engine. To better describe Victory motorcycle one line is enough, it is the motorcycle brand which directly compete with Harley Davidson. Look wise Victory Motorcycle most of the model looks more or less similar in its category. Now about the models it showcased at Auto Expo 2012. The first model showcased at Auto Expo 2012 was Vegas Jackpot in a black color.  Vegas Jackpot is a custom cruiser motorcycle and it is made for reflecting its owner’s personality.

Here are the points which make Vegas Jackpot special from other motorcycles.

It comes with 106 cubic inch freedom V-twin engine which has displacement of 1731cc and generates 97 bhp and 153 Nm of torque, which suggest that its typical cruiser engine. The engine is tuned for low end torque. The engine note is unique and you can identify that Victory Motorcycle has arrived. It has 6-speed overdrive transmission which is specially designed for cruising in the city and one of the best transmissions in class. The gearshift is smooth thanks to helical-cut gears. The V-twin, 4-Valve overhead cam’s perfect combination with 6-speed transmission provides an unmatchable acceleration feel and throttle response.

The dashboard and handlebar are typical American cruiser type, while the headlight and taillight looks unique and royal. The very special thing about this motorcycle is it comes with 250 mm rear tire something which makes road grip firm and enhances confidence at high speed cruising and in wet conditions. Further, it comes with custom 21-inch anvil billet front wheel which adds four stars in motorcycle looks. What’s more, you can also customize your Vegas Jackpot motorcycle like customized paint scheme, and color matched frame.

Overall this is a perfect motorcycle to be an option for those who don’t like Harley Davidson’s rugged image as Victory somewhat feels like gentleman’s cruiser. Beside this Victory Motorcycle also displayed its Vision Tour motorcycle. Although, these two models were on display, the company did not specify which models it will bring to India and what price point. Its range starts from ` 7 lacs in US. However, if Victory motorcycle will bring it by CBU (completely built unit) or CKD (completely knocked down) route then the range may start from ` 11 lacs to ` 15 lacs depending upon the route selected. There is also possibility that it will go like Harley Davidson way and then will have local assembly plant here which will drastically reduce cost. There are fair chances of local assembly plant as Polaris Industries also owns Indian Motorcycle which it purchased in April 2011 and Victory Motorcycle launched may be followed by Indian Motorcycle within one or two years.

– Mahavir Kothari

Vegas Jackpot Technical Specification

Battery 12 volts / 18 amp hours
Bore x Stroke     101 x 108 mm
Charging System              38 amps max output
Clutch   Wet, multi-plate
Compression ratio          9.4 : 1
Cooling System                Air / oil
Displacement    106 ci / 1731 cc
Engine Type       4-stroke 50° V-Twin
Exhaust                Staggered slash-cut dual exhaust with crossover
Final Drive          Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt
Fuel Capacity     4.5 gal / 17.0 ltr
Fuel System       Electronic Fuel Injection with dual 45mm throttle body
Oil capacity        5.0 qts / 4.75 ltr
Primary Drive    Gear drive with torque compensator
Transmission     6-speed overdrive constant mesh
Valve train          Single overhead camshafts with 4 valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters

Dry Weight         652 lbs / 296 kg
Ground Clearance           5.3 in / 135 mm
GVWR  1,171 lbs / 531 kg
Length  95.9 in / 2435 mm
Rake/trail            32.9° / 4.9 in / 126 mm
Seat Height        25.7 in / 653 mm
Wheelbase        66.3 in / 1684 mm

Front Suspension            Conventional telescopic fork, 43 mm diameter, 5.1 in / 130 mm travel
Rear Suspension              Single, mono-tube gas, cast aluminum with rising rate linkage, 3.0 in / 75 mm travel, preload adjustable spring

Brake System Type         Conventional
Front braking system     300mm floating rotor with 4-piston caliper
Rear braking system       300mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper

Front Tire            90/90 21 Dunlop Elite 3
Front Wheel      21 x 2.15 in
Rear Tire              250/40R18 Dunlop Elite 3
Rear Wheel        18 x 8.5 in


Colors   Solid Black; Fireball Red w/ White Scallops; Pearl White & Black w/ Extreme Graphics