With each year in which Victory comes up with new models, Arlen Ness and his son Cory Ness put their minds to work and create each one’s limited edition models, which are supposed to enhance the visual of the bikes as well as show their customization potential. While Cory Ness designed his own approach towards the Jackpot, his father saw the 2010 Victory Vision as a challenge and gave a try with this bike. The result: an eye-catching touring motorcycle.
Riders who buy limited edition models usually need to know what they’re paying the extra buck for and want to get a special feel as they look at their new road companion. Now, Victory hasn’t announced the MSRP of the 2010 Arlen Ness Victory Vision, but we know that it will be spicy and the bike itself needs to justify that. Quite frankly, to me, it doesn’t simply because the engine is the same as on the regular Vision models and not only. Indeed, the 106 ci / 1,731 cc, 4-stroke 50° V-Twin engine coupled to the six-speed constant mesh transmission isn’t overwhelmed by the 804 lbs (365 kg) dry weight, but the extra power wouldn’t have harmed anyone.
Because weight and power figures aren’t modified, you get the same suspension (46mm conventional telescopic fork capable of the same 5.1 in/130 mm of travel at the front and single, mono-tube, cast aluminum with constant rate linkage, 3.65 in/92.7 mm travel with air adjustable spring at the back) and brakes (composed from two 300mm floating rotors with three-piston caliper and a single 300mm floating rotor with two-piston caliper) meaning that the bike’s overall performance shouldn’t set it apart from the base Victory Vision Tour and 8-Ball models.
Probably the biggest advantage that the Arlen Ness limited edition motorcycle has compared to the regular ones is the two inches lower seat. With his bottom at only 24.5 inches above the ground, a rider is more able to control the bike mostly around the parking lot and during slow speed maneuvering as he needs to easily touch the ground and stay in complete control of the bike.
Although they focus more on the ride itself, Victory also offers a standard integrated audio system with an AM/FM radio with MP3, audio display panel and everything. To be honest, this is a nice feature to have, indeed.
So, as a premature conclusion, we would have to say that the bike addresses to those willing to stand out in the touring pack not necessarily through a more powerful engine and louder pipes, but simply by having a more comfortable, easier to handle, beautiful motorcycle.
The Ness family and Victory go back to when Polaris Industries created the new American motorcycle company and while the Vision is one of their most popular models, only now we see a special creation coming straight from the master itself.
Victory is in the battle ring with Harley-Davidson ever since they started this business and both manufacturers have come up with special touring models in 2010. While Victory’s needs no presentation, we can now start looking at the all-new Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited as to a contender of the Arlen Ness Vision.
While Victory is all about giving a new look to motorcycling, HD remains on the classic path and it seems that they have all the reasons to do that because there will always be a request for reliable and massive engines (in this case a 103 cu. in. / 1690 cc, air-cooled, Twin Cam with integrated oil cooler) mounted on two-wheelers that can take people from coast to coast and back in absolute comfort. This thing weighs in 857 lbs. (388.74 kg) dry, it offers a 27.30 in. (693.42 mm) high seat and all the other benefits of a veritable tourer: ABS, electronic cruise control, air-adjustable rear shocks and many more. Just click on the link and go to our preview on this bike to find out more about it.
Ok, so this is a touring motorcycle about which we ended up talking simply because it is supposed to be that special thing, the salt and pepper that most riders don’t dare or can’t afford going for and it is only special on the outside. Before even starting, we’ll just go ahead and say that while the magic hand of Arlen Ness won’t hurt any bike, we would have appreciated more performance to back up the undisputable looks.
The overall dimensions and shape of the bike are the same as on the regular models, but here you get stylish billet engine covers, diamond-cut cylinder heads as well as custom-stitched seats. These show how the bike got through a special customizing process before being called “limited” but there’s plenty much more to it than just this. For instance, the Arlen Ness windshield gives this motorcycle a much more aggressive look and, once on it, so do the chrome Ness grips.
It is pretty hard to get your eyes around the custom billet wheels, but they do stand out, of course, not more than the custom Ness paint and graphics do. Limited edition models also show off their number and this one isn’t the exception. But, apart from the bike’s number, there’s also the Arlen Ness logo and autograph as a last personal touch from the master builder itself.
We’re eagerly expecting to find out the price of the 2010 Arlen Ness Victory Vision, but have to already admit that our impressions about the bike are fairly good. There might not be an extra number of horsepower or less weight involved, but in the end this remains a touring motorcycle and one of the best in its field, if you ask me. Also, the exterior goodies seem to compensate for everything else that there could be and it isn’t.
Engine and Transmission
Engine Type: 4-stroke 50° V-Twin
Cooling Type: Air / Oil
Displacement: 106 ci / 1,731 cc
Bore x Stroke: 101 x 108 mm
Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
Valve Train: Single overhead camshafts with 4 valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters
Fuel System: Electronic Fuel Injection with dual 45mm throttle body
Fuel Capacity: 6.0 gal / 22.7 ltr
Exhaust: Split dual exhaust with crossover
Oil Capacity: 5.0 qts / 4.75 ltr
Charging System: 50 amps max output
Battery: 12 volts / 18 amp hours
Primary Drive: Gear drive with torque compensator
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
Final Drive: Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt
Chassis and Dimensions
Front Suspension: Conventional telescopic fork, 46 mm diameter, 5.1 in/130 mm travel
Rear Suspension: Single, mono-tube, cast aluminum with constant rate linkage, 3.65 in/92.7 mm travel, air adjustable spring
Front Brake: Dual 300mm floating rotor with 3-piston caliper
Rear Brake: 300mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper
Front Wheel: 18 x 3.0 in
Rear Wheel: 16 x 5.0 in
Front Tire: 130/70R18 Dunlop Elite 3
Rear Tire: 180/60R16 Dunlop Elite 3
Length: 103.5 in / 2,629 mm
Wheelbase: 65.7 in / 1,670 mm
Seat Height: 24.5 in / 622 mm
Ground Clearance: 4.8 in / 122 mm
Rake/Trail: 29.0° / 5.4 in / 137 mm
Dry Weight: 804 lbs (365 kg)
GVWR: 1,414 lbs / 643 kg
Features & Benefits
Billet Engine Covers
Diamond-Cut Cylinder Heads
Chrome Ness Grips
Custom Radio Display
Custom Ness Paint and Graphics
Ness Billet Wheels