If looks could engulf us in flames, the Victory Arlen Ness Signature Series, which made its debut in 2004, is a bonafide scorcher on two wheels. And for the 2012 model, Arlen decided that a splash of added attitude just may be what pushes this bike over the top.
If you like futuristic styling, the Victory Arlen Ness Vision is a bike that will definitely make heads turn, particularly the use of heavy black paint on the bike, as well as the abundance of chrome and accessories directly in contrast to the collection of Ness. The bike also comes with custom graphics such as this fiery and blazing graphic detail. On top of that, the bike also has comfortable seats that make long journeys a pleasure to make. Add that to the Ness radio display, Ness flamed engine covers, and a comfortable leather seat, and you have a bike that’s just itching to be taken out on joyrides.
Speaking of joyrides, that wouldn’t be possible if you have a bike that comes with a mediocre powertrain. Fortunately, there’s nothing mediocre about the Arlen Ness Vision, including its 106-cubic-inch Freedom V-Twin engine that produces a stout and very capable 97 horsepower.
Find out more about the Victory Arlen Ness Vision after the jump.
NUCLEAR SUNSET PAINT AND CUSTOM NESS FLAMED GRAPHICS
Maybe you can’t be Arlen Ness, but you can now own one of his brilliant custom painted creations. Basking in the glow of Arlen’s flame graphics, it’s almost like riding with the master himself.
HOT ROD NESS BILLET WHEELS
High performance wheels front and rear send out a bold custom styling message with every revolution.
FLAMED NESS ENGINE COVERS
Nestled between the diamond-cut cylinders sits the crown jewel of Arlen’s Custom Vision Tour - fully flamed out engine covers that direct the eye toward the heart of the machine and set the theme for the rest of the bike.
NESS FLAMED CHROME BILLET GRIPS AND CHROME GRIP ENDS
A true artist with motorcycles as his medium, Arlen pays strict attention to every chrome-inspired detail. Even the billet grips become an opportunity for signature flame. Chrome grip ends cap off the bike’s overall chrome treatment.
DIAMOND CUT ENGINE
The Ness family wanted to ensure that the Freedom V-Twin at the heart of the custom Vision Tour looked as precision stylish as it was precision powerful. The answer was found in detailed, diamond-cut cylinders that elevate and anchor the bike’s incredible style.
NESS CHROME FLAMED BILLET SHIFTER, BRAKE PEGS AND HAND LEVERS
The welder was put away long before, but the Arlen Ness Vision Tour continues throwing sparks. The Ness chrome hand and foot controls integrate with the bike’s total custom flame treatment and deliver dependable, reliable performance.
KICKER PREMIUM AUDIO SPEAKERS
Acoustically precise and top of the line, these are the speakers the open road deserves. We suspect the audio waves that emanate from them look like flame exhaust.
NESS WINDSHIELD GRAPHIC
Forward of everything, the Ness custom windshield graphic provides a wind-breaking as well as ground-breaking extension of the bike’s singular look.
LEATHER STITCHED SEAT
Comfortable enough to make the long haul seem short, and every bit Arlen. Except for the imprint, which will be all yours.
The Arlen Ness Vision Tour’s Anti-Lock Brake System doesn’t discriminate between dry, wet or rock-strewn pavement. No matter what the conditions, ABS monitors what the wheel is doing and gives you consistent, smooth braking from the handlebar lever down to the rubber on the road.
After making every other aspect of going the distance as effortless as possible, the throttle hand still had a beef about being overworked. By adding precise, automotive-style cruise control, the right mitt can now simply hang on and enjoy the ride.
06 CUBIC-INCH FREEDOM V-TWIN
The foundation of the Arlen Ness Vision Tour, the Freedom V-Twin power plant is an engine worthy of this ultimate touring bike’s esteemed designer. Expertly balanced for perfectly controlled explosions, the Freedom V-Twin delivers 109 ft lbs of on-ramp torque for when you just can’t start your journey fast enough.
6-SPEED OVERDRIVE TRANSMISSION
To Arlen, nothing less than the highest performing transmission available was worthy of his masterpiece. The Victory 6-speed overdrive tranny takes the power generated by the massive V-twin and gently converts the bike into rolling art. Neutral Selection Assist and helical-cut gears ensure every shift is smooth and clean as the master’s design.
CHROME DRIVER AND PASSENGER FLOORBOARDS
Even the roomy, firm-footed floorboards provide an opportunity to toss more fuel onto the flame-etched chrome theme. Enhancing an otherwise overlooked area of the bike, the chrome driver floorboards add a bright, custom look.
Adding to the Ness Vision Tour’s long-haul luxury, the matching spacious trunk provides ample room for two riders’ gear. Passengers can lean back and see the world in easy-chair comfort while enjoying the added audio speakers, relaxing even more knowing their personals are dry-lock safe.
NESS OIL LINE COVER
To the Ness Family, a road is never just a road, and an oil line is never just an oil line.
ENGINE NUMBER PLATE
No proof of purchase has ever been more rewarding. Each of Arlen’s Custom Vision Tour motorcycles bears a number and an etched facsimile of Arlen’s John Hancock.
NESS RADIO DISPLAY
Yet another place to channel his creative energy, Arlen’s take on the radio display makes everything that comes out of it sound a little bit crisper.
NESS IGNITION KEY GRAPHIC
In Arlen’s words, even the key graphic is designed to move you.
12 volts / 18 amp hours
Bore x Stroke
101 x 108 mm
48 amps max output
9.4 : 1
Air / oil
106 ci / 1731 cc
4-stroke 50° V-Twin
Split dual exhaust with crossover
Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt
6.0 gal / 22.7 ltr
Electronic Fuel Injection with dual 45mm throttle body
5.0 qts / 4.75 ltr
Gear drive with torque compensator
6-speed overdrive constant mesh
Single overhead camshafts with 4 valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters
869 lbs / 395 kg
4.8 in / 122 mm
1414 lbs / 643 kg
104.9 in / 2,665 mm
29.0° / 5.6 in / 142 mm
24.5 in / 622 mm
65.7 in / 1670 mm
Conventional telescopic fork, 46 mm diameter, 5.1 in / 130 mm travel
Single, mono-tube, cast aluminum with constant-rate linkage, 3.65 in / 92.7 mm travel, air adjustable
Brake System Type
Front braking system
Dual 300mm floating rotors with 4-piston calipers
Rear braking system
300mm floating rotor with 2-piston calipers
130/70R18 Dunlop Elite 3
18 x 3.0 in
180/60R16 Dunlop Elite 3
16 x 5.0 in
Nuclear Sunset w/ Ness Graphics
Ultimatemotorcycle ---- "The Arlen Ness version of Victory’s luxury-touring motorcycle, the Vision, appears like a "chrome-trimmed fireball scorching the road."
Totalmotorcycle ---- "Featuring the Victory 106 cubic-inch Freedom V-Twin engine that is standard across the line, you get the benefit of an engine producing 97 horsepower and the customized styling of Arlen Ness at your disposal."
Bikez ---- "Maybe you can’t be Arlen Ness, but you can now own one of his brilliant custom painted creations. Basking in the glow of Arlen’s flame graphics, it’s almost like riding with the master himself."/h3