Victory Vison 800 Concept Bike - Please, NO!

Concept bikes - why

There's a reason why there's show bikes and concept bikes; they're used to provoke customers reactions. The reactions get recorded and the good ideas get developed and finally they end up on our bikes that we buy in the shops. Sometimes the manufacturers put exotic features on their top-of-the-line models to pay for it but also to test it.
I'm no stranger to concept bikes, in fact, I think they're quriky and fun. I remember Ducati's MH900 (or whatever the correct model name is) which was a futuristic adaption of Mike Hailwoods Ducati from yesteryears. I liked the boldness in the design, but I'd never buy such a bike. Nevertheless, it was interesting to look at.
Therefore; Concept bikes are justified. Both to gauge consumer reaction and to let the hard working designers have a bit of a play around with new ideas. It's about evolution really.

American bikes, yeah right.

There was a time when the biggest baddest bike you could buy was american. Let me tell you something; time has passed. Todays (I won't use the word "modern") american bikes are of a few breeds, but mainly ancient cruisers. Mainly Hardly-Movingsome bikes. These bikes have their roots in the 40's, some parts even earlier than that. They gained their badass reputation by being the choice of "Outlaw" motorcycle clubs. Back then, these guys took the biggest engine, and threw away anything that wasn't necessary, and added a bit of "good looks" to them.
Since then, things have moved on. The american bike was overrun by the Japanese manufacturers in the late 60's and by the time the 80s hit us, the Japanese were manufacturing awesome bikes and americans were struggling with even putting a 20 year old design together.
The only fresh air that's come out of an american bike manufacturer is the Buell, sadly it's powered by the anicent HD engine... Imagine the Buell with a stonkin' Yamaha Warrior 1700cc V-twin... Yummy!
The V-Rod engine is quite cool too, but lets face it; It's a Porsche engine built to look and sound like a Harley engine.
Therefore, if you like american bikes, you probably like going in a straight line very slowly. That's fine, doesn't bother me as long as you don't come preach to me about how great your 50 year old design is.

Victory Vision™ 800 Concept - The Looks

Victory Vision 800 Concept - side view., Click here to view larger image (NaNkb)

Victory Vision 800 Concept - side view.

Victory Vision 800 Concept - Front view., Click here to view larger image (NaNkb)

Victory Vision 800 Concept - Front view.

Victory Vision 800 Concept - rear view., Click here to view larger image (NaNkb)

Victory Vision 800 Concept - rear view.

I came across this, Victory Vision™ 800 Concept bike today, and as they're designed to provoke reactions, I've got no problems on sharing my opinion. *GRIN*
First of all, this bike is hideously ugly. Not just because of it's "different design", but it's complete presence is just utterly disgusting. Sure it's got the sweeping lines of the TDM petrol tank. (haha)
Look at it from the front and you have to ask yourself what sort of logic was applied behind that decision. Seriously... what's wrong with a swooping nice line, and a nice headlight. Look at the early Yamha R1 and R6. They're gorgeous, this isn't.
I know this bike isn't intended to be ridden, or at least not faster than 55mph on the interstate, so this comment might well be null and void, but there's a reason why full front-wheel-fairings got banned in racing when fairings (or fairies as I've heard "experts" call them), were a new and exciting thing. The reason was that they made the bike into a big sail, and sudden side winds would simply just blow the bikes over. Not good. This concept bike is pretty similar to the full front wheel faired bikes.
Looking at the bike from the side, it looks like the rear wheel is getting lost somewhere way back there. Poor thing. I shouldn't actually be surprised at this as america is the land where extended swingarms are loved more than going to war and hamburgers. Madness. In Europe we're trying to make our bikes handle better, not worse. Gee.. (hehehe).
Another thing I find peculiar by this bike is that it seems work against any concept of wind protection. The design of the front leads me to think that the wind hitting the rider will be extracrispyturbulent because of the sweeping lines. I'd guess that between your arms you'd be sitting with a massive turbulence. All guided to your chest by your arms and your legs, helped by the sweeping lines and the lack of any sort of wind deflector.
But hey, maybe I'm just forgetting the maxium speed of 0mph 55mph where wind isn't a problem.
Any good points..? Yeah, the bike does have lines... they're at the wrong place, but they're still nice curved lines.

Victory Vision™ 800 Concept - The Technology

Oh you brave engineering guys. You've got a parallell twin at 800cc powering that collossal rear wheel through a CVT drive. I bet you're going to the Betty Ford clinic soon, 'coz you can't be thinking normally, you must be on something.
The blurb on the aforementioned page says:
"Automatic Constant Variable Transmission (CVT) without foot controls or clutch, which lowers the learning curve of riding a full-size motorcycle."
I say: CVT transmission is OK on a scooter, where you're not supposed to be riding but going from point A to point B. On a "real" bike, especially one with looks like this one, you want to snick it into higher gear and open the throttle and hear the noise bouncing off the walls and see yourself in the shop-windows. Imagine the scene of a big cruiser going down the cruiser avenue and opening the throttle only to hear the revs go up like a scooter accelerating away... horrible.
And another note; do we really want to "lower the learning curve of riding a full-size motorcycle". Do we want to have less educated riders out there? Going fast (beyond 55mph ;) )..? I think that some bikers are scary on the road, even after a few years of riding. Naah, IMFO I'd say that we need to keep the bikes a bit inaccessible to the average Joe, and up the level of education a lot. That's better.
Blurb says:
Easily accessible tank storage that is large enough to accommodate two full-face helmets.
I say:
Storage is good - well done for thinking about that, but haven't you gone one helmet too far? Surely that bike is designed for one person? In fact, unless my vision is playing up too much, the riders feet go on the foot-boards (yuck!), and the pillion rider will either have to keep her (his?!?) feet up on the foot boards too, or maybe there's something just below the swing arm pivot point, or maybe they can just drag their feet on the ground (WTF??). Anyway; point is: storage good, too much bad. I'd not take a bike like this shopping (let alone be seen dead on it).
Blurb says:
Comfortable cruiser riding position with a low seat height.
I say: Riding position is probably comfortable if you're not bothered with the lack of any sort of wind protection.
The engine, as mentioned, is an 800cc parallell twin, it's got underseat exhausts, and a 250/40-R18 (not 17"!) rear wheel with a shaft drive. If you translate the previous sentence into human-speak, it reads "Awfully slow", becuase the 800cc twin won't be able to muster more than a 100bhp, at best. The CVT will kill some of that power, and the shaft drive will kill even more. Then you stick that Jumbo-Jet tyre on it, and you're going scooter speeds, or lower. Not to mention that you really shouldn't try to corner the bike, at all. Especially with a 1550 mm (61") wheelbase and that rear tyre.
On a funny side they don't mention the power of the engine or the weight of the bike; but they do mention the ground clearance. For some reason that's important... Go figure.

Thanks for all the shoes

It was fun, it really was. I like concept bikes, but some of them are a bit too far flung. This one definitely is. I had a chuckle when I read about the "Victory Vision™ 800 Concept" - I hope you've found it entertaining too.
If you haven't noticed so far, I've written this with a bit of "tongue in cheek" and it shouldn't be taken too seriously - I suspect much as the concept "bike".

One last laugh:
"Driven by deep passion to deliver on Victory's positioning as "The New American Motorcycle®," the award-winning Victory Industrial Design Team never pauses in its exploration of both form and function."
TEH FUNNEY!!!11oneone

Images of the "bike" are of course copyrighted by Victory my intention is not to infringe on any copyright laws or anything, but to visually aid my readers to understand my "opinions".