Victory's CORE Concept Custom

The Making of Victory’s CORE Concept Motorcycle.

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Rumor has it the only reason the Victory CORE concept bike actually exists in the metal is that somebody in the industrial design department "accidentally" misplaced some budget for it. If it's true, then keep up the good work!

Unveiled at the New York stop of the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in mid-January, this futuristic bobber is billed purely as a concept, although the second rumor is that the bike is very close to being a runner.

The CORE name (all capitals, please, says Victory) "perfectly reflects the essence of this concept motorcycle. There is no traditional bodywork; the motorcycle is effectively turned inside-out with its architecture completely exposed."

As for production, well, that alloy frame (which is also the fuel tank) was inspired, ironically, by the plastic-clad Victory Vision tourer's ground-breaking hollow-backbone unit. But the CORE features a bolt-on rigid rear section, which is highly unlikely to make it to your showroom. Still, that is a production Freedom 106/6 engine, and the chassis rolls on Victory X-Factor alloy wheels. The carved African mahogany seat (with integrated LED stops, turn- and taillights) is also a bit of a stretch, though.

Hopefully, the "core" concept survives and morphs into something we can ride. It would make a killer comparison test with BMW's Lo Rider concept and perhaps a Confederate Wraith.

Check out the photo gallery to see CAD drawings of the frame showing fuel cell and airbox, the clay model, designer Mike Song (sketching the bike), as well as a shot of the Victory crew breaking the sand mold into which the molten aluminum was poured. They are using a sledgehammer, folks...

Victory CORE Concept Motorcycle

Victory CORE Concept Motorcycle

Victory CORE Concept Motorcycle

Victory CORE Concept Motorcycle

Victory CORE Concept Motorcycle

Victory CORE Concept Motorcycle

Victory CORE Concept Motorcycle

Victory CORE Concept Motorcycle

Victory CORE Concept Motorcycle

Victory CORE Concept Motorcycle

Victory CORE Concept Motorcycle

Victory CORE Concept Motorcycle

Victory CORE Concept Motorcycle

Victory CORE Concept Motorcycle

Victory CORE Concept Motorcycle

Victory CORE Concept Motorcycle

Victory CORE Concept Motorcycle

Victory CORE Concept Motorcycle