Victory Introduces “Combustion Concept” at New York Motorcycle Show Featuring High Performance Twin


Victory has made no secret about the fact it will soon introduce a production motorcycle featuring a high performance 1200cc, 60 ° v-twin with four-valve heads. Victory began promoting this motorcycle by racing a concept up Pikes Peak a few months ago. Next, Victory showed us the Ignition Concept developed by a European builder.

Now, we have the “Combustion” from American designer Zach Ness, which again incorporates the engine destined for “stellar performance in the 1200cc muscle bike class,” according to Victory.  Here is the press release from Victory:

Victory Motorcycles has revealed the final instalment in its 1200cc concept series at the International Motorcycle Show (IMS) in New York City.

This concept, called ‘Combustion’, is powered by the new production engine that made its debut last month at EICMA in Milan, and was built by Zach Ness of Arlen Ness Motorcycles in Dublin, California.

“Our family has a long-standing relationship with Victory Motorcycles and has customised many Victory production bikes in the past,” says Zach Ness, third generation custom builder and grandson of the ‘Godfather of Customs’ Arlen Ness. “It’s always fun to look into the future, so to have the trust of Victory Motorcycles to create a concept bike has been great. Also, as one of the first to ride a bike with this new engine, it absolutely rips.”

This Combustion Concept follows the reveal of the Ignition Concept at the EICMA show in Milan, which was built by Urs Erbacher of Switzerland. While Ignition is a European take on what kind of bike could be powered by the new engine, Combustion is the USA’s impression of what a new bike could potentially look like.

Both the Ignition Concept and the Combustion Concept are built around the same engine that will power a new model to be revealed in 2016. The engine is a 1200cc liquid-cooled 60 degree V-Twin with four valves per cylinder.

“This new engine offers the most versatility in American motorcycling,” explains Motorcycle Product Director Gary Gray. “Both of the concepts, Ignition and Combustion, are intended to show what this motor is capable of in very distinct, visual forms. While the bikes are different, the powertrain is capable of delivering the performance in both cases.”

Steve Menneto, President of the Polaris Motorcycles Division says: “Victory Motorcycles has taken a strong positioning as the ‘Modern American Muscle’ brand and we are excited about the path we are taking. Our latest work will complement our existing line-up of motorcycles powered by the award-winning Freedom 106 design.”

Zach Ness created Combustion as an answer to what an American muscle bike could be. He says that legendary American muscle cars with high horse power and low weight were his inspiration.

Born into custom motorcycle royalty, Zach Ness is the third generation of custom builders. His grandfather Arlen, and Father Cory, established a relationship with Victory Motorcycles when Zach was only twelve, so the brand has been part of his entire adult life.

Surrounded every day by horsepower, style and innovation, Zach was the ideal builder to take on the challenge of creating the third concept around the new Victory Motorcycles engine (the first two concepts being Project 156 and Ignition).

Ness worked with the Victory Motorcycles’ Industrial Design team, led by Michael Song, to create Combustion.

Ness adds: “This bike is awesome – loads of power, and an insane engine sound too. I wanted to create a bike that was fast, light and ready to attack the next green light.”


Victory Combustion Concept highlights:

  • A quarter fairing
  • Semi-matte paint
  • Intricate pin striping
  • Sculpted side-covers
  • A trim fender and the characteristic Victory Motorcycles raised spine that brings flows through the body
  • Knurled grips
  • Shift pegs and footpegs
  • ‘Torque Box’ Air Cleaner
  • Custom Handlebars
  • Beveled brake rotors
  • Arlen Ness by MagnaFlow Exhaust: a one-off stainless steel header design featuring Arlen Ness by MF exhaust billet clamp found on its “Low Down” series exhaust
  • Custom piggyback shocks and billet accessories
  • Hand control clamps
  • Top riser clamps
  • Engine covers
  • Master cylinder covers
  • Custom Wright Spoke Wheels
  • Billet hub and rim with stainless steel spokes
  • Goodridge brake lines and fittings
  • Custom painted Brembo radial brake calipers on custom caliper brackets
  • Paint by Eric Reyes

For more information on the Combustion Concept bike, visit

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