My Fantasy Bike

Victory Vision with KMV4 engine

My fantasy bike, a shaft drive Victory Vision with the KMV4 power-plant

As an older guy rumbling around on cruisers I’m not going to trying to hang with a bunch of busa riders. My Magna will do 140 mph. That’s about 60 mph of overkill. I don’t really need a lot of power, but I like knowing it’s there if I want it. I’ll admit to having some fun sitting on my little 750 cc bike as some guy with twice the displacement potato-potatoes up next to me, then leave him watching my tail light get smaller in the distance and wondering why his $20,000 machine can’t keep up with my $2,000 one.
My 1500 cc bike has plenty of power and, with the oil cooler, doesn’t overheat idling at stoplights in July. I can load it up with 600 pounds of riders and equipment and the bike acts like it doesn’t know we’re there. While I can still pull away from most bikes of the porcine variety, I won’t be leaving any Magnas or Valkyries at the stoplight. But I can load it up and maintain highway speed going up hill in the middle of summer without overheating. It delivers that power through a noisy V-twin. I’ve got mine muffled down to reasonable levels, but that just means I can hear the engine noise. I once described it as sounding like chains rattling around in an oil drum.
A bike that I think has beautiful body lines is the Victory Vision. I’d call the style future-retro. The bike looks futuristic with classic curves reminiscent of cars of the 1930s or 1940s. The exhaust pipes fit snuggly under the molded hard-bags giving the bike a sexy, curvaceous and wasp-waisted look. I’ll describe my reaction to it as pure lust. But that clunky V-twin sitting in its chest bothers me. This bike should purr before it growls. Think kitten, not pig.
I blogged a while back about the new bike coming from Motus. The thing that fascinates me about this new bike is the engine. Somewhat reminiscent of the Chevy short block engines of the ’70s this is still a high-tech power plant. It’s a 1650 cc V-4 that is expected to deliver up to 140 HP using gasoline direct injection as well as other advanced technologies. What’s more, Motus plans to mount it longitudinally on their bike, the same way a V-8 would sit in a car. The bike they’re designing is a sport tourer, though, so the ’70s muscle car look is muted.
So what if we took this powerful, high-tech, beautifully retro-styled engine and mounted it longitudinally in the high-tech, beautifully retro-styled Vision, with a shaft drive?

— Guy Wheatley

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