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Victory's New 2011 Models models, Sixth is really whiny). This is a welcomed change and something the Victory drivetrain engineers addressed via Victory owners' feedback. Bike owners spoke, Victory listened. To aid riders' search for Neutral, a Neutral Assist function has been added to the trans so that it's easier to find the gear when stopped, reducing clutch wear.

Also significant in the engine department is that all of the cruiser models have been updated with Stage 2 cams boasting a torque output of 113 Ib-ft and 97 horses. The touring fleet however (Vision, Cross Roads, Cross Country), is definitely not lacking power with a standard torque output of 109 Ib-ft and 92 hp. When asked why the touring bikes didn't receive the cam upgrade, Victory External Relations Manager Robert Pandya stated, "The Stage 1 has a smoother power delivery and a torque curve better for touring bikes."

CORY NESS SIGNATURE SERIES CROSSCOUNTRY $24,999 The '11 Cory Ness Signature Series Cross Country combines curb appeal, function, and performance. The brand-new limited edition custom touring bike (only 350 available) is flashy and practical. It features everything a touring enthusiast looks for in a rig as well as one-of-a-kind customized features.

Riding the Ness Cross Country is a blast. It's almost too much fun since the 106 accelerates you to triple-digit speeds without knowing thanks in part to the air-adjustable monoshock rear suspension and the 43mm inverted telescopic front fork that soak up the bumps brilliantly. Victory's suspension has always excelled. Another great perk of this bike, and all the Cross models, is its vast cornering clearance. Scraping the footboards is almost impossible.

n the market for a new bike this year? Definitely add the New American Motorcycle to the shopping list. Victory's 2011 models cover all the bases. The Victory brass, aka the men in black, invited the two-wheeled press to Gateway, Colorado, to put the company's new models through the paces of the twisty Colorado roads. Gateway is about a 50-mile jaunt from Grand Junction, isolated among a remote stretch of the Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway. Upon entering Gateway, about a mile into town—if you'd call it that—is Gateway Canyons Resort (gatewaycanyons.com), which was founded by Discovery Channel pioneer John S. Hendricks. The resort is a full-service getaway that allows its patrons the true feeling of serenity with uncompromised customer service, amenities, dining, and activities. As for the stable of bikes available for the journos to ride, practically every model was on hand at the critics' beck and call. But three motorcycles stand out most for 2011, the brand-new, limited edition Cory Ness Cross Country the Zach Ness Vegas 8-Ball, and the Cross Roads, which has undergone some changes via Victory's introduction of its CORE Custom Program.

Across the board there are some significant points to be mentioned for 2011, first of all in the engine/ drivetrain department. The entire fleet now comes standard with the 106/6 powertrain (106ci engine and updated six-speed transmission) whereas only certain models previously housed the 106. The 50-degree Freedom V-Twin features single overhead camshafts with four valves per cylinder and 9.4:1 compression ratio. The newer transmission claims a boost in performance, but upon first ride, the most noticeable difference was how stealth Fourth and Sixth gears were (on certain '10

Here is the color-matched trunk for the Ness Cross Country. It's available for all '10-11 Cross models without having to purchase docking hardware. It's also lockable and features a LED lighting strip in the rear.

Engine/Displacemnent 106ci/Freedom V-twin Induction EFI

Primary Drive Gear drive w/ torque compensator Clutch Wet. Multi-plate

Transmission Six-speed w/ Neutral Assist Final Drive Carbon fiber reinforced belt

Front Brake

Dual four-piston calipers/300mm floating rotors Rear Brake

Two-piston caliper/300mm floating rotor

Front Wheel Size Rear Wheel Size Front Tire/Size Rear Tires/Size Frame Rake Fuel Tank Seat Height Color MSRP

18x3-inch 16x5-inch Dunlop/130/70R18 Dunlop/180/60R16 29 degrees 5.8 gallons 26.25 inches Sunset Red w/ Ness graphics $24,999

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