Long (boring) story shortened – I crashed a 2011 Cross Country and decided to REBUILD…
I’ve been customizing bikes for a long time and this was going to be another custom build of an already great bike with a twist of a version of whatever I wanted. The XR/XC/Vision chassis lends itself directly to 'customizing' and with the aluminum modular frame anything is possible. What I finally figured out is that I already have all the workings of a roller with all the design and engineering done on this frame.... all I need to do now is take my own "concept" to the next step. Do what a 'creator' would do and just put another 'skin' of my own onto the underlying foundation of technology present.
Couple ideas began flowing but I wanted a bobber style that has the ability to bag up and go long.... I really liked the XC style, but this will be more of the XR style with no fairing, no stereo, no distractions.... just a wind-in-your-face cruiser.
So a custom machine it is.... the torches and metal bending began again in the old shop area and I started going at it with no real design in mind other than NOT an XC! I wanted a new one-off custom creation that will just get me back on the road again. I first started looking at some ideas using the old “HD-Dyna” bobber style rear fender, but didn’t like that… Scrap it!... back to the drawing board.
I had to take a step back and sit down and think more about this, do a little research and find out some more info on Victory bikes and what fits and finishes are available out there to use. I have found out A LOT!.... I really have always liked the HAMMER model design – it’s the 'Hotrod' of the Victory lineup and has some great lines and big fat everything on the rear of it! So then I started playing with the idea of a Hammer fender on the rear end…. Hmmmm yea that would give me the look of a short fender, showing some fat rubber and keeping it all Victory.
The front end will need some work too as I like the pro street look. The XR/XC models need some stretch in them. They are the only bikes I have ever seen with a reverse triple tree design… ? (WTF is with that?).
There are rake kits out there for these bikes but they are ridiculously expensive and Im sorry but 40 degrees of rake doesn’t help in the handling department much at all. That’s something Im gonna have to work on a bit. I’ll be putting on a bullet light, with tree mounted gauges and possibly a 21” front wheel.
I want to take a bit more from the "Cross" concept drawings and finish off the front chin spoiler further to the rear and enclose the undercarriage more like a cafe style bike. I think it needs it. This was something that Polaris left unfinished in my mind of this bike. Maybe add a small cafe style fairing? We'll see what the design day-dreams come up with.
Roland Sands created a Bonneville type Track Racer from a Hammer, I like this, but it’s a bit extreme for a street version road cruiser,
Mine will be just a bit tamer:
Finally a look at something to start from - its a hodge podge of parts from many things but its a starting point of what may come of all this...