15 YEARS YOUNG, 15 VICTORY MOTORCYCLE HIGHLIGHTS: THE VICTORY FREEDOM 106-CUBIC-INCH V-TWIN ENGINE THAT POWERS TODAY’S VICTORY MOTORCYCLES
Among the top 15 Victory Motorcycles milestones in the brand’s first 15 years: The powerful Victory Freedom 106-cubic-inch V-Twin engine.
When Victory rocked the motorcycle world with the introduction of the 2008 Victory Vision, the ultimate luxury-touring model, the bike’s revelatory features included one that was exceptionally powerful: The Victory 106-cubic-inch V-Twin.
The new engine featured 6 cubic inches more displacement than the 100-ci Freedom engine powering all other Victory models at the time. It provided Victory Vision riders with outstanding power for solo riding, 2-up riding and fully loaded touring. The engine retained proven and popular Victory features such as EFI, overhead cams, self-tensioning cam chains, a counter-balancer and a single oil supply shared by the engine and 6-speed transmission.
While learning about all of the incredible comfort, convenience and storage features of the Victory Vision, riders got excited about the possibility that the Freedom 106 could also be used in other Victory models. Their wishes were soon granted.
For the 2009 model year, Victory put the Freedom 106-ci engine in the Hammer, Hammer S, Vegas Jackpot and Cory Ness Vegas Jackpot models.
Vegas, Kingpin and 8-Ball riders were still itching for the extra power of the 106, and Victory provided it in enticing fashion for 2010.
Victory featured the 106 in a special 2010 model, the Victory Vegas Limited Edition. Introduced in early 2010, Victory would produce only 100 units of this bike. The Vegas LE had to be ordered through a dealer because of its limited nature and because it was available in the rider’s choice of four paint schemes: Fireball Red, Competition Yellow, Turbo Silver and Pearl White.
Each featured a then-new version of the Victory logo on the fuel tank, and since the bike’s styling was inspired by Victory competitors on the Bonneville Salt Flats, the number “106” was featured on the side covers like a race bike number. Each Vegas LE also had a numbered plate indicating it was a limited edition model.
The 106 engine in the Vegas frame was a winning combination, according to Pete Brissette of Motorcycle.com. He rode a Vegas LE with a Stage 1 Exhaust at Daytona Bike Week in 2010 and wrote:
“We can’t lie, it was throttle-blipping fun… This special Victory blended well in just about every corner of Bike Week; it never failed to turn heads even amongst clusters of one-off pure custom riders/owners. (Even a couple H-D owners were keen on our LE. Shhh!)… Overall, though, we came away thinking the LE might be the best Vegas yet.
“Here’s the biggest problem with the Vegas LE: Victory only made 100. Maybe Victory should’ve done what a lot of car manufactures do: create a model with Limited Edition in the model name but make thousands of ‘em anyway. We like the Vegas LE enough that we wouldn’t hold it against Victory if they did such a thing.”
Starting with the 2011 model year, every Victory model, including the Vegas, Kingpin and 8-Balls, was powered by the Freedom 106-ci engine. And the powerful and reliable Freedom 106 is featured in every 2013 Victory model.
• Learn about all the 2013 Victory models at the Victory home page.
The Freedom 106 V-Twin was introduced in the Victory Vision, seen here and on the right in the main photo atop the article.
The first Vegas model to use the Freedom 106 V-Twin was the 2010 Vegas LE, seen here in the infield of Daytona International Speedway, and (next photo) on Daytona Beach.
The 2010 Vegas LE was styled to pay tribute to performance-minded Victory riders who have competed on the Bonneville Salt Flats, including world record holder Gregor Moe and (next two photos) Laura Klock, who has pursued a bagger speed record with a Victory Vision.