The Victory Blog: Kudos to the Vision-Riders Foolers & LinkMania®
In this Victory Blog: A good April Fool’s day prank, Bondo’s bike and LinkMania®.
By Michael Dapper
Victory Buzz Contributor
A tip of the helmet to the gang at Vision-Riders.com, who on April Fool’s Day switched up the banner atop the website. They replaced the line drawing of a Victory Vision in silhouette with an image of an Ultra Classic (which sounds like a big burger).
April 1 is a big date in Victory history, as that was the date in 2004 when it was announced former Victory General Manager Mark Blackwell would jump the Snake River Canyon on a Victory to help celebrate the Polaris 50th anniversary. Awesome announcement and even better jump by Mark on July 4 of that year. Well done, sir.
The New ‘Bondorosa’
Just before Daytona Bike Week, we were happy to hear from old friend, Victory Rider Ron “Bondo” Parrish. The former Pensacola, Florida, resident has relocated to the hills of Tennessee, where Bondo calls his new mountain abode “The Bondorosa.” Perfect!
“I'm in heaven,” Bondo said of his location. “I miss my people back there but I've already been back [a few times] and will be back again when Keith or Gail [Stokes] call to tell me that they are finished with the changes that I'm doing to my ANVVS sig.”
The bike he refers to is his Arlen Ness Signature Series Victory Vision, which replaced his Vegas Jackpot. At Bike Week we were lucky enough to spend time with Bondo’s Victory dealer, Keith Stokes ofStokes Victory Polaris in Pensacola. While Bondo wasn’t at Bike Week, his bike – the “Bondo Ness” – was there. Keith rode it to Daytona from Pensacola, braving the Florida chill on the low-windshield bike.
The bike looks great with custom touches that replace a lot of chrome trim with blacked-out pieces. Most striking are the pipes, which Keith had powder-coated black. They look great and the powder-coating was standing up well to the header heat. They compliment the “long and low” treatment Arlen Ness gave the bike when he styled the Signature Series model.
The photo at the top of this blog is Keith Stokes on Bondo’s bike, and the license plate (above) is on Bondo’s bike. Know what it says? Answer at the end of this blog.
UPDATED: The Ultimate 2010 Victory Road Trip
In our earlier list of stops on a Victory Rider’s Ultimate Summer of 2010 Road Trip, we failed to list the Knoxville Biker Rally Nationals, which will bring a rally back to the rider-friendly Tennessee town surrounded by great riding opportunities. So here’s our updated itinerary:
• The VMC’s Southeast Victory Rally in Helen, Georgia, June 3-6.
• The Knoxville Biker Rally Nationals, Chilhowee Park, Knoxville, Tennessee, June 16-19.
• The Rocky Mountain Freedom Rally in Ouray, Colorado, June 18-20.
• The VMC’s V2V Relay, June 21-July 4, from coast to coast, heading west to east this year.
• The Sturgis rally, August 9-15.
• The American Victory Rally in Spirit Lake, Iowa, August 20-21.
A recent Victory Blog reported on Florida Victory Rider Luis Santiago being stopped by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and issued a warning for wearing a “mask” while riding his bike. It was a curious call by the officer since Florida is not a helmet-required state, and plenty of riders wear facemasks for protection against the cold.
We ran into Luis and his wife Pam Guenther at Daytona Bike Week and learned that the FHP had sent Luis a letter clarifying that he was not in violation of any law, so he was free to ride with his Gladiator helmet/mask.
Luis also reported he has had multiple offers from riders who were interested in buying his helmet. Victory Rider Robert Jimerson wrote to the Victory Mailbag to compliment Luis.
“Way Cool! Great work on the helmet/mask, Luis,” Robert wrote. “A warning ticket in a state that does not have a helmet law, how ridiculous. After [over three months] of sitting around watching it snow and blow, I fired up my Victory Vision [recently] and did a quick 100 miles. As there is still at least 1 foot of snow covering all but the highway, I dressed for the occasion. Glad I didn't run into that Florida officer. He would have put me in jail for what I had covering my face: full face helmet, balaclava and sunglasses. Keep us posted on how the issue gets resolved on the complaint. Until then, I'll stay out of Florida.”
Don’t worry, Robert. You, Luis and anyone else who wears a mask are free to ride in the Sunshine State.
Lloydz A Global Power
This isn’t breaking news, but we haven’t yet mentioned that Lloydz Motorworkz, the Victory performance specialists based in Pine Bush, New York, is the exclusive Victory Performance Parts distributor for Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Victory Riders in Australia and New Zealand must visit their authorized Victory dealer to get their Lloydz performance products, and riders in the U.K. and Sweden are advised to use their local Lloydz Authorized Dealer for their performance fix.
Fuel It! Video
There’s been a very good buzz about the extended version of the 2010 Fuel It video, which is now viewable online. WATCH IT HERE.
• Military Personnel: The Victory Full Throttle Salute has been extended through June 30, 2010. For details, CLICK HERE.
• Learn about Victory drag racers Dave Koehmstedt and Mike “Jethro” Pearce HERE. We’ll be reporting on their success on the American Motorcycle Racing Assn. (AMRA) circuit all summer.
• Visit the Victory Facebook page to see Bike Week Photo Albums featuring lots of Victory Rider faces and bikes.
• If you need tunes in order to purchase a Victory Vision 8-Ball, check out two short videos of a compact yet powerful audio system HERE. The audio system was developed by Larry Meservey, Jr., of Pure Victory Polishes.
• Tell us who deserves to represent Victory in the Polaris Hall of Fame.
• Don’t miss the Victory Fuel It Demo Tour. Grab a friend and ride. You’ll find a complete schedule and interactive map of tour stops HERE.
• The Rocky Mountain Freedom Rally is June 18-20 in Ouray, Colorado. Get details HERE.
• The American Victory Rally is August 20-21 in Spirit Lake, Iowa. You’ll find links to area tourism sitesHERE.
• If making a run down a drag strip on your Victory is on your bucket list, some Victory Riders are working to organize a V-Twin Track Day at a dragstrip near Orlando during Daytona Bike Week 2011. Details will be announced on the Victory website if the event comes together as hoped.
Have you figured out what Bondo’s asking with his custom license plate? He’s asking onlookers, “Are you envious, too?”