The biggest news from Victory is that every 2011 motorcycle now gets the Freedom 106/6 V-twin engine, a 106″ monster paired with a totally redesigned six-speed transmission. There are two versions of this engine: the Freedom 106/6 Stage 2 V-twin features a special cam package and unleashes 97 hp and 113 ft-lbs. of torque, and will be included in all cruisers including the three 8-Ball models; the Freedom 106/6 Stage 1 V-twin will power all 2011 touring models and produces a still-mighty 92 horsepower and 109 ft-lbs. of torque. Approximately 40 percent of Victory’s drivetrain is new for 2011. Neutral Assist has been added to make it easier to shift into neutral when stopped, and the driveline lash was reduced by 66 percent. In particular, Victory also claims its notorious fourth and sixth gear whine has now been tempered.
New at the dealership, Victory’s new Cross Roads Core Custom Program allows you to select your bike color, hard or soft saddlebags, forged or tubed highway bars, and two types of windshields. There are 48 different combinations possible — and all Victory dealers will stock these components so you can ride home on your new “customized” Victory Cross Roads.
Finally, there’s a new top case trunk available for the 2011 Cross Country and Cross Roads, and ABS is now standard on all Victory Visions, which also sport new tubular handlebars. By the time you read this RoadBike editors will have ridden and tested the new 2011 Victory’s. Full New Bike Review stories to come.