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The 2006 Victory range on the road
The Polaris Sportsman 800 ATV from which the Vision borrows its motor
The Polaris Sportsman 800 ATV
The SuperMoto 950 KTM Photo: F. Lheritier
Big bore off-road muscle Photo: T.Landrichinger
The KTM SuperMoto two-up
Photo: H. Peuker
The KTM SuperMoto - a different style of motoryccle to the Victory but one with consistent "attitude" which could easily share a showroom floor Photo: H. Peuker
The RC8 Venom KTM Concept machine
The Roberts proton KTM partnership didn't last but it did prove that KTM was capable of building motors at the highest level
The KTM 250 2-stroke grand prix racer finished second in its debut race - the British Grand Prix. It was only the second time the bike had been run, let alone raced.
KTM has been experimenting for some time with a two-wheel drive system for dirt bikes
KTMs dominate desert rally events
That same 950 motor can power a road bike or an out and out desert racer.
January 24, 2006 Victory Motorcycles have traditionally crafted motorcycles of the big V-twin cruiser, Harleyesque genre, but the signs are beginning to point to a more diverse product range in the not-too-distant future. The boutique American motorcycle manufacturer is beginning to flex some of its parent company’s muscle and has released a concept motorcycle that is VERY different – a long-wheelbase, 800cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, parallel twin with a cast aluminium alloy frame, constantly variable transmission and radical yet arguably very practical styling. Given that parent company Polaris recently purchased a 24% share in Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM, don’t be surprised to see a serious new player in international motorcycle markets before the turn of the decade.
Read the full article: Victory Vision 800 Concept promises a new era for American motorcycles
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