World Exclusive! 2011 Highland Viking | First Ride

High and mighty - America's newest motorcycle packs serious power

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Brandon Bones

tech
SPEC
Evolution
The latest version of Highland's compact 60-degree V-twin, mounted in a Spondon streetfighter chassis.

Rivals
Aprilia Tuono 1000R, Ducati Streetfighter, MV Agusta Brutale, Triumph Speed Triple.

TECH
Price na
Engine type l-c 60-deg. V-twin
Valve train DOHC, 8v
Displacement 1050cc
Bore x stroke 96.0 x 70.0mm
Compression 11.0:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 128 bhp @ 8100 rpm
Claimed torque 110 lb.-ft. @ 5500 rpm
Frame Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension 43mm Öhlins fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Öhlins shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 310mm discs
Rear brake Nissin two-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tire 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa
Rear tire 180/55ZR-17 Metzeler Racetec K3
Rake/trail 24.5°/4.0 in.
Seat height 33.1 in.
Wheelbase 54.5 in.
Fuel capacity 2.5 gal.
Claimed dry weight 318 lbs.
Color Competition Yellow
Available August
Warranty 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact U.S. Highland
17424 S. Union Ave.
Mound, OK 74047
918.827.5254
www.ushighland.com

Verdict 3 stars out of 5
A promising-and potent-motorcycle, but engine performance is too rough at this early stage even for a bare-knuckled streetfighter.

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