Jackpot! Custom Vegas Variant Headlines New 2006 Victory Motorcycles

Victory powers up and takes an extreme custom direction with is 2006 cruiser motorcycles.

A new variation of the Jackpot cruiser headlines the 2006 new-model announcements from Victory Motorcycles, and all but one of the 2006 Victory models now have the 100/6 Freedom V-twin engine introduced last year in the Hammer.

Victory calls the Vegas Jackpot a "combination of America custom-shop styling and outstanding power" and "an extreme custom cruiser." It starts out as a Vegas—with that bike's 21-inch front wheel, raised spine styling element running from front fender to rear through the tank,and scalloped fuel tank with its split tail—and adds the chunky 250mm-wide rear tire of the Hammer, a streamlined chrome-over-bodywork-color headlight with an HID element, detachable passenger seat, frame color-matched to the bodywork, and its own swoopy fender and fender-rail designs. Pricing starts at $17,499 suggested for black. Victory positions the Jackpot as a competitor to full customs built by small shops.

Except for the Touring Cruiser, which uses the old-style chassis, all of Victory's 2006 models get the Freedom 100/6 V-twin power train. That's the 1634cc displacement with six speeds. It also is a bit narrower than the old 1530cc, five-speed engine (which is still used in the Touring Cruiser). The big six-speed engine is still used in the Hammer (which starts at a suggested $16,899), and also powers the Kingpin ($15,999 suggested base), the Vegas ($15,799), the Vegas 8-Ball ($13,399) and the Deluxe version of the Kingpin ($17,499), the Kingpin equipped with a windshield, a touring saddle, saddlebags, and backrest and floorboards for the passenger.

This year Victory will also offer two limited-edition versions of the Jackpot styled by Arlen and Cory Ness. These 2006-only bikes add extensive billet and chrome, special billet wheels, custom stitched seats, special signed Ness graphic treatments to the basic Jackpot. The Cory Ness Signature model has black bodywork with blue flames, black frame and black engine. The Arlen Ness Signature bike has is has blue bodywork and frame with gold and silver graphics and the silver engine. Either version is $21,999.

The Jackpot extends the custom character of the Vegas. Victory says its buyers will tend to be "bikers" more than "motorcyclists."
The Vegas and the rest of the Victory line except for the Touring Cruiser get the more powerful 1634cc engine and six-speed transmission for 2006.