Driving report Victory V 92 SC
Only active in the motorcycle scene since 1998, snowmobile manufacturer Polaris is now making its second contribution on the subject of cruisers. Name: Victory V 92 SC. Mission: Sport.
Colorada, USA. The road swings in wide arches to the west, the morning sun is amazingly powerful.
So far only represented on the motorcycle market by the cruiser named V 92 C (see MOTORRAD 23/1998), Polaris has now put a variant of their first work on wheels: the V 92 SC. The abbreviation SC stands for Sport Cruiser. Quite bold, sport and cruising are two completely different things. But the name is not completely off the mark. The SC is actually surprisingly handy and direct. If you ignore very tight bends, the 315 kilogram heavy chunk loosely and steadfastly pulls its course in the curve area.
The differences to the basic model are limited to a few chassis changes. The SC has 17 instead of 16 inch wheels with sporty Dunlop tires and a new, longer Marzocchi fork with mighty 50 instead of 45 stanchions. In addition, the wheelbase and ground clearance are slightly larger.
The suspension travel is properly dimensioned for a cruiser. Luckily ?? because the asphalt surfaces of the highways during the test drive far away from the city of Denver sometimes resemble well-ridden German dirt roads. The chassis has a lot to do with that. And the engine too. After all, the whole thing takes place at an altitude of almost 1,600 meters. But the thin air has little effect on the 1507 cm3 measuring V2, as it is equipped with an injection system that reacts to changes in air pressure.
According to the latest Polaris measurements, the unit should bring 70 hp. Usable power is only available from 2500 rpm. A breakdown that can be traced back to the new, noise and pollutant-reducing engine setup. Once the 50-degree V-Twin has overcome the weakness in the basement, it pushes hard. Its strength lies clearly in the middle speed range. Between 3000 and 4500 rpm, switching lazy street crossing is the order of the day. The fact that the speed level in the individual gear steps is around 500 tours higher than with the C is due to the shorter overall ratio, which ensures a little more temperament when accelerating. The performance is absolutely sufficient for American standards. The same applies to the performance of the Brembo double disc brakes at the front. Despite the long rubber lines, it is easy to dose.
Of course, a sports cruiser has to be equipped differently than a conventional cruiser. That’s why the running boards and the chopper handlebars have disappeared. The SC has real footrests and a normal touring handlebar, the ends of which can be reached without stretching exercises. The rear fender has also been cut significantly.
This mutates the V 92 SC is still a long way from becoming a sports bike, but it is definitely an alternative to the basic model or other cruisers. The Victory models are due to hit the German market in 2001. By the way: The SC sports a two-in-one exhaust system with a thick rear silencer, in keeping with the species. Equipped in this way, it costs the equivalent of around 28,800 marks.
Engine: air / oil-cooled two-cylinder, four-stroke, 50-degree V-engine, transverse crankshaft, one overhead, chain-driven camshaft, two valves per cylinder, rocker arm with hydraulic valve clearance compensation, wet sump lubrication, electronic intake manifold injection, throttle valve diameter 44 mm, none Exhaust gas cleaning, electric starter, three-phase alternator 350 W, battery 12 V / 28 Ah. Bore x stroke 97 x 102 mm Displacement 1507 cm³ Compression ratio 8.5: 1 Nominal output 51 kW (70 PS) Max. Torque 11.2 kpm (110 Nm) Power transmission: primary drive via gear wheels, mechanically operated multi-disc oil bath clutch, five-speed gearbox, toothed belt, secondary ratio 64:30. Chassis: double loop frame made of tubular steel, telescopic fork, standpipe diameter 50 mm, triangular swing arm made of tubular steel, right upper pull for changing the Screwed toothed belt, central spring strut, directly hinged, with adjustable spring base, double disc brake at the front, four-piston calipers, floating brake discs, Ø 300 mm, disc brake at the rear, two-piston caliper, Ø 300 mm. Cast aluminum wheels 3.50 x 17; 5.50 x 17 Tires 120/70 ZR 17, 180/55 ZR 17 Chassis data: wheelbase 1615 mm, steering head angle 60 °, caster 120 mm, spring travel f / h 130/114 mm.Dimensions and weightsSeat height 713 mmWeight 315 kgTank capacity 19 litersGuarantee one year without mileage limits Colors Red, black, silver Price 14,400 US dollars (approx. 28,800 marks)
Who where what? – Victory V 92 SC
Polaris Industries invented the snowmobile in 1954, achieved fame and glory with it, then began producing water sports equipment and ATVs and is now one of the world’s largest manufacturers of recreational vehicles. Motorcycles have only been part of the range since 1998. Almost all engine and chassis components of the Victory Cruiser are manufactured by suppliers. Only the steel frame is homemade. Contact: Victory Motorcycles, 1225 Highway 169 North, Minneapolis, MN 55441. Phone 001 (612) 542-0500. Fax 001 (612) 542-0599. e-mail: polarisindustries.com/email/input.cfm. Internet: http://www.victory-usa.com
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