In 2013, Tattoo Projects won the Victory Motorcycles account, and swiftly rebranded them with three impactful words. Modern. American. Muscle. With that momentum, Tattoo Projects helped Victory launch the Gunner, which became Victory’s fastest selling cruiser ever. Victory rewarded the agency’s record-breaking results with a Gunner, Rudy obsessed over this customization opportunity. Determined to transform the factory Bobber into an even more bobbed out Tattoo Custom. Overall we shed 100 lbs off this beast by losing all of the sheet metal, plastic, trim and a good chunk of the sub-frame from the upper shock-mount back. Cutting off the rear sub-frame was a key factor in changing the Victory Custom game. With a single seat it isn’t necessary for all that framework. Cutting it off, shed a lot of weight and really opened up the rear end of this bike. We fashioned a new, simpler sub-frame to support one of our favorite brat-style/café-style seat – a Nitro Heads, as well as house the simplified and modified ECU and fuse box. A couple of custom aluminum gussets dress up sub-frame nicely. The seat height is significantly higher than stock lending to the modified café style that we love at Tattoo. When we relocated the electronics we needed to package up the new, small Ballistic battery. For that we reached out to our local leather smith at Colsen Keane Leather Goods. We slammed the rear end a solid two inches and replaced the wide (11” between the tubes) stock forks and stock triple tree with a GSXR front end and a custom triple. Laced up a 3.5” black rim with stainless spokes and a dual discs and strapped on a set of 5” Firestone Deluxe Champs (that’s right, we haven’t given up on them yet). Then, we shook it up a bit with a street fighter style dual headlight. A simple set of Biltwell Tracker bars hold the OEM controls, Arlen Ness mirrors and the Moto Gadget Moto Scope Mini digital instrument. Another key factor and one of the hardest things to customize on a Vic is the tank. You don’t find a lot of options out there. And the stock tank is very distinctly Victory - and every one is basically the same. It’s wide and teardrop shaped. A big reason these tanks are difficult to modify is that the tunnel is very unique due to the split, wishbone style backbone of the frame. That didn’t stop us, though. We modeled a smaller, straighter simpler tank, spec’d it out, chopped the OEM tank up and had Brendon Thompson from Elite Metal Designs, and American Chopper fame, Frankenstein the stock tunnel onto some new bent metal. A Monza style gas cap finishes of the very unfinished tank! And, last but not least, the power plant! A few simple tweaks to add a few more horsepower to the original 97 include more air with a Lloyd’s Torque Tube Intake, adjustable timing gear and fuel control unit along with custom exhaust capped off with Cone Engineering Reverse Cone silencers!
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