Powerful and reliable engine was one of the main goals in developing the first Victory motorcycle. It’s not easy to make a new engine from scratch, let alone a reliable and powerful one.
Back in the summer of 1996, the deadline for completing the first Victory engine was just around the corner, but the crankcases for the new engine were running late—a month more to wait. “Instead of delaying the start-up of the engine,” Mark Bader, who was in charge of engine design said, “we came up with the idea of creating a simplified engine: no transmission, just the crankshaft, balance shaft, oil pump, and the output shaft. We quickly designed up a very simple crankcase and got a CNC house to start hogging out big old chunks of aluminum.”
Source: Victory Motorcycles