Faribault Native Writes Book On Victory Motorcycles
Former Faribault native Michael Dapper co-wrote a book entitled, Victory Motorcycles 1998–2017, which documents the rise and fall of Victory Motorcycles. The book hits shelves in April of this year! According a press release, the book is a complete history of the underdog cruiser motorcycle brand that challenged the dominance of Harley-Davidson by producing superior cruiser motorcycles—bikes that were more innovative, reliable, and powerful—but ultimately could not compete with the Milwaukee brand’s status as a global cultural icon. This book features an insider’s view of how Victory developed its first model, the V92C, along with detailed descriptions and photos of every subsequent Victory model, from start to finish.
Dapper along with co-author Lee Klancher were granted unprecedented access to Victory engineering and testing in the mid-1990's. The book includes previously unpublished photos, styling renderings of Senior Industrial Designer Mike Song, production numbers not previously revealed, behind-the-scenes stories, a complete list of paint colors for every model, and a recap of the brand’s business success and eventual demise.
The book will be available this April from the Octane Press directly, or anywhere books are sold.