Looking at the XYZ by Allmond Cycle Designs makes a person wonder, as I asked at the end of the post, why manufacturers are not doing that sort of thing themselves. Well, it sounds like Victory may be thinking along those lines, already.
Scanning the October issue of Cycle World, I came across a short piece called Victory's Next Step. That article was looking at future designs for big luxo-touring rigs and several futuristic designs are shown from the Victory press introduction earlier this year. But, what was interesting were comments at the end of the article from Victory VP, Mark Blackwell and PR man Tony Meirovitz. They were discussing some potential influence coming from KTM when Meirovitz said:
Believe me, there are a lot of people within the walls of Victory that want a competitive American sportbike, and there is definitely a possibility in that regard.
Now, suppose you want to test the opinion waters and get some outside ideas for a Victory sportbike, maybe based on a V-Twin. One quick way would be to donate a Victory engine to a custom builder and let him play with it, maybe someone like Roger Allmond. Hmm ...