Klock Werks ‘Tattooed for Life’ Victory


Klock Werks Victory Raffle

In June 2011, the Klock Werks Kustom Cycle team lost a beloved member to a car crash – Vic Briggs.

Vic, who was only 29 when he passed, was an organ donor, and his heart was donated to a teenage boy. Brian Klock, President of Klock Werks, says that the staff expects the teenager with Vic’s heart to “someday experience Vic’s passions for high-performance motorcycles – and vanilla ice cream.”

In memory of Vic, San Diego-based Klock Werks and Victory Motorcycles teamed up to create “Tattooed for Life,” a custom Kingpin that will be raffled to raise funds for Vic’s four young children, and to also raise organ-donor awareness.

Proceeds from the raffle, which ends Oct. 20, 2012 when the winner’s name will be drawn during Biketoberfest, will benefit “The Br Kids,” Vic’s four children whose names all begin with Br: Brooke, Brittany, Brandy and Brycen.

The custom motorcycle shop says the bike and organ donor awareness effort also pay tribute to Austin Shimon, a friend of the Klock Werks team who died following a motorcycle accident in 2009 at age 20. He, too, was an organ donor who posthumously enriched the lives of others.

Raffle tickets are available online at the Klock Werks website, kustombaggers.com/vic.htm. More information about how to register to become an organ donor is available at donatelifeamerica.org.

About the Victory “Tattooed for Life” Kingpin

The special custom was unveiled in New York City in January 2012 and it will be displayed at major motorcycle events throughout the year. Victory provided Klock Werks with a Kingpin, a classic cruiser, for the project, which presented the team with a challenge, according to Brian Klock. They wanted to honor Vic’s passion for sport bikes by creating a café racer, a far cry from what Klock called “a full-blown cruiser.”

Fueled by their desire to honor two dear friends, the team easily overcame the challenges and created a fantastic bike.

Among the bike’s custom features are the clip-on handlebars, modified rearsets, headlight with the instrumentation Frenched into the top of the nacelle, added front brake disk to give the bike duals up front, modified engine and custom exhaust, and black powdercoating of numerous chrome components. Klock said the team created a custom tail section that houses a stock Victory taillight, and they were proud to have retained the stock frame and stock seat.

Darren Wenzel of Gasoline Art in Austin, Texas, provided the custom paint. The graphics on the fuel tank and side covers replicate Vic’s tattoos, while Austin’s initials are featured on the tail section. The Donate Life logo appears on the tank.

For further details, check out the video above.

Photo by Michael Lichter