Victory Motorcycles teased us about Project 156 back in April 2015, a special undertaking it was doing with Roland Sands Design ahead of the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in June 2015. Now that the event is drawing closer and closer, Victory and Roland Sands Design have begun development of Project 156 and the two are even chronicling the build process in a multi-part web series.

The first episode was just released and you can immediately tell by the dramatic narration that Roland Sands and Victory Motorcycles are building building a unique bike that can tackle the treacherous 12.42-mile course offered by Pikes Peak.

Specific details behind Project 156 have yet to be revealed, but the two sides did disclose a few important tidbits about the bike, including the use of a redesigned chassis, Ohlins suspension, and a prototype engine courtesy of Victory.

Roland Sands will be in charge of designing the bike, which shouldn’t come as a surprise because that’s really his strong suit in this partnership. I’ll admit that hearing him describe the bike as a “raw-exposed road-racing motorcycle” is already getting me a little excited about what his team and Victory have in store for us.

Once completed, Project 156 will take part in the Race to the Clouds where it will be ridden by moto-journalist Don Canet. For what its worth, the bike should be in good hands with Canet, who himself has a lot of experience going up Pikes Peak, including a stint aboard a Ducati Multistrada 1200 in 2014.

Kirby Garlitos
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