Nobody said riding up the Pikes Peak course was going to be easy. Victory Motorcycles found that out the hard way when its much ballyhooed Project 156 suffered a crash during one of the practice sessions in preparation for the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 28, 2015.
Part 4 of Victory’s ongoing web series documenting the story of Project 156 revolved entirely on the crash, which occurred when rider Don Canet lost control of the bike at the 12.42-mile course. Canet walked away from the crash unhurt, but unfortunately, the bike wasn’t as lucky.
As soon as it was sent back to the garage, the bike’s designer, Roland Sands Design, discovered a significant amount of damage on its prized creation. According to RSD’s Aaron Boss, the guardrail the bike crashed into hit the shocks at the exact spot where it would’ve dealt significant damages. The team eventually determined that the bike’s frame needed major straightening, which would require a complete rebuild of the entire design.
It’s not the kind of news you would expect to hear this close to the Race to the Clouds, especially with a bike that’s been as hyped as Project 156. But if there’s a silver lining to this, it’s that it happened early enough for Roland Sands Design to regroup and piece everything back together in time for the the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Hopefully, there’s still enough time to do it because the event is less than a week away.
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Swiss endurance rider Urs Pedraita is planning to do something only a handful of people in history have ever done. Then again, circumnavigating all seven continents in less than 100 days isn’t really in anybody’s immediate plans.
That’s what Pedraita plans to do and appropriately enough, he plans to do it on a Victory Cross Country, the very same bagger that Victory Motorcycles launched back in 2010, presumably not knowing that there would come a time when the name of the bike would take an entirely new meaning of its own.
Pedraita, who is commonly referred to as “Grisu Grizzly”, is looking to beat the current world record of 120 days and two hours. He’s currently in the middle of what I can only imagine to be a hellacious training run through Russia, continuing on to Odessa, Kiev, Vienna, and back to Zurich where his training run began.
The objective of the record-breaking attempt is to complete the 62,137-mile trip in under 100 days. Not to sound like a cynic here, but that sounds like an immensely tall order, even for someone who is supposedly as well-trained as Pedraita. Then again, I’m not the one pursuing the record so all I can really do is root for the guy to accomplish it.
Pedraita is getting a little help as his Victory Cross Country has been modified to a certain degree to handle the requirements of this incredible record-breaking attempt. It’s got a larger 33-liter fuel tank, a customized seat with its own back support (can’t forget that!), and aftermarket LED lights that can provide better visibility at night. Something tells me that if he ever makes it to Antarctica, he’s going to need those lights.
The record attempt is scheduled to begin in February 2016 and will start and end in Zurich. If he somehow manages to beat the record, we should expect to see him back in Switzerland sometime around May 2016.
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Victory Motorcycles is slowly unveiling bits and pieces about its mysterious Project 156 race bike and like all good teases go, the American motorcycle company is now giving a quick glimpse at the bike’s new engine.
Details are still being kept under wraps, but judging from what the second video of the Project 156 series is showing us, this new engine is going to be a doozy. According to company engineers, the development of this liquid-cooled engine is being kept closely guarded because of its importance for the company’s plans for the future.
Turns out, this engine isn’t just being developed for the bike that will be competing at the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. That’s the primary objective, but the company hopes that it could serve as the future platform for engines that will be used in a new generation of motorcycles. Seems like an ambitious goal, but Victory seems to be firmly entrenched on that road these days.
Ambition aside, Victory Motorcycles really wants to make an impression at Pikes Peak. Doing so would mean taking the necessary steps to ensure that this all-new engine would be able to handle the rigors of riding to the top of the mountain without losing its core performance capabilities.
That’s the challenge the team is facing these days. But from the looks of things, it’s a challenge that’s being met head-on.
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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.
Back in 2011, Victory Motorcycles encased a 2002 V92 TC bike in a block of ice as an experiment of sorts to showcase just how tough and durable its bikes are. Fast forward to May 2015 and the bike was finally taken out of its icy box with the objective of bringing it back to life.
First of all, putting a bike inside a block of ice isn’t really the smartest thing when you’re trying to preserve it. But this experiment wasn’t an exercise in novelty; Victory Motorcycles really wanted to show how tough its models are. So the block of ice was sent to Stonetown Custom, where it proceeded to put in the work to resuscitate the bike back to working condition.
You would think that Stonetown Custom would have its hands full figuring out how to bring the bike back to life, but for the most part, the aftermarket company was met with little mechanical resistance after the bike was left outdoors to melt and rain. Once the actual work was done to put the pieces back in place, engineers from Stonetown Custom came away surprised to see that the frozen V92 TC only needed a new battery, new oil, fresh fuel, and a new air filter before it started working again.
To be fair, the V92 TC had a whole lot of miles on it as a test bike when Victory decided to encase it in ice for four years. It’s also been through the mechanical ringer a handful of times so it’s not like the parts that were replaced were still stock.
But the fact that the bike sprung to life as soon as work was done goes to show how tough Victory bikes really are.
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Anybody who knows anything about motorcycles knows that baggers aren’t usually associated with drifting and burning rubber. That’s not to say that these bikes can’t pull it off, but you’re going to have a far easier time working up the smoke with sports bikes or superbikes. That said, Tony Carbajal and Joe Vertical, two members of Victory Motorcycles’ Stunt Team, are known for eschewing conventional thinking just so they can accomplish the unconventional like say, burning rubber while riding baggers. The two stunt riders put that stunt on display recently with a pair of supercharged Victory Magnums at the JenningsGP track in Florida.
As expected, Carbajal and Vertical didn’t shy away from letting loose around the track, pushing their respective baggers to their absolute limit with one smoky burnout after another around the southern track. It’s impressive to watch, at least until the time that you begin to wonder whether or not Victory put in something extra on those two Magnums to make them run like all-conquering maniacs on the track.
Turns out, not only are these two Magnums supercharged, but they also received a handful of aftermarket goodies, including forced intake kits, sport tires and bigger pulleys that help improve improve the bike’s torque numbers at the rear wheel. These components are largely responsible for the bikes’ to perform those burnouts much easier than they should.
I’m not taking anything away from what Carbajal and Vertical did to burn the mess out of those rubber tires, but then again, they’re not actually riding standard Magnums either. It’s still fun to watch but if you’re thinking of replicating these burnouts on your Magnum baggers, there’s a pretty good chance that you won’t be able to get that much smoke out of your tires.
Victory Motorcycles isn’t really the type to release attention-grabbing teaser photos, but on the rare occasions that it does, the American motorcycle manufacturer makes sure that it’s able to convey the right amount of “teasing” attached to these images.
The company’s release of the “Project 156: Race to the Clouds” teaser is a pretty good example of that.
Apparently, Victory Motorcycle’s got something big planned for the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb that’s scheduled on June 28, 2015 at Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Without outwardly announcing as much, Victory Motorcycle definitely left a strong hint of its plan in the teaser, which includes “Race to the Clouds” in a huge, red Speed Racer-type font. Just below that is an illustration of the Colorado Mountains, a clear indication that Victory Racing, the company’s racing division, is preparing something in time for Pikes Peak.
So what exactly is that “something”? That’s the part that’s unclear, although a silhouette of a sports bike on the teaser photo hints at a possible custom project that Victory could unveil at the highly recognized event. I’ve been staring at that silhouette for a couple of hours now and I still can’t make out exactly what model the company’s planning to show.
Considering that Victory is mostly known for its all-world cruisers, the fact that a sports bike is being shown in the image speaks volumes on how clueless I am about this mysterious machine. Then again, that’s probably what Victory was going for when it decided to release the photo.
It wants to get us all excited to see what this Project 156 is all about. On that note, I have to give Victory a lot of credit. Job well done on the teaser image, fellas.
I can’t, for the life of me, figure out what it is.
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There are times when even the most hardened of adults turn back into kids. There are a lot of reasons something like this could happen that could trigger that trip back to those times when life was all about enjoying the scenery and basking in the air of the cool spring breeze.
Some of us might not get that feeling as often as others do, but judging by this video, those who were given a chance to try out Victory Motorcycle’s new Oculus Right virtual motorcycle ride all came away with that feeling.
The Victory Virtual Ride was presented at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago and from the looks of things, the ride ended up becoming as popular as the show itself. Developed specifically for Victory Motorcycles, this particular Oculus Right virtual motorcycle ride was tailored to generate the same riding characteristics of the Victory Gunner, right down to that ear-popping engine roar.
You only need to watch the video to find out how much of fun those who gave it a try had as they embarked on the virtual equivalent of riding to Sturgis, South Dakota. The expressions on the faces of those who tried it out are nothing short of priceless, which I presume is precisely what Victory Motorcycles was going for when it decided to showcase it at motor show.
Now if only there was a way for me to finagle my way to giving it a try too. I don’t know how to make that happen, but rest assured, I’ll stop at nothing to see that I get a chance to take it out for a spin.
I’ve kind of given up on the Terminator franchise because I quite frankly don’t know what to make of it anymore. Too much time-travelling. Too many characters. Too many Arnold Schwarzeneggers. Yes, it’s come to that point when the Terminator character has become so dry they’re trying to pull an X-Men: Days of Future Past and erase whatever happened in past movies like they never happened.
That seems to be the ethos of the latest Terminator movie, called “Terminator: Genisys”. Now I don’t know if there’s a reason behind the mis-spelled “Genesis,” but I do know that this movie is another attempt at confusing the world on what exactly is the point of all these Terminator movies.
Thankfully, the first trailer of the movie did offer a glimpse of something I found particularly interesting. Check out the trailer, specifically 2:09 into it. In it you see Schwarzenegger drop down from God-knows-where into a moving train, all while riding what looks like a Harley-Davidson or a Victory cruiser.
Seems kind of fitting that Schwarzenegger’s resorting to these stunts just to make the movie more dramatic. I like the effect of a motorcycle dropping into a train and then racing on top of it, even if I’m not quite sure how this particular stunt will turn out.
Hopefully, the bike remains intact after its excursion atop the locomotive. I’m not keeping my hopes up, but still, my fingers are crossed, which is short of saying that I might end up watching the movie just to see how this particular stunt plays out.
Yes, I get excited over mundane things like that, so as long as they involve Harleys, Victorys, or any other cruiser, for that matter.
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Day one of the New York Motorcycle Show brought the debut of a number of expected motorcycles and a variety of concepts. The most eye-catching of these last is the Victory CORE, a concept which represents the quintessence of a motorcycle as designers and engineers made sure that one piece would do the job of five. For example, the sand cast aluminum frame acts as a steering head, engine mount, gas tank and airbox (ok, that’s only four) so the complexity of this bike is what impresses.
Behind this innovative creation sits the Victory Freedom 106-ci V-Twin with and six-speed overdrive transmission. Although the engine and gearbox are already used on production Victory models, this bike isn’t heading for production – at least not in this form – due to a wooden seat and open exhausts, but Victory doesn’t really plan that. Their goal was to show towards what they’re heading and we reckon they made their point.
The Victory CORE is the work of Victory Motorcycles Industrial Design team so let’s hear them out!