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Mechanical Issue Halts Victory Project 156 Less Than 2 Miles From Pikes Peak Finish Line

Mechanical Issue Halts Victory Project 156 Less Than 2 Miles From Pikes Peak Finish Line

The prototype machine built by Victory Motorcycles with Roland Sands Design quit running less than 2 miles from the finish line at Pikes Peak yesterday. The DNF brought to an unceremonious halt the much-hyped effort piloted by Cycle World's Don Canet. Interestingly, there appeared to be "radio...

Published on June 30 2015, 14:15
Source: www.motorcycledaily.com
 

Over the past few months I've had the pleasure of being cc'd on steady email correspondence between Victory Racing and Roland Sands Design. Along the way, I've seen Project 156 transform from rough concept drawings into sophisticated CAD illustrations and now, finally, a full-on race bike ready... 

Victory Motorcycles Press Release: Victory Racing experienced some highs and lows with racing this weekend after Project 156, ridden by Cycle World Editor Don Canet, crashed in the second section of the mountain course and stopped running less than 2 miles from the summit of the Pikes Peak's... 

While seated on a flat slab of granite I caught my breath and gathered my thoughts. Looming 1,000 feet above the barren landscape around me, Pikes Peak's 14,110-foot summit and our finish line were a mere 2 miles farther up the road. My heart was still racing even though our bid for the finish... 

http://cf.c.ooyala.com/cxMzN5dTpVdLcqu3ahlpQFgSLEK77PTq/9PXNFW8221SuaG0X4xMDoxOjBzMTt2bJ Talk about climbing mountains. Project 156 was simply a notion, barely a (bitchin' Roland Sands Design) sketch on paper about five months ago, and here we were standing on Pikes Peak with a roaring metal... 

For those of you who haven't noticed, Polaris, the parent company of Victory and Indian motorcycles, has been on fire. Having pushed past tough competitors such as Honda and Yamaha, it dominates the North American market for off-road four-wheelers (from ATVs to UTVs and side-by-sides), contends... 

Watching the motorcycle business of Polaris Industries evolve over the past few years has been compelling, and, as the corporation balances how Victory Motorcycles coexists with Indian Motorcycle, it's now well on its way to becoming fascinating. Polaris' re-launch of the Indian Motorcycle brand...