Discover one of the most important custom culture events in France
Takes place on the 12th, 13th and 14th June 2015
Valloire, a beautiful mountain village, hosts over 17,000 bikers
‘The place to be’ for custom culture fans
Fans of custom culture: you cannot miss Punta Bagna in France in June.
For the past six years, bikers have ridden to Punta Bagna in Valloire on twisty mountain roads to experience an unforgettable three days. This year will be no exception.
Punta Bagna first started to draw in international visitors in 2013 and last year more than 17,000 visitors attended, coming from all corners of Europe, as the event starts to make a name for itself as ‘the place to be’ for custom culture.
Many biking brands have formed partnerships with Punta Bagna over time, with Victory Motorcycles now a major supporter. Punta Bagna is also the first big event for the Victory Riders Association (VRA) this year.
A highlight of the event is a 20km ride out to the Galibier pass (2,640m) and one of the rules for those entering the ‘best bike’ competition is that they have to bring a machine that can actually be ridden to the pass.
As well as the ride out, visitors get to wander the streets of this beautiful mountain resort, which are lined either side with bikes, drink and food stands while loud music is played, all coming together to create an incredible atmosphere.
Here is the program for Victory Motorcycles over the weekend:
Victory Motorcycles Racing to the Clouds at Pikes Peak With Roland Sands Designs, Team Cycle World and Prototype Project 156 Engine.
MEDINA, Minn., USA (June 2, 2015) – Victory Motorcycles, in partnership with Roland Sands Design and Cycle World, will race a new prototype engine at the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb on June 28.
The prototype racing motorcycle, named Project 156 for the 156 turns in the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb, also known as the Race to the Clouds, will feature a liquid-cooled engine and be piloted by Cycle World Road Test Editor Don Canet.
“We have an intense focus at Victory Motorcycles to prove the performance of our vehicles,” said Rod Krois, Victory General Manager. “Competing as an American OEM at America’s race is an exciting opportunity. The grueling conditions at Pike’s Peak provide the perfect proving ground for our new Project 156 race engine.”
The Project 156 motorcycle is a hand-built road-racing bike with a prototype Victory motor developed at Victory’s Minnesota research and development facility. This liquid-cooled engine represents the future performance of the Victory brand. It features intake Twin 67mm throttles with downdraft runners for maximum power and torque as well as a performance valvetrain including titanium intake and exhaust valves to allow for maximum engine speed.
The Roland Sands Design team developed and built the chassis to cradle the Project 156 motor. “This truly has been an All-American effort,” said Roland Sands. “The Race to the Clouds is a legendary event and we couldn’t be more proud to partner with Victory on the endeavor. We’ve built lots of custom motorcycles, but building a purpose-built race bike for this project has been a unique experience that we’ll remember for a long time.” ...
Victory went live with the latest video chronicling their Project 156 attack on Pikes Peak this morning. It gives us a little glimpse into the engine tuning that they have done to meet the demands of the hill. Ascending that far, and that quickly puts many stresses on the engine and tuning.
Everything from cooling to air/fuel ratios are constantly tested and have to be tweaked along the race course. It is extremely difficult to replicate these stressors in the shop on the bench. The race course will start at a stately elevation of 9,390 feet and then ascend all the way to a oxygen poor 14,110. It does this in just 12.42 miles, so that is roughly 380 feel of straight elevation gain every mile. This makes tuning and testing very key.
It appears as though they are running a variation of the Indian Scout motor, so that makes me think that they are going to run really strong as the liquid cooling will be able to be expanded to deal with the incredible amount of hear that will get into the system by the top of the course. More power will be able to be delivered as they will be able to cool the engine more efficiently.
Can't wait to see what they are going to get out of that engine. I may or may not have a vested interest.
Victory Motorcycles is announcing their intention to race at the iconic International Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) event on a prototype Victory electric race motorcycle.
The prototype electric race bikes will be piloted by William Dunlop of the legendary Dunlop dynasty and by Lee Johnston known in the racing world as “General Lee”.
Victory Racing will compete in the Isle of Man TT electric class, marking the first time that Victory Motorcycles has entered a professional motorcycle-racing event in Europe and raced an electric motorcycle.
Parker, the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, is providing the race-proven, high performance GVM PMAC motors for both machines.
“The entire Victory team is excited to make history with this effort,” said Rod Krois, Victory General Manager. “We know that William Dunlop’s experience and the continued Victory Motorcycles development of this electric race bike through work with Parker will propel us into a strong future with electric motorcycles.”
With more than a hundred years of history, the annual International Isle of Man TT, raced on the Irish Sea Island, is one of the most demanding and exciting races in the world. The SES TT Zero Challenge class event for electric motorcycles is a one-lap race round the island’s 37.73 mile (60.72 km) Mountain Course scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
“I’m more than excited to race this prototype at the Isle of Man,” said professional rider William Dunlop. “Electric powertrains have many advantages, and the Isle of Man is one of the greatest tests in motorcycle racing.”
Professional Rider Lee Johnston will be riding the second entry for Victory Racing at the Isle of Man TT and said, “I’m excited to make history by racing the new Victory electric race prototype. It’s thrilling to...