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The stolen Victory Isle of Man TT Zero racer has been recovered.
Stolen prototype race bike never got out of town and was recovered by the Talent OR Police Department Sunday night.
Medina MN July 20, 2015 – The first Victory electric race bike that Irishman Lee Johnston rode to the podium in the Isle of Man / SES TT Zero race event has been returned to Brammo Headquarters in Talent, OR after police tracked the machine down to a local individual. The Victory prototype electric TT motorcycle, powered by Brammo, was recovered with damaged bodywork and the rear wheel removed, but largely complete, by police in a search of an individual’s rental residence at 10:30 pm Sunday night.
The Talent Police Department worked the case aggressively throughout the weekend and were able to get information on the bikes whereabouts by late Sunday afternoon. A warrant was served for a rental residence ending in the custody of two individuals. The main suspect, who has a long history of run-ins with law enforcement, told police he intended to disassemble the bike and sell the parts, though nobody has admitted actually breaking into the Brammo headquarters where the race bike was on proud display.
No current or former Brammo Inc. employees have been implicated in this case.
The fastest American motorcycle in the class, Johnston took the #3 all-electric racer to a top speed of over 145 miles per hour and an average lap speed of 111.062 miles per hour in the SES TT Zero class finishing in third place in the class.
“Everyone at Brammo are relieved to have bike #3 back in the stable and are extremely grateful to the City of Talent Police Department for working diligently to solve this case. We'll need some time to fully assess any damage done, but from initial inspection it appears mostly cosmetic and repairable. What a bizarre event this has been. Thank you to everyone that...
Thousands expected at the 34th Faro Motorcycle Rally in Portugal (Thu 16th to Sun 19th July)
Cold beer served to Indian Motorcycle riders on the Friday and Saturday nights
Celebrate the launch year of Indian Motorcycle in Portugal
Indian Motorcycle only launched in Portugal this year, which means it’s the brand’s first time at the incredible Faro Motorcycle Rally.
Now in its 34th year, the Faro Motorcycle Rally (AKA Faro 34) is the biggest biker gathering in Southern Europe and draws in around 20,000 bikers from Thursday right through to Sunday night.
Its appeal is simple; hot and sunny weather, sparkling sea, great roads and plenty of live music and entertainment.
24-hour bars – Live concerts each night – Erotic shows each night – Wet T-shirt contest – Bike Show – Trade stands – Biker Fair – Tattoo stands – Tattoo contest – Camping
“The atmosphere is the perfect mix of hospitality, good music, terrific weather and incredible views for riders passing through the Algarve region in the South of Portugal,” explains Indian Motorcycle marketing specialist, Miriam Torrens, who is manning the Indian Motorcycle booth over the four-day-long rally.
She adds: “The rally takes place just a few kilometres away from the sea where you can enjoy the best seafood in the region. These are the ingredients that have drawn thousands of bikers over the years, mainly from Portugal, Spain and the UK, but also from the Netherlands, France and Germany.”
The rally itself is hosted on recreational grounds just north of the airport (co-ordinates 37 01’28.00”N, 7 58’38.00”W).
The entry price is 45 Euros for all four days and includes coupons for free meals. Attendees get an official goody bag containing a T-shirt, rally badge, sticker and draw tickets to win a new motorcycle and a week in Daytona.
Entry is also available from 2pm onwards on the Saturday for 30 Euros, but this does not include the meal coupons or...
- Brand comes of age as it celebrates 17 years of manufacturing motorcycles
- Recent shift into racing at the Isle of Man TT and Pikes Peak signals new direction
- Owners throughout EMEA continue to customise their machines for more performance
The brand has built a loyal following for its cruiser, bagger and touring models since 1998, but recent activities at the Isle of Man TT and at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, point to a new direction for the brand as it comes of age and starts to explore exciting opportunities.
Performance is a big part of the appeal of Victory ownership and those buying one of its machines often go on to add accessories to either improve the look of their ride or boost the performance. As the brand says: “The stock bike is just the start.”
Dario Baraggia, EMEA Brand Manager for Victory Motorcycles explains why so many Victory owners like to customise their machines: “People like to be different and independent, to tailor their motorcycle, express their personality and create a one-of-a-kind product. There are different levels of customisation, starting from just picking some original accessories like exhausts or billet parts from the Victory Accessories catalogue, to extreme preparation made by very professional customisers.
“The US custom scene often leads the trends: currently the trend is on baggers with a big front wheel, strong paint and powerful audio systems – Victory launched the Magnum last year, the first custom bagger to come out from the factory, which has a 21” wheel, a great paint scheme and a 100W audio system.”
The head of apparel, accessories and parts, Andreas Geisinger, is best placed to see what Victory owners in the EMEA region are doing with their machines. He says he sees...
Project 156 was on an aggressive pace for a podium finish, but crashes in the second section and DNF’s at 93rd annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
·Project 156 qualified fourth overall out of 60 entries and top of class
·Don Canet posted the second fastest time of the day in section one
·Don Canet crashed in section two of the course but remounted the bike
·Project 156 had to pull over in the fourth and final section while leading the Exhibition Class to an unfortunate DNF.
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 finish line following an aggressive starting pace that proved the potential of the prototype engine.
Canet had qualified first in the Exhibition Class a few days before the race and was buoyed by qualifying fourth overall. Early on in the race, Don was posting speeds on Project 156 that were putting him in the running for an overall podium finish until he touched the slippery white paint in section two’s Brown Bush corner, one of the tightest corners out of the 156 turns, resulting in a minor lowside that would cause issues later in the run.
Don was rolling again in 23 seconds and resumed his fast pace. In the third section he was back on race pace posting the fifth fastest split time overall. Alas, it was not meant to be and he had to retire in the fourth and final section of the course around 13,000ft elevation. After such a promising start following practice and qualifying, the Victory Racing team began to set its sights on not just winning their class, but taking the overall lowest time in the motorcycle category.
Canet said: “I was off to a strong start and competitive with the fastest bikes on the mountain. My disappointment is more for the team and how much work they put into Project...
Medina MN – Friday June 19th, 2015: The Victory Motorcycles Project 156 suffered a setback on Saturday June 13th in a practice accident on the Pikes Peak race course. Cycle World Editor and Project 156 rider Don Canet did not suffer any serious injuries, and was immediately up from the crash, however the motorcycle was damaged enough to require a complete strip-down and frame straightening.
“We have been making significant progress on the engine tune of the motorcycle each time it went out, and were able to start focusing on the handling aspects of the bike,” said Canet. “As I was going up the mountain I lost the front end under braking, asphalt temperature was extremely low and, counterintuitively, I think the tire was getting colder as the run went on.” Canet took third position in his rookie season in his debut at the “Race to the Clouds” last year.
The Falkner-Livingston team transported the race bike back to the Roland Sands Designs headquarters in Southern California for evaluation. “Not going to lie…” says RSD project leader Cameron Brewer, “Project 156 is really beat up. But we are racers at heart and I can promise Victory Motorcycles, Cycle World Magazine, RSD and Pikes Peak fans that we will rebuild the bike – she took one hell of a hit, but we are committed to this program.”
“The first question was if Don is OK – when we heard that he was, that was our biggest relief. Racing is serious business, and it takes commitment, planning, guts and skill to get through these situations,” said Victory Motorcycles General Manager Rod Krois. “Victory Motorcycles took this endeavor on to challenge ourselves and make history by putting a competitive American bike back on Pikes Peak. Commitment is not for the weak – and I know that our team will make the decision that is best for Don and our brand.”
A video of the crash and interviews...
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