The teasing thankfully hasn’t lasted long with Victory Motorcycles and Roland Sands Design today unveiling the finished the awkwardly named Project 156 motorcycle a few weeks after first announcing the build. Project 156 will be entered into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb later this year and marks a big change in direction for the traditionally cruiser orientated motorcycle brand.
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. It’s by no means a pretty bike, but given that it’s been created for a one off race, function is far more important that form.
The plumbing is clearly visible, the tri-split radiator on show for all and the lack of a front cowl obviously makes Project 156 built for speed and not pretty. The press release admits that Project 156 represents “the future performance of the Victory brand.” While it hasn’t confirmed the origins of the engine, it’s clearly adapted from the V-Twin used by the Indian Scout. Liquid cooled, twin 67mm throttles with downdraft runners for maximum power and torque as well as a performance valve train 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.”
It’s a big time for Victory Motorcycles, with the company also racing in the Isle of Man TT this week with a Brammo electric powered sportsbike.