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Victory Motorcycles double at Pikes Peak

Empulse RR at PIkes Peak
Victory Empulse RR at PIkes Peak

Victory Motorcycles has returned triumphant to the famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with wins in the electric bike and exhibition powersport classes.

The company has now released the following 360 degree videos. You may or may not see them in 360-degree format, depending on whether you have updated your browser.




Last year, I witnessed the American motorcycle company’s first attempt at the world’s most famous hillclimb in Colorado with their Project 156 prototype bike (named after the 156 turns of the race) built in conjunction with Roland Sands.

The result was a crash and an engine failure.

But this year was a different story with Victory entering their Empulse RR from last year’s Isle of Man TT as well as the Project 156.

Victory Project 156 at PIkes Peak
Victory Project 156

American motorcycle journalist Don Canet whizzed the electric bike up the dizzying 4300m Rocky Mountains peak in just 10 minutes and 17.813 seconds. The electric bike obviously undaunted by the thinning atmosphere which robs internal combustion negines of up to 30% of their power.

It was the 15th fastest time and the second-fastest two-wheeler, behind Kawasaki ZX-10R ridden by Bruno Langlois of France in 10:13.106.

I rode the Victory Empulse TT production bike in the US last year and it is now available for sales in the States, but not yet in Australia.

Victory Empulse TT electric motorcycle
MBW rides the Victory Empulse TT electric motorcycle

Meanwhile, the Project 156 bike, piloted by 2014 Pikes Peak Heavyweight Champion Jeremy Toye, was just two places and two seconds behind the Empulse RR in 10:19.777.

A variant of the engine is now used in the 1200cc Victory Octane which will is now available in Australia at $18,995 ride away.

We hope to score a test ride shortly, so stay tuned for our review.

2016 Victory Octane
2016 Victory Octane


Interestingly, 19th place in the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb was taken out by Australian motorcycle journalist Rennie Scaysbrook who was second in the heavyweight section on a KTM 1290 Super Duke in 10:28.407.

Rennie Scaysbrook at Pikes Peak hillclimb KTM
Rennie at Pikes Peak

The 100th anniversary and 94th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb fielded more than 100 competitors.