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Victory unveils Pikes Peak race bike by Roland Sands [w/video]

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You get some pretty awesome hill-climbing race cars showing up at Pikes Peak every year, but cars aren't the only vehicles that compete in the Race to the Clouds. So do pickups, big rigs, ATVs, and motorcycles – like this latest challenger from Victory.

Called Project 156 (for the 156 corners on the hill-climb route), the racing bike is the result of a collaboration between Victory Motorcycles, Roland Sands Design and Cycle World. It's built around a new liquid-cooled prototype engine that Victory has been developing at its R&D center in Minnesota and plans to put in production bikes in the future.

From there, the legendary Roland Sands custom shop (whose BMW concept bagger bike just debuted at Villa d'Este) built a custom chassis, with more radiators than a ski lodge, more exposed pipes than a hookah lounge, and more raw carbon than a rolling coal meetup.

Riding duties for this one-off creation will be handled by Don Canet, lead test rider for Cycle World magazine, who has got to be a little bit crazy, but also very fortunate to have been anointed to the task of unleashing this beast's potential.

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Victory Motorcycles racing to the clouds at Pikes Peak with Roland Sands Design, Team Cycle World and a prototype Project 156 engine

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 Lead Test Rider 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 twin intake 67mm throttles with downdraft runners for maximum power and torque as well as a performance valvetrain including intake and exhaust valves made of titanium 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."

The Pike's Peak International Hill Climb, an annual automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the summit of Pike's Peak, Colorado, will take place on June 28, 2015. Having started in 1916, it is the second-oldest motorsport event in America after the Indianapolis 500. The track measures 12.42 miles (19.99 km) over 156 turns, climbing 4,720 feet (1,440 m) from the start at Mile 7 on Pike's Peak Highway, to the finish at 14,110 feet (4,300 m), on grades averaging 7 percent.

"Ever since Victory and Roland Sands introduced me to this project I've been counting down the days to the event," said Cycle World Road Test Editor Don Canet. "This will be my second time racing the Pike's Peak International Hill Climb. Now that I've had a taste of what it's like I'm ready to get back and finish stronger in 2015."


To learn more about Project 156, our sponsors, and Victory Motorcycles, visit

About Victory Motorcycles

Victory Motorcycles designs, engineers, manufactures and markets a full line of cruisers, baggers and touring motorcycles. Every Victory model delivers industry-leading performance, comfort, style, storage and reliability. The first Victory was produced on the Fourth of July, 1998, in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where every Victory motorcycle continues to be produced today. Information about Victory motorcycles, apparel and accessories is available at

About Roland Sands Design

Roland Sands Design is a motorcycle, product and apparel company that has its roots in racing, custom bike building and design. Our inspiration comes from a high performance background that blends the love of two wheels with the desire to create unique products. We live the two-wheeled life and our crew is a diverse collection of road racers, off-road, dirt track, supermoto and custom bike builders and riders. It's this diversity that allows us to work with the best in the industry on a variety of projects. Information about Roland Sands Design motorcycles, product and apparel is available at

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