Victory confirms Project 156 will end up as a production model, sort of

Last spring, when Victory built their Project 156 racebike and rode it at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, they said it signified a new future for their company, with sporting intentions. Now, that future is drawing close.

Today, Victory announced a production version of the motor used in Project 156. Details on that motor are scant, but their press release says “The liquid-cooled four-valve engine has a 60-degree vee angle, utilizing double overhead cams that promise to make class-leading power.” It’s 1200 cc in capacity.

They’ve built a concept bike using the motor, the Ignition, on display at EICMA this week. It was built in conjunction with European custom builder Urs Erbacher.  You can see some of the bike’s specs below. It’s obviously inspired by their Project 156 racebike, but it’s not as lean and mean. This machine is just a concept as well, though, so we might see something more svelte come out yet.


The Ignition concept bike is on display at EICMA.
The Ignition concept bike is on display at EICMA.

Rake: 28°
Trail (in/mm): 5.12in/130 mm
Exhaust System: Erbacher handmade headers with an Akrapovicˇ® muffler


Front Tire Type: Metzeler Racetec Interact
Front Tire Size: 120/70 ZR17
Front Wheel Type: Alloy
Front Wheel Size: 3.5” x 17“
Rear Tire Type: Metzeler Racetec Interact
Rear Tire Size: 200/55 ZR 17
Rear Wheel Type : Alloy
Rear Wheel Size: 6.00 x 17”


It's got a lot more of that "dark, brooding custom" vibe than Project 156 had.
It’s got a lot more of that “dark, brooding custom” vibe than Project 156 had.

Suspension: Front – Travel: 120mm
Front Fork Tube Diameter: 50mm
Suspension: Rear – Travel 76mm

Brakes/Front: Dual discs, Brembo® M4 Monobloc
Brakes/Rear: Single disc OEM


Headlight: Erbacher
Tail/Brake Light: Erbacher
Turn Signals: Erbacher
License Plate Light: Erbacher
Speedometer & Indicator Lights: Motogadget


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  1. Looks interesting; maybe they can photograph it with lights on. Can you see forward controls in that image? Oh yes, in the other image. Yes, fail but maybe they can wise up before it reaches production.

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