Update: The stolen motorcycle was reported recovered on July 20, 2015. The Victory press release with details of the recovery is included in full below. – MotoUSA
Victory Motorcycles and Brammo Engineering wish to alert traditional and social media outlets that the historic Isle of Man TT racer piloted by Lee Johnston has been stolen overnight from Brammo Headquarters in Talent, OR. The specific time of night has yet to be determined and police are reviewing security footage for further information.
The motorcycle was on display with its complete race bodywork, as shown in the attached image. Johnstons Racer #3 was on this particular machine. However the body may have been removed or over-painted to mask its origin.
The Frame VIN is stamped #004 and there is a $1000 reward for information leading to the recovery of this historically significant motorcycle. Individuals with information or who feel they may have seen this motorcycle should contact:
INVESTIGATING OFFICER: BILL MAY, CASE# 15-2149, at the Talent OR Police Department at 541-535-1253
The teams from Victory and Brammo are gutted that thieves made off with this important piece of motorcycling history, and appreciate the diligence and assistance of motorcycle enthusiasts across the country. We request in particular that those in the Pacific North West be on the lookout. We will update both the Brammo Facebook and Victory Motorcycles Facebook pages as new information becomes available.
July 20, 2015 Update
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 shared the story and participated indirectly in the recovery.” Brian Wismann – Director of Product Development, Brammo Inc.
The employees of Victory Motorcycles and Brammo Inc. wish to thank all of those who shared the news of the theft of this valuable piece of racing history. The sharing of this news through social media would have made it almost impossible for the transportation or sale of the motorcycle to have gone un-noticed. It’s another example of the motorcycle community watching out for each other. The Brammo Motorcycles products were purchased by Polaris Industries in January of 2015. Brammo Inc, continues the development of electrical powertrains including battery and controller technology. The Isle of Man / SES TT Zero effort was the first public project for Victory Motorcycles and Brammo Inc.
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 www.victorymotorcycles.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/VictoryMotorcycles
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2014 sales of $4.5 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road consumer and military vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.
Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory® and Indian Motorcycle® and Slingshot® brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global Work and Transportation vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered Parts, Accessories and Apparel, Klim branded apparel and ORV accessories under the Kolpin®, Cycle Country® and Pro Armor® brands.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.