Will New Victory with Liquid-Cooled Project 156 Engine Debut at EICMA?

Bryan Harley | October 21, 2015

Victory Motorcycles circulated a teaser earlier this week indicating it’s on the cusp of releasing a performance-based motorcycle equipped with a water-cooled engine.

This remains at a speculative state, but Victory sent out an email to moto-publications early this week stating the world premiere of a new motorcycle will be held at the upcoming EICMA show in Milan on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The email emphasized how the company has been “showcasing American Muscle throughout its product line and in racing” then talks about the “pathway to the latest evolution of the brand.”

New Victory to debut at 2015 EICMA

Here’s the visual clue Victory gave about its new model. 

In addition to mentioning its American muscle and racing evolution, the other clue to this pathway is a picture of the engine’s case cover that is identical to the one on the prototype engine used on Victory’s Project 156, the motorcycle built in conjunction with Roland Sands Design that CycleWorld’s Don Canet raced up Pikes Peak this past summer. The liquid-cooled V-Twin sourced high compression pistons in short cylinders to achieve a lofty 15:1 compression ratio with titanium valves set at fairly flat angles. It was surrounded by a bevy of stamped engine covers ala Indian’s Scout. Though the production version most likely won’t be as tempestuous as the original beast, no doubt it will still provide plenty of pop.

Victory RSD Project 156 Prototype V-Twin

What does all this mean? Means we can’t wait for November 18th to see Victory’s new direction, which as of late has definitely been toward the sport-performance category, from racing up Pikes Peak to fielding an electric superbike team at the Isle of Man TT to entering NHRA with a Gunner drag bike ridden by Matt Smith.

Here’s a list of Victory Racing engineers who worked on the prototype Project 156 engine .
Matthew Reeves | Valvetrain
Matt Graser | Piston/Cylinder
Matt Stimpson | Build Team
Dan Gervais | Engine Build Lead
Jonathon Graus | Electrical/Control System
Derek Frie | Cranktrain
Steve Tittl | Control System/Build Team
Alex Oppermann | Project lead/Design
Joe Roltgen | Build Team
Chad Slater | Case Covers
Scott Walter | Cylinder heads

Victory RSD Project 156 Pikes Peak racer

Will Victory release a variation of its Project 156 motorcycle at EICMA November 18th? Inquiring minds want to know!

Bryan Harley

Cruiser Editor |Articles | Our resident road warrior has earned his stripes covering the rally circuit, from riding the Black Hills of Sturgis to cruising Main Street in Daytona Beach. Whether it’s chopped, bobbed, or bored, metric to ‘Merican, he rides ‘em all.