Victory developed the RR Electric Motorcycle based on its experience with the TT from last year’s Isle of Man TT Zero. Well, this is an unexpected development from them. Victory Motorcycles just announced it will participate in the upcoming TT Zero race on the Isle of Man, with rider William Dunlop in the saddle of a newly developed electric bike. Last time, we heard in a reply Tweet from its PR account last month – the Minnesota-based company was limiting its battery-powered racing to Pikes Peak this year.
The electric class of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) has been dominated since 2014 by the all-conquering Team Mugen. The Victory joined TT Zero last year with high hopes, a competent bike and 2 riders that know well how tackle the Mountain Course – 5 times podium finisher William Dunlop and Lee Johnston. However misfortune struck at the 11th hour, as the team’s main rider was injured during a Supersport practice session.
For its return to the TT Zero 2016 Victory has once again secured the expert services of William Dunlop. He will probably lead the team alone as no other partner has been announced, while Lee Johnston will compete with Belgian team Sarolea.
The Victory RR electric superbike is based on last year’s Empulse RR, but a substantial overhaul has almost completely transformed the motorcycle. The most obvious replacement is the application of a steel trellis frame in place of the aluminum twin spar which was used until last year – and is still found on the production model.