Unfinished Business: Victory & William Dunlop Ready for Isle of Man SES TT Zero

William has been having great road racing results all season and the 30-year-old is making his ambition very clear for this year’s Isle of Man TT; he’s looking for a win, in particular on-board the all-new electric Victory RR.

“I’m very happy that Victory has decided to return to the TT,” said William, who was part of Victory’s inaugural TT Zero race team with Lee Johnston in 2015. “I had a good time on my first ride with the electric bike last year, and I’m looking forward to getting another chance to race as I only got one lap of the course due to my accident in an earlier race. I feel as though there’s some unfinished business to take care of this year in the TT Zero race.”

William Dunlop to race Victory RR at Isle of Man

William Dunlop is aiming for victory at the Isle of Man SS TT Zero race aboard the Victory RR electric superbike. 

Team manager Brian Wismann says he has been working closely with William over the past few months, briefing him about what to expect from the new Victory RR. The team has also carried out some testing this week at Jurby Airfield ahead of the first TT Zero practice lap on the evening of Friday 3rd June. William finished the test saying he’s happy with the bike and he has no problem taking it around the TT course for the first practice. He also said he felt more comfortable on the bike straight away this year.

“William is a very talented racer and we are happy to have him back on the Victory Racing team riding our brand new Victory RR,” said Wismann.

William adds: “Compared to last year’s Empulse RR the new Victory RR has more battery on-board, which should allow us to go faster. With Mugen and Sarolea also bringing all new bikes this year, it will be interesting to see how all this new technology stacks up against each other. Most of all, I’m looking forward to spending more time on the bike during the TT Zero practice sessions and actually competing in the race.”

“I haven’t followed the development of electric bikes too closely other than what Victory Motorcycles has been doing to bring a competitive bike to the TT this year. Watching the pace of development for these electric bikes has been impressive for sure, but as a rider, it’s just another motorcycle to race and try to win on – which probably says the most about how far they’ve come.”

Gary Gray, Director Motorcycle Product for Victory Motorcycles said: “Our effort is all around winning and building technology for production. Building a new bike with more battery capacity and a new motor mean we will be faster than last year. It also means we are developing new technologies that will make our production electric motorcycles faster and go farther in the future.”
The first practice for the SES TT Zero is scheduled for Friday 3rd June at 20:40 with second practice on Saturday 4th June at 17.15 and a final qualifying session on Monday 6th June at 16:25.

The race is scheduled for 16:25 on Wednesday 8th June.

TECH SPEC VICTORY RR
Length/Width/Height (mm) – 2089 / 680 / 1218
Seat Height (in.) – 32
Weight (kg) – 240
Front Tire – Metzeler 120/70 R17
Rear Tire – Metzeler 200/60 R17
Frame – Trellis Steel and Composite Monocoque
Motor – Parker GVM Water-cooled, 3-phase, IPM AC
Max Power – (kW/HP) 130 / 174
Max Torque – (Nm) 240
Battery – Brammo Power Lithium-Ion
Battery – Voltage (Vdc) 370 or more

ABOUT WILLIAM DUNLOP
Name: William Dunlop
Achievements: 100+ Irish Road Race Wins – National Superbike Championship Winner – National Supersport Championship Winner – International Superbike Race Winner – Multi International Road Race Wins – National Road Racer of the Year – Duke Road Race Rankings Winner.
Personal Sponsors 2016: NoticingMe – Maxwell Freight – AP Louden
Glove Sponsors: Tintwise
Visor Sponsor 2016: Angus County Windows & Toals Bookmakers
Web Sponsors 2014 – 16: 2020 Architects – Road Racing News
Commercial Sponsors 2013, 14, 15 & 16: 4SR – Bell Helmets & Daytona
Date of Birth: 23/7/85
Nationality: Northern Irish
Residency: Ballymoney, County Antrim
Height: 1.8m
Weight: 12 stone
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Dark Brown
Hobbies: Football, Golf & Karting
Favorite Food: Italian or steak and chips
Favorite Drink: Water
Favorite Music: Lionel Ritchie
Favorite Film: Stepbrothers
Favorite Rider: My Dad Robert Dunlop
First race: Aghadowey
First Road Road Race: Athea
Best Race Win: Winning the Supersport 600 race at the 2009 UGP
Favorite Track: Ulster GP
Ambition: Win at the 2016 IOM TT

Victory Returns to Isle of Man TT with new Victory RR Electric Motorcycle

William Dunlop confirmed as the rider

All-new electric race bike called the Victory RR

Race bike is a test bed for Victory’s future powertrains

Victory RR Electric Superbike

Victory Motorcycles is headed back to the Isle of Man to race the latest generation of its electric superbike, the Victory RR.

Victory Motorcycles is returning with the Victory Racing team to compete in the Isle of Man TT Zero race with an all-new electric race bike called the Victory RR.
The Victory RR electric motorcycle has been developed over the past year using data gathered during last year’s TT Zero and will be ridden by William Dunlop.

It means Victory Racing is fielding entries in two of the world’s most grueling road races – Pikes Peak in the USA and the Isle of Man TT in Europe.

Commenting on the return to the Isle of Man TT, Alex Hultgren, Director of Marketing for Victory Motorcycles said: “One way we continuously push ourselves in performance is through our Victory Racing initiatives. The Isle of Man TT is one of the most challenging motorcycle races in the world, so of course we have to be there.”

Victory’s international R&D development program is well underway and the Victory RR bike, as well as the ones racing at Pikes Peak, are test beds for technology that will be used in the firm’s future products.

Victory Racing’s team manager, Brian Wismann said: “Our electric Empulse RR race bike placed third on the podium in the TT Zero race last year, which we were thrilled with. Using the data we gathered on our laps of the TT course has helped us to develop a new battery module as well as improving the powertrain. We feel like we can return to the TT with more performance as well as being able to test this technology for our future products.”

Victory Motorcycles Electric Superbike

The Victory RR electric motor too has been developed in partnership with Parker Hannifin. Called the Parker GVM, it boasts world-class specific power (the power to weight ratio), producing a peak of over 170 hp.

Alex Hultgren adds: “This year with a new machine and new technology behind us we continue to have high expectations. We are working to develop the best platform for our racer, William Dunlop, who is familiar with the view from the podium.”

Brian Wismann gives a further insight in to what is new on the RR. “The newly developed battery leverages the lessons learned from our entry in last year’s TT Zero event,” he explains. “The battery is a ground-up new design with the help of our technical partners at Brammo and necessitated a big change in the chassis design – from an extruded aluminum twin spar to a steel trellis frame. The biggest difference in the battery itself is an improvement in both the overall energy / capacity we’re carrying on board the bike, as well as a marked improvement in the energy density of the battery itself. As you know, lithium-ion battery technology is improving every year and with the Victory RR we are leading the way to batteries that will provide more performance, greater range and less cost in future vehicles.”

Some enhancements have also been made to the electric motor too. Developed in partnership with Parker Hannifin, the motor is called the Parker GVM. It boasts world-class specific power (the power to weight ratio), producing a peak of over 170 hp from a package that is only eight inches in diameter and five inches long. With peak efficiencies topping 97 percent, it is clear to see why Victory gets excited about the potential of this powertrain for future products.

Brian Wismann adds: “Compared to the electric motor we used in the TT Zero event last year, this year’s version features an even further optimized winding configuration based on the data gathered from last year’s bikes. Coupled with the increased energy on board in the battery, William Dunlop will have access to more of the power available from this motor than in 2015.”
The first practice for the TT Zero is scheduled for Friday 3rd June at 20:40 with second practice on the Monday 6th at 16:25 and the race itself on Wednesday 8th at 16:20.

Victory RR Isle of Man TT

After finishing third in the electric class at the Isle of Man TT last year, Victory has its sights set on first place this year with its new Victory RR electric superbike.

VICTORY RR SPECS
Length/Width/Height: TBD
Seat Height (in.): 32
Weight (kg): 240
Front Tire: Metzeler 120/70 R17
Rear Tire: Metzeler 200/60 R17
Frame: Trellis Steel and Composite Monocoque
Motor: Parker GVM Water-cooled, 3-phase, IPM AC
Max Power (kW/HP): 130 / 174
Max Torque (Nm): 240
Battery: Brammo Power Lithium-Ion
Battery Voltage (Vdc): 370 or more

Help Dave Roper Ride 1911 Indian At Isle of Man TT Motorcycle Race

I have known and raced with my old friend and famed motorcycle racer Dave Roper since the 1970s. He is a wonderful, caring and generous man and one heck of a racer.
 
Last year Dave Roper approached me at American Iron Magazine with an idea of riding a 1911 Indian motorcycle racerbike at this year’s Isle of Man to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the one and only time an American motorcycle won the famed Isle of Man races.
 
Dave partnered up with ex-Antique Motorcycle Club of America president Pete Gagen to create a team. They are well into the plans and are looking for support for their efforts. Please read about the efforts and support if you can at Dave Roper’s blog. – Buzz Kanter
 
Barely 100 years have passed since a team of Indian motorcycles swept the first three places at the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, and now another Indian entry is set to commemorate this historic victory of the first and only American brand to win a TT race. 
A replica of the special 580 cc Indian TT model V-twin has been built by Canadian entrant Peter Gagan and on Friday, June 10, 2011 it will lead the centenary parade lap for historic machines. The rider will be Dave Roper, the first American ever to win an Isle of Man TT. Roper has a lifetime of achievement in vintage racing, including more than 20 AHRMA national championships as well as his win of the 1984 Senior Classic TT on a G50 Matchless.
Roper will be first of 26 starters in the “Milestones of the Mountain” parade lap, leading such legends as Giacomo Agostini, Phil Read and current TT star John McGuinness. They and their famous machines represent highlights in the history of the Tourist Trophy  in the 100 years since its adoption of the full 37.73 mile Mountain Course. The TT was first held on a shorter course starting in 1907.
The Indian factory’s star rider in the 1911 Senior Tourist Trophy race was Canadian-born board track legend Jacob DeRosier, supported by three local riders from England and Ireland. In the event, though, DeRosier suffered tire failure and was disqualified for accepting outside help while Oliver Godfrey, Charles Franklin and Arthur Moorhouse swept the first three places.
Their mounts were special machines built at the Indian factory in Springfield, Mass., to comply with TT rules. Single-cylinder machines were limited to 500 cc displacement while twins, which operated less efficiently with the atmospherically-opened inlet valves which were common at the time, were given an 80 cc advantage. Chief engineer Oscar Hedstrom adapted a 680 cc Indian “little twin” with a smaller cylinder bore and added a two-speed transmission from the company’s 1,000 cc “big twin” to cope with the demands of the hilly Isle of Man course.
None of these special machines survived intact to the present day, but fortunately about 10 years ago Peter Gagan located a 580 cc Indian racing engine in England. It may have been from one of the original TT machines but the records that could verify it do not exist. Working from his home in White Rock, British Columbia, Gagan constructed a replica using a 1911 Indian frame and transmission. No drawings of the TT bikes exist, so the frame modifications and exhaust pipes had to be fabricated according to photographs of the originals. The machine bears Godfrey’s race number 26.
Gagan has a lifetime of experience with early motorcycles, having been a member for more than 50 years of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, of which he is past president. He has also served as president of the Antique Motorcycle Foundation and was founder of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group.
Gagan and his team are eager to hear from potential sponsors of this historic return to the legendary Isle of Man. They can be reached at petegagan@blaze.ca.
Please note also the Paypal link elsewhere on this page to help Dave Roper with the considerable expense of attending this historic event.
Click HERE to support Dave’s efforts with your support. Even $10 helps.