Victory Motorcycles and Brammo Engineering need your help. The Polaris-owned companies have put out an alert regarding a stolen motorcycle – the Victory Electric Prototype raced by Lee Johnston in this year’s Isle of Man TT Zero.The Victory Isle of Man TT bike was stolen while on display at Brammo Headquarters in Talent, Oregon. The Electric Prototype, which earned third in the Zero TT by Lee Johnston, was stolen Thursday evening; no time was reported, though police are reviewing security footage.
Victory says the Isle of Man TT Electric prototype was on display with its complete race bodywork (as shown in attached images). Johnston’s Racer #3 was on this particular machine. However the body may have been removed or over-painted to mask its origin, Victory reports.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 the Victory Isle of Man TT bike should contact the investigating officer: Bill May, Case# 15-2149, at the Talent OR Police Department at 541-535-1253.Victory says “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.”For more, visit Victory to Race Isle of Man TT Zero.
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.