July 20, 2015 – The first Victory electric race bike that Irishman Lee Johnston rode to the podium in the Isle of Man / SES TT Zero race event, which was reported stolen on July 17 has been returned to Brammo Inc. in Talent, Oregon, 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 10:30pm Sunday night.
The Talent Police Department worked the case aggressively throughout the weekend and were able to get information on the bike’s whereabouts by late Sunday afternoon. A warrant was served for a rental residence ending in the custody of two individuals. The main suspect told police he intended to disassemble the bike and sell the parts, though nobody has admitted to breaking into the Brammo headquarters where the race bike was on 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.
Brian Wismann, Director of Product Development at Brammo Inc., issued the following statement:
“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.”