The industry was all in a tizzy about Victory’s Project 156 Pike’s Peak racer when it debuted mid-2015. “We have an intense focus at Victory Motorcycles to prove the performance of our vehicles,” said Rod Krois, Victory General Manager, at the bike’s official unveiling.

But, instead of letting Indians be cruisers and turning Victory into a performance brand, making a production version of the hand-built one-off in the image above and capitalizing on the current naked superbike trend, Polaris ultimately determined Victory would join the list of American motorcycle companies that no longer exist. If we’re lucky, Project 156 might turn into the basis of a Scout Sport or other such spinoff. The same can be said for Victory’s Empulse electric Isle of Man TT racer.