Victory Motorcycles were a force this year at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. A Victory Empulse RR electric motorcycle ridden by Cycle World’s road test editor Don Canet took first place honors in the PPC-Electric Motorcycle Class. His race was recorded in a stunning 360 degree video.
A “360 video” is created with a camera system that simultaneously records all 360 degrees of a scene, with viewers able to use their computer, iOS and Android devices to pan and rotate a 360 video’s perspective to watch from different angles. Want to see the rider’s hand movements or body angle? You can. Want to see the lean angle of the front wheel as it glides over the road surface? You can do that, too. The 360 degree coverage allowed the team to gauge how Canet was riding his machine while traversing various parts of the 12.42-mile course.
“These are angles that reflect how truly dramatic the setting is,” says Nate Secor, Marketing Manager for Victory Motorcycles. “What makes Pikes Peak unique is the elevation gain from start to finish, and 360 offers the viewer an experience that traditional on-board footage can’t deliver – the ability to look across valleys, over cliffs that are thousands of feet high, up the hill and back at the rider.”
When watching a 360 video on a computer, the viewing angle is changed by dragging with the mouse. Make sure you’re using the latest version of your web browser (ex. Chrome, Firefox). 360 videos on Facebook aren’t viewable on Safari or Internet Explorer. On iOS and Android mobile devices, the viewing angle of a 360 video is changed by dragging a finger across the screen or by navigating with the device. Make sure you are using the latest version of the Facebook app. If you’re using an iOS device, it should be an iPhone 4S or newer or an iPad 2 or newer. The iOS device also should be running iOS 7 or later. If you have an Android device, make sure you’re using Android 4.3 or later.
Victory also entered a gas powered motorcycle in this year’s competition. Project 156 was piloted by Jeremy Toye, who finished one position behind Canet and third overall in the motorcycle competition. A 360 degree video of his race is just as spectacular, and even has a a soundtrack!
Source: Rider Magazine