The Victory Octane
The Victory Octane is a motorcycle that has been underway for two or three years. Truth be told, it may be viewed as one of the most exceedingly awful kept insider facts with the pre-uncover of two extremely custom elucidations of the stock bike from Corey Ness and Urs Erbacher prior this year.
The Octane isn’t simply one more model to fill a void in the present model line up. It speaks to another time of motorcycles and mindset for Victory cruisers. It’s being pointed straightforwardly at the rider searching for his first muscle bicycle cruiser and intended to specifically assault the urban lanes. As indicated by the people at Big V, it’s recently the start of the what’s to come. I could without much of a stretch re-compose the spec sheets with raw numbers, yet rather we’ll focus on how the bicycle was to ride.
2017 Victory Octane Ride
After the ride on the 2017 Victory Octane made by RevZilla.com, they sum up in three points:
- The Octane is a fun, competent motorcycle.
- There is a large incongruity between the motorcycle that Victory’s marketing department hinted we were going to get and the Octane that is actually going to hit the showroom floors.
- The Indian Scout and the Octane are not carbon copies (we wondered about this when the Octane was unveiled), but they also feel closer than parent company Polaris might have you believe.
But before I delve into the Octane’s place in the bigger picture, let me tell you about riding it.
Victory introduced the Octane to the motorcycle press on the even of Daytona Bike Week in Florida. We had a chance to take the Octane down the drag strip at Orlando Speed World and try the handling in an obstacle course and an open stunt-riding area. The next day we got to do the typical Bike Week thing of riding down Main Street in Daytona.
Victory Octane on the drag strip
So can the Octane do a killer rolling burnout? Yep, but I’m not going to dwell on that. In spite of what Victory’s marketing gurus may say, most riders who buy an Octane are not planning to go stunting or racing. They’re probably like you and me and like to hot-rod around on a bike from time to time, but mostly ride on the street and turn up the wick when law enforcement appears scarce.
Video Riding the Victory Octane 2017
ENGINE: A RACE-BRED V-TWIN
Based on the Project 156 racer that competed at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Octane’s 1200cc V-twin uses 4-valve heads, dual overhead cams and liquid cooling to make 104hp. Geared for acceleration, Octane™ ran a quarter mile in 12 seconds and hit 60 mph in under 4 seconds.
CHASSIS: A CAST-ALUMINUM FRAME
light and rigid cast aluminum frame transmits every horsepower directly to the pavement. Sharp steering geometry and 32-degress of lean angle deliver agility previously unknown to American motorcycles. Cast aluminum 10-spoke wheels are sized for sure-footed handling.
FIT/FINISH: CHROME WON’T GET YOU HOME
That’s why there’s so little shiny stuff on Octane™. The chassis and powertrain are blacked-out creating a modern look that’s all business.
STYLE: LEANER AND MEANER
Octane™ is the most aggressive Victory motorcycle ever built, styled with harder lines, sharper creases, and other subtle details that make Octane™ look leaner and meaner than any other American motorcycle. The bullet cowl is standard equipment and proves this bike is built for speed.
Video: 2017 Victory Motorcycles Lineup action photos
Displacement (cc): 1179
Carburetion Type: Fuel Injected
Valve Configuration: DOHC
Engine Type: V Twin
Engine Stroke: 4-Stroke
Revision Status: New
Warranty (Months): 24
Rear Brakes: Hydraulic Disc
Front Brakes: Hydraulic Disc
Transmission Type: Manual
Primary Drive System: Belt
Number of Speeds: 6
Wheelbase (in / mm): 62.1 / 1578
Number of Seats: 1
Dry Weight (lbs / kg): 528 / 240
Seat Height (in / mm): 25.9 / 658
Fuel Capacity (gal / L): 3.4 / 12.9
Rear Tire(s): 60/70-17 76H
Front Tire(s): 130/70-18 63H
Digital Instrumentation: Standard
The Vegas 8-Ball has a cost of 14 999 $.
The Gunner has a cost of 15 499 $.
The High Ball has a cost of 15 899 $.
The Vegas has a cost of 15 999 $.
The Hammer has a cost of 18 499 $.
The Magnum has a cost of 25 999 $.
The Magnum x-1 has a cost of 28 999 $.
The Cross Country Tour has a cost of 25 999 $.
The Vision has a cost of 24 999 $.
The Motorcycles Industry
Victory Motorcycles is an American motorcycle manufacturer with its final assembly facility in Dickinson County, Spirit Lake, Northern Iowa, USA. It began production of its vehicles in 1998, and began winding down operations in January of 2017.
Victory motorcycles include the Kingpin and High Ball cruisers , the Vegas, Vision and Cross Country touring motorcycles, the Hammer muscle cruiser and the Cross Roads. Victory also offers special Ness Signature custom models such as the Cory Ness Victory Cross Country, Arlen Ness Victory Vision and Zach Ness Vegas.
The Company Victory Motorcycles was created by off-road giant Polaris Industries, one of world’s top producers of snowmobiles and ATVs. The V92C was the Victory’s 1st motorcycle and debuted in 1997 and full scale production began in 1998. The 1999 V92C featured 1500cc engine, a 92-cubic inch, the largest production engine available at the time and a testament to Victory’s strategy of producing big, powerful tourers and cruisers to compete with the Harley-Davidson. Victory is unafraid to take styling risks as it proved by releasing bold new bikes: the Kingpin, Vegas and Vision.