2017 Victory Octane Video Review
When we posted our article about Victory’s unveiling of the 2017 Octane, the vitriol in the comments section was surprising even by internet standards. Of the 50 comments posted as of the writing of this review, roughly 30 were negative, many saying that the commenter felt mislead by Victory’s references to the Project 156 Pikes Peak racer as an inspiration during the Octane’s development. Perhaps this is an example of people hearing what they deeply wish for instead of what was actually being said.
With the negative initial MOronic reception of the Octane in mind, I arrived at Daytona Beach this week hoping to learn if the readers had a point. Is the Octane really just a warmed over Indian Scout? Does it really matter? And what exactly does the Octane reveal about Victory’s new slogan “Modern American Muscle,” as the first all new model arriving in 2016 as part of model year 2017?
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Video Review Victory Octane 2017
Victory Motorcycles Company
Victory Motorcycles is associate degree yankee bike manufacturer with its final assembly facility in Spirit Lake, Emily Dickinson County, northern Iowa, u. s.. It began production of its vehicles in 1998, and commenced winding down operations in January of 2017.
Its parent company, Polaris Industries, created the firm following the modern success of Harley-Davidson. Victory’s motorcycles are designed to compete directly with Harley-Davidson and similar American-style motorcycle brands, with V-twin engines and touring, sport-touring, and cruiser configurations. The first Victory, the V92C, was announced in 1997 and began selling in 1998. Victory was profitable for many years (beginning in 2002) but was in the red three of its last five years.
2017 Victory Octane Specifications
The 2017 Victory Octane is a completely new Victory design featuring a 1,179 cc (71.9 cu in) liquid cooled V-twin engine with 104 hp (78 kW)@ 8,000 rpm and 79 lb·ft (107 N·m) @ 6,000 rpm with a claimed wet weight of 548 lb (249 kg).
Number of Seats: 1
Wheelbase (in / mm): 62.1 / 1578
Seat Height (in / mm): 25.9 / 658
Dry Weight (lbs / kg): 528 / 240
Fuel Capacity (gal / L): 3.4 / 12.9TRANSMISSION
Primary Drive System: Belt
Transmission Type: Manual
Number of Speeds: 6
Revision Status: New
Warranty (Months): 24ENGINE
Carburetion Type: Fuel Injected
Displacement (cc): 1179
Engine Type: V Twin
Valve Configuration: DOHC
Engine Stroke: 4-Stroke
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.
A 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.
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 sleek lines and equipped with a powerful motor in a lightweight chassis, Octane® looks leaner and meaner than any other American motorcycle.