ROAR THROUGH THE 75th ANNUAL DAYTONA BIKE WEEK WITH VICTORY MOTORCYCLES
The New Victory Octane, demo rides, performance demonstrations, organized tours, special events
MINNEAPOLIS — February 26, 2016 — Victory Motorcycles® plans to roar into the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week, March 5-12, led by the new Victory Octane®, with demo rides, performance demonstrations, custom bike displays, organized rides and much more including the presenting sponsorship of the historic Daytona 200 roadrace featuring the Victory Octane as the official pace bike for 2016.
“Bike Week kicks off the riding season and serves as the perfect place to showcase our modern American muscle with the all-new Victory Octane – the lightest, most powerful and quickest Victory Motorcycle ever produced,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “Victory’s goal this year is to highlight the outstanding performance of all of our models, and Victory’s activities and displays in Daytona are the perfect place to see how we’re pushing the performance envelope.”
Victory Motorcycles’ Daytona Bike Week schedule:
Octane –Launch Party(316 Main Street)
7 p.m. - Midnight, March 5
Victory Motorcycles made Daytona Main Street history last year by throwing the biggest party on the strip, and this year promises to take it to the next level! Red Bull action sports athlete Aaron Colton will join Velocity TV’s Bryan Fuller in hosting the launch party for the all-new Victory Octane – the lightest, most powerful and quickest motorcycle Victory has ever produced. Live music from Raw Adrenaline, tons of giveaways and the reveal of a brand new motorcycle World Record insure this will be the party not to miss at Bike...
The Victory Octane has been on your lips for months. The long lead-up to Feb 19th is finally over. The Victory Octane details are official.
The Octane shares the Indian Scout's basic setup and proportions, featuring a liquid-cooled 1179.3cc motor and a fully integrated radiator, however this machine is born to make power, not evoke nostalgia. The power plant pumps out 104 horsepower and 76 pound-feet of torque. It will get a quarter of a mile down the road in 12 seconds and read 60 mph on the speedo in under 4.
We got a chance to hang out with the boys at Victory for some testing and shooting. I rode the bike on track and let me tell you, this thing can rip. I own a Scout and this bike felt a touch more nimble than the already-agile Scout. This is likely due to the tweaked suspension geometry and the 29.0 degrees of rake and 5.1 inches of trail. The rear shock sits more upright than the laid down attitude of the Scout.
The Octane is able to pull power off of the bottom of the rev range with ease and will rocket up to speed in the blink of an eye. Stopping duties are taken care of by a single 298mm disc up front and one in the rear. The clamping power is not earth-shattering, but more than enough to competently pull down from speed in relative short order. We were on track for a photo shoot, so I was not able to rip the machines around quite like I wanted to as they needed to be photo ready. I didn't want to be the guy to wad one up before the photographer, Todd Williams, got what he needed.
I was in charge of wearing the new off of the machines as they had zero...
Every high-octane horsepower enthusiast is familiar with the muscle car formula: take a big motor, insert it into a lightweight chassis, then delete any creature comforts or other unnecessary accessories. What’s left is just what you need to go very fast, and nothing else.
The all-new 2017 Victory Octane is the two-wheeled expression of that concept, with a modern twist. This is raw adrenaline that rules the streets. A 1200cc, liquid-cooled V-twin—Victory’s first-ever liquid-cooled engine—utilizes dual overhead cams and four-valve heads to rev beyond 8000 rpm and put down an authoritative 104 horsepower. That’s more horsepower than any Victory motorcycle ever built. And weighing just 528 pounds, it’s the lightest Victory motorcycle ever built, too. No surprise, then, that Octane is also the quickest Victory down the quarter-mile, and the fastest from 0-60 mph, too. And with a price starting at just $10,499, Octane runs in a class of its own.
A stiff and light cast-aluminum frame transmits every last one of those horsepower directly to the pavement. Sharp steering geometry, a tight, 62.1-inch wheelbase and 32-degrees of available lean angle deliver agility previously unknown to American V-twin motorcycles. Muscular styling cuts an undeniably modern profile and a sportbike-inspired bullet cowl improves airflow over the rider at the triple-digit speeds Octane is built to achieve.
A RACE-BRED POWERTRAIN
Developed from the Project 156 prototype that was tested at the most demanding racing event in the world—the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb™—the 60-degree V-twin features short-stroke engine geometry just like the Project 156 racer to allow higher engine rpm and more horsepower, and a quick-revving engine response more like a sportbike than any traditional American V-Twin. An electronically metered 60mm throttle...
“We wanted to bring the American motorcycle into the 21st century. Victory doesn’t have any long history or legacy —we are a new brand and we can go wherever we want to go. We want to be modern, and bold, and set our own trends.”
— Mike Song, Victory Senior Industrial Designer
“This is a real performance engine, with four-valve heads, overhead cams and a lot of torque. And the engine revs much higher, like a sportbike.” —Urs Erbacher
“This bike is unapologetic. It’s not trying to be anything besides what it is—a strippedto-the-bone roadrace bike. You just go out and ride it.” —Roland Sands
“It’s not like any other American V-twin I’ve ever heard. It sounds like a Pro Stock motorcycle. It sounds pissed off. It sounds mean.” —Zack Ness
Power To Burn
Liquid-cooled with 4-valve heads and dual-overhead cams, Octane’s 60-degree V-twin makes more horsepower than any Victory ever built—104 horsepower and 76 foot-pounds of tire-shredding torque. Geared for quick acceleration, Octane sprints down the quarter-mile in 12 seconds and rushes from 0-60 mph in under four seconds. With the heart of a Pikes Peak International Hill Climb racer, Octane has power to burn.
Built to Thrill
Raw power is only half of the musclebike equation. You also need a solid chassis that can transmit all that power to the pavement and hold a tight line when bent into a corner. Octane’s solid-mounted powertrain connects cast-aluminum front and rear frame sections, with twin tubular-steel backbones for added rigidity. Dual-rate springs at both ends deliver solid feedback over any type of pavement, and oversized, 298mm disc brakes are ready for those rare occasions when you want to shed speed...