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by NickJ at Mar 18, 2016
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This last week I got to spend some quality time with the Octane in Daytona, FL during Bike Week. I took the opportunity to take two variations of the bike out to see just how much the accessories change the attitude and stance of the bike.

Unfortunately, I missed the press event due to the motorcycle build I had been working on for the several weeks. I hear that it was a smashing good time, complete with lessons from the Victory Stunt Team, Tony and Joe. I did, however get to roll out of the super secret hangar with a couple of Octanes for some testing of my own.

I started out with the standard model with no adds to establish the baseline. Now, I don't know if many of you have ridden along the arrow-like roads down in Florida, but there are not many curves in the state. Essentially you go north, northwest from Miami, there is a left at Jacksonville and then it's pretty much a straight shot west to Mobile. However, the best road in Daytona was the demo route that offered some sweeping, banked turns, with both left AND right-handers. I know right?!

With the standard pullback bars, I was in a comfortable, neutral position. I'm 5'10" and the cockpit of this little rocket didn't feel cramped at all. If I were a little longer in the leg, some ergos would need to be addressed with the accessories catalog and some extended reach pegs and seat. Sitting still, the tip weight of the Octane is almost nonexistent, and the platform feels light, nimble, and able to be tossed around with ease.

Out on the open road, I opened her up. Along a straight stretch of empty road, I cracked the throttle to see what the Octane had under the tank. I got a straight kick to the seat of my pants as the needle swept past the 60 mph mark and continued on. The power came on in a linear, and unrelenting fashion until I let the throttle roll back toward the front wheel. "Jesus! This thing is quick." That 104 bhp is no joke and I could see how Vic got the...
by DrumsOfGrohl at Mar 9, 2016
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Victory Stunt Team rider Joe Dryden became a Guinness World Records title holder on March 2, 2016, by completing a burnout of 2.23 miles at Orlando [FL] Speed World on a Victory Octane.

Dryden was poised to serve up an even longer burnout on the small oval racetrack, but at the record-setting 2.23-mile mark, his rear tyre disintegrated, ending his smoky run. He left the bike on its side on the racetrack and walked away with his arms raised in triumph.

The record-setting burnout was certified as an official Guinness World Record by a Guinness adjudicator who witnessed the burnout and counted as Dryden laid rubber for just over seven laps around the compact racetrack. The Guinness official, clad in his crested sport jacket with lapel piping, presented Dryden with a world record certificate. Dryden and his Victory Stunt Team partner Tony Carbajal then popped celebratory bottles of champagne.

“That was not easy, but it was a lot easier on a Victory Octane than on most other bikes,” Dryden said. “Once I found the ideal balance of braking and throttle, it was just a matter of time – and tyre rubber – before we set the new record.”

“Who’s paying for that tyre?” laughed Victory Marketing Director Alex Hultgren, who was onsite for the burnout. “Seriously, everyone at Victory congratulates Joe on this Guinness World Record. Victory’s new Octane is all about delivering raw adrenaline and delivering the world record burnout is a perfect fit with the personality of this bike.”

To ensure the accuracy of the world record burnout’s length, a surveyor measured the circumference of the track before the record attempt. Carbajal and Dryden both made attempts at the record on Victory Octanes, and both riders cut their initial runs short as they sought the proper mix of throttle, brake, and clutch.

by NickJ at Feb 26, 2016
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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...
by NickJ at Feb 19, 2016
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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...
by NickJ at Feb 19, 2016
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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.


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...