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2017 Victory Octane Review

2017 Victory Octane on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

POWER TO BURN...

Take a big motor, put 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. This is the formula for the Modern American Musclebike.

Drop the clutch and light up that rear tire. Octane® makes it easy by following classic American musclecar formula: a powerful motor in a lightweight chassis. What's left is just what you need to go very fast and without distraction. Featuring a high revving liquid-cooled 60-degree V-Twin with four-valve heads and dual-overhead cams that makes 104 horsepower and 76 foot-pounds of tire-shredding torque, Octane® has the heart of a Pikes Peak International Hill Climb™ racer and a 0-60 mph time that makes it the quickest Victory ever produced. But power is only half of the musclebike equation. There's also a stiff and lightweight cast-aluminum frame, sharp steering geometry, a tight wheelbase, and 32 degrees of lean angle that together deliver agility previously unknown to American V-Twin motorcycles. Need more power? Need more sound? Check out the Victory's Stage 2 Kit that includes an air intake and 2-1 exhaust to offer 10% more horsepower and 5% more torque. Fast, capable, stylish and affordable. Victory's Octane® is the formula for the Modern American Musclebike.

Victory Octane: the Modern American Musclebike

Every high-octane horsepower enthusiast is familiar with the muscle car formula: take a big motor, insert it into a lightweight chassis then remove 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 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 - utilises dual overhead cams and four-valve heads to rev beyond 8000 rpm and put down 104 horsepower.

That's more horsepower than in any production Victory motorcycle ever built.

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 from €12,950, Octane runs in a class of its own.

A stiff and light cast-aluminium frame transmits every last one of those horsepower directly to the asphalt. Sharp steering geometry, a tight 1578mm (62.1 in) wheelbase and 32° of available lean angle deliver agility previously unknown to American V-twin motorcycles.

Muscular styling cuts an undeniably modern profile and a sportsbike-inspired bullet cowl improves airflow over the rider at the triple-digit speeds that Octane is built to achieve.

The first hundred customers (including pre-orders) will be given a special engine cover with the Project 156 logo on it.

 

MODERN AMERICAN MUSCLE - A NEW VISION FOR AMERICAN MOTORCYCLES

Forget everything you think you know about American V-twin motorcycles. Forget the conventional wisdom that says American motorcycles are all big, boring, and backwards-looking for design inspiration. Victory delivers a new vision for American motorcycles, one that unapologetically looks forward for design direction, one that leverages all the latest technology, and one that delivers a level of performance and excitement previously unknown to American V-twin buyers. This is Modern American Muscle.

Modern is innovative, advanced and unafraid to embrace new thinking in design, technology and materials. American is confident, independent, and always pushing the envelope to challenge the status quo. Muscle is strength, power and acceleration that commands respect on the street. It's time that American motorcycle buyers have a choice that embodies the Modern American Muscle spirit. It's time for Victory.

Victory motorcycles are proven in the most demanding racing events in the world: The Isle of Man TT. Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. NHRA Pro Stock. Victory motorcycles deliver class-leading performance in every category, to provide a legitimate and credible American performance option.

Victory is a new brand with the freedom to build a new type of American motorcycle for new type of American motorcycle enthusiast. Victory is creating a new definition for American motorcycles that puts real-world performance and excitement at its core.

This is Victory. This is Modern American Muscle.

 

 



2017 Victory Octane www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

THE EVOLUTION OF OCTANE® - THREE RAW ADRENALINE-FUELED CONCEPTS INFLUENCED OCTANE


CONCEPT 1: PROJECT 156
What better place to prove the performance of a prototype V-twin racing engine than the most demanding race in America-the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb? That was the purpose for building Project 156, the test platform for Victory's first-ever liquid-cooled engine that ultimately formed the basis for the 1200cc, 60-degree V-twin that powers the Octane production bike.

Victory Racing's Project 156-the name a reference to the number of turns leading to the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak-was a collaboration between the Victory Engineering team, who developed the powerplant in-house, and Roland Sands Design, who developed the handbuilt chassis that carried that powerplant. Cycle World Road Test editor Don Canet piloted the bike for the race.

A crash in the second sector prevented Canet from finishing the race, but not before he had qualified first in the Exhibition Class and fourth overall out of 60 total bike entries, easily keeping pace with established superbikes from Honda, Kawasaki and Ducati. And though the Project 156 engine was a one-off prototype constructed just for this race, some components-including the engine cases and transmission-are identical to what is now found on the production Octane streetbike.

 

CONCEPT 2: IGNITION
The second chapter of the Octane development story is set in Switzerland, where noted European drag racer and custom bike builder Urs Erbacher illustrated what the Project 156 powertrain could look like in an aggressive, European-styled muscle bike.

"I really liked the style of Project 156, so I wanted to build my bike like a naked race bike," Erbacher says. "In Switzerland, riding in the mountains is very popular, and I wanted to build a bike that would be very good for that."

Erbacher wanted a lot of lean angle, so he installed long-travel, race-ready suspension components. He also added dual radial-mounted disc brakes up front and hand-built a two-into-one exhaust that lets the high-revving Octane V-twin really sing.

"This is a real performance engine," Erbacher says, "with four-valve heads, overhead cams and of course, a lot of torque-this is almost a racing engine out of the box. And the engine revs much higher, which sportbike guys will really like."

What's it like to ride? "It's like jumping off a bridge," Erbacher says, "the same feeling. You sit on the bike, you start it up, and you can feel your arm hairs rise up. Blood pumping, adrenaline flowing, you just want to go quicker and faster."

 

CONCEPT 3: COMBUSTION
What follows Ignition? Combustion, of course, and that was the name of the third concept in this series, constructed by long-time Victory collaborator Zach Ness.

Inspired by the American musclecar aesthetic that favors a big motor, a lightweight chassis and nothing else, Ness trimmed his concept down to the bare essentials to optimize the power-to-weight ratio for maximum performance. "My design direction came 100 percent from the throttle," Ness says. "I wanted to create a bike that was fast, light and ready to attack the next green light.

Asked to describe his favorite part of the Octane, Ness says it's definitely the exhaust note-especially as routed through his hand-made, shotgun-dual pipes. It's a whole different animal," Ness says. "You hear this thing fire up, the hair stands up on your arms. 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."

A completely different animal, Ness says, and a signal of where Victory is headed in the future. "There's a big gap for an American motorcycle manufacturer to fill. You have hot rods, musclecars, but where are the high-performance American motorcycles?" This is the gap that Victory's Octane is built to fill.

 

THE FINAL PRODUCT: OCTANE
"We wanted to bring the American motorcycle into the 21st century," Victory Senior Industrial Designer Mike Song says. "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."

"Octane is for anyone who likes excitement," Song says. "It handles well, offers a lot of performance, and contemporary styling to go with it. It's meant for someone young, who wants something fresh, new and modern."

Moving into the middleweight category is a big step toward expanding the Victory product line. "The basic Octane platform is so versatile," Song says, "allowing us to do things we've never done before. We can take this design in several directions, opening the door for Victory to venture into segments outside of traditional cruisers, drawing in younger riders and new buyers." In other words, Octane is just the first step in an entirely new direction for American motorcycle development.

 

 

 

2017 Victory Octane www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

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 a short-stroke just like the Project 156 racer to allow higher engine rpm and more horsepower and a quick-revving engine more like a sportsbike than any traditional American V-Twin. An electronically metered 60mm throttle body feeds high-flow four-valve heads (operated by dual overhead cams) and liquid cooling quenches the heat generated by 104 horsepower and 99 Nm of tyre-shredding torque. Geared short for quicker acceleration, Octane can sprint down the quarter-mile in 12 seconds and rush from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds. With the heart of a racer, Octane has power to burn.

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 104 horsepower. Geared for acceleration, Octane™ can run the quarter mile in 12 seconds and hit 60 mph in under four seconds.

 

A STIFF AND SOLID CHASSIS
Raw power is only half of the muscle bike equation. You also need a solid chassis that can transmit all that power to the road and also hold a tight line when bent into a corner. Octane's solid-mounted powertrain is a stressed member that connects cast-aluminium front and rear frame sections, with twin tubular-steel backbones for added reinforcement. This rigid assembly is suspended up front by a 41mm fork equipped with dual-rate springs for solid front-end feedback over any type of road and out back with stylish laydown shocks mounted 53 degrees off-horizontal, also equipped with preload-adjustable dual-rate springs. Oversized, 298mm disc brakes with stainless-steel lines are at both ends and ABS is standard. Cast aluminium, 10-spoke wheels are sized and shod for sure-footed handling. The 18-inch front wheel wears 130/70-18 rubber, while the 17-inch rear wheel is wrapped with a 160/70-17 tyre. A low-slung solo saddle that rides just 658mm (25.9 inches) above the pavement, an equally low pullback handlebar and semi-forward-set foot controls create a riding position that looks properly badass but still provides adequate support when the rider grabs a big handful of throttle and the bike wants to rocket off the line.

A light and rigid cast aluminum frame transmits every horsepower directly to the pavement. Sharp steering geometry and 32-degrees of lean angle deliver agility previously unknown to American motorcycles. Cast aluminum 10-spoke wheels are sized for sure-footed handling.

 

SHARP-EDGED STYLING
There are no smooth, flowing lines here. Octane is the most aggressive Victory motorcycle ever built and the styling has been revised to suit with harder lines, sharper creases, a more-pronounced centre spine and other details that make Octane look leaner and meaner than any American motorcycle ever before. The bullet cowl is standard equipment and screams to oncoming traffic that this bike is built for speed-the only thing other riders are going to see is the LED taillight disappearing into the distance. Chrome won't get you home, so there's hardly any shiny stuff on Octane. The bulk of the chassis, running gear and powertrain are blacked-out, and Matte Super Steel Grey bodywork looks all business. Even the tank badge has been cast in grey instead of the traditional Victory red to create a modern, monochrome look.

THE MODERN AMERICAN MUSCLEBIKE
Octane uses a significant number of unique parts specifically designed and engineered to deliver the high-performance, raw-adrenaline riding experience Victory riders demand. With a high-revving engine character and surprising high-rpm power hit, it behaves more like a sportsbike than any American V-twin that has come before. Fast, capable and stylish, Victory's Octane is the answer to a Modern American Musclebike.


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.

 

CHROME WON'T GET YOU HOME

That's why there’s so little shiny stuff on Octane™. The chassis and powertrain are blacked-out, and Matte Super Steel Gray bodywork creates a modern, monochrome look.

 

Available Accessories:

Tachometer with Shift Light

Monitor the bike’s performance and stay aware of precisely when to shift gears with this Victory Tachometer With Shift Light. The precision tachometer reports engine RPMs up to 10,000, and an amber light comes on to indicate optimal shift points.


Drag Handlebar

Add racing-inspired custom style and customized ergonomics. This bar is like those on drag bikes, nearly straight across, which puts the rider in a forward, engaged position that many riders feel can heighten the riding experience.


Stage 1 Slip-On Mufflers

The Victory Stage 1 Slip-On Muffler produces a muscular, throaty exhaust note that properly represents the bike’s outstanding performance.


Adjustable Piggyback Shocks

Experience the ultimate in suspension performance with these shocks that deliver fade-free damping and offer 16-way compression adjustability for custom tuning to suit a rider’s weight and riding style.

 



 

2017 Victory Octane - www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: Gloss Black ($9,999), Matte Super Steel Gray ($10,499), Matte Pearl White ($10,499) and Gloss Black with Graphics ($10,499) USD


Dry Weight 528 lb. (240 kg)
Displacement 1179cc

ENGINE & DRIVETRAIN

Transmission/Final Drive 6-speed/belt
Exhaust Dual slash-cut mufflers with common volume
Fuel System Sequential Fuel Injection with single 60mm throttle body
Compression Ratio 10.8:1
Horsepower (HP) 104 HP @ 8000 RPM
Valve Train DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Torque 76 FT-LBS @ 6000 RPM
Final Drive Ration 2.536 : 1
Bore x Stroke (mm) 101.0 x 73.6mm
Engine Type Liquid-cooled 60° V-twin

Suspension

Rear Suspension Twin shocks with dual-rate springs, adjustable preload; 3.0-in. travel
Front Suspension 41mm damper-tube forks with dual-rate springs; 4.7-in. travel

Drivetrain

Clutch Type Wet, multi-plate

Brakes

Rear Brakes Single-piston
Front Brakes Dual piston caliper, 298mm disc
Brake System Type Conventional

Tires / Wheels

Front Tires 130/70-18 63H
Rear Wheel 17 X 4.5-in. cast 10-spoke
Front Wheel 18 X 3.5-in. cast, 10-spoke
Rear Tires 160/70-17 76H

DIMENSIONS

Seat Height 25.9 in. / 658 mm
Wheelbase 62.1 in. / 1578mm
Rake/Trail 29.0°/ 5.1 in. / 130mm
Fuel Capacity (Litres) 3.4 gal. / 12.9 LTR
Overall Vehicle Length 90.9 in. / 2286mm
Lean Angle 32 degrees

Features

Colors (Base) Matte Super Steel Gray




 


 

2017 Victory Octane - www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $12,499 CDN

Specifications
DRY WEIGHT 528 LB. (240 KG)
DISPLACEMENT 1179CC

ENGINE & DRIVETRAIN
VALVE TRAIN DOHC, 4 VALVES PER CYLINDER
HORSEPOWER (HP) 104 HP @ 8000 RPM
COMPRESSION RATIO 10.8:1
FUEL SYSTEM SEQUENTIAL FUEL INJECTION WITH SINGLE 60MM THROTTLE BODY
EXHAUST DUAL SLASH-CUT MUFFLERS WITH COMMON VOLUME
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-SPEED/BELT
FINAL DRIVE RATION 2.536 : 1
TORQUE 76 FT-LBS @ 6000 RPM
BORE X STROKE (MM) 101.0 X 73.6MM
ENGINE TYPE LIQUID-COOLED 60° V-TWIN

Drivetrain
CLUTCH TYPE WET, MULTI-PLATE

Suspension
FRONT SUSPENSION 41MM DAMPER-TUBE FORKS WITH DUAL-RATE SPRINGS; 4.7-IN. TRAVEL
REAR SUSPENSION TWIN SHOCKS WITH DUAL-RATE SPRINGS, ADJUSTABLE PRELOAD; 3.0-IN. TRAVEL

Brakes
BRAKE SYSTEM TYPE CONVENTIONAL
FRONT BRAKES DUAL PISTON CALIPER, 298MM DISC
REAR BRAKES SINGLE-PISTON

Tires / Wheels
REAR TIRES 160/70-17 76H
FRONT WHEEL 18 X 3.5-IN. CAST, 10-SPOKE
REAR WHEEL 17 X 4.5-IN. CAST 10-SPOKE
FRONT TIRES 130/70-18 63H

DIMENSIONS
OVERALL VEHICLE LENGTH 90.9 IN. / 2286MM
FUEL CAPACITY (LITRES) 3.4 GAL. / 12.9 LTR
RAKE/TRAIL 29.0°/ 5.1 IN. / 130MM
WHEELBASE 62.1 IN. / 1578MM
SEAT HEIGHT 25.9 IN. / 658 MM
LEAN ANGLE 32 DEGREES

Features
COLORS (BASE) MATTE SUPER STEEL GRAY




 

2017 Victory Octane - www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £9799 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

ENGINE TYPE Liquid-cooled 60° V-twin
VALVE TRAIN DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
DISPLACEMENT 1179.3cc
BORE X STROKE 101 x 73.6mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 10.8:1
HORSEPOWER 103 HP/77 KW @ 8000 RPM
TORQUE 99 NM @ 6000 RPM
FUEL SYSTEM EFI with single 60mm throttle body
EXHAUST Dual slash-cut mufflers with common volume
CLUTCH Wet, multi-plate
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/belt
FRAME Cast-aluminum semi-double-cradle with tubular-steel backbones
FRONT SUSPENSION 41mm damper-tube forks with dual-rate springs; 120mm travel
REAR SUSPENSION Twin shocks with dual-rate springs, adjustable for preload; 76 mm (3.0 in) travel
LEAN ANGLE (SOFT) 32 degrees
FRONT BRAKE Twin-piston caliper, 298mm disc, ABS standard
REAR BRAKE Single-piston caliper, 298mm disc, ABS standard
FRONT TYRE 130/70-18 63H
REAR TYRE 160/70-17 76H
FRONT WHEEL 18 x 3.5-in. cast, 10-spoke
REAR WHEEL 17 x 4.5-in. cast 10-spoke
RAKE/TRAIL 29.0°/ 129.5mm (5.1 in)
WHEELBASE 1578mm (62.1 in)
SEAT HEIGHT (LADEN) 658mm (25.9 in)
FUEL CAPACITY 12.9 litres
OIL CAPACITY 4.26 litres
CURB WEIGHT 243kg
WARRANTY 5 year promotional warranty (specific terms apply)


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