Victory Octane: The Modern American Musclebike

Fresh off the press! Here’s our first look at the brand new Victory Octane. I don’t know about you guys but I love it! Ok, yes, you can see the lines of the Scout but it looks much meaner and aggressive. This is a bike I can see cutting through the rush hour traffic with attitude.


Here are the official specs:

ENGINE TYPE: Liquid-cooled 60° V-twin
VALVE TRAIN: DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
BORE X STROKE: 101 x 73.6mm
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
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
WARRANTY: 5 year promotional warranty (specific terms apply)

Here’s the Victory Press Release:

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.


 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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