It seemed a long time coming. First there was Project 156 and then there were a variety of “custom” versions from celebrity builders. Now we see the bike you will be able to buy in the showroom. Victory revealed the Octane – a liquid cooled, 1200cc muscle bike straddling the line between cruisers and a street standard. Weighing in a svelte (for a Victory) 528lbs due in part to a cast aluminum frame, the 8 valve twin produces 104hp and 76 ft-lbs torque which the press release describes as tire shredding. Short gearing ensures that the Octane is the fastest Victory through the 1/4 mile. The Canadian price for this new Victory starts at $12,499.
Because we can’t gush about it quite like a press release, let’s take a look at Victory’s take on their new machine:
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 sportbike than any American V-twin that has come before. With unexpectedly low weight and lots of available lean angle, a well-ridden Octane will embarrass many replica-racers down a twisty stretch of pavement. And with pricing starting at just ($12,499), it’s less expensive than most supersports—and tougher looking, too. Fast, capable, stylish and affordable, Victory’s Octane is the formula for the Modern American Musclebike.
There you have it. With what the Victory Octane has to go up against in the “musclebike” category – the VMax, Diavel, M109R and VRod – those do seem to be fighting words.