Victory Octane Muscle Bike Revealed

The Victory Octane is currently being revealed in multiple launch events around the world.

The much anticipated next generation cruiser from Victory Motorcycles sets new standards and breaks the pattern of trying to play copy-cat with Harley-Davidson.

The Octane is intended to differentiate the brand from its competition, including Indian, and appeal to a younger market.

The engine is the 1200cc V-twin we’ve seen in the three concept bikes (Project 156, Ignition and Combustion) Victory has been teasing us with over recent months.

It’s Victory’s first water cooled engine and is related to the power plant from the Indian Scout.

The bore is 2mm larger than the 1,133cc Scout engine, and this engine has different camshafts and tuning. Peak power is 77kW @ 8000rpm and maximum torque is 103Nm. Its dry weight is 242kg.

Victory is claiming performance figures of 0-100km/h in less than 4 seconds and a quarter mile in less than 12.

With those figures it’s the fastest motorcycle Victory has produced. It is also the lightest and cheapest. The bike has a cast aluminium, semi-double-cradle frame with dual rate springs front and rear and 41mm forks.

Surprisingly, the front brakes are only a single 298mm disc with twin piston caliper, and the same sized disc is fitted to the rear with a single piston caliper.

Tyres are 130/70-18 on the front and 60/70-17 on the rear.

The Victory Octane is only available in grey. Four pre-production models have been brought to Australia for launch events over the next month.

The Octane is pitched at the Harley-Davidson V-Rod and new Ducati XDiavel, both of which are at least $8,000 more expensive. The Ducati does, however, have a significant advantage in terms of power and torque.

The Victory Octane will be available in Australia in April - May priced at $18,995 ride away, and Victory dealers are able to take pre-orders from now.

About the author

Steve McDowall

Steve is the team’s motorcycle writer and contributes to the podcast each week. He started his “on air” career as a guest on 4BC where he met Joel, and has been with Behind the Wheel now for over 6 years. Steve’s fascination for anything with wheels and an engine started as a child and even though he still loves his cars, he found his true passion was with motorcycles. He is also an accredited rider trainer, consultant and coach. Check out Steve’s website –

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