The 2017 Victory Octane. Power Tu Burn. Built To Thrill. Looks To Kill.

1-victoryoctane1bis-victoryoctaneThis morning, Victory Motorcycles introduced the 2017 Victory Octane, the new modern American Musclebike conceived for adrenaline junkies. 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.

0-victoryoctaneA 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.

22bis-victoryoctane2-victoryoctaneA Race Train 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 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 body feeds high-flow, 4-valve heads operated by dual overhead cams, and liquid cooling quenches the heat that is the byproduct of generating 104 horsepower and 76 foot-pounds of tire-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.

00-victoryoctaneA Stiff And Solid Chassis
Raw power is only half the musclebike equation. You also need a solid chassis that can transmit all that power to the pavement and also hold a tight line when bent into a corner. Octane’s solid-mounted powertrain is a stressed member that connects cast-aluminum 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 pavement, 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 at both ends wait at-the-ready for those rare occasions when you want to shed speed, instead. Cast aluminum, 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 tire. A low-slung solo saddle that rides just 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.

3-victoryoctane4-victoryoctaneSharp Edge 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 center 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 Gray bodywork looks all business. Even the tank badge has been cast in gray instead of the traditional Victory red to create a modern, monochrome look.

5-victoryoctane6-victoryoctaneThe Modern American MuscleBike
Based off a proven Polaris® platform, 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 $10,499, 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.

64 Responses to “The 2017 Victory Octane. Power Tu Burn. Built To Thrill. Looks To Kill.”

  1. 1 chicagojohn Feb 19th, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Nice, put this motor into the Cross Country!!

  2. 2 JohnnySpeed Feb 19th, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I have to say, I did not expect this to be just another Victory cruiser with more power. I can appreciate the engineering and the work that went into designing this bike, but the styling and alot of the overall design choices mean that it’s not a bike I’d be interested in. I’d rather see this motor in a race style chassis like the Project 156. Or at the very least with proper mid controls and ground clearance. This is just disappointing honestly.

  3. 3 Pat h Feb 19th, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Should sell well, nice bike except for the rear fender looks out of place needs maybe more angular like a flat tracker, but what do I know, awfully heavy to, enough of the flat paint jobs already when I spend money on a new bike I want a nice paint job, hade a lot of primer jobs in my life cause I was to cheap or broke to paint it.

  4. 4 marcus Feb 19th, 2016 at 11:24 am

    $10,500! Wow. Going to be some panic in Milwaukee.

  5. 5 Highrider Feb 19th, 2016 at 11:24 am


  6. 6 58_pan Feb 19th, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Does anyone else see a Scout with redesigned tins or is it just me?

  7. 7 Sheridan Feb 19th, 2016 at 11:27 am

    That’s a lot of HP and a very quick bike for not a lot of money. Imagine how much it would cost you to get that HP and 1/4 mile time out of a 1200 Sporty.

    Very low seat height too, this will be a very low looking street brawler.

    From someone who only rides and likes air cooled rigid Choppers, I’m sure digging this bike right off the bat. I think Victory might have a winner here.

  8. 8 Mdkuder Feb 19th, 2016 at 11:31 am

    I was hoping for the 156 bike over the Ness version. Love the monochromatic styling and figured they would tweak a Scout motor to make a version of their own either way it’s cool! Now what’s in store for March 3rd from Indian?

  9. 9 Chief Waldo Feb 19th, 2016 at 11:31 am

    First off, I’m a fan of Victory Motorcycles. I owned a Vision, which I still consider the USA’s only true, world class touring motorcycle.

    That being said, I’ve looked closely at this engine and the Indian Scout engine. The cylinder castings look different, but they are, essentially, the same engine. This is badge engineering, and it’s probably only a matter of time before Victory offers a sleeved down, five speed version as a entry level model.

    I like the muscle car comparison (although it’s a bit worn, since they’ve already done that with the Judge), but a look at modern muscle cars reveal serious brakes (often Brembos, and on some, even carbon). A single front disc on this is weak.

    And then there’s this line “…it behaves more like a sportbike than any American V-twin that has come before.” Has Victory (or anyone at Polaris) ever heard of Buell or EBR?

    Victory is going to have to try harder, or they will whither away under the shadow of rapidly growing Indian.

  10. 10 MSP Dan Feb 19th, 2016 at 11:36 am


    I was thinking the same thing. Admittedly, I’m not overly familiar with Polaris products but when they launched this latest incarnation of Indian, I thought they made a pretty big deal about them being completely different than the Victory line. Different companies, different strategies, different engines and engineering, etc.

    All that aside, I find this bike pleasing aesthetically, and I bet it’s a blast to ride.

  11. 11 Necron99 Feb 19th, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I thought Polaris was going to keep Victory and Indian separate lines?
    It’s a slightly up-spec Scout
    I am sure it is a great bike but the badge engineering could hurt both in the long run
    Then again, badge engineering and Indian seem to go hand in hand

  12. 12 highrpm Feb 19th, 2016 at 11:44 am

    victory scout?

  13. 13 Junkman Feb 19th, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Until they jack up the suspensionor change the frame and raise the seat height, these will be feet forward cruisers, not anything like a sport bike. I like the engine, but put it in a proper chassis. Even the old XLCR had a proper cafe seating position.

  14. 14 Pinhead Feb 19th, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Looks cool, but nothing more than a rebranded scout. Same chassis, suspension, brakes and power train (different cams +2mm bore)

  15. 15 mkviz Feb 19th, 2016 at 11:53 am

    lol are you serious. This is badge engineering at its best. Hey guys lets build a VE version of both Indian and polaris. Did they hire someone from GM, Ford, or Chrysler?

  16. 16 Boomer Feb 19th, 2016 at 11:58 am

    What a lot of people don’t know is the Scout was supposed to be a Victory until Polaris bought Indian so this is what it was originally meant to be.

    Yes; Indian and Victory are sharing what is basically the same engine in this class. A lot of money, time, and engineering went into building this engine. Polaris will need to get a certain amount of return on that investment. The big twins, however, are completely different and air-cooled.

    I’m actually hoping many parts can be swapped between the Scout and Octane because the Scout already has a fairly wide variety of aftermarket parts. It would mean someone could quickly take this fast and affordable bike and make it their own.

    Having said that; I do hope Victory comes out with a model with inverted forks, twin brakes up front, the upgraded rear shocks, and a performance package in the not-too-distant-future. That would be a true American performance and muscle bike.

  17. 17 Reyn Mansson Feb 19th, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I truly was hoping for something really performance oriented. A 100HP cruiser with a single disc front brake and forward controls does not make it. That’s a disappointment. File in the dead inventory bin next to the Vrods!

    Mildly modifying a Indian Scout and calling it a hot new model is very Harley-like and sort of sad.

    Nothing here except a better price than expected. These will be marked down to $9549 on a showroom near you soon as Vic dealers discount a lot more than HD stores do,

  18. 18 Sigfreed Feb 19th, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Too heavy…

  19. 19 X HD Rider Feb 19th, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Turn Signals don’t fit the style of the bike.

    The exhaust is terrible.

  20. 20 Davidqhog Feb 19th, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Okay, call me pernickety but the Victory web site has under ‘ENGINE & DRIVETRAIN’, something called ‘FINAL DRIVE RATION’. Either they’ve got some new-fangled measurement going on here or their attention to detail ain’t that good! Hope the QA on the bikes is better!!

  21. 21 Bob Athey Feb 19th, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Hmmm, too bad they didn’t do what had been hinted at all these months. I was really hoping the Victory advertising of being the performance American brand had some real teeth in it, but alas, mass appeal and stock holders win out again. Buell is still the only bike that comes close to being what an apparently small number of buyers want. I want my 1977 XLCR back.

  22. 22 Mike Johnson Feb 19th, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    It is a good place to start though in 2016 it is hard to understand why variants are not available to correct geometry. There should be a standard version of this bike that the low information biker can compromise through degrading the handling, lowering, and all the usual “improvements”.

    This means rake about 25 degrees, trail at 4.0 inches, larger diameter forks, much longer shocks and more vertical angle.

    Really, and I do not know, given that these bikes are built here could we not have had something more like the 156? This way the price difference is the cost of the upgrade at the factory and not complete parts replacement.

    This bike is a start though but not different enough from the other two as there is no use form more power in a bike with built in handling problems.

    This bike needs MORE stroke. The V-Rod failed due to lack of STROKE which produces a design biased to high rpm power output. This bike needs 96mm stroke for ~96 cubic inches. If you feel you just have to hit 74 cubes then reduce the bore drop the bore to 89 (3.52) which with a 4 valve design will breath just fine.

    Higher cylinder strokes provides easier low rpm running for the type of riding most people will do 80% of the time.

    It is easy to wildly outdo HD.

  23. 23 Fritz Feb 19th, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    That’s a cool bike, as much as all others think this is lame

    Looks like a lot of fun. And a good price too.

  24. 24 Woody's Feb 19th, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Another Polaris bike with great engineering statistics and yucky styling. If they ever get away from the angular stuff and cowcatcher radiator shrouds they won’t be able to build ’em fast enough to fill all the orders. Still looks like 3 different studios designed the bodywork (and they didn’t like each other much).

  25. 25 Roger Dahl Feb 19th, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Tons of fun for the money. Well done Victory.

  26. 26 Brian J Feb 19th, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Yuck that tank sucks. This thing look like kissing your sister looks…

  27. 27 Frankie Feb 19th, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Whatever you think of this muscle bike, you can be pretty sure that Harley is worrying even more. Me, I like it.

  28. 28 BIG DOUG Feb 19th, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I don’t like the styling at all,and why for the life of god didn’t they have a twin disc front end with 4 piston calipers not a 2 piston sliding thing,hey lets have performance but you won’t be able to stop.I think I would rather put my cash into a new triumph thruxton at least it has suspension and brakes.

  29. 29 hardwarenate85 Feb 19th, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    The Magnum, the Magnum X1 Stealth Edition, and now the Octane…yawn. Come on Victory flex some muscle and show us what you are really capable of creating for the masses. 104hp sounds good in comparison to most HD models but if you are a true motorcyclist you soon realize that 104hp is not much compared to what is available in the market today.

  30. 30 SoCalPhun Feb 19th, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    This is definitely not gonna help HD move more Street 750/500 in the States, or even Sportsters.

    Unless you GOTTA have the HD badge and ability to accessorize/customize to no-end, seems like this or Indian’s offerings seems like the best choice in this segment.

  31. 31 herb Feb 19th, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    What ?
    A liquid cooled radiator with a radiator shroud is now a cool looking bike ?
    How times and perceptions have changed.

  32. 32 NoH2oh Feb 19th, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Looks like I won’t be needing that overtime $$ I was hoping for.

    Single disk? 520 (we all know it is really more…) pounds? Feet forward? Behaves like a sportbike? Ummm,nope.

  33. 33 cafesportytc Feb 19th, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    come on Victory… really…just a redressed scout… how bout something truly different… like a real american sportbike…. not a cruiser in sport “drag”..

  34. 34 Karl S Feb 19th, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    And I was just starting to like Victory bikes.

  35. 35 Bob Athey Feb 19th, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    The single disc front brake is clearly a cost cutting measure that just uses Indian Scout down tubes. Its ridiculous to call this a muscle bike and then use a single disc front end. It doesn’t look different enough from the Scout to get any of my money, and its still a really low and small bike. I really want an American built bike that I can carve some roads with that doesn’t scrape hard parts so soon that is a V-TWIN. Is it really that hard to do???

  36. 36 bigalyts Feb 19th, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    H-D has been down this Road for almost 20 Years and they just didn’t ever get to the Center Lane. They had a 100 HP Buell motor that was waiting to encompass a Sportster! They coiuld switch the PM Wheels from the Thunderbolt.

  37. 37 Drive the Wheels Off Feb 19th, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Take it easy on the performance hubbub Victory, especially when you consider the Ducati Diavel’s performance compared to the above bike.

    What are you and Polaris afraid of after the mishandling of Buell by HD? Seize the day. Triumph proved an OEM can compete (and win) with the Big 4 from Japan in the sport bike realm. BMW is another example, but they have a broader balance sheet than Triumph, so the latter is a key example.

  38. 38 ChaCha Feb 19th, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Ah! The “Victory” Scout….great rebranding idea. When will we see the “Indian” 8-Ball? LoL

  39. 39 Skeeter Feb 19th, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    What other bike will Victory repurpose?

  40. 40 Woody's Feb 19th, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Waiting for the new Polaris Slingscout?

  41. 41 Pat h Feb 19th, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    8400 bucks buys a sportster plus 2100 more would get you a honest 90-100 rwhp, aircooled simplicity and a dealer or aftermarket shop in almost every town, the victory makes about 78hp at the wheel if you use there numbers = 12.00 at 112mph 530lbs dry = 725# wet with normal sized rider, harley missed there mark with the vrod but still makes more power on a 10 plus year old bike with a dealership network, everybody is trying to reinvent the same wheel, make your own and make it better and you will prosper

  42. 42 Mike Feb 19th, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    For God’s sake Victory. You just took a scout, made it uglier and slapped a Vic badge on it. Stop doing that.You do it all the time with your bikes. Please stop.

  43. 43 Jason Blair Feb 19th, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Ok. The Scout is a success. But, please stop copying yourself.

  44. 44 Donnie Feb 19th, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Instead, buy an Indian Scout.

  45. 45 BobS Feb 19th, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I’ve been one of Victory’s biggest cheerleaders for the last ten years. What a piece of shit. Performance my ass, virtually every other manufacturer has a 1200 that puts out more hp than this turd. Well maybe not Ural. Take a Scout, put a K&N filter and get 4 more hp. Big whup. Victory, you’ve over promised and under delivered one too many times, strike three you’re out.

  46. 46 Pat h Feb 19th, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    It’s better looking than the scout by a long mile but the rest said is true

  47. 47 JohnnySpeed Feb 19th, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    BobS – I think your comment hits the nail right on the head. Over promise and under deliver should the Victory motto. After their ridiculous hype campaign trying to line this up with Project 156 and they just release yet another ugly, lame cruiser.

  48. 48 fuji Feb 19th, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Robert Pandya,

    How is the 750 cc version of this engine doing. When will it be viewed. Anxiously waiting.

    Round and round we go GNC version. Will it be an Indian , Victory or both.


  49. 49 JohnnySpeed Feb 19th, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Oh and anyone else notice that this engine is supposed to make it’s claimed 104hp at 8000rpm and the redline is at 8300rpm? So how often are you going to be running this at essentially the redline? What’s the power like in the rpm ranges that people actually use on a regular basis? Also, 76 ft/lbs of torque at 6000rpm is good. But not great. My last 1200 evo sporty was dyno-ed at far more than that at a much lower rpm after I modded it a little bit and it still cost me a hell of alot less than 10 How much can this engine be easily modded for more power or is it basically just like a japanese-style cruiser?

  50. 50 fuji Feb 19th, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    So if this motor had push rods and air cooled it would be a pushover.

    Why do so many want to live in the past. I did live in the past and old enough to be a grandfather to many. Pull your heads out and enjoy progress, evolution.

    If the past was so great why have we changed almost every thing we touch including food.

    Great job Polaris.

  51. 51 fuji Feb 19th, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    JohnnySpeed. You asked and it appears you answered your own questions

  52. 52 Roscoe Feb 19th, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Looks good. I like the angular lines and that tank looks great!
    $10 thou is an attractive price. I bet these sell well. I hope the aftermarket steps up.

  53. 53 jdiamond Feb 19th, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    As the Mercury Sable is just a re-skinned Ford Taurus, I can forgive Polaris for that and the awful name “Octane” because at the end of the day Polaris has in-house engineers that can prototype a new power plant and then bring it to market in a single year; while HD continually brags about their Dark Custom “designers” who’s main talent seems to be swapping front ends and wheel sizes to “engineer” so-called new models.

  54. 54 Badams Feb 20th, 2016 at 1:50 am

    @ drive the wheels off: nailed it on ducati. Posts here point out the obvious on dual disks, forward controls, forks, repurposed parts, the pecking is picking adds up to what will only help refine and upgrade this next model year,. Still not going to matter Ducati smashes this thing and a hot sportster would whips its ass stoplight to stoplight.
    No sale.

  55. 55 Jim Tom Feb 20th, 2016 at 6:57 am

    I think it looks cool. Great price. I would like to demo one.

  56. 56 Vrat Feb 20th, 2016 at 7:43 am

    The Polaris board and bean counters have gotten what they wanted, return on investment. It’s a large Corp that has to answer to the share holders and it’s about making money. It’s a shame, Polaris has an opportunity to get some excitement back in the Victory brand and in my opinion dropped the ball.

    How funny will it be to walk into a Vic & Indian dealer and see the Octane on one side and the Scout on the other.

  57. 57 d franklin Feb 20th, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Yup…a Scout tank, Scout-type engine and radiator coupled with Victory fenders and wheels. An assemblage of Polaris parts from the left over bin? My Jackpot is going on 5 years old and 40,000 miles…I was thinking of trading it in on this new Octane…until I saw it and read about it. Think I’ll stay with the Jackpot and wait to see what the next new Indian model is…perhaps a Warrior (a bike that is slightly smaller than the Chief but larger than the Scout with an oil cooler rather than liquid cooled with a fan).

  58. 58 Dale Feb 20th, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I agree with comments that this is just a repurposed bike. I’m sure it’s fun to ride though.

  59. 59 willy g Feb 20th, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Check out the new Bonneville t120. Dual discs up front, 76 FP of torque at a ridable 3100 rpm, slipper clutch, heated hand grips, just to name a few std. features. Oh, it is now 1200 cc.

  60. 60 Hillbilly Jim Feb 20th, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    I have to agree with several of the above comments. Yes I see scout like lines. Yes I was hoping for something more usable like project 156 complete with mid controls and less cruiser like. The quarter mile and 0-60 numbers are nearly identical to my 1972 H2. I assume it stops better and skips the high speed wobbles?

  61. 61 Rick Feb 20th, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    It also reminds of the CR1000, I owned one and it’s still my favorite. Wish I still had it.
    The Octane appears to be the Victory version of the Indian Scout and I must say I like what they did with it better than the Scout. I never imaged I’d think any Victory could look good, most of them are god awful ugly, but this one is worth considering to own.

  62. 62 James just another crazy kiwi Feb 20th, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    looks like something metric from the 80’s.
    Like my Women I like my MotorCycles with curves not some skinny angular model………..

  63. 63 Blackmax Feb 20th, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    It’s a Indian Scout with a tuned engine
    i’m disappointed in Victory to release such a thing !
    Seriously, give us something NEW & exciting !!!
    Give us what we know is already coming down the road, a Liquid cooled Cross big bike
    (with the air cleaner moved to an more accessible place)

  64. 64 Martin Twofeather Feb 20th, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Got to see it in Boca Raton at Conquest Customs it is not a scout in fact it will blow circles around the scout,more nimble and more speed! Worth looking at for sure!

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