Saturday, February 20, 2016

2017 Victory Octane unveiled

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It's definitely not as powerful or high-tech as the other musclebikes available in the market, but the 2017 Victory Octane looks cool and offers fairly decent straightline performance. Should do well in the American market

Victory have unveiled their new American musclebike, the Octane, and we have to admit it looks rather good. "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," says a press release from the Company.

The Victory Octane is powered by a 1200cc DOHC 8-valve liquid-cooled 60-degree V-twin that produces 104 horsepower and 103Nm of torque. That's not too bad on its own, but compares poorly with other 'musclebikes,' with the Ducati Diavel bringing 162bhp and 130Nm of torque from its 1200cc V-twin, the Triumph Rocket III boasting 148bhp and 221Nm of torque from its 2300cc triple, and the Yamaha VMAX being on top with 200bhp and 167Nm of torque from its 1700cc V4! Even the Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle kicks in with 119bhp and 115Nm of torque from its 1250cc V-twin. Still, while the Octane loses out in the battle for power and torque figures, its straightline performance is fairly decent, with Victory claiming a 12-second time for the quarter-mile run a 0-60mph time of 3.6 seconds. Some of it may be down to the fact that the Octane, with its cast-aluminium chassis, weighs in at just 239kg.

"We wanted to bring the American motorcycle into the 21st century. 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," says Mike Song, Victory Motorcycle's senior industrial designer. The bike's engine has been developed "to allow higher rpm, more horsepower and quick-revving response that's more like a sportbike than any traditional American V-Twin," claim Victory. "With the heart of a racer, the Octane has power to burn," they add. Cool, eh?

Notable bits on the 2017 Victory Octane include its cast-aluminum front and rear frame sections, with twin tubular-steel backbones for added reinforcement (the solid-mounted powertrain is a stressed member). A conventional 41mm front fork and twin laydown shocks at the back handle suspension duties, while twin 298mm brake discs at the front, with stainless-steel lines, bring more than adequate stopping power. The bike rolls on 17-inch (rear) and 18-inch (front) cast-aluminum wheels, shod with 160/70 and 130/70 rubber. "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," says the press note from Victory.

"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 US$10,499, the Octane is 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," claim a very enthusiastic Victory. We think the bike is a brave step forward for them, and the Octane is likely to do well in the US.

2017 Victory Octane: Tech Specs

Engine: 1179cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve, 60° V-Twin
Power: 104bhp @ 8000rpm, 103Nm @ 6000rpm
Transmission: 6-speed, with wet, multiplate clutch
Final drive: Belt
Front Suspension: 41mm fork with dual-rate springs
Rear Suspension: Twin shocks with dual-rate springs, adjustable for preload
Chassis: Cast-aluminum semi-double-cradle with tubular-steel backbones
Dry weight: 239 kilos
Price: US$10,499 to US$10,749

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