The Victory Octane - The Ultimate Power Cruiser

Victory recently unveiled its most powerful motorcycle model yet, the Victory Octane which is powered by an 1180cc liquid-cooled V-twin delivering 103 horsepower at 8,000rpm and 103Nm of torque at 6,000rpm.

Pulling a stylish burnout in the promo shot, the company reckons the Victory Octane is 'the ultimate modern American muscle bike' and to prove the point pulled a 3.73 kilometer smookie to set a new Guinness World Record. It can also hit a quarter mile in 12 seconds and gets from 0 to 100 in under four seconds.

The drag style Victory Octane has its engine set as a stressed member within the frame, which is part steel, part aluminum, and the Octane has no extras aside from a 'bullet cowl' screen. It weight in at 242 kilograms wet. The engine is similar to that used in the Project 156 Pikes Peak concept, with the same short 73.6mm stroke dimension for quicker revving and a higher redline than with the usual cruiser V-twin, aided by a DOHC four-valve head design.Short gearing sets the best acceleration from the new engine. Up front are 41mm unadjustable forks while at the rear twin shocks are preload adjustable. Braking chores are handled by 298mm disc at each end, with two-piston calipers up front, and ABS and stainless-steel brake-lines are standard.

Wheel sizes are 18 inches to the front, and 17 inch at the rear. Forward-set foot controls mean there's evidently 32 degrees of lean angle available, decent for a cruiser, and the Victory Octane is said to turn well too with a 1577mm wheelbase. Ride height is a low 658mm and the Victory Octane is chrome-free with matte grey bodywork.Tag: Victory Octane V-Twin Liquid-Cooled DOHC ABS 1180cc Cruiser Project-156
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