Victory rocked the world with the Roland Sands Design team when they built the Project 156 bike to race Pike’s Peak. Racer Don Canet ended up running the second fastest time in section 1 but unfortunately laid the bike over in section 2. Despite the crash Don ended the day with a fourth overall and finished top his class. See the full story from Roland Sands Design here: Race to the Clouds Project 156.
The Project 156 bike’s fire breathing 1200cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine left everyone wondering when Victory would create a production bike similar to this race machine. Victory ended up leaving a production version of the Project 156 out of their new line but did rock the world again with the Octane.
The Octane initially may have not been everything Victory made it seem to be but it is a force to be reckoned with. The Octane is not a production version of the Project 156 but the engine shares many of the same characteristics. The Octane is powered by a 74 cubic inch liquid-cooled V-twin, Victory’s first-ever liquid-cooled engine. The Octane produces a claimed 104 horsepower, more than any Victory ever built with dual overhead cams and four-valve heads to rev to 8300 rpm. The Octane is also the lightest Victory motorcycle tipping the scales at 528 pounds dry weight. This outstanding power to weight ratio makes the Octane the quickest Victory on the quarter-mile and the fastest from 0-60 mph.
The Octane does share parts from the successful Indian Scout, about 35% to be exact. This is a smart move on Victory’s part to save from sharing resources like many other manufacturers already do. Although, to say the Octane and the Scout are exactly the same would be a false assumption. The Octane is more aggressive than the Scout with sharp angles and hard lines that flow together. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Victory build off the Octane in the future for a more aggressive line up. We have already heard whispers of a possible production version of the Project 156 making it’s way to showroom floors.
Rumor has it that a super naked from Victory may be seen in the near future, but we will just have to wait and see. In the mean time Victory does have a plan to run two bikes at Pike’s Peak this year. We hope to see Victory take, well the victory, at Pike’s Peak.
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