FIRST LOOK: 2017 Victory Octane V-twin Cruiser

Victory ignites the 2017 Octane power cruiser. Burn, baby burn!

2017 Victory Octane V-twin Cruiser
Victory claims sub-4-second 0-60 times.©Motorcyclist

People called us out for being wrong about the concept illustrations we published way back in March 2014 (click here to see Victory Water-Cooled V-Twin Coming Soon). We had what we were sure was the next Victory, a DOHC, liquid-cooled V-twin in a cast-aluminum frame with performance potential. And we were pretty smug about seeing it before the official launch.

2017 Victory Octane Musclebike
Get to know your local tire vendor.©Motorcyclist

Turn out we were wrong and right. In late 2014, Indian revealed the Scout, which had (of course) a DOHC, liquid-cooled V-twin in a cast-aluminum frame with performance potential. (No, make that actual performance.) That made us wrong. For awhile.

2017 Victory Octane, Dash
Analog tach and speedo tucked under the shield says hot rod.©Motorcyclist

But now with the Octane breaking cover, some of our snoopery has been vindicated. Because the Octane is powered by—guess what?—a DOHC, liquid-cooled V-twin in a cast-aluminum frame. This time it displaces 1179cc and churns out a claimed 104 hp and 76 pound-feet of torque. Transferring that power to the rear wheel is a wet multi-plate clutch before a six-speed transmission and a belt final drive. Throttle is electronic with a single 60mm throttle body. Yeah, it kinda sounds like a Scout engine to us, but word is that it’s substantially new for this application, despite sharing a proud parent in Polaris.

2017 Victory Octane, Fairing
The Octane fairing looks racy and functional.©Motorcyclist

Performance? Victory claims a quarter mile time of 12 seconds, and 0-60 in under 4 seconds. Not bad for a 528-pound machine.

2017 Victory Octane, Water-gooled 1,179cc Engine
A DOHC, liquid-cooled V-twin in a cast-aluminum frame. Victory claims 104 ponies with 76 pound-feet of stump-pulling power.©Motorcyclist

We haven’t ridden this bad boy yet—but will on March 1—but we do know the price: $10,499 ($10,749 in California). We’re also told that the Octane will arrive with factory accessories at the ready, including a drag handlebar, tachometer with shift light, adjustable piggyback shocks, and Stage 1 slip-on mufflers.

Victory is calling its Octane the Modern American Musclebike. We're calling it a bike we saw coming.

2017 Victory Octane, Wheelie
We saw it coming.©Motorcyclist