Victory Motorcycles Announces Winners of "Operation Octane" Build Contest

Evil Ethel from Strokers Dallas and Desert Racer from Iwan Bikes of Germany take first place honors.

Victory Operation Octane winners
Victory announces the winners and runners-up in the Operation Octane custom bike build-off. CLICK HERE for a look at more of the contest entries from around the world.©Motorcyclist

Victory Motorcycles has announced that the custom Victory Octane motorcycles built by Strokers Dallas of Dallas, Texas, and Iwan Bikes GmbH of Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, Germany, have won the "Operation Octane" dealer build contest. These two champion Victory dealers are joined in the winner's circle by runner-ups Coastal Victory of Murrells Inlet, S.C., and Brisan Motorcycles of New Castle, Australia.

A competition determined by the voting public, Operation Octane had 26 Victory dealers from around the world creating their own interpretations of the 2017 Victory Octane cruiser.

Strokers Dallas Victory Octane
“Take a mean bike and make it meaner. That's the vision we had in our mind for our evil Victory Octane that we call Ethel,” North American Champion Strokers Dallas says of Evil Ethel, one of two first-place winners.©Motorcyclist
Desert Racer from Germany
Desert Racer from German Victory dealer Iwan Bikes tied for first with the Strokers entry.©Motorcyclist

“The Desert Racer is born from the underground,” International Champion IWAN-BIKES GmbH says of Desert Racer. “Special knobby tires, a low handlebar, a metal cooler protection, off-road footrests and a real leather seat make you ready for hard rides! The front suspension is protected, and the rear fender is special designed for muddy roads. The paint job is handmade; it’s a real military color. The design is special airbrush work. To transport some goods we have added throw-over-bags.”

Coastal Victory of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina USA
King Octane built by Coastal Victory of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina USA. Keeps with the Victory tradition adding fenders from a Victory Kingpin (modified to fit) and painted by Rusty Nash. Add-ons include a Ness intake and Bassini exhaust.©Motorcyclist

“Keeping with the Victory brand tradition, we added fenders from a Victory Kingpin (modified to fit), had our painter (Rusty Nash) add a SIC custom paint job and topped the build off with a Ness Intake and Bassani 2-into-1 Exhaust,” North American Runner-Up Coastal Victory says of King Octane.

The Grifter by Brisan Motorcycles of Newcastle, Australia
The Grifter by Brisan Motorcycles of Newcastle, Australia. The build combines a hand-made tail section, repurposed Arrow exhaust with lobster-back headers, metallic cherry and graphite paintwork, and 18-inch Performance Machine wheels.©Motorcyclist

“Our goal was to create a motorcycle that was still recognizably an Octane, but meaner, leaner and more eye catching than the standard bike,” International Runner-Up Brisan Motorcycles says of Grifter. “It also needed to sound fantastic, be great fun to ride and turn heads wherever it goes. The resulting build combines a hand-made tail section, repurposed Arrow exhaust with lobster-back headers, metallic cherry and graphite paintwork, 18-inch Performance Machine wheels and a stance that begs the rider to take the long way home.”

Fans of Victory Motorcycles were invited to vote for their favorite bike online at victorymotorcycles.com from October 31st to November 21st.

“We knew these Victory dealers were going to produce some stellar rides, and they did not disappoint,” says Nate Secor, Manager of Marketing, Victory Motorcycles. “We styled the Octane – the most aggressive Victory motorcycle ever built – with sleek lines and a powerful motor in a lightweight chassis, but they made these bikes their own. Congratulations to all of the participating dealers on their impressive creations.”