Victory’s “Operation Octane” Motorcycle Build Contest

Dealers of Victory Motorcycles turn wrenches to compete against each other in a bike customizing contest, and you can be the judge.

The Motoplex Street Tracker built by Joey Landry and Tyler Bridges of Atlantic Motoplex is 1 of 26 entered in Operation Octane. With street and track influence, both were able to keep things within a reasonable budget that wouldn't scare any customer away. Friends at Champlain Auto Body, SB PowderCoating, as well as Kris Bourque with the lettering, all chipped in and lent a helping hand. CLICK HERE to see all 26 custom Octanes and to cast your vote.©Motorcyclist

Victory Motorcycles has launched "Operation Octane," a contest that has Victory Motorcycles dealers competing against each other by turning wrenches to create the ultimate custom Victory Octane motorcycle.

Custom Victory Octanes built by motorcycle industry icons like Zach Ness, Aaron Colton and Rick Fairless have planted the seeds of inspiration. Now, over 20 Victory dealers from around the world have created their own interpretations of the middleweight cruiser Octane.

Dealers participating in Operation Octane were asked to utilize a 2017 Victory Octane, however their build inspirations and themes were up to them. There'll be four winners including a North American champion, North American runner-up, International champion and International runner-up, who'll compete for prizes including a first place of $5,000 and inclusion in a print ad, and a second place of $3,000. The four winning dealers will be determined by you, the voting public.

Octane Lightning built by Motostrada Portugal of Porto, Portugal.©Motorcyclist

Fans of Victory Motorcycles are invited to vote for their favorite bike online at until November 21. Voters will be entered for a chance to win a free 2017 Victory Octane, $3,000 worth of Victory Octane parts, garments & accessories, plus a trip to meet and customize their awarded Octane with TV's Bryan Fuller and his Fuller Moto design shop.

Michael Delany Tribute built by Britam Bikes AG in Solothurn, Switzerland, is a tribute to Michael Delaney from the Le Mans Movie with Steve McQueen. Time to build was 18 hours. Parts include Classic Racing fairing and seat, straight exhaust, rearsets with Rizoma controlls, Rizoma clip-ons, Nissini brake and clutch, LSL levers, Kineo wheels (not arrived), Gulf-style paint and Öhlins rear suspension (+3cm).©Motorcyclist
The Grifter by Brisan Motorcycles of Newcastle, Australia. Their goal was to create a motorcycle that was still recognizably an Octane, but meaner, leaner and more eye-catching than the standard bike. The 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.©Motorcyclist

“It has been incredible to see what Victory Octane owners have done with their motorcycles, and the broad guidelines we’ve established for this contest are sure to bring out some equally amazing interpretations of the bike,” says Nate Secor, Manager of Marketing, Victory Motorcycles. “Built around that stellar Octane engine and frame, I’m sure we’ll see these customs represent a variety of niches – sportbike, standard, scrambler, cruiser, etc.”

High Octane built by Biker Syndicate of Lausanne, Switzerland took only three weeks to complete by one person. The suspension, geometry, brakes and riding position have being modified to focus on the performance of the powerplant. This Octane will never be a cruiser again.©Motorcyclist
Desert Racer built by Iwan Bikes of Pfaffenhofen An Der Ilm, Germany. Features knobby tires, a low handlebar, a metal cooler protection, off-road footrests and a leather seat. The front suspension is protected, and the rear fender is designed for muddy roads and hard riding.©Motorcyclist
the Contra Nostra Octane built by GM and Co. of Montpellier, France.©Motorcyclist
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
Evil Ethel built by Strokers Dallas in Dallas Texas USA. Take a mean bike and make it meaner was the vision that Rick Fairless and crew had for their Victory Octane.©Motorcyclist
Ms. Sharker built by Victory Motorcycles Taiwan in Taipei, Taiwan. Lots of handcrafting went into this Octane, completed within an incredible 10 working days. The Taiwan team built this bike to show respect and appreciation for the Octane and the Guinness World Record for longest motorcycle burnout. They blended different elements of tracker and scrambler and created a stylish new look with a more aggressive ride position.©Motorcyclist
Octane S built by PM American Cycles AG in Aspi Bei Seedorf, Switzerland, in memory of the famous Victory Hammer S. Many Victory Hammer parts went into the building of this custom Octane including a new fork, dual brakes, Hammer V bar, PM short fender, a 200mm rear tire, Akrapovic exhaust and a Zippers power kit.©Motorcyclist