Voting for Operation Octane closed on Monday 21 November at 11:59 CST and the final votes have now been counted.
Victory is pleased to announce the winning bike in International markets was Desert Racer (pictured right) built by Iwan-Bikes in Germany.
The winning bike in North America was Evil Ethel built by Strokers Dallas (pictured below).
The runner up bike in International markets was Grifter (built by Brisan Motorcycles in Australia) while King Octane (built by Coastal Victory in Myrtle Beach USA) took the runner up spot in North America.
A total of 26 Victory dealers around the world entered a customised Octane into Operation Octane with the public voting for their favourite build over the past three weeks.
Bernhard Peintner, the Dealer Principal at Iwan-Bikes in Germany, who made Desert Racer said: “We won! A thousand thank you’s to all guys voting for us. We really won! International Champion of the Operation Octane contest. The Desert Racer has special knobby tyres, a low handlebar, a metal radiator protector, 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 was all by hand by airbrush; it’s a real military colour. We also added throw-over-bags too to finish the look.”
Clint Davis, the Dealer Principal at Brisan Motorcycles in Australia, who made Grifter said: “We’ve been associated with the Victory brand since the beginning. Building Grifter was a heap of fun for the team and allowed us to take the Octane in a totally new direction. The finished bike is already creating enormous interest in the showroom.”
“Our goal was to create a motorcycle that was still recognisably an Octane, but meaner, leaner and more eye catching than the standard bike. 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″ Performance Machine wheels.”
North American Champion Strokers Dallas said the following about Evil Ethel: “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 Runner-Up Coastal Victory said the following about King Octane: “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 Bassini 2-into-1 Exhaust.”
The 2017 Victory Octane has a high revving liquid-cooled 60-degree V-Twin with four-valve heads and dual-overhead cams making 103 horsepower and 76 foot-pounds of torque. Its engine was born out of the motor used in the Project 156 racer for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC).
Octane is now available in four colours – Gloss Black, Matte Super Steel Gray, Matte Pearl White and Gloss Black with Graphics.
“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. “Congratulations to all of the participating dealers on their impressive creations.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
Here is the full list of International entries:
COSTRA NOSTRA built by GM&Co in Montpellier, France
MICHAEL DELANEY built by Britam Bikes AG in Solothurn, Switzerland
RACECAR-INSPIRED OCTANE built by Victory & Indian Motorcycle Center Poitiers in France
OCTANE S built by PM American Cycles AG in Aspi bei Seedorf, Switzerland
MS.SHARKER built by Victory Motorcycles Taiwan in Taipei, Taiwan
FAST AND SPORTY OCTANE built by Auto-Herold GmbH&Co.kg in Nürnberg, Germany
OCTANE LIGHTNING built by MotoStrada Portugal in Porto, Portugal
THE FIGHTER BOBBY ISAAC #71 built by Victory & Indian Motorcycle Cote d-Azur in Mougins, France
OCTANE TRACK 200 built by AS Motorradtechnik in Bulhholz, Germany
MOTOPLEX STREET TRACKER built by Atlantic Motoplex in Dieppe, New Brunswick
GRIFTER built by Brisan Motorcycles in Newcastle, Australia
HIGH OCTANE built by Biker Syndicate in Lausanne, Switzerland
OCTANE JAPAN LIMITED built by White House Automobile Co in Nagoya in Japan
DESERT RACER built by IWAN-BIKES GmbH in Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm in Germany
THE NOSTANE built by Moore Speed Racing in Poole, UK
LILLITH 69 built by Victory Motorcycles Lyon in Lyon, France
HIGH-OCTANE built by Canberra Motorcycle Centre in Canberra Australia
See them all at www.victorymotorcycles.com/en-us/operation-octane
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