Stunter Tony Carbajal Goes Mad Max in Desert on Victory Octane

Tony Carbajal Jumps Victory Octane

He and his stunt-riding teammate, Joe Dryden, both rode Octane earlier this year to set a Guinness world record for the longest burnout on Octane. It was Joe who set the record (2.23 miles) but since then Tony has continued to explore the bike’s stunt riding capabilities.

Which is why he’s taken his own Octane off-road to a dry lake bed and created a vlog-style video to showcase what he can do.

“It was kind of a Mad Max theme,” he explains. “Unleashing some of the Octane’s fury upon the desert.”

Tony’s Octane is standard apart from a Two Brothers Racing Exhaust, a Conquest Customs Attack front brake kit and official Victory adjustable rear shocks.

Tony adds: “It has been my goal to show what Octane is capable of right out of the box with little to no modifications. Whether it be a Guinness World Record burnout, action packed stunt shows, a cruise through the canyons or racing across and jumping in the desert. Octane is a very capable machine.”

Victory Dealers to Battle in ‘Operation Octane’ Contest

Operation Octane

Fans of Victory Motorcycles who vote earn a chance to win a 2017 Victory Octane, $3,000 worth of Victory Octane accessories and the opportunity to customize their awarded bike with TV’s Bryan Fuller

Victory Motorcycles is excited to launch “Operation Octane,” a contest that has Victory dealers competing against each other by turning wrenches to create the ultimate custom Victory Octane motorcycle.

You’ve seen Victory Octane customs built by motorcycle industry icons like Zach Ness, Aaron Colton and Rick Fairless. Now, over 20 Victory dealers from around the world have created their own interpretations of the light, fast and affordable 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 – a North American champion, North American runner-up, International champion and International runner-up – who’ll compete for prizes including a 1st place of $5,000 and inclusion in a print ad, and a 2nd place of $3,000. The four winning dealers will be determined by the voting public.

Rick Fairless Custom Octane

Rick Fairless and the team at Strokers Dallas demonstrate what can be done with a Victory Octane. 

Fans of Victory Motorcycles are invited to vote for their favorite bike online at VictoryMotorcycles.com 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.

Available in Gloss Black ($9,999), Matte Super Steel Gray ($10,499), Matte Pearl White ($10,499) and Gloss Black with Graphics ($10,499), the 2017 Victory Octane features a high revving liquid-cooled 60-degree V-Twin with four-valve heads and dual-overhead cams that makes 104 horsepower and 76 foot-pounds of tire-shredding torque. While it has the heart of a Pikes Peak International Hill Climb racer and a 0-60 mph time that makes it the quickest Victory ever produced, there’s also a stiff and lightweight cast-aluminum frame, sharp steering geometry, a tight wheelbase and 32 degrees of lean angle.

“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.”

Learn more about Operation Octane and Victory Motorcycles at VictoryMotorcycles.com or follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Rick Fairless Custom Parts Builds “Ethel” the Evil Octane

Custom Victory Octane by Rick Fairless

Rick Fairless is one of biking’s colorful characters and has been an advocate of Victory for sometime, even manufacturing and selling custom parts that can be fitted to all models.

He owns Strokers Dallas motorcycle shop, is a Victory Dealer and has been building custom motorcycles for the past two decades.

“I also own a bar/grill and get over a thousand bikes here on the weekends and have done so for the past 20 years,” he enthuses. “Bikes, babes and beer plus live music every weekend – it doesn’t get any better than that.”

His latest build, called the ‘Ethel, the Evil Octane’, is a departure from his usual colourful customs. Featuring grey and browns, sharp and aggressive lines, it’s unlike anything he’s made before.

“I wanted to make Ethel a tough, street fighting broad! I love the lines of the Octane, so I wanted to make one mean and nasty,” he explains. “My wife and I own three old English sheepdogs. The youngest one is six months old and she is extremely cute and lovable, but she is wild and crazy, like a demon dog. Her name is Ethel and that’s why I named this bike ‘Ethel, the Evil Octane.”

The build took four months with Rick using his own RF Custom Parts to transform the Octane, all of which can be bought and shipped from his online shop.

Rick Fairless Custom Octane "Ethel"

Rick says the toughest part of the build was designing and making the Girder Front End, but this and the 180mm front tire are the design features he’s most proud of. Others would argue the exhaust is the highlight; a beautiful 2-into-4-into-1 number.

The only geometry changes Rick made were to front end and the rear, which was lowered a couple inches.

The Octane’s standard front fender was widened 5/8” while the rear fender was shaved and widened by 2”.

The remaining parts, such as the handlebars, seat, grips, pegs, belt guard, licence plate bracket, gauge mount, fairing mount, headlight, rock guard, shift sleeve, skid plate, clutch arm cover, radiator grill, cheese wedge and bolt covers are all RF Custom Parts.

“Every bike I build is built to be ridden,” Rick says. “Ethel runs great. I took her out for a long ride just yesterday. She feels, looks and runs like a “Mean, pissed off woman” with a bad attitude, compared to a stock Octane which is like a sweet gal next door.”

“My objective was to build an Octane that was different from what any other builders have done. I am very happy and proud with the outcome of Ethel.”

www.RFCustomParts.com

Builder: Rick Fairless Strokers Dallas & RF Custom Parts
Owner: Rick Fairless
Bike: 2017 Victory Octane
Motor: Victory 1179cc Liquid Cooled 60 degree V-Twin
Transmission: Victory 6 Speed
Painter: Gary Queen – OSC
Front Wheel: 18” x 5.5”
Rear Wheel: 18” x 8.5”
Front Tire: Dunlop 18” 180mm
Rear Tire: Dunlop 18” 240mm
Front Fender: Victory – Widened 5/8”
Rear Fender: Victory – Shaved & Widened 2”
Side Bags: RF Custom Parts
Fender Struts: RF Custom Parts
Headlight: RF Custom Parts
Taillight: Custom Made – RF Custom Parts
Rear Suspension: Victory Piggyback Shocks with RF Custom Lowing Blocks
Front Forks Girder – RF Custom Parts & Voodoo Vintage
Exhaust: RF Custom Parts – 2 into 4 into 1
Handlebars: RF Custom Parts
Seat: RF Custom Parts
Pegs: RF Custom Parts
Belt Guard: RF Custom Parts
License Bracket: RF Custom Parts
Gauge Mount: RF Custom Parts
Headlight Mount: RF Custom Parts
Fairing Mount: RF Custom Parts
Rock Guard: RF Custom Parts
Grips: RF Custom Parts
Shift Sleeve: RF Custom Parts
Skid Plate: RF Custom Parts
Clutch Arm Cover: RF Custom Parts
Radiator Grill: RF Custom Parts
Cheese Wedge: RF Custom Parts
Bolt Covers: RF Custom Parts

Victory Launches “Operation Octane” Custom Build Contest to Dealers

2017 Victory Octane 1st Ride Review

Victory has launched a custom build competition for its dealers to enter called Operation Octane.

Teams have until the 16th of August to register their interest in taking part and must submit their final build photos by the 24th of October.

A two-week period of online voting will then open from the 14th November to the 28th November where everyone is welcome to vote for their favorite Octane build.

The top two winners in both North America and the rest of the world will be notified on 30th November. First place wins $5,000 and second place wins $3,000.

The contest follows a number of previous Octane customizations that led up to the bike’s launch in 2016, including Urs Erbacher’s Ignition Concept, Zach Ness’ Combustion Concept and also the recent #93Octane customization by stunt rider Aaron Colton.

2017 Victory Octane First Ride Review

2017 Victory Octane 1st Ride Review

NEW BIKE REVIEW • by Steve Lita

OK. So let me get this straight. You want me to pin the throttle and dump the clutch, right?” Those were my words to the stunt riding duo of Joe Vertical and Tony Carbajal at the Victory Octane press launch. Joe and Tony were our guest hooligan event directors for the day. Ironic that we were practicing hard motorcycle launches at a press launch, I thought. Their response to my question? A resounding “Yes.” So that’s what I did aboard the new 2017 Victory Octane. And the result was a high-revving blast-off with plumes of smoke dissipating from the Octane’s rear tire as I fishtailed down the back straight at Orlando Speedbowl. Our test day, held a few days before Daytona Bike Week, included agility testing on a gymkhana course, practicing burnouts and the aforementioned rolling burnouts, and finally drag race test runs down the quarter-mile strip. Not your average evaluation of a new model motorcycle. But the Octane is not your average cruiser. It’s more like a cruiser that thinks it’s a sportbike, actually.

While I was riding the Octane around the back roads of Florida, I kept trying to think what I could compare it to. In the realm of American-made muscle cruisers, I could think of only one, the V-Rod, and expanding my thoughts to manufacturers of non-American machines I could only think of one other: the Star VMAX. Quite frankly, when considering the real-world scenario of what I could have the most fun on without breaking the bank, the answer kept returning to one point: Octane!

Steve Lita Burnout 2017 Victory Octane

The 2017 Victory Octane press launch included some Hooligan 101. Looks like Lita learned fast.

Sure, both of those other models are a hoot to ride and plenty capable of leaving dark strips on the pavement themselves. But I don’t ever recall riding any V-Rod that offered the agility or the pared-down muscle car feeling of the Octane or left as much spending money in my wallet as the Octane. How much is the Octane, you ask? Try on $10,499 and see how it fits. Fits me just fine.

The formula is as old as hot-rodding itself: big engine times small/lightweight chassis plus few amenities equals Ya-Hoo! Carroll Shelby did it with the little Cobra way back in the ’60s, and it still works today, even on two wheels. Actually, given modern efficiencies in manufacturing, materials, and systems such as fuel injection, the formula works even better now.

Providing the muscle in this muscle bike is an 1179cc, liquid-cooled 60-degree V-twin, Victory’s first crack at a liquid-cooled engine. It utilizes dual overhead cams with four valves per head and a 60mm throttle body equipped induction system to create a 104 hp output and 76 ft-lbs. of torque. That’s more horsepower than any other Victory motorcycle up to this point. The short-stroke engine allows higher engine rpm and a quick-revving engine response more akin to a sportbike than a conventional V-twin, and the modest 10.8 to 1 compression ratio should allow the Octane to live happily on common street-grade gasoline. The smooth shifting six-speed trans sends power to the short geared rear sprocket via a belt drive. It’s amazing to me that the belt can withstand the punishment that the engine produces, but it does. That’s modern technology for you.

2017 Victory Octane Wheelie

Lightweight and powerful, lofting the front wheel of the 2017 Victory Octane doesn’t take much.

You’ve probably been muttering “Just how fast is it?” since you read about our little excursion to the drag strip in the first paragraph. Victory’s usually optimistic press blurbs say the Octane can do the quarter-mile in 12 seconds and blast from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds. Well, this ain’t no bull. I saw a fellow moto-journalist rip off a 12.05, and we heard about a pro rider dipping in the high 11.90s. Me? After a couple practice runs, I was able to muster a 12.40. Guess I need a little more practice on those hard launches and finding the proper shift-points (and a few more salad lunches). Not bad for a cruiser, with a not-the-largest-V-twin-out-there 72ci engine. Thanks to that law-abiding, wide-open throttle testing, I can also tell you the Octane pulls all the way to redline. Power doesn’t peter out at the high end of the tach. It just keeps pulling until you’re bouncing off the rev-limiter, hence the need for more shift point practice on my part.

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Victory Motorcycles’ Octane Hits TV, Will Drag Mustang on Velocity’s ‘Car Fix’

The essential “how-to” automotive television program swings a leg over the Modern American Musclebike

The World Record holding 2017 Victory Motorcycles Octane is set to make its television debut Saturday, April 30, at 10 a.m. CT / 11 a.m. ET, in the season premiere of Velocity’s Car Fix, the essential “how to” automotive series that features the talented dynamic duo of Lou Santiago and Jared Zimmerman. In each episode of “Car Fix” Santiago and Zimmerman take on special automotive projects including modifications, upgrades and repairs using high-end performance and aftermarket products that car junkies can’t wait to get their hands on.

Jared Zimmerman and Lou Santiago Car Fix

Jared Zimmerman and Lou Santiago of Car Fix will pit the Victory Octane against Santiago’s Mustang GT in the quarter-mile.

In this 30-minute “Car Fix” episode, the guys take a look at what makes the Victory Octane a Modern American Musclebike – the sharp-edge styling, the race-bred V-twin engine producing 104 horsepower and 76 foot-pounds of tire-shredding torque, and the stiff and solid chassis that delivers outstanding power to weight performance in the class. Zimmerman then customizes an Octane and puts it up against Santiago’s Mustang GT. Who will win in the quarter-mile?

“Vehicle enthusiasts are familiar with the musclecar formula: take a big motor, shove it into a lightweight chassis, then delete anything that does not contribute to performance – the Victory Octane is the two-wheeled expression of that concept,” says Alex Hultgren, Director of Marketing for Victory Motorcycles. “The guys at ‘Car Fix’ couldn’t have found a better challenger to go up against Lou’s Mustang.”

“Car Fix”, which premieres on Velocity at 10 a.m. (CT) on April 30 and will encore at 10 a.m. (CT) on May 1, is produced for the network by Brenton Productions. Learn more about Victory Motorcycles at VictoryMotorcycles.com or follow on Twitter and Facebook.

Victory Octane to be on TV's Car Fix show

Victory Motorcycles’ new star, the 2017 Octane, gets ready to make its TV debut on Car Fix.

Avon Tires Helps Dryden Roast Burnout Record

Avon Tires-sponsored Victory Stunt Team rider Joe Dryden set a new Guinness World Record for the longest motorcycle burnout on the Victory Octane thanks to a set of Avon Storm 3D X-M 160/70R17 (rear) and Cobra 130/70R18 (front) tires.

The 2.23-mile record shattering burnout on a 2017 Victory Octane was completed at Orlando Speed World where Dryden smoked more than seven impressive laps.

Joe Dryden Victory Motorcycle Burnout record

Joe Dryden roasts some Avon tires aboard the Victory Octane on his way to the “World’s Longest Burnout” record.

“We’re proud to count Joe and Tony among an elite group of Avon-sponsored riders, and we were thrilled to hear that Joe had succeeded in this record setting run,” said Ken Warner, Vice President of Marketing for Avon Motorcycle Tires North America. “Seeing the Avon Storm 3D X-M stand up to more than seven smoky laps was incredible.”

An official Guinness World Records adjudicator was on site for the attempt. He certified the new record and presented the award certificate to Dryden whose Victory Stunt Team partner and friend Tony Carbajal was standing by to help him celebrate. Carbajal had also sought the record on Avon tires that day, but it was Dryden who found the perfect recipe – managing throttle, break and clutch as only an award-winning athlete can.

Victory Stunt Team riders Dryden and Carbajal are among the world’s most accomplished performers on full-sized V-Twin bikes. Dryden, who began riding dirt bikes at age six, transitioned to Street Bike Freestyle at the age of 20 and is considered a pioneer in the sport. He has earned multiple awards and championships along with a resume of stunt work for film and television.

For more information on the Storm 3D X-M and Cobra tires, visit www.AvonMoto.com/Products. Check out the Victory Stunt Team video here, or visit http://www.victorymotorcycles.com/en-us/stunt-team for more information.

Victory Motorcycles Rippin’ and Roarin’ Through Daytona Bike Week

Octane Burnout

Victory Motorcycles roared through a full schedule of events during the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week, March 5-12, with the excitement of the new Victory Octane, the setting of a world record, the launch of a forthcoming world record attempt, a packed and active display area and demo rides, stunt expositions, racing sponsorships, organized tours and much more.

Events started at Orlando World Dragway, where Victory Stunt Team rider Joe “Vertical” Dryden achieved a 2.23-mile Guinness World Record Burnout atop his Victory Octane. The feat was later celebrated at the famed Main Street Station, at a party hosted by Bryan Fuller from TV’s Naked Speed and featuring special guests Dryden and partner Tony Carbajal, Red Bull extreme athlete Aaron Colton announcing his new Victory Octane project series, and live music by Raw Adrenaline.

Main Street Station also served as the host site for Victory’s salute to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) foundation. Victory Motorcycles is in its third year as a strategic partner to IAVA, and has provided financial contributions and helped raise awareness for the organization by providing exhibit space at major motorcycle events such as Daytona Bike Week, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and motorcycle shows from coast to coast.

Located at Daytona International Speedway, the Victory Motorcycles display area remained a bustling hive of activity all week on the heels of the recent unveiling of both the Victory Octane muscle bike and Magnum X-1 Stealth Edition bagger. Victory Motorcycles offered enthusiasts test rides on the full 2016 line-up of motorcycles – including the latest models – exhibited new accessories and apparel, showcased exciting expositions by the Victory Stunt Team of Carbajal & Vertical, and astounded attendees with the control skills of Victory Police Motorcycles demonstration team.

Later in the week, Swiss endurance rider Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita rode a lap of the Daytona International Speedway track to kick off his own Guinness World Record. Always a major Bike Week event, the Victory Owners Ride this year incorporated Grizzly’s world record start. Hosted by Volusia Motorsports, the event culminated in more than 200 Victory owners gathering at Daytona International Speedway to ride one lap of the Daytona 200 road course and escort Grizzly out of town for the first part of his journey of circumnavigating six continents in less than 100 days aboard his Victory Cross Country Tour.

Ending the anniversary of Daytona Bike Week festivities, Victory Motorcycles served as the presenting sponsor of the 75th running of the Daytona 200 at Daytona International Speedway – the crown jewel of Daytona Bike Week and America’s most historic motorcycle race. As part of the sponsorship, the new Victory Octane, the ultimate musclebike with the heart of a racer, fulfilled pace bike duties by leading the field of 600cc sportbikes off the grid for pre-race warm-up laps and during caution periods.

“Victory Motorcycles came to Daytona Beach with a mission to ignite the American motorcycle scene,” said Alex Hultgren, Marketing Director for Victory Motorcycles. “We had great success with the Victory Octane by not only setting a World Record right out of the gate, but by hosting thousands of demo rides for visitors who came to the Victory display. The kickoff for the newest era for Victory Motorcycles was a success by any measure.”