Rick Fairless Custom Parts Builds “Ethel” the Evil Octane
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 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.”
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