With the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week in the history books and everyone returning to their day jobs, Victory Motorcycles has recapped its events. It was a notable success for the American cruiser brand that saw the release of the Victory Octane, a world record set, and the announcement of a forthcoming world record attempt, not to mention the displays, demo rides, stunt exhibitions, racing sponsorship and organized tours that kept motorcycle fans busy throughout the week.Victory did things a little different than the competition by kicking it all off at the Orlando World Dragway with Victory Stunt Team rider, Joe “Vertical” Dryden, who earned a Guinness World Record by achieving the longest burnout on the books at the moment.
Dryden, who made use of the Victory Octane for the 2.23-mile burnout, churned up a lot of smoke during the attempt and cooled it all off at Main Street Station, a party hosted by Brian Fuller of TV’s Naked Speed. Dryden was included in the lineup of special guests, accompanied by the likes of Tony Carbajal, Red Bull extreme athlete Aaron Colton who was also there to tout his new Victory Octane project series.Victory made Main Street Station their home away from home, or so it would seem. The brand then hosted a salute to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) foundation. To date, the brand has been in partnership with IAVA for three years now, providing financial contributions and exhibit space at all of the motorcycles events that Victory participates in, such as Daytona Bike Week, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and motorcycle shows all over the United States.As some of you may know, Daytona International Speedway is where the real action was taking place and it was also the site of Victory’s display area, which was one of the main attractions of the week. The Victory Octane muscle bike, which has been the source of a lot of discussion online and of course, the new Magnum X-1 Stealth Edition bagger.Victory Motorcycles turned over the keys to their full 2016 line-up of bikes for any eligible riders who wanted to try the other side of the twin lifestyle. Bike week attendees were able to view new accessories and apparel for 2016, along with the Victory Stunt Team of Carbajal and Vertical and lastly, a demonstration from the boys in blue – the Victory Police Motorcycles demonstration team.Not to be left out, the Victory Owners Ride invited Swiss endurance rider Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita to Daytona for to begin his Guinness World Record attempt. The Victory Owners club, with over 200 Victor Owners turning up at Daytona for the one lap ride of the Dayton 200 road course, waved Grizzly on as he set out on the first leg of his international journey which will see him circumventing six continents in less than 100 days aboard a Victory Cross Country Tour.Victory ended things right at the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week. Victory served as this years presenting sponsor for the Daytona 200 at Daytona International Speedway and that is quite the honor, as it’s the reason everyone turns up to honor America’s most historic race. One of the perks of the deal is getting was getting to use the Victory Octane as the official pace bike. The Octane led out the field of 600cc sportbikes off the grid for a sighting lap 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.”Learn more about Victory Motorcycles and its activities at www.VictoryMotorcycles.com or follow on Twitter and Facebook.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.