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Meet Rick Fairless’ Victory Ethel, the Evil Octane | Custom Motorcycles

Victory Ethel, the Evil Octane

Meet Rick Fairless’ Victory Ethel, the Evil Octane | Custom Motorcycles

The Rick Fairless name is synonymous with bright and colorful custom motorcycles. Fairless, owner of Strokers Dallas motorcycle shop, which is a Victory dealer, has built tasteful customs for the past two decades.

He lives the true cruiser lifestyle: “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. Bikes, babes and beer plus live music every weekend – it doesn’t get any better than that.”

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This lifestyle influences Fairless’ builds, including his latest – “Ethel, the Evil Octane.” Unlike his colorful creations, the Victory Ethel, the Evil Octane is created from grey and browns.

“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.”

Meet Rick Fairless’ Victory Ethel, the Evil Octane specsFairless used his own RF Custom Parts (for Victory Motorcycles), but the standout features are the Girder Front End that utilizes a 180mm tire and a lowered front end, and a 2-into-4-into-1 custom exhaust. The Octane’s standard front fender was widened 5/8” while the rear fender was shaved and widened by 2”.

“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.”

Victory Ethel, the Evil Octane Specs:

  • 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

For additional information, visit RF Custom Parts.

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Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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