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Victory Operation Octane | Evil Ethel & Desert Racer Take Top Honors

Victory Operation Octane Winners

Following three weeks of voting, the public has chosen the winners of Victory Motorcycles “Operation Octane” worldwide dealer build contest.

Out of 26 entries, two winners and runner-ups were chosen—one national and one international. Claiming the top wins were “Evil Ethel” built by Strokers Dallas of Dallas, Texas, and “Desert Racer” by IWAN-BIKES GmbH of Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, Germany. The runner-ups were “King Octane from Coastal Victory of Murrells Inlet, S.C., and “Grifter” of Brisan Motorcycles of New Castle, Australia.

[Victory Octane Review]

The first-place winners received $5,000 and an inclusion in a print ad, and the runner-ups $3,000.

“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. “We styled the Octane – the most aggressive Victory motorcycle ever built – with sleek lines and a powerful motor in a lightweight chassis, but they made these bikes their own. Congratulations to all of the participating dealers on their impressive creations.”

The four Victory Operation Octane builds definitely get the Ultimate Motorcycling approval.  Following are the four bikes with quotes by the dealerships.

Evil Ethel Victory Operation Octane Build

2017 Victory Octane Evil Ethel
Victory Octane 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 Champion Strokers Dallas says of Evil Ethel.

Desert Racer Victory Operation Octane Build

2017 Victory Octane Desert Racer
Victory Octane Desert Racer

“The Desert Racer is born from the underground,” International Champion IWAN-BIKES GmbH says of Desert Racer. “Special knobby tires, a low handlebar, a metal cooler protection, 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 is handmade; it’s a real military color. The design is special airbrush work. To transport some goods we have added throw-over-bags.”

King Octane Victory Operation Octane Build

2017 Victory Octane King Octane Custom Build
Victory Octane 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,” North American Runner-Up Coastal Victory says of King Octane.

Grifter Victory Operation Octane Build

2017 Victory Octane Grifter Custom Build
Victory Octane Grifter

“Our goal was to create a motorcycle that was still recognizably an Octane, but meaner, leaner and more eye catching than the standard bike,” International Runner-Up Brisan Motorcycles says of Grifter. “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 and a stance that begs the rider to take the long way home.”

The Victory Octane is the perfect platform for a custom build. Available in Gloss Black ($9,999), or Matte Super Steel Gray, Matte Pearl White and Gloss Black with Graphics ($10,499), the Victory Octane arrives with a 60-degree V-Twin that makes 104 horsepower and 76 ft/lbs of torque.

For more, visit Victory Motorcycles.

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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