‘Buy now be­fore Oc­tane prices rise’

‘Deal­ers have been pre-reg­is­ter­ing ma­chines and then dis­count­ing them by around £1000’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

“I hon­estly can’t un­der­stand why more peo­ple didn’t take to the Vic­tory Oc­tane when it was first launched, as it is a re­ally good ma­chine. It was aimed at the younger, ur­ban rider but it never re­ally took off and we strug­gled to sell them new, some­thing that has be­come even harder since Vic­tory were closed down. And I doubt as a dealer we are alone in this.

“It’s odd as other Vic­tory mod­els, such as the Ve­gas ma­chines, are re­ally in de­mand, but the Oc­tane is still gen­er­ally over­looked. How­ever, I wouldn’t be sur­prised if this sit­u­a­tion doesn’t last, as when I worked at a Har­ley dealer I saw a sim­i­lar thing hap­pen with the XR1200 – we couldn’t sell them for love nor money and now they are mas­sively in de­mand. It’s a fash­ion thing and I can see the Oc­tane be­com­ing pop­u­lar once sup­ply has dried up, so now would be a great time to buy, as good qual­ity new and used bikes are out there to be had.

“Own­ers and deal­ers don’t tend to mod­ify Oc­tanes too heav­ily, but aftermarket pipes are very pop­u­lar as the wa­ter­cooled V-twin sounds and per­forms even bet­ter with a set of free-flow­ing ex­hausts. There isn’t a huge aftermarket scene with the Oc­tane but you have a few dif­fer­ent op­tions when it comes to ex­hausts with the Vance and Hines ‘Gre­nade’ pipes prob­a­bly the most pop­u­lar. You can also have Kuryakyn ‘Crusher’ pipes, which are a straighter style of end can, if you pre­fer that look. “The only changes in the two years the Oc­tane was on sale were to its colour. The very lat­est bikes came in white along­side the stan­dard Oc­tane grey, which was the launch colour. Most ex-demo ma­chines are grey and gen­er­ally speak­ing these are the used stock, while deal­ers have been pre-reg­is­ter­ing new 2016 or 2017 ma­chines and then dis­count­ing them by around £1000 or adding aftermarket ex­tras such as ex­haust cans to tempt buy­ers.”

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