‘Buy now before Octane prices rise’
‘Dealers have been pre-registering machines and then discounting them by around £1000’
“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.”